Preparing your house for a visiting home nurse
Keeping patients at home is an important goal of a home health care nurse. We know patients recover much better at home settings as the risk of infection decreases and chances of readmission to the hospital also minimize. To achieve this goal, it is important to maintain an ideal working environment for the home nurse who is scheduled.
While a home nursing professional is all set to provide care and compassion at the comfort of your own home, it is important to ensure a comfortable environment for him/her. Firstly, a safe environment for a nurse should be maintained. Safer the working environment, much effective the care would be. A competent nurse likes to work in an environment that reinforces their professional role, for which a safe environment is mandatory.
Secondly, adequate resources for performing the care need to be arranged. In home care, patients will need help in doing things that they are unable to do by themselves — even with performing basic tasks like cleaning and dressing. They may require a nurse to change the dressing on a wound or to administer intravenous drugs. They may need equipment, too: a walker, a bath seat or a commode to ensure that patients don’t injure themselves during recovery. All the articles needed for performing the care or procedure by a nurse should be arranged at the earliest. This is critical especially with consumables that are necessary for infection control, like gloves, sanitizers etc.
Finally, a positive attitude must be shown towards the nurse who is visiting the home for care. Welcome them with a smile; they have come to ensure that your loved one has a speedy recovery. The nature of relationship between patient, patient relatives and nurse has significant impact on overall quality of health care. The nurse’s compliance and satisfaction is greatly influenced by the behavior and communication manner of the patient or the relatives, as a nurse may spend upto 12 hours at the patient’s home.