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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jean B. Heady, MS, RN, CS, C (Jefferson County Public Health Service)
Description: This handbook provides easy-to-use guidelines for home health clinicians and for agency managers developing a comprehensive orientation for nurses and other clinicians entering the rapidly growing home health care industry. Numerous concise tables and a glossary of terms facilitate reading.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist nurses, other clinicians, and managers to make a successful transition to home health practice and to be a reference resource beyond initial orientation. Growth in patient acuity and emerging specialties require expanded and extended orientation to ensure safe and effective practice. This handbook provides a valuable guide to achieve this orientation.
Audience: The text is written for all home health audiences. Administrators, managers, practitioners, and billing personnel will benefit from the content.
Features: Illustrations are well balanced and give the reader a ready reference for conceptual learning. References are current and appropriate. Index pagination needs some corrections. The Specialty Considerations in Home Care is a valuable addition to this orientation handbook as it provides the reader with a thumbnail history of each specialty, standards, assessment skills, and care planning. The glossary, appendix, and numerous tables and illustrations support the overall text.
Assessment: This home health orientation handbook supports the author's objectives to assist nurses, other clinicians, and managers in transitioning to home health care. The author leads the reader through a concise history of home care, to the skills needed, orientation considerations, rules related to payment for services, referral intake, and subsequent practice. A nurse new to home care should keep this handbook for reference long after the official orientation is completed. It would be a valuable addition to agency libraries.