Visiting Nurses and Other in Home care providers are responsible to provide the same level of services that the patient expects and is entitled to if they were being treated in a "in patient" facility. In fact, the "in home" care provider, working alone, must provide greater care and closer detail to treatment and diagnosis. The "in home" patient does not have the advantage of the team of medical providers and specialists one would find at a Hospital. Nutrition, respitory care, physical therapy, and other modalities must be monitored. If the patient is showing changes in their health and condition, it is the responsibility of the home care provider to bring it to the attention of the family and the patients doctors so that treatment plans can be changed.
Visiting Nurses also must follow the standard of care in performing daily nursing tasks such as catheterization, IV administration and other nursing protocols.
Physical, Occupational, and other therapists must also be acutely aware of patients needs when working outside the clinical environment of a hospital and Rehabilitation Center. They must take caution to prevent falls, infections and other problems they may encounter outside the hospital or facility environment.
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