Home care can be defined as supportive care provided in your home or home-care facility. Care may be provided by licensed healthcare professionals who assist you with medical treatment needs or by professional caregivers who help you with activities of daily living.
Purpose of Home Care
Consider the following:
Scenario A: You have just returned home after your hospital stay following treatment for an injury, a major surgery or a serious illness. However, you need assistance to recover from and manage your health condition at home.
Scenario B: You are getting older or are disabled, and have no-one to assist you as you have no family close by. You also have mobility or functional issues or have difficulty leaving your home.
In both situations, you may need someone to assist and support you with basic healthcare needs or performing daily activities. In these scenarios, home care service may be the best option for you.
Advanced Wellness Centers
Advanced Wellness Centers, through its licensed healthcare professionals and caregivers, offers personal care at home or at home-care facilities. Our specialists include registered nurses, home health aides and certified nursing assistants among others who are specifically educated and experienced in the home health specialty. Our specialists care for you like family, providing high-quality care you can trust in the warm and familiar comfort of your own home.
RN (Registered Nurse)
A registered nurse is a healthcare professional who has completed a diploma in a nursing program, an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Additionally, the nurse completes the NCLEX exam in order to be certified and licensed. An RN typically works in homes, hospitals, clinical settings, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
The RN works and coordinates closely with a wide array of healthcare professionals and mainly performs the following tasks in a home setting:
- Assesses the patient’s and/or family’s health status and requirements
- Develops an individual care plan for the patient to help manage illness
- Provides basic health care needs and offers guidance to the patient
- Administers and monitors medications and educates regarding relevant therapies
- Manages the patient’s medical records and arranges for future medical needs
- Provides care to the patient and ensures that treatment goals are met
HHA (Home Health Aide)
A home health aide is a trained and often NAHC-certified healthcare worker who works in the patient’s home and provides thorough personal care to meet their healthcare needs. The HHA is a vital link between the patient and other healthcare providers and works with people of all ages, directly or through an agency, to help with most of the health issues.
The HHA usually follows a plan of care developed by an RN. However, the duties of the HHA may vary significantly depending on the medical status of the patient, and the condition being treated. They include but are not limited to:
- Monitoring signs of illness and assisting with medications or other basic medical tasks
- Providing light housekeeping services such as cooking and serving, cleaning or laundry
- Shopping for food or groceries, clothing, and other household requirements
- Assisting with errands such as medical appointments and picking up medications
- Helping with personal services such as bathing, grooming and dressing
- Monitoring the patient’s condition on a regular basis while offering respite care
- Educating family members and other caregivers on patient care and well-being
CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
A CNA is a professional who assists patients with basic healthcare needs and activities of daily living as directed by a registered nurse (RN) or other licensed nurse. The CNA typically provides direct, hands-on care to the patient who is ill or recovering from surgery or disease. A CNA has successfully passed a training program or course and a state certification exam.
Though certified nursing assistants can work in hospitals or clinics and other medical facilities, they are more commonly found in residential facilities, group or old-age homes and at home-care or home-health agencies.
Depending on the condition of the patient, a certified nursing assistant will do some or all of the following in a home setting:
- Answer medical-related queries from the patient
- Move or reposition the patient as specified
- Provide personal hygiene for the patient
- Assist the patient with elimination needs
- Bathe, groom and dress the patient
- Clean the patient’s room and bed linens
- Feed the patient and record food intake
- Help with basic medical tasks including wound dressing
- Observe the patient and document any changes
- Report any changes in condition to the nursing staff