Skilled Services & Skilled Nursing – What are they, Exactly?
Families aren’t often confronted with the idea of home care until a loved one – such as an aging parent – needs more care than is possible to provide at home. Many times, they are conflicted between the desire to keep their loved one at home, and the reality of care that their parent may require. This is especially true with such diseases as Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease.
Keeping your loved one at home while letting Heartfelt Cares send a skilled nurse as needed may be an option for you. Skilled nurses, usually RNs and LPNs (sometimes referred to as “visiting nurses”), and therapists can provide medical care such as:
- post-operative care;
- physical therapy after an injury;
- occupational therapy;
- speech therapy after a stroke;
- medication management and administration;
- infusion therapy;
- in-home bloodwork;
- management of disease processes to include: diabetes, CHF, HTN/heart disease, dementia, wound care;
- collecting vitals; and
- client assessments, personal care plans, and ongoing evaluations.
Teaching You to Care for a Loved One at Home
Our skilled nurses also teach caregivers how to use home health equipment and manage medications at home. For instance, we teach patient families such skills as:
- use of a Hoyer® lift;
- oral medication dispensing/use of MedBox;
- insulin administration and diet management;
- use of inhalers and breathing treatments;
- wound care and prevention of pressure ulcers.
Can I Trust a Skilled Nurse?
RNs and LPNs such as the ones employed by Heartfelt Cares are independently licensed and have completed state-mandated medical boards. At Heartfelt Cares, we perform background checks on our employees and employ only safe, compassionate caregivers.
We are a drug-free workplace and our employees are all subject to drug screening. If you’ve made the decision to keep your elderly parent or disabled loved one at home, rather than in a nursing facility, our skilled nurses can provide you with the medical attention only a licensed medical professional can provide. All of our nurses are employed only after one year of verifiable, hands-on experience under the supervision of an RN who has developed a care plan.
We can help you evaluate your needs, working with your loved one’s physician – and Medicaid, Medicare, and most insurances – to determine the very best level of care available. The next step in helping us assess your needs is by contacting us today — use the form to the right, or simply call us at 330.836.8585.