The difference between the services of a nurse, caregiver and geronto-homemaker is not negligible.
Aging is a natural phenomenon that we cannot avoid. It leads to numerous changes in the human body, even to a decrease in physical and mental functions. However, with specialized care, the elderly can live healthily, happily, and into old age.
However, when care for the elderly is mentioned, many are not sure whether they should seek the help of a nurse, caregiver or gerontologist.
Bearing in mind this dilemma, MinuteNurse Home health & care reveals the difference between the services of a nurse, a caregiver and a gerontologist.
Nursing services in home care
The difference between the services of a nurse, a carer and a gerontologist is reflected, first of all, in education.
Nurses are licensed to provide qualified medical care. There are several levels of care they can achieve in their education.
High school education lasting 4 years represents basic professional training for work in medicine. Further training takes place in academic and professional studies. Academic studies, which last 4 years, lead to higher education. Upon completion, the title of graduate health care organizer is obtained. Vocational studies last 3 years and lead to the title of professional nurse.
The second level of nursing education includes specialist academic and specialist vocational studies.
In home care, nurses usually come at the doctor’s order to give patients prescribed therapy. They also play a significant role in monitoring recovery after surgery, illness or injury. Their most common responsibilities are giving infusions and giving injections at home, dressing wounds, giving enemas, stoma care, placing, replacing and removing urinary catheters… They also participate in the rehabilitation and physical therapy of patients recovering from strokes, severe injuries, amputations…
Caregivers provide assistance in daily life activities, such as assistance with dressing and maintaining personal morning and evening hygiene, assistance with bathing, fetching medications and administering prescribed medicinal therapy. Then regular measurement of blood pressure, blood sugar, and if necessary, guidance to the doctor and accompaniment when receiving therapy in health institutions.
Caregivers are also in charge of procuring food and preparing meals, as well as keeping the area clean. In addition to care services, they also participate in the social life of clients, which includes not only socializing and going for walks, but also attention and understanding of their needs.
Exceptional dedication and care form the basis of the work of caregivers, which is why their profession is rightfully considered one of the most humane.
The title of caregiver is acquired after successfully completed training.
Services of a geronto-housekeeper
Geronto-housekeepers provide assistance in the maintenance and proper functioning of the household. Which means that they are responsible for vacuuming and dusting, washing and ironing laundry and other tasks related to the hygiene of the living space. They also take care of nutrition, i.e. procurement of food and preparation of meals.
Their services also include partial care of the client, and it refers to taking therapy and obtaining medicines.
The difference between the services of a nurse, a caregiver and a geronto-homemaker also exists in the time of delivery. Unlike nurses, who only come for a few hours, caregivers and geronto-homemakers can provide 24-hour care. Whereby the geronto housewives must come every day.
The center for the care of the elderly and the sick, MinuteNurse Home health & care is distinguished by its experienced team of nurses, caregivers and geronto-homemakers.