ADL Assistance and Your Family
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) encompass the everyday tasks that everyone performs to navigate daily life. These activities include not only cleaning and cooking but also self-care, toileting, dressing, and numerous small tasks often taken for granted. Those who have cared for a loved one are intimately aware of the multitude of “little things” involved in ADLs. When professional assistance arrives to aid with these daily activities, it can be a relief for all parties involved. But what exactly takes place when a professional enters the home to provide ADL assistance?
Skilled Nursing Care
Skilled nurses entering the home primarily focus on pain management. They ensure that the client is taking medications correctly and recommend further professional care when necessary. These nurses also monitor vital signs, including blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing. The duration of their stay depends on the client’s needs; if additional pain management or care is required, the nurse will stay longer. Skilled nurses are trained to recognize when it’s time to summon emergency services and will do so in case of an emergency. While monitoring vital signs over time, the nurse will promptly notify the primary doctor if any significant changes occur. They also relay vital sign information to the primary doctor. If a nurse identifies any issues, they will contact the family’s designated emergency contact to alert them to the situation. Additionally, the nurse may oversee appointments and assist with transportation to doctor’s appointments.
Unskilled care professionals typically have longer stays compared to skilled nursing care, depending on the agreed-upon scope of services. Unskilled care encompasses light housekeeping, personal care, assistance with transportation to appointments, meal preparation, minor medication assistance, and managing finances. Unskilled professionals ensure that the loved one has bathed, dressed, brushed their teeth, and is ready for the day. They can also oversee medication intake, but any changes to medications require approval from a nurse. Throughout the day, these professionals may return to the home to assist with transportation issues or grocery shopping. Light housekeeping duties include making beds, sweeping floors, washing dishes, and maintaining a generally clean environment.
Families are encouraged to actively participate in the care process for their loved ones. Questions are welcomed, and professionals aim to collaborate with families to ensure the client’s comfort in their own home. Ongoing communication is crucial, and if the family wishes to be present during visits, the professionals will accommodate this request. Family involvement is not only welcomed but also enhances the client’s emotional well-being.
The Vancouver Home Health Care Agency is available to help families gain a deeper understanding of the daily procedures involved in ADL assistance. We work closely with you and your family doctor to develop a daily care plan that allows your loved one to remain in their home for as long as possible.
“At Vancouver Home Health Care Agency, our commitment is rooted in caring and compassion, ensuring that your well-being remains at the heart of what we do.”
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