At Accredited Home Care, we’re proud to offer all of these options to our clients. This can include clients whose health and medical conditions benefit from around-the-clock care or to occasional wellness visits to everything in between.
That’s why a position in our organization can be especially appealing to Licensed Vocational Nurses. Although Registered Nurses are always welcome to join our team and have the skills and credentials we – and our patients – appreciated, LVNs are especially well-suited to the type of work we offer and can also gain valuable on-the-job experience from working with our clients to help their future professional endeavors.
Accredited Home Care has been working with clients throughout Southern California since 1980. We provide an extensive variety of home health care services, from basic nursing to more specialty therapies such as occupational therapy, massage therapy, physical therapy and more.
Our home health care services are appreciated by clients as well as their family members since our staff often makes it possible for clients to live in their homes independently rather than having to relocate to an assisted living community or somewhere that will require more supervision and care.
We can also offer other services for clients as needed, including light housekeeping, meal preparation, and assistance with errands. We even are happy to offer respite care if a client’s current caregiver or family member would welcome a break for a few hours or longer. Then, one of our employees can come by and provide care while your caregiver is relaxing and recharging.
What’s often appreciated by clients is a caregiver, especially a nurse, who is available for around-the-clock care. Over time, a trusted bond can develop as both people learn to enjoy each other’s company.
This can be a bright spot, especially in circumstances where some clients don’t always feel good about their lives.
They may have more health problems than they used to. They may feel bad that their bodies aren’t working as well anymore so it’s scary going for a drive or even taking a walk. They may feel lonely if their family isn’t close by anymore or some friends and loved ones have passed away.
So a nurse or various therapists who come by regularly and check on their physical, mental and emotional well-being can go a long way in helping a client achieve a positive quality of life.
A nurse can use the opportunity to see and interact with a client throughout the day. This is ideal to monitor and assess whether their mental and physical abilities are increasing, decreasing or staying the same.
They can be present or even assist with meals or routine tasks such as getting up and getting dressed.
Many LVNs are eager to have this type of experience. While some students in nursing programs want to continue studying for their RN credentials, other ones want to get out and start helping clients as soon as they are able to do so legally.
LVN credentials can be compared to an associate’s degree where they have demonstrated a solid understanding of policies and procedures and also have had some work experience.
In some situations, they may be partnered with a more senior nurse, such as an RN. In other situations, the LVN may be required to provide care solo on his or her own or perhaps oversee less-skilled nursing professionals or home health aides.
But still, for some, the experience of round-the-clock care can be a new challenge. While most nursing programs and practical experience may have covered basic and even advanced patient care, they may not have discussed the different skills and rhythms required for 24-hour care. Some of this can only be done by experience.
During this time, the LVN can:
- Provide monitoring of their client’s activity throughout the day, everything from what they eat and drink to how they act to how long they sleep to how well they perform certain skills. (A noticeable decline in abilities may indicate the possibility of dementia, or perhaps boredom.
- Assess any acute conditions that may affect the client, such as catching a cold, flu or similar infection.
- Make sure the client is taking proper amounts of medications at the proper times.
- Get to know family members or friends who may be regular or occasional visitors.
- Have good discussions, which can be whatever is on the clients’ mind. They may be concerned about their current or future health changes or may want to share stories from their life.
Communicate with the “other nurse” if you are alternating shifts or days on and off to make sure the client receives continuous quality care.
- Alert any providers or designated family members about any health changes.
If you’ve ever wondered about career opportunities, this is a good time to learn. November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. It’s an annual occasion to learn about different care options available in one’s community and also appreciate and encourage those who already work in the system.