Before you hire a home care giver, you need to familiarize yourself with the different types of caregivers. Within this group are home health care workers, nursing care assistance, and non-medical services provided by Caregivers. For a reasonable stipend, you can employ a Caregiver who will take care of various domestic services. They will prepare meals, provide companionship, and help patients with their ADL. This stipend would be significantly higher if you paid a medical professional to take care of these services.
By examining basic Caregiver duties, you will know what they can and cannot do while they are taking care of a patient. You will also find out which certifications are permissible and necessary so you can choose the right attendant for your loved one.
Allowable Home Care Aide Services
When searching for a Caregiver, it is best to learn about the task they can perform while on duty. It is also a good idea to learn about the task they are not permitted to perform. A home care aide can:
- Assist your elderly family member with hygiene-related care (bathing, washing).
- Helping your loved one with their social mobility
- Laundering clothes and taking care of light housekeeping duties
- Taking your senior family member to their doctors appointments and running miscellaneous errands.
- Providing social comfort through conversation, companionship, and recreationIn some cases a senior family member may need a little more help than a caregiver can provide. If need be, you may need to hire a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to provide the extra assistance.
Normal duties of a CNA
- Keeping vital sign records
- Helping with oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, walkers, and other medical equipment
- Changing catheter and colostomy bags
- Feeding elderly patients who are unable to feed themselves (only if they can sit upright and swallow)CNA’s cannot perform medical duties such as giving injections, medications, and treating wounds. If the senior patient needs these services, the nursing assistant will need to secure the services of a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Nurse Practitioner.Since the CNA has some medical knowledge, they can do a good job of monitoring the patients condition. They are also capable of performing the same duties as home care aide (housekeeping, errands, etc).
If the family can afford to do so, they may hire a full-time Caregiver and a part time CNA. They may also seek help from an LPN, RN, or physical therapist if their loved one happens to need professional assistance.