Understanding Home Care
In many cases, home health care is a viable alternative to placement in a facility. Most of us prefer the comfort of our own homes. Home care often enables people to achieve and maintain an optimum level of health, activity, dignity, and independence in the privacy of one's home.
Consumers may need assistance for only a short period of time, or may have a chronic condition requiring long-term care. Whether help is needed with personal care and activities of daily living or with skilled care requiring a professional nurse, understanding the different types of care of an accredited provider is key.
Personal Care Services:
Many of the services provided by New Jersey Board of Nursing certified homemaker-home health aides center around activities which many people take for granted until illness, age or an accident make performing them difficult.
These services include activities of daily living such as:
- Personal care, bathing, and hygiene
- Grocery shopping, meal planning, preparation, and feeding
- Toileting and elimination
- Transfers and ambulation
- Assistance with therapeutic or exercise regimes
- Laundry and changing bed linens
- Light housekeeping
- Respite care
In-Home Skilled Nursing Services
Skilled nursing services are only provided by registered professional nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). This means that the patient's level of need requires the knowledge and expertise of a licensed nurse, not an aide or other paraprofessional helper. Nursing services carried out by the RN or LPN are specifically prescribed by a physician.
The following are examples of skilled nursing services:
- Wound care
- Diabetic teaching
- Bladder catheterization
- Tube feedings
- IV Infusions
- Ventilator care
To find a CAHC-accredited agency near you, click on CAHC Accredited Providers By County.