Private duty nursing is different for each individual. It is customized around the needs of those who utilize the service. Private duty nursing originated during a time when it was not as common to see high tech departments, such as the intensive care unit (ICU), in a hospital. People who needed special machines and devices often were provided these in their own homes instead of at a hospital. Gradually, it became more common for this type of care to occur in a hospital. However, overpopulation of hospitals and a growing need and desire for the ill, elderly and disabled to remain at home has once again made private duty nursing desirable.
What is Private Duty Nursing?
Private nursing is medical care given in the home rather than in a hospital. This service can be used by patients of all ages with various illnesses and disabilities. Services a private duty nurse may provide include nursing services such as administering medications, taking vital signs, operating respirators and more. Services also can be non-medical, such as bathing, preparing meals and cleaning. Skilled private nurses can provide the services associated with medical care. Non-skilled private duty nurses cannot.
Is Private Duty Nursing a Good Fit for My Loved One?
If your loved one is ill or has a disability, private duty nursing may be an option. Determine the needs of your loved one and consider whether these needs would be best met in a hospital or at home. Also consider the costs in comparison to the benefits. Some people who are ill or have disabilities choose private duty nursing as a means of partially independent living. This can take some of the burden off family and friends and can also help a person feel more independent. Those who will be ill or have a disability for a long period of time may feel more positive about themselves with this type of service. Patients who are severely ill or disabled may simply wish to be at home rather than in a hospital. Private nursing can help make this possible.
The Importance of Checking References
Before ever hiring anyone for private duty nursing, references must be checked. Is the potential nurse going to be providing any medical services? If so, be sure this person is licensed to do so. Ask for names and numbers of current and previous clients. Do not be afraid to call them. Ask detailed questions about the service. Find out if this person has provided adequate care. It is important to interview more than one person for this type of service. It also is important that not only will the person provide the required services, but that he or she gets along with the patient.
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