Dealing With Medical Emergencies and Conditions

Dealing With Medical Emergencies and Conditions

2 Essential Actions When Delivering Home Health Care

by Vernon Foster

If you are training to be a health professional who will conduct a home visit to deliver personal care to your clients, it is essential that you understand the actions you need to take to ensure they receive the best level of care. Read on to find out more.

Carry Out Regular Reviews of the Care Plan

Each client should have a care plan that details their needs and the actions which have been agreed on to provide the necessary level of care. The care plan provides a template for the care the individual should be receiving so that even a new member of staff or an agency worker can read through it and know exactly what care and support that individual needs, so it must be accurate and up-to-date.

It is important that regular reviews are carried out, so individuals changing needs are reflected in their care or support plan. It is important to remember that individuals are not static objects. During the time when a person being cared for, it is highly likely that their needs and wants will change.

Regular reviews should be carried out to assess the level of care the client is receiving and any changes or adjustments which need to be made. For example, if a client's health deteriorates, their care plan would need to be reviewed so suitable adjustments can be made.

These adjustments may include things such as connecting the client with their GP for a medication review or contacting their hospital consultant. When the person's health has improved, the care plan should again be reviewed and modified to reflect the change in circumstances and wellbeing.

Treat the Client in a Dignified Way

When providing personal care, it is vital that you always treat the client in a dignified way. For example, when you enter a client's bedroom, you should always knock on the door before you enter. While this might seem like common sense, as you become familiar with the client and grow used to being in their home, you may find yourself entering their personal space without first alerting them to your presence.

If in the course of providing personal care, you need to touch a client to examine a wound or to change a dressing, you should always ask permission before reaching out to touch them. If you need to talk about sensitive topics relating to their care, you should always do so in a private space.

If you would like further advice, contact a home health care provider today.


About Me

Dealing With Medical Emergencies and Conditions

Hello, my name is Peter and I live in Western Australia with my wife on our pet dogs. This is my blog which details how to deal with various medical emergencies and other conditions. Last year, several friends and members of my family suffered from various different kinds of medical problems. Some of them, such as my uncle had to be rushed to the hospital for immediate treatment that saved his life. Lots of my friends had minor problems which had a big impact on the quality of their lives. I take an active interest in first-aid and other medical matters so I decided to start this blog.