How Can A Home Health Nurse Support Aging In Place?

April 28, 2020
Written BY 
Guest Author 
Danilo Razo

Nearly all seniors prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible to be close to their children and relatives. It is not only a preference, but more and more a viable option for most older adults today.

When our health becomes a challenge for independent living in the home, it's time to think about making some big changes. Planning, consulting with family and health experts, and making necessary alterations will go a long way to finding out how you can stay in the comfort of your home. If you require monitoring, therapy, or specialized help, then having in-home nurse care will be key to making this a reality.

What's the difference?

Home health nurses are qualified to administer plan of care, medications, injections, and monitor and supply medical treatment.

If you’re not experienced with medical service providers, it can be quite confusing. In-home nurses, home care nurses, medical caregivers, and home health care nurses are educated, certified, and licensed medical professionals. They are usually registered nurses (RN) or assistant nurses (AN) who are certified to provide skilled nursing care for patients in their own home.

Home health nurses are qualified to administer plan of care, medications, injections, and monitor and supply medical treatment. They can provide long-term care related to several health conditions (such as diabetes, tracheotomy, respiratory problems, colostomy, wound care and so forth). They treat chronically ill, disabled or physicality impaired in the patient's own house.

Based upon your specific health-care needs, the nurse can offer medication administration, tracking, or even more complicated treatments and remedies. This can be done as part of continued care or a post-discharge recovery. Furthermore, the home health nurse is trained and qualified to help with basic activities if necessary:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Transferring / lifting
  • Appointment escort
  • Grooming & nail care
  • Toilet hygiene

What can a caregiver do?

Other kinds of caregivers can also help with basic activities of daily living (ADLs), but it's impossible for them to offer medical care. Home health caregivers offer personal services like dressing, making light cleaning, dishes, bathing, toileting, and transporting clients.

They are not competent to administer medications but can assist in alerting clients about their medication schedule or opening medicine bottles. In other words, if you have a medical condition that requires clinical care, a home health nurse will give you long-term care in the comfort of your home.

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Danilo Razo

10 years of experience in nursing with medical-surgical nursing, intensive care unit, home care nursing, out patient department and in the nursing academy.

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