Aware Senior Care Blog
Your loved one wants to remain at home. But, they need 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 these services, their doctor may order Home Health services. Medical insurance covers home health visits, as does Medicare. Home Healthcare agencies will schedule visits a few days each week. Medicare and insurance will not pay for visits, so daily service is rare.
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.
Nursing Services and Working with Family Caregivers
Managing a loved one’s IV medication or changing the bandage on a wound may be very frightening to an older adult. They’re concerned about their ability to do it and the consequences of a mistake.
Their eyesight, manual dexterity, and/or thought process may hinder success. Loved ones, including spouses, adult children and grandchildren have told us there are tasks they do not feel capable doing. Nor do they want to try- knowing we can help brings them a lot of relief.
An example of how we can help happened one afternoon when received a call from a frantic gentleman. He explained his wife was being discharged from the hospital. She needed daily intravenous therapy (IV therapy) at home.
The Home Health agency told him the IV would be set up the first day and they would 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 discussed Aware’s teamwork with Home Health agencies and scheduled a meeting.
I completed a comprehensive assessment during the meeting. We coordinated with the Home Health agency to schedule home care services and nursing visits. 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 preferred a ‘professional’ handling this.
The client had a successful recovery at home and we were glad to be part of her care team.
Home nursing visits where they administer medication and personal care services are another example. This is helpful to a family caring for their frail loved one who needs medication during the night.
Caregivers working for home care agencies can provide personal care, but do not administer medication. They must awaken the family member to do this.
Our nurse keeps the client comfortable through medications, 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. Skilled nursing visits overnight provide families with great relief.
They provide not only excellent care, they provide peace of mind.