Abu Dhabi-based Amana Healthcare, part of Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers, recently gained recognition by the U.S. Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with three-year certification for its Home and Community Healthcare Programme. The Commission is an international, non-profit organisation founded in 1966 to assist and assess healthcare providers with a particular focus on post-acute services.
Amana Healthcare offers a wide range of services, including many not commonly found in the region, such as paediatric early intervention, dementia, palliative, and equality of care.
“Given the rate of stroke, trauma and complex medical illness in the UAE, there is a clear need for high-quality post-acute care services such as specialised rehabilitation, long-term care and home-based healthcare,” says CEO of Amana Healthcare, Mark E. McGourty. “Post-acute services are critical to an effective continuum of care – a healthcare model where patients can journey seamlessly between hospitals, clinics, community-based services and specialised post-acute services, as their needs change on the road to recovery.”
Continuum of care
A well-developed continuum means patients with complex medical needs, or those who have suffered traumatic or life-altering events or illnesses, can get the level of care they need, when they need it and in the most appropriate clinical setting. They spend less time in acute care, which reduces costs and leaves hospitals with more beds for inbound patients.
According to Amana’s Director of Clinical Operations for Home Healthcare, Teresa Quinn, the certification also comes in parallel to Amana’s efforts and support to Abu Dhabi’s defence against COVID-19. Amana’s home healthcare team spearheaded the Remote Care Programme in collaboration with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi that provides asymptomatic COVID-19-positive patients with home visits for testing and clinical oversight.
“One of the things that sets us apart from other providers is our range of expertise,” Quinn explains. “Our caregivers are not just dedicated and compassionate, but also highly-trained in specialised areas like home infusion services, home ventilation, rehabilitation and specialised wound care – including negative wound pressure therapy and lymphoedema management.”