Home Care Services

The familiarity and comfort of home can be an ideal environment for the seriously ill. Our program enables cancer patients to maintain their independence while receiving a variety of clinical and support services at home. Our personalized approach encourages family involvement in a patient's care.

Our caregivers focus on meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of homebound cancer patients and their families. Nurses, social workers, dietitians, therapists, home health aides, and specially trained volunteers work together, under the direction of your personal physician, who remains in charge of your medical care. The program helps ensure that patients receive the most effective and appropriate clinical services by regularly reviewing and evaluating treatment plans. For more information or to arrange for services, call 1-800-789-PENN.

Infusion Therapy

Penn Home Infusion Therapy (IT) helps patients receive medications, blood products, and other fluids in their home when they cannot be taken orally and need to be given in another way, such as through the vein (intravenous, IV) or a tube (catheter) in the stomach or bowel. These infusions may include chemotherapy, antibiotics, fluids for hydration, pain medication, and IV or tube feedings.

Penn HomeIT will prepare and deliver the infusion medications and supply all the equipment needed to deliver the treatment. In addition to these services, nurses will monitor patients through regular blood tests and will help with giving the infusions, as needed.

The Penn HomeIT team includes nurses experienced in the delivery of infusion therapies and infusion specialty pharmacists who are available for questions and problems related to the home infusion 24 hours a day. Patient and caregiver education is a central component of this service. Penn specialists from a variety of fields, including hematology/oncology, infectious disease, pain management and bone marrow transplantation, are available to provide expert physician feedback to the program. For more information, call 1-800-789-PENN.