Home Health Care Provider: A Guide to Essential Skills

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Springer Publishing Company, Jun 9, 2008 - Social Science - 264 pages
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This book is designed to foster quality care to home care recipients. It is written for companions, home health aides, and other care givers who deliver non-medical home care. Prieto provides information, tips, and techniques on personal care routines as well as additional responsibilities that are often necessary in this work, including home safety and maintenance, meal planning, errand running, caring for couples, and making use of recreational time. Going beyond standard nurses' aide training manuals, the book focuses on the psycho-social needs of home care recipients, stressing the need to maintain the house as a home and sustaining the recipient's way of life throughout caregiving situations. Prieto stresses interpersonal skills that benefit recipient and caregiver, creating a systematic, easy-to-follow plan for delivering quality service and maintaining, or improving, quality of life.


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I am doing research on home health providers and this book is going to be very helpful on describing what a provider really is in my research paper for college. I think it is a great book. I have been a povider for twenty four years and this book really helps people to understand the many tasks that a provider takes care of . 


Chapter 1 Attitudes of Aging
Chapter 2 Aging at Home
Chapter 3 The Companion Home Care Provider
Chapter 4 Interpersonal Skills and Communications
Chapter 5 Common Conditions and Diseases of the Aging Body
Chapter 6 The Terminally Ill Client
Chapter 7 Caring for Couples
Chapter 8 About Activities
Chapter 9 Planning and Preparing Meals
Chapter 10 Home Safety and Household Management
Chapter 11 Legal Authority and Money Matters
Chapter 12 Planning for Placement

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Emily Prieto, MBA, LSW, became a Licensed Social Worker after studying Recreational Gerontology and Sociology. She works in nursing homes and an adult day care center. Independently, she offered social work consulting to nursing homes in Central Ohio. In addition, she was the Activity Director in an Alzheimer's care facility and an adult day care center, where she also served as the Program Manager. In 2001, she started 2nd Watch Senior Care, a business that provides non-medical, companion and errand services to older adults living in the community. She has been a Franklin County (Ohio) Volunteer Guardian for ten years, serving to direct care and make health-care decisions for nursing-home residents with limited resources.

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