It can be overwhelming to think about home healthcare for a loved one with HIV or AIDS. At Best Home Care, we want to help get the conversation started on what important needs have to be met by the home caregivers, home nurses, and home health aides that are taking care of your loved one. Here are some important things to address when meeting with potential home care assistants.
- Education: Learning about HIV and AIDS is imperative to providing quality homecare. There are courses given by The American Red Cross, state health departments, and HIV/AIDS service organizations. These courses can help with knowing what to expect and how to care for loved ones.
- Comfort Levels: The caregiver should have a comforting presence that your loved one will feel at ease around. Understanding what needs to be done in order to meet comfort levels around the home as well as in the relationship between caregiver and patient is huge in providing great care.
- Preventative Care: Caregivers need to be up to date on all immunizations and be extremely cautious about the spread of germs around someone with HIV or AIDS. Be sure they wash their hands regularly and are prepared with rubber gloves and disinfectant and are aware of all precautionary methods to take to avoid the spread of bacteria.
- General Healthcare: It is important for both the caregiver and patient to be focused on general health. Eating properly washed and prepared foods that are nutrient rich.
At Best Home Care, we make it our mission to help those in need find their ideal home healthcare services; whether that means home care for the elderly, pediatric homecare or homecare services for the disabled. For more advice on homecare for those with HIV/AIDS or information on our services, call us at 651-330-2550, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in how we can help you or your loved ones, visit our website.
According to the CDC at the end of 2012, 1.2 million individuals over the age of 13 were living with HIV or AIDS in the United States. Even more interesting is that 1 in 8 of those individuals don’t know they have the disease. While most prevalent during the 1980s, HIV/AIDS is still a very real issue in America today. Great progress has been made to improve the standard of living for those affected by the disease. In addition, at-home care and PCA services can have great benefits for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Here at Best Home Care, we have helped a number of personal care assistants and family caregivers provide home care services for a loved one living with HIV/AIDS. While there is currently no cure for HIV/AIDS, the symptoms can be treated to allow individuals to comfortably continue their day-to-day life. In home supportive services compliment these treatments by fostering a health focused and supportive environment for the individual.
When it comes to providing HIV/AIDS home care, there are three areas that caregivers should focus on:
Consuming healthy foods is essential to help maintain a strong immunes system and can even help treatments be more effective. As a caregiver, you should develop a meal plan that emphasizes healthy foods and always take care to prepare food properly and safely.
Avoid Alcohol and Drugs
HIV/AIDS patients are statistically more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol; which can interfere with treatment and lead to even more dangerous health problems. As a home caregiver, you should actively monitor your client for signs of excessive alcohol or drug use and guide them towards help if necessary.
Treatments often include many different medications that can be confusing for a patient to keep track of and understand. As a personal care assistant, you should build a treatment plan that clearly shows what and when medications should be taken as well as tracking when they will need to be refilled.
HIV/AIDS home caregivers provide an invaluable service for their clients. Best Home Care is proud to support the work of these personal care assistants as they provide a better quality of life for the individuals they care for. Contact us today to learn more about home care giving services for HIV/AIDS or how our home care professionals can support you!