Who benefits from professional health care at home?
There are many situations where people may benefit from in-home health care.
- a newborn baby and mother
- a patient recovering from surgery
- an individual with a chronic condition requiring ongoing care
- an elderly person who needs help managing diabetic care
- someone who, for any reason, may need assistance with daily living
- a family member in need of respite care
Dakota Travel Nurse Home Care (DTNHC) offers a variety of in-home care services, including skilled nursing care, home health aide services, companion services and respite care.
Skilled Nursing Services
Skilled nursing services are provided by caregivers that are licensed Registered Nurses (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). In-home skilled nursing services can be an alternative to hospitalization during recovery following a surgical procedure. For example, nurses can assist with medication adjustments, tube feedings and catheter insertion. They can care for patients with specialized equipment management and health monitoring needs, such as tracheostomy care and ventilator support. Infants and children with disabilities or diagnosis such as Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy, Blindness, Hydrocephalus, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injuries, Chronic Illnesses, Autism, Cancer, etc., may also benefit from skilled in-home nursing services.
Home Health Aide Services
Home health aides are also licensed caregivers. They help people who are disabled, chronically ill, cognitively impaired or elderly who may need assistance with daily living. They help with activities such as medication reminders, bathing and dressing, or transferring from a bed to a chair. They can also provide services such as light housekeeping.
Companion caregivers are not required to be licensed. They are trained to assist others with maintaining the highest possible level of dignity and independent living. They can provide emotional support and encouragement by just making a friendly visit, as well as by assisting elderly or homebound adults with a wide range of activities. They can interact with doctors, prepare meals, do grocery shopping and light housekeeping, take care of pets, and participate in recreational activities, such as walking, reading or playing cards.
Respite care provides temporary relief to those caring for family members who might otherwise require outside-the-home placement in an assisted living facility. Respite programs give short-term and time-limited breaks to family members and other unpaid care givers of those who cannot be left alone, such as children with a developmental delay and adults with an intellectual disability. They help to support and maintain the primary care-giving relationship.
Every situation is different. DTN Home Care assigns an experienced case manager and registered nurse, to visit the home, evaluate and assess the person’s needs and work with the client, family and home care staff to draft and implement an individualized plan of care. To inquire about in-home health care from DTN Home Care, call 701.663.5373.
By Beverly Unrath, Vice President
Dakota Travel Nurse Home Care, Inc.