Home Health Care Provider: A Guide to Essential Skills

Home Health Care Provider: A Guide to Essential Skills

by Emily Prieto
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826128521

ISBN-13: 9780826128522

Pub. Date: 06/09/2008

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

This book is designed to foster quality care to home care recipients. It is written for companions, home health aides, and other care givers who deliver non-medical home care. Prieto provides information, tips, and techniques on personal care routines as well as additional responsibilities that are often necessary in this work, including home safety and maintenance

Overview

This book is designed to foster quality care to home care recipients. It is written for companions, home health aides, and other care givers who deliver non-medical home care. Prieto provides information, tips, and techniques on personal care routines as well as additional responsibilities that are often necessary in this work, including home safety and maintenance, meal planning, errand running, caring for couples, and making use of recreational time. Going beyond standard nurses' aide training manuals, the book focuses on the psycho-social needs of home care recipients, stressing the need to maintain the house as a home and sustaining the recipient's way of life throughout caregiving situations. Prieto stresses interpersonal skills that benefit recipient and caregiver, creating a systematic, easy-to-follow plan for delivering quality service and maintaining, or improving, quality of life."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826128522
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/09/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Todd Gabel. MBA     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Attitudes of Aging     1
Why This Matters     1
Aging in America: Attitudes on Aging     2
Myths and Facts     3
Normal Aging     5
Summary     8
Aging at Home     11
Why This Matters     11
Caregiving and Caregivers     12
Attitudes on Caregiving     13
The Caregiving Community at Home     14
Home Care and Home Health Care     16
The Home Care Industry     21
The Eden Alternative at Home     25
Summary     27
The Companion Home Care Provider     31
Why This Matters     31
The Companion     32
Roles and Responsibilities     35
E-mail Correspondence     36
Emotions of Caring for Others     42
Self-Care     45
Summary     48
Interpersonal Skills and Communications     51
Why This Matters     51
Personal Skills     52
Communication Skills     52
Communicating WithFamily     55
Conversation Skills     56
Listening Skills     58
Problem-Solving Skills     60
Conflict-Resolution Skills     63
Decision-Making Skills     65
Observation Skills     66
Summary     74
Common Conditions and Diseases of the Aging Body     77
Why This Matters     77
The Aging Body     78
Alcoholism     79
Alzheimer's Disease     80
Arthritis     84
Bedsores     85
Cancer     86
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)     88
Constipation     89
Continence     90
Dementia     92
Depression     93
Diabetes     95
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)     96
Hearing Loss     98
Heart Disease     99
High Blood Pressure (HBP/Hypertension)     100
Impaired and Loss of Vision     102
Kidney Disorder (Renal Disease)     103
Lung Disease     104
Mental Health     106
Osteoporosis     107
Pain     108
Parkinson's Disease      109
Stroke (CVA/Cerebral Vascular Accident)     112
Physicians and Specialists     113
Summary     114
The Terminally Ill Client     117
Why This Matters     117
A Terminal Diagnosis     118
Hospice Care     120
Summary     122
Caring for Couples     125
Why This Matters     125
Caring for Couples     126
Situations of Partner Care     126
Emotions of Partners in Care     126
Defining Couples     128
Respite Care     129
Summary     129
About Activities     131
Why This Matters     131
Doing Things     132
Activities and Quality of Life     132
Activities of Life and Activities of Recreation     135
A Companion's Role in Activity Planning     137
Be Prepared With Activities     139
Activity Ideas     140
Summary     157
Planning and Preparing Meals     163
Why This Matters     163
Nutrition, Eating, and the Aging Body     164
Involving the Client in Meal Planning and Preparation      169
Shopping for the Client     171
Recipes     173
Summary     180
Home Safety and Household Management     183
Why This Matters     183
Keeping the Home Safe     184
Emergencies     205
Telephone Contact     207
Household Management     208
Universal Design     210
Summary     212
Legal Authority and Money Matters     215
Why This Matters     215
Decision Making and the Older Adult     216
Legal Tools and Designations for Health Care Decision Making     216
Money Matters: Medicare and Medicaid     220
Summary     221
Planning for Placement     223
Why This Matters     223
Facilitating Long-Term-Care Planning     224
Moving From Home     224
Living Options and Alternatives     226
Visiting and Evaluating Health Care Facilities     229
The Companion's Role After Facility Placement     234
Summary     235
References     237
Index     239

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