When you or your loved one is ready to come home from the hospital following an illness or injury, having a Registered Nurse, Private Duty Nurse or Home Health Aide can offer both the level of care required and greater peace of mind. Hiring a stranger to come stay in your home and entrusting them with the care for your loved one can be a stressful and confusing task. What type of professional do you need? Where do you go to find the best and most experienced person? Where can you find someone who is trustworthy, has a proven record of experience and is pre-screened?
Who is Best for You, Your Family and your Home?
Registered Nurse (RN)
A Registered Nurse (RN) is often necessary when caring for patients who are very ill. They are certified and trained to take the lead regarding medical care at home and often oversee the work of LPNs and Home Care Aides, as well as ensure that the care coordination process runs smoothly. The care provided by RNs includes administering medication, treating and managing illnesses and working with other care providers to coordinate the best care management plan. In addition, an RN can perform diagnostics and analyze test results.
Licensed Practicing Nurse (LPN)
A Private Duty Nurse is an accredited RN or LPN, who provides one-on-one care to a patient for several hours each day, including monitoring vital signs, changing and dressing wounds, as well as catheters, IVs and medications. A Private Duty Nurse provides medical care that is high quality, professional and timely, and oftentimes, is the one to communicate with your doctor or hospital. He/she will know exactly what to look for and can recognize if a patient’s condition is worsening and in need of additional assistance, or if the patient is moving towards recovery.
Home Health Aide (HHA)
A Home Health Aide (HHA) is specially trained and certified to monitor the patient's condition, check vital signs and assist with essential daily care and routines. Administering medications, reconciliation and risk-management issues, escorting patients to therapy appointments and providing hospice care are also the responsibility of the Home Health Aide.
Where to Find the Best Private Duty Nurse or Home Health Aide?
It is always best to find and work with the most reputable and experienced nursing services company, one who is accredited by the State Department of Health and Joint Commission, has been in business for many decades, and has testimonials that speak to their level of care. All of these criteria are essential in evaluating which nursing services company to work with, and to ensure that you will find the best and most experienced pre-screened professional. A good nursing services company will have a large network of candidates that they already know and have worked with previously and have pre-screened. This company will also be able to match exactly who and what you need based on your personal care requirements — from cancer to Alzheimer’s, autism to ALS, MS to joint replacement or developmental disability.
In addition, if your caregiver is ever sick, a good nursing services company has such an extensive health care network that they can quickly find you a replacement who will be just as perfect a match for your needs.
For more information, contact ACCESS Nursing Services, www.accessnursing.com, or phone 212-286-9200.