Did you know that you can enroll your loved one in Home Care? You might have heard about this through your grapevine, or maybe from someone you know who has received it during their long-term care years. But what is Home Care? Does it apply to you or your loved one? Read on and find out more about Home Care.
Home healthcare is a personal care or health care given by an individual caregiver in the patient’s home, rather than care given in specialized nursing homes or clinics, as is usually offered in public hospitals or assisted living facilities. Home healthcare is also referred to as domiciliary or social care, independent care, or domiciliary care. The patient’s family is typically involved in deciding what type of care will be provided. This is why it is much more flexible than most insurance policies. As well, family members can remain in the comfort of their own home while receiving the special needs care that their loved one requires.
There are several types of in-home care services available to those with special needs and disabilities. One is residential home care, which is similar to staying at a nursing home. Patients receive help with bathing, toileting, dressing, and eating when necessary. This kind of service is for patients that need assistance with simple tasks, such as grooming. Residential home care services can be provided for individuals with chronic illnesses, and also for people who are terminally ill.
Another type of home care service is provided by licensed practical nurses (LPN). A licensed practical nurse (LPN) helps to provide the personal care necessary by bathing, feeding, applying topical medications and medical procedures such as taking prescribed medication for diabetes or hypertension, and similar tasks. Personal care is necessary for those with chronic illness, such as someone with HIV/AIDS. However, LPNs cannot give medical treatments. If a patient has questions about their care or needs, a nurse practitioner can be called on to provide the medical assistance that the patient requires.
The services that LPNs provide are different from that of nurses. In-home care providers are not permitted to give injections, provide medical procedures such as surgery, and cannot give chemotherapy or radiation therapy. In addition, home health aides cannot give psychotherapy. As well, home healthcare professionals cannot prescribe medications. They can only instruct patients on proper nutrition, exercise, and how to manage their condition through diet and medication. An LPN is usually supervised by a nurse specialist or other licensed healthcare professional.
It is important to understand that being a caregiver can be both rewarding and stressful. When choosing an in-home healthcare provider, you want to make sure that your loved one feels comfortable, understands your responsibilities, and that you can trust this person to make the best decisions for their health. If you can do these things, then you have made a great decision!