• How do we go about securing a home nurse to visit?

    Asked by armk520 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    How do we go about securing a home nurse to visit?

    As of right now, my father-in-law is doing alright with us. A friend will be moving in to help us care for him at home. At what point should we look into home nursing visits?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      armk520, Hello my name is Carm and I am an oncology nurse. You can have a visiting nurse set up once you get an order from his doctor stating that he would need it. You should discuss this with his doctor or with his primary insurance case worker who can also direct this. If you call around to any home health agency, they will direct you and give you information on the process. The best of luck to you and your family, Carm.

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      At the point where you and your friend can not provide the medical care he needs at home. Keep in mind though, that insurance will not cover the cost of personal care (bathing, grooming, dressing, cooking, etc.) If by his doctor's orders he needs nursing assistance for giving injections, monitoring vitals, etc.) then his insurance will probably cover at least some of it.

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I will share my experience with this for readers. My dad had short-term home care ordered directly from the hospital physician upon release. Basically what they did was a nurse came to the house, asked him how he's doing, made sure he was eating and drinking, rated his pain, observed him, took his vitals-- blood pressure, temperature, blood oxygen-- listened to his heart, lungs, and abdomen with a stethoscope, made sure his medications were in order, and changed any dressings with which he left the hospital. Then they recorded their observations on a flow sheet, basically a dated chart, that they left for the next visiting nurse. They were very pleasant and professional. Their function in this case was to try to detect any problems early so they could be brought to the attention of the doctor. It was twice a week at first, then once, then eventually every other week. Then it ended, and he was discharged. To be honest, I didn't think it was necessary. But I was already doing most of those things, and it might have been useful if something had come up with which I was not familiar. I think it would be very helpful for someone whose health is not that great and their mobility is poor, had nobody to look after them, or didn't know somewhat what they were doing. I think the best thing is to ask his doctor whether he would benefit from home care nursing. I think with the insurance dad has, it only covers short-term home care-- several months at a time.

      One thing the nurse, RN, did tell me is that she was able to draw blood if the doctor ordered it for labwork, without having to make the trip to the center. You know when you're in sad shape, that's a hard thing to go through. Then you get there and sit in that little waiting room.

      Best wishes to you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar

      If you end up needing more home care assistance (bathing, dressing, etc) Your can look into home health care assistance by a nurse assistant or home health care professional. Since personal care isn't covered by insurance you may have to pay for this on your own but can get a referral to reputable providers by social service agencies. They don't provide any medical care, but personal care. Well trained home care staff will alert you to possible medical problems (such as pressure sores, rashes, etc). If you are looking for time away from 24/7 care giving you can look into respite care. At one time we thought my elderly FIL would need to move in with us. We were lucky in that he had SS Retirement and a small pension, totaling just around $2000/mo and we'd have been able to use those funds for home health care aids and retrofitting the bathtub into a walk in/roll in shower.

      almost 5 years ago

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