Because of the amount of time they spend with patients and the level of care they provide, Home Health Aides (HHAs) have long been considered to be the eyes and ears of the patient’s healthcare team. In the course of caring for their patients, there are several beginning and end care tasks that need to be completed. In a previous blog, we reviewed a few activities that should be completed at the beginning of every care session, and today, we’ll discuss a few essential tasks that should be completed at the end of your care sessions.
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Four Final Care Procedures
After you have assisted your patients with their activities of daily living (ADLs), there are a few key tasks that should be completed to ensure the best experience for you and the patient, including adjusting the bed position, personal hygiene, and completing any necessary documentation.
Lower the Bed
If your patient has an adjustable bed, its height may have been adjusted during the course of your work with him or her. A bed that is too high can present several hazards to the patient, including the risk of falling. Before you leave the patient, it is essential to ensure that the bed has been adjusted to the lowest position possible. Doing so will provide a safe resting and sleeping environment.
When you are working closely with a patient, clear communication is necessary for safety and to set proper expectations. Likewise, once you are done assisting the patient with the necessary tasks for the day, he or she may have some questions about the care that you provided. Taking the time to answer any questions and explain the care efforts that were provided for the patient will go a long way in fostering a trusting relationship with him or her.
Wash Your Hands
As you assist your patient with essential tasks such as eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, and using the restroom, you’ll be working in very close proximity with them. Just as you made sure to wash your hands during your beginning care steps, it is essential to wash your hands after you have completed your care tasks with the patient. Doing so will help prevent the spread of infection and illness.
As the person who spends the most time with the patient, it will be up to you to thoroughly document any changes in the patient’s health. At the end of each care session, it is important to note the patient’s mental and physical capabilities, as a change in these could indicate a problem. Additionally, it is essential to document the care you provided the patient as thoroughly as you can.
Home Health Aide Training in Pasco County
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