Dear Confused and Overwhelmed With All the Letters,
I agree that all the acronyms can be a bit too much to understand. So let me make it easy to understand. This should help direct your care need decision.
RN = Registered Nurse
LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant
HHA = Home Health Aide
What does that mean? When we get calls from families, the most requested staff person is “a Nurse”. It is very common for a child of an aging parent to think that a nurse is the only option in providing in home care. After a discussion with a member of our office staff or a Registered Nurse Care Manager A Registered Nurse Care Manager is someone with special healthcare credentials who can customize care for you or a loved one. Whether you are making a transition from your home to a retirement community, or if you need assistance to remain in your home, your Registered Nurse Care Manager handles all the details. however, it is clear that what is actually needed is a CNA or HHA. In other words, a hands-on Caregiver to help with bathing, dressing, toileting, meal preparation and light housekeeping or laundry. A kind, personally selected Caregiver to keep your Mom company, remind her to take her medication and provide reassurance in your absence.
These individuals are trained in the daily hands on care of seniors. They are tested for competency and their training is ongoing. The key to success in the home is the matching of personalities. PA Agency of Nurses personally matches the Caregiver to the personality of the Client.
In the situation where a higher level of skilled care is needed; an IV or feeding tube Client for example, then a Nurse is the only option. These highly trained professionals are available from PA Agency of Nurses, but most of the families we service require the care and support of a CNA or HHA.
As always, the answers to your Caregiving questions are only a few clicks away.
Very truly yours,
Janice Guckin Barry, RN, Dear Nurse