In the search for a caregiving agency, there are actually a few different options when it comes to caregivers. In fact, depending on your exact needs, there may be more than you could have guessed.
Join us today as we put the different types of caregiver in the caregiving industry under the microscope. Caregivers, trained and qualified as health providers, are the best response to a variety of specific health needs. Get ready to learn everything you need to know about choosing a caregiver based on your needs.
Registered Nurse (RN)
Registered Nurses provide medical care in a variety of settings, including a patient’s home. Patients may need home medical care for many different reasons. In some cases, a patient may still require on-going care, but not enough monitoring or treatment to require an inpatient medical stay. That’s where a home health nurse can come in.
Home health nurses provide medical care and treatment to patients in their home. The type of responsibilities a nurse may have will vary widely. Nurses may meet with patients shortly after they are discharged from the hospital. They may perform an assessment, measure vital signs and make sure the patient understands how to take their medication.
Registered nurses working in home health may also provide treatment such as wound care, dressing changes, administer IV medication and change catheters. In addition, the home health nurse may assess the patient’s home environment to determine if changes or accommodations are needed due to the patient’s medical needs.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Home Health Aide (HHA)
Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides are trained to help patients with their basic needs. Generally, this means helping them bathe, dress and feed themselves. They may also prepare meals, give verbal medication reminders, change bed linens, do laundry and other light housekeeping tasks. The patients they care for might include elderly persons who need assistance with their personal care, stroke victims, or individuals recovering from accidents, injuries or surgeries.
The Homemaker Companion Sitter
The Homemaker Companion Sitter provides companionship by reading, conversation, and listening to the patient. They may encourage and assist the patient in participating in appropriate recreational activities and hobbies for social and sensory stimulation or accompany the patient on walks, community trips, or doctors’ office visits. They may help to maintain a safe home environment for the patient and prepare a meal, launder clothes or perform other light housework to maintain a clean, neat environment.
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