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Explore the Difference between Home Daycare and a Home Health Nurse

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There are several levels of at home health care, but they really come down to the type of care offered: home daycare services or a home health nurseHome daycare services are usually non-medical in nature.  Home daycare offers help with tasks such as:

  • Laundry
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Transportation

These sorts of services can be a big help to those that provide in home care to their elderly relatives.  Sometimes the most difficult tasks are the most simple and personal.  It can be emotionally exhausting helping a parent in the bathroom, but with home daycare services it isn’t something a family member will have to provide very often.

Medical Care

In some cases, home health care services are necessary because the basic personal care offered by a home daycare service is not enough.  Medical care on a routine basis may be necessary.  In those instances choosing a home health nurse is usually the best option. When a relative is no longer able to get up and around easily, doctors visits are a real hassle.  Having a home health nurse stop by regularly can reduce the number of doctor’s visits needed.  A home health nurse, depending on their level of certification, can even prescribe some medication.  When choosing a home health nurse consider the following questions:

  • Is your relative mentally cognizant?
  • Do they have difficulty leaving the house?
  • Are they using medical equipment regularly, like oxygen?
  • Do they have a large regimen of medications to take daily or weekly?

A home health nurse is skilled at dealing with patients that have diminished mental capacity and can give the family tips on how to treat the person.  If the patient has difficulty moving and leaving the house a specialized home health nurse can prescribe basic medications and provide wound care, as well as monitor any needed medical equipment.  A home health nurse will also be able to help organize the patient’s medication to facilitate family care.

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