In a prior blog, we reviewed a few of the essential care tasks that Home Health Aides (HHAs) are responsible for. HHAs have long been considered the eyes and ears of the patient’s healthcare team, and many of their key tasks include assisting patients with their activities of daily living (ADLs). In order to provide a consistent, high-level of patient care, it is necessary for HHAs to perform proper beginning and ending steps during each care procedure, and in today’s blog, we’ll review some essential initial care procedures.

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Four Initial Care Procedures

When you are preparing to assist patients with their ADLs, there are a few key tasks that should become second nature to ensure the best experience for him or her. We’ve listed the critical activities below.

Wash Hands

This may need to be done more than once during a procedure, however, it is essential to begin every care session with germ-free hands. You may assist patients with weakened or suppressed immune systems due to health conditions or certain medications. Before beginning the task at hand, be sure you’re doing so with clean hands to prevent infection and the spread of illness.

Ensure Safety

The health, safety, and wellbeing of your patient is your number one concern as an HHA. Before you begin to assist him or her, check to be sure there are no safety hazards that could present a problem prior to beginning the ADL task. This may include removing tripping hazards like rugs and lowering the patient’s bed to the proper level before helping him or her.

Clear Communication

It is vital to remember to clearly and concisely communicate with your patient to ensure that he or she understands what to expect during your care procedures. As an HHA who performs ADL assistance everyday, it can be easy to forget this aspect of patient care. However, effective communication with your patient will promote cooperation, understanding, and trust.

Provide Privacy

Regardless of age or ability, each patient under your care deserves privacy and to be treated with dignity, not only as a courtesy, but as a legal right. Because you’ll assist your patients with extremely personal tasks such as bathing, grooming, and toileting, it is essential to ensure they have the privacy to feel comfortable before beginning these tasks.

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