Home health and nutrition services in Macon, GA

IV Care Options, providing home infusion, disease management, nutrition, and home health care in Macon, Georgia

About Us

Company Overview

IV Care Options (IVCO) has been serving the Middle Georgia Area patients for over 25 years. We are an infusion service company with locations in Eastman, Macon, Milledgeville ,Warner Robins, and Columbus. With over 125 full and part-time employees IVCO covers 62 counties in the Middle Georgia area. Additionally, IVCO is affiliated with Hospice Care Options, which has five locations and services 35 counties and D & B Homecare, a medical equipment supplier to home bound patients.

IVCO’s clinical staff is made of pharmacists, nurses, and technicians who are specifically trained in compounding and administering specialized medications. Drug therapies administered to patients with IVCO services may include: antibiotics, nutritional support, Pain Management - Acute Post Operative and Chronic, immune deficiency drugs.

Infusion

Infusion therapy, typically occurs when patients are not able to take medications orally and the medication is administered through a needle or catheter.

At IV Care Options, our experienced team of registered nurses, pharmacists and technicians work together with the patient’s physician to provide a variety of in-home infusion services to our patients. We arrange for delivery of medication, the infusion pump, and any needed supplies.  We also teach patients and caregivers how to infuse the prescribed medication based on the method selected to achieve maximum independence.

Antibiotic

Education and fostering independence are two of IV Care Option’s core values. That’s why patients who receive intravenous (IV) antibiotics at home are taught to be active participants rather than merely recipients of treatment.

Although the first antibiotic treatment is administered by a member of our nursing staff, patients are taught how to continue treatment on their own. A pharmacist contacts patients each week to check on their progress and make sure there are no issues with the medication or supplies before sending out another week’s dose. This process continues for as long as the patient is on antibiotic therapy.

Immunoglobulin

Intravenous Immunoglobulin therapy, also known as IVIG therapy, is used as an immunizing agent to treat or prevent illness in patients whose own immune systems are weakened by a chronic disease.  IVIG therapy is given on an intermittent basis.

IV Care Options nurses administer the therapy and monitor the patient during the initial stages to ensure there are no adverse reactions. However, because the therapy takes several hours to complete, patients are taught how to remove the needle and bandage the site themselves once the process is completed.

Pain Management

Patients who experience pain as a result of surgery or chronic disease can receive pain management assistance at home through IV Care Options.

Our infusion pumps allow patients to continually receive a measured amount of pain medication intravenously. In addition, the pumps can be programmed to deliver additional doses of pain medication, known as bolus doses, as prescribed by the patient’s physician.

Patients are monitored regularly by our in-home nurses to ensure they are receiving the correct amount of medication to control their pain, and adjustments are made in consultation with the patient’s physician.

Pediatric Infusion

At IV Care Options, our nurses are trained to assess pediatric patients as needed for infusion therapy. We take into account a child’s size, age and activity level to help determine with infusion method will work best and always create an individualized plan of care for each patient. As with all of our patients, the goal is to minimize the need for hospitalization whenever possible and maximize independence for both child and parent.

Total Parental Nutrition

For patients who are not able to receive nutrients by mouth or feeding tube, IV Care Options offers total parental nutrition (TPN). This intravenous nutrition method allows patients to receive a balanced amount of calories, vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats as prescribed by their physician.

Most patients receiving TPN are infused on a cyclic schedule, generally over a 12-hour period and most often at night while they sleep. TPN can also be given continuously, based on the patient’s specific needs. However, the pumps are small and portable, so patients can travel away from home and still fulfill their nutritional needs.

Our skilled nurses work with TPN patients in the initial stages to teach them how to connect their bags to the IV, inject any necessary medications into the nutrients, clean the site and tubing and recognize signs and symptoms of infection. Then, a nurse will visit on a weekly basis to monitor the patient’s weight and draw lab specimens as needed.

Nutrition

At IV Care Options, we recognize the importance of nutrition in managing home care patients. We have a team of registered dietitians who assist our home health nurses and pharmacists in providing consultation and administration of home nutrition, whether intravenously or through feeding tubes. We also provide support to our diabetic patients by offering an assortment of diabetic testing supplies.

No matter what nutrition method they employ, we are committed to helping our patients receive the sustenance their bodies need in the manner that best suits their lifestyle.

Enteral Nutrition

For patients who are not able to receive nutrients by mouth but do have functioning digestive tracts, IV Care Options offers enteral nutrition. This alternative method of nutrition support involves providing nutrition through a feeding tube that is placed into the stomach or intestine. People who may need enteral nutrition therapy can include stroke patients who have trouble swallowing, patients with neuromuscular diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease or patients with head or neck cancer.

There are three methods by which patients can receive enteral nutrition – through a feeding pump, a one-time bolus injection or a feeding bag that uses gravity to deliver the formula. We have a wide range of formulas available to meet patients’ individual needs, including special formulas for patients with diabetes, pulmonary disease or metabolic syndromes. In addition, we work with patients to find the most cost-effective formula available to meet their nutritional needs.

Our nutrition team works with enteral nutrition patients from the moment the tube is inserted until it is removed. In the initial stages, our skilled nurses teach patients how to connect their bags, inject any necessary medications into the formula, clean the site and tubing and recognize signs and symptoms of infection. In addition, our clinicians perform nutritional risk assessments on patients to ensure they are remaining compliant with the treatment and are not suffering any adverse reactions to the formula.

Finally, a IVCO representative will contact the patient each month to check on their formula and equipment needs and then ship a new supply of formula and tubing.