Home Nurses vs. Home Health Aides and Companions

There are times in ones life when living on his or her own is no longer an option. This may occur after a surgery, such as hip replacement or back surgery, as a person enters early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, or simply as a person’s body begins to slow down. Sometimes these individuals can get around well enough but need help with some daily activities. Sometimes, these individuals can no longer drive and need help getting to and from appointments and doing daily activities outside of the home. Many times these individuals are not in need of a nursing home and cannot necessarily afford assisted living facilities or are on a waiting list to get into an assisted living facility. And sometimes, these individuals wish to stay in their own home, no matter what options may be available to them. For all of these reasons, companies are available to offer both in-home health aides or companions or home nursing staff.

Home Nurse Care

Nurses, in any capacity, are medical providers. They may administer medication, check vital signs, and, under certain circumstances, help make a medical diagnosis. In your home, a nurse can help with any medical needs you may have, such as administering your medication and helping with your in-home treatments. These individuals can make sure you are either improving in health or at least not getting worse. They can also determine if you have a serious medical need which may require a visit from or to the doctor or even the hospital. Nursing staff that help you in your home are not simply fit into one category. You may have vocational nurses, medical social workers, dieticians, and even Professionally trainers RN’s, all of whom serve a separate function that help deliver health care to an individual that is healing or bed-ridden.

Home Health Aides and Companions

While nurses in the home can be an invaluable resource to anyone in need of home medical care, the heart of the home help profession involves home health aides and companions. These are the people that help a person in need complete daily tasks and keep this person communicative and away from feeling lonely and depressed. Simple tasks, such as sitting with an individual while the family caregiver runs out for a few hours, to playing a few card games and helping with crossword puzzles can be some of the heart-warming parts of the job. However, many times, a home health aide will help with more labor intensive work, such as helping a person get showered, dressed, and even go to the bathroom as needed. Cooking and food shopping may also be an essential part of the job. Any activity most people take for granted can be completed with the help of a home health aide when a person is recovering from surgery or simply having difficulty getting around. The important thing to remember is that these individuals are not medical staff. Therefore, they cannot administrator medication or help with any medical activities. Yet, they can make life for your loved one more accessible.

In the end, home nursing staff and home health aides and companions fill valuable needs for any person who is released from rehab to his or her own home or needs extra help and refuses to leave home to a more suited environment. A company that provides both of these types of services can be an amazing one-stop resource for any family in need. To learn more about your options to care for your your loved one at home, contact the experts at SpectraCare at (856) 255-1100.