When caring for a loved one at home, there are some medical procedures you may not be familiar with. Some procedures may even be unsafe for anyone but a medical professional to attempt. When your loved one needs such procedures on a regular basis, in-home skilled nursing care from a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) may be what you and your loved one need.
What Is Skilled Nursing?
Skilled nursing care involves medical professionals trained in providing a variety of advanced medical services. These include everything from pharmaceutical management to basic assessment and diagnostic services. While such services are often standard at nursing homes and other licensed health care facilities, you and your loved one can enjoy the same skilled nursing care at home. This allows patients with more serious health issues to get the advanced care they need while enjoying the comfort of home.
What Qualifications Are Involved?
In-home nursing care can be provided either by registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). These qualifications are explained in more detail below:
- RN: Registered nurses, or RNs, are the recipients of a two-year nursing degree or three-year diploma. In many cases, RNs have baccalaureate degrees. Due to their more extensive training, registered nurses are expected to do more critical thinking and are responsible for a wider variety of tasks than LPNs or LVNs.
- LPN: Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, have a certificate in nursing, earned following a year of nursing education. Some receive an associate’s degree in nursing. These nurses are responsible for more practical aspects of patient care and typically report to a registered nurse.
- LVN: Licensed vocational nurses, or LVNs, are the same as LPNs, just with a different job title. The term LVN is used in place of LPN in California and Texas.
If you or your loved one is being cared for by an LPN or LVN, the care they provide will also be supervised by an RN.
Skilled Nursing at Home
Skilled care nursing involves an RN, LPN or LVN performing more advanced medical services that a patient’s caregiver is unable to give. These services include the following:
Clinical assessment and evaluation
Medication management and administration
Bowel and bladder care
Diabetic care & monitoring and insulin administration
Infusion therapies and injections
Central line and port maintenance
Prevention and treatment of skin issues
Skilled nursing home care provides you and your loved one with the advanced care needed to keep your loved one happy and healthy, while also coaching you and other caregivers on the skills needed to maintain quality care. With Guardian Community Health Systems’ in-home skilled nursing care services, you can ensure your loved one is getting the advanced care they need in the comfort of their home. Learn more about Guardian’s respite care services today by contacting us online or by phone.