Providing Home Care for Those with HIV/AIDS

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.

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 info@besthomecaremn.com. If you are interested in how we can help you or your loved ones, visit our website.

Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Stroke?

At Best Home Care, we know that as our loved ones get older it is important to be aware of any and all health conditions that could be a danger to them. There is nothing worse than being present during a medical emergency and not knowing how to help or what to do.

 

One of the most dangerous health risks for seniors is a stroke. This occurs when there is an interruption of blood to the brain. The lapse of blood triggers the death of brain cells by depriving them of oxygen.

 

Strokes can cause permanent brain damage, paralysis, or even death. But being aware of warning signs and knowing how to handle the situation can make all the difference in the outcome. Here are some warning signs of a stroke to look out for:

 

  1. Facial Drooping: If one side of the face is lopsided or drooping, ask the person to smile. In looking at their smile if one side of the face is still uneven, this could be a sign of stroke.
  2. Arm Weakness: There is usually weakness in one side of the body, in the arms and legs, as well as a side of the face. If you ask the individual to hold both arms up and one is hanging lower, this is a strong sign of something bigger.
  3. Confusion: Showing signs of confusion or difficulty speaking, forming sentences, and understanding what is being said is another sign of a possible stroke.
  4. Dizziness: Especially sudden and severe dizziness and loss of balance or coordination is something to take note of.
  5. Headache: Ask the individual if they have any pain in their head, especially pain that comes on suddenly and strongly.

 

If you or someone you‘re with is experiencing these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately to seek prompt medical attention.

You can learn more about finding quality home care for the elderly, pediatric home care, or home care for those with disabilities by visiting our website. Our team of home care professionals specialize in helping those in need find the best personal care assistant, home nursing, home caregivers, or home care assistance for their own unique needs.

 

For any questions or concerns about home care services, call Best Home Care at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.