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 Nursing Services: Professional Help at Home

Nursing Services: Professional Help at Home

Your loved one wants to remain at home, but needs help that only skilled registered nurses provide at a hospital. What are your options?

Available Nursing Services

  • Wound care
  • IV medications
  • Medication administration
  • Catheter care
If someone needs services like these, their doctor may order Home Health services and the home nursing visits would be covered by their medical insurance, including Medicare. Home Healthcare agencies typically will schedule visits a few days each week. They will rarely perform the service daily because insurance companies including Medicare will not pay for daily visits. The Home Health nurse will teach the client, a family member or friend how to perform the task. There are times when the client and/or their loved ones are unwilling or unable to perform the tasks. 

Aware Senior Care is licensed for Nursing Care, as well as Home Care, and we can perform the visits as often as they are needed.

Just the thought of managing a loved one’s IV medication or changing the bandage on a wound may be very frightening to an older adult. They may be concerned about their ability to do it correctly and the possible consequences if they make a mistake. Their eyesight, their manual dexterity, and/or their thought process may stop them from being successful at the task. We have heard from loved ones including spouses, adult children and grandchildren that there are some tasks that they simply do not feel capable of doing. Nor do they want to try- they are relieved to know we can help.
 
An example of how we can help happened one afternoon when received a call from a frantic gentleman. He explained that his wife was being discharged from the hospital and she was going to need daily intravenous therapy (IV therapy) at home. He was told the Home Health agency would set it up the first day and teach him how to do it. The gentleman said he was 85 years old and was not comfortable at the thought of doing this. He was very relieved when I told him that we would be able to help them. We talked about our teamwork with Home Health agencies and scheduled a time to meet with the gentleman and his wife.

During our meeting, I completed a comprehensive assessment and told them how we could help. We coordinated with the Home Health agency and scheduled visits on the days the Home Health nurse would not be there. During our visits, we offered to teach the husband- or a family member/friend how to set up and then stop the therapy. He appreciated the offer, but felt more comfortable at the thought of a ‘professional’ handling this. The client had a successful recovery at home and we were glad to be part of her care team.
 
Another example is when our nurse is scheduled for extended visits where they perform medication administration and personal care services. This is especially helpful to a family caring for their frail loved one who needs medication frequently during the night. Caregivers working for agencies that provide Home Care services can do the personal care, but are not permitted to administer medication. They must awaken the family member to do this. When our nurse is there, she can keep the client comfortable through medications, turning/re-positioning, and personal hygiene care. The family members can sleep all night and then be able to enjoy time with the loved one during the day. Our nurses are able to administer medications and can do extended visits. Families have found that having skilled nursing visits overnight provide them with great relief.
 

Our nurses not only provide excellent care, they provide peace of mind.

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