When an injured or ill person returns home from the hospital, additional professional care may be required. A private duty nurse is an accredited LPN or LVN, home health aide worker or a registered nurse that provides one-on-one care to a person who is convalescing, either in a home or, in some cases, in a hospital. There are numerous advantages to using private duty nurses for home care.
A private duty nurse offers patients medical care and other types of aide for several hours each day. This not only provides a temporary break for the person’s primary caretaker. It also assures that any medical services needed for the patient are administered correctly and in a timely manner.
The private duty nurse knows what to look for, in terms of warning signs that a patient might be in need of additional assistance. He or she can also note progress that is being made toward recovery that an untrained person might not be able to detect.
Some of the duties performed by a registered private duty nurse include monitoring patients’ vital signs, dressing wounds, dealing with catheters, IVs and medications, as well as other jobs. If an LPN or LVN is hired, his or her home health duties may be more legally restricted, depending on the state where the services are rendered. In many cases, insurance companies will pay all or part of the costs associated with hiring a private duty nurse.
How to Find a Private Duty Nurse
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If you or a loved one is in need of home health care, please contact us to set up an appointment for a consultation.