Assisting Hands Caregivers, or “certified home health aides”, provide one-on-one care for patients that is focused on safety at home, activities of daily living and quality of life. They are supervised by our director of nursing.
Numerous types of care are available, and all can work together to provide the maximum benefit to the patient and best outcomes while the patient is safe in the comfort of their own home.
- Certified Home Health Aides (CHHAs) are trained and licensed to provide personal care, assisting with activities of daily living, medication reminders, run errands, prepare meals, do light housekeeping tasks and provide companionship. Professional caregivers are licensed by the New Jersey Board of Nursing after 76 hours of education that is a combination of classroom and clinical training. The Board of Nursing also conducts intensive fingerprint criminal background checks and the license must be renewed every two years. Caregivers are all bonded and insured when working through an agency and the care they provide is supervised by a director of nursing, who is also a registered nurse. Caregivers are available to assist with numerous activities for several hours a day, overnight shifts , to 24-hour live-in. Assisting Hands Home Care provides CHHAs to all clients.
- Registered Nurses (RNs) have additional education and licensure than LPNs and provide skilled medical services beyond those that home health aides, CNAs and LPNs offer. Nurses can conduct an assessment to determine the care needed and monitor the patient’s condition. They perform hands-on procedures such as changing wound dressings, inserting catheters and IV lines, and giving injections. While Assisting Hands Serving Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties does not offer medical services, Stephen Hoelle, RN-BC, our director of nursing and a registered nurse with an extensive medical-surgical and dementia care background, oversees our CHHAs in the field, monitors each patient’s plan of care and is available as a resource.
Other professionals in the patient care area include:
- Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs or NACs) are health aides who have received more specialized training and are working in facilities. In New Jersey, CNA’s are not allowed to do in-home care.
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) perform some skilled medical tasks such as taking vital signs, collecting samples, administering medication, ensuring patient comfort, and reporting the status of their patients to the nurses and doctors. They work in facilities and medical office settings.
- Social Workers offer assessments, advice and counseling to boost the mental health of family caregivers and their loved ones. Social workers will coordinate discharge plans at hospitals and rehabilitation facilities to ensure patients go home with services and medical equipment that the doctor prescribes.
- Rehabilitation Services such as physical therapy and occupational therapy provide care in the home to help maximize the patient’s quality of life, independence, and safety, and to restore the patient to the highest level of function possible.
Durable medical equipment companies provide home care equipment, such as oxygen delivery systems, wheelchairs, walkers, and hospital beds. They can also furnish wound care dressings, incontinence aids, and other products and supplies like grab bars, showerheads, and shower chairs to ensure safety in the home.
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