Nursing care is one of the major home health services we provide to patients.
Many times patients require a level of service that can only be given
by a trained nurse.
Who Can Benefit from Nursing Care?
Patients who benefit most from home health nursing care are typically
those who have recently returned home after hospitalization or surgery
and require continued post-hospital care, and patients who have been diagnosed
with a disease or illness that demands a more complicated home treatment plan.
This type of nursing care relies on a team approach that includes many
different health professionals working to assess the patient’s needs
and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Services to Meet Patients’ Needs
As one of the primary care professionals in the patients’ home,
the home health nurse is responsible for the following services:
- Providing nursing care in conjunction with skilled care under a complete
home health care plan.
- Developing a “medical care plan” under doctor’s orders
to promote a patient's progress toward wellness.
- Educating patients about the disease and disease process.
- Instructing patients on how and when to take medications.
- Instructing patients and family members on general wound care.
- Providing infusion services (antibiotics, medications, hydration and nutrition
treatments, etc.) that are prescribed via IV or a temporary or permanent shunt.
Our home health nurses seek to help patients become more independent in
managing their own treatment because they know that feeling in control
helps patients recover more rapidly and maintain a healthy outlook. This
is particularly important if patients are undergoing IV therapy since
it is critical that procedures are followed exactly and occur on a specific
schedule. Many treatments such as chemotherapy, total parenteral nutrition,
immune globulin, and hydration require consistent monitoring, and central
line care and maintenance must be done on a regular basis.