Why is non-skill home health care important?
Here at Etairos, we believe that prevention is better than cure, so if you’re in a position where your gait is already unsteady, you’re already battling with balance, your doctor may have diagnosed you with gait dysfunction and ordered that you have a walk-up, the best thing would be for you also to have a caregiver who can help you in the shower, ’cause in the shower, we’re talking about water and soap. It becomes slippery, and then it becomes an issue. So you can have a fractured hip. If you have a fractured hip, you must go to the hospital. You’ll have to have surgery. You’re going to go to rehab, and sometimes months in rehab, and that becomes very expensive. You’re gonna have to be away from family and friends and in an unfamiliar environment, and that can be a problem for a lot of seniors. So before that happens, we believe it’s best to have a caregiver in your home. There are many other instances where that is also beneficial, but majorly, that’s one of the reasons that we suggest that non-skill be in the home.
How often will a caregiver come to my home?
That really depends on you and the assessment of your needs, so if you already know, fine. If you’re not aware, then Etairos can send a nurse out to your home. The nurse can assess your environment and how you move around in your environment, meaning how you transfer from your bed to your chair, how you get up from the couch, how you sit on the toilet, and how you get up from the toilet, and how you ambulate within the home and if it’s safe or not, and how you can handle your day-to-day activities. And together, the both of you can sit together and come up with a comprehensive plan that meets your needs.
Can my home health aide help with personal hygiene?
They certainly can. It’s one of the cornerstones to their education is assisting with personal hygiene, so yes, they certainly can help you with that, but not only your personal hygiene, they’re able to help you with your laundry, putting your laundry in, getting them folded, hanging them, putting them away, making your bed, taking out your garbage, an array of different things that they’re able to help you within the home, but to answer your question, yes, they’re able to help you with personal care.
What if I am bedbound? Can an aide help me transfer to my power chair?
Absolutely. They can absolutely help you do that because they’ve been trained to do that. And on top of their training, we have regular in-services here at Etairos that we apply to their yearly in-service and their yearly competencies. And those are some of the things that we go over. So not only are they able to help you transfer from your bed to your power chair, but from your power chair to a regular chair, from your power chair to the toilet, and on and off, and certainly with the use of the skills that they have acquired and equipment such as a Hoyer lift.
Can my aide help me with my medications?
Yes, absolutely, but there are a couple of instances, and there are a couple of circumstances that need to be followed before they can. So with medications, we need you to know that this is an aide. Although they’re trained to assist you, they’re not trained to administer, so they cannot literally put medications in your mouth. Still, if they can read the label and tell what’s on the bottle, then they’re able to put it in your hand, and then you can administer it to yourself, or they can put it in a cup and then hand it to you, and you administer it to yourself. They can’t fill the pill organizer. The nurse does. And they can remove it from the organizer and then hand it to the patient, so yes, they’ve been trained in that also, and they definitely can assist you with that.
Can you provide live-in aide services?
We certainly can live-in aides, hourly services, incremental services, and anything that you would need. We would be able to provide. With live-in, there are a couple of things that we have to abide by, as those are the regulations per law. So if you’re gonna have a live-in aide, you’re gonna need to have a separate room and bathroom that the caregiver is able to use and have some privacy. Secondly, the caregiver will have to have increments of at least 30 minutes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and at night, they must have a minimum of eight hours of sleep per night. So if we assess you and we recognize that this is something that fits in, yes, we can provide a live-in aide. However, if you’re the type of person who’s up a lot at night and you’re going back and forth to the bathroom, back and forth to the bathroom, it would mean that the caregiver would have to be up with you. Therefore we would suggest somebody that is there hourly instead of live-in, that can take care of your needs as you need to go to the bathroom. But yes, as per that question, we can provide a live-in aide if needed.