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June 30, 2022

In-Home Nursing Care Services For Seniors

5 Common In-Home Nursing Care Services

Home nursing services cover a variety of needs that might arise for you or a loved one. Some people require home care services that are performed by a caregiver, like senior companion care, while other services offer specialized medical attention. Fedelta Home Care offers both levels of service to families here in the Pacific Northwest. 

If you’ve been considering care options for a family member who requires highly qualified care, Fedelta’s nursing services might be a customizable solution to keep your loved one in the comfort of their own home while receiving the level of care they need. How do you know if your loved one can benefit from nursing services? What kind of services does an in-home nurse perform? Here are five common in-home nursing care services that Fedelta frequently provides for families. 

1. Wound Care

If you or a loved one has recently returned home from surgery, has a wound that won’t heal or is slow to heal, they may require wound care. Common types of wounds that require wound care from an in-home nurse include the following:

Foot ulcers due to diabetes

Radiation sores

Pressure sores

Surgical wounds at an incision sight

Pressure injuries

Venous ulcers

Arterial ulcers

Moisture-associated skin damage

Burns

Traumatic wounds
 

Wound care nurses can assess, manage and treat a variety of wounds and keep them safe from infection. 

There’s a lot that goes into keeping a wound clean. Dressing a wound properly can be the difference between staying healthy and getting an infection. That’s why having a professional nurse clean, check, monitor and redress wounds regularly is so important. Although you could go to a wound care center, it’s much more convenient to receive this kind of medical attention from the comfort of your own home. 

2. Medi Set Refills

When you’re prescribed medication, you’ll most likely receive a mediset to help you keep track of what medication you should take and when. Although this can be a really helpful organizational tool, if you’re on multiple medications that you take at different times throughout the week, it can be a lot to remember. In-home nurses can help you refill your medi sets every week. With their extensive knowledge of medication, they’ll ensure that you’re getting the appropriate medications at the right times. Utilizing a home nursing service ensures that there are no errors in your medication routine. 

3. Assessment Checks

Monitoring the weight of a patient gives an important window into the health of an individual. It’s a part of routine assessments and should be monitored and performed by a professional, credentialed and licensed nurse. An in-home nurse will be able to perform weight check-ins as a part of your assessment check and have a thorough understanding of what fluctuating numbers on the scale might indicate. 

Depending on the number that’s reflected, a registered nurse will be able to determine if a patient is receiving the appropriate nutrition. Weight can also be used to calculate medication dosages. Weight is also used to assess fluid balance. Recording a patient's weight with accuracy, and having a keen understanding of weight fluctuation causes and symptoms is critical to assessment checks. 

4. Catheter Care

Catheters need routine flushing to prevent or remove blockage. Although you can flush your catheter on your own, any time a catheter is disconnected, there’s the possibility of bacteria-related infection. That’s why catheter care is a routine nursing service. Having a medical professional assist you with the process of flushing of your catheter reduces the risk for infection and can generally make the process easier. Having someone to help with this maintenance also ensures that a catheter is being cleaned and replaced as needed. 

5. Caregiver Delegation

If your loved one is in hospice care, caregiver delegation may be necessary for daily maintenance. A registered nurse delegate will be able to ensure that caregivers know how to appropriately care for your loved one when a nurse isn’t on sight. A nurse can delegate certain tasks, like gastrostomy feeding, catheterization, monitoring blood glucose, ostomy related tasks, changing non-sterile dressings and medication. A skilled nurse will walk you through every step of the process and ensure that you and your caregivers feel comfortable addressing your loved one’s medical needs. 

These are five of the most common in-home nursing services. For more information about Fedelta’s home nursing services, please contact us, so we can help address you or your loved one’s specific medical needs.