Congressman Frank Guinta, R-N.H., speaks with home health-care staff at Amedisys in Londonderry during a recent visit. Amedisys area vice president Gwen Klutsch is at right.

LONDONDERRY — Congressman Frank Guinta, R-N.H., paid a visit last week to Amedisys Home Health Care on Commons Drive.

Jen White, a physical therapist, invited Guinta as part of the agency's celebration of Home Health Care Month.

"We want to show him how important the role of keeping people out of the hospital and in their own homes is," White said.

The Amedisys agency in Londonderry has 33 home-care employees and currently sees 140 patients.

"There is a mind-set that just nurses go out for home visits," said Rene Dockery, a registered nurse. "But we also have physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and home health aides."

Guinta said it was more cost effective for the health-care industry to have people remain in their homes.

"Of all the different types of health care, home health-care is the most cost effective," he said.

Guinta pointed out the role emergency medical services also play in home care.

"During the recent snowstorm outages, there were 266 patients in Manchester receiving oxygen at home," he said. "Not one of them had to go to the hospital."

Guinta added that it was up to agencies such as Amedisys to educate patients to promote independence.

White said patients did need to be considered home-bound to receive home care.

After visiting the agency in Londonderry, Guinta went with several home care staff to visit a patient in Derry.

"I want to see firsthand what your patients are experiencing so I have a frame of reference," he said.

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