I’m thinking about home care for my father. What options are available?
First, talk to your father’s doctor about what kind of care he needs. There are a few options available: • A private nurse will oversee your father’s medical care at home. The nurse performs such duties as changing bandages, taking vital signs, dressing wounds, and monitoring intravenous (IV) solutions or oxygen. • If your father lives at home, a personal care attendant (PCA) can help him with light housekeeping duties, prepare meals, bring groceries, help you with routine activities like dressing and bathing – or just offer some companionship. The PCA will also observe your loved one and note for any major changes in his or her condition that might indicate a need for medical attention. • Your father could be enrolled in a state rehabilitation program. As part of this program, professionals can show your father how to adapt to his disability so he can live at home more comfortably. Simple adjustments include a ramp for easier wheelchair access or raised furniture so he can stand witho