Inevitably aging brings up the question of nursing homes and home care. Someone with a variety of ailments will need day-to-day help with basic living. If a parent’s physical condition worsens, their children find that they are increasingly taking on the responsibility of caring for their elderly parent.
At some point a majority of these children realize that they can no longer take care of the parent–at least not by themselves. At this point a decision has to be made whether to place their loved one in a nursing home or bring in a home nurse to provide care.
Nursing homes are great because they provide twenty-four hour round the clock care. Most nursing homes hire competent and caring people. Your parent will receive nutritious meals, timely medical attention, and have the benefit of a social life. The down side to nursing homes is that it there may be resistance to leaving familiar surroundings to move into an institution that will cause health conditions to worsen at a more rapid rate.
A home nurse is a nurse who is trained to come into a patients home and care for them. They are responsible for making sure that the patient continues with their physical therapy and handles all their medications. Some home nurses come into the home for just a few hours a day to check their patients overall health and to help them take their medication. These nurses are typically paid an hourly rate and usually don’t move into the home.
Some people hire a home nurse to help patients rehabilitate after surgery. These nurses come into a home and check that the patient is proceeding with their physical therapy, that they are eating, that their mental health is good, and that they are taking their medications. This type of home nurse could be at a patients homes seven days a week or as seldom as once a week. This type of home nurse is typically employed by a hospital or medical facility. The facility pays the nurse and then bills the patient or the patients insurance company.
In some case doctors recommend that their patients receive twenty-four hour, round the clock care. In these cases, a home nurse normally moves into the patients home. The home nurse typically sleeps in the patients spare bedroom. They help arrange doctor’s appointments, make sure the patient is following a strict diet, they see that the patient is taking all their medications, and make sure that the patient doesn’t seem to becoming depressed over their condition.