A home nurse is a caregiver, a kind of companion, who can take care of you or your loved one for whom you engage the services of the person. Usually, a home nurse is employed when people have mobility issues, and/or some medical conditions that need the help of trained professionals like a nurse. A home nurse may be engaged on a full-time basis or day care basis, depending on the needs. Of course, there are many agencies, and reputed hospitals, as well as healthcare portals that now provide the services of home nurses. But, the onus of choosing the right home nurse is on the person engaging the services. So, here are seven tips that can help you look for and find the right home nurse.
Please look for and find the right, reputed agencies to place your request for a home nurse. It is essential to verify the credentials of the agency as well as the person being hired. Check reviews and feedback from the agency, from known people, existing customers, etc. Also, insist on trained personnel to suit your needs for the home nurse. A home nurse is not just a companion or a person to do chores around the house. Hence, the person needs to be trained in handling immobile or sick people and should also have some training/certification that is required to do such jobs. They should be able to treat the patient with necessary care and also take precautionary or emergency actions if any need arises. Also, the agency should be an established one which only employs qualified people as well as conducts the necessary background checks etc.
However good recommendations the person comes with, please insist on meeting a few people, interviewing them and then making an informed choice about employing the home nurse. Request for a resume, and ask questions about the person and their complete background, if not provided in the resume. Check how qualified the person is to handle any specialised needs if that is the need. If you are employing the person for a full-time job, check if the person understands the needs and demands of such a situation and is willing for the same. For example, if the patient needs attention or help during the nights, the home nurse should be willing to do that.
Try to ask questions to understand the loving, caring and patient nature of the person. Old and immobile people have many issues like mobility, hearing, forgetfulness, eyesight issues, etc. They have regular medications to be given and may also diet restrictions, etc. Is the home nurse the kind of person who can patiently handle all these things, is a factor that needs to be verified by asking the right questions.
Do your homework
Nowadays the Internet is a powerful tool, and hence, once you have the details of the person, you can make your fact checks as well as reference checks. Check for the person’s social media accounts and posts to see if you can find anything unsuitable, or different from the facts provided to you during the interview process.
Use your gut feel
Most interviews are as much about a gut feel as it is about a person’s suitability and qualifications. The home nurse would be staying as part of the household and hence would have to be such a person who can fit and mingle along with the household or other family members. So, it is important to consider the overall personality of the person and go with a gut feeling. If you feel that the person is a warm, caring person who can handle the needs, please go ahead, after due background checks.
Consider family’s opinions
If you have family members around, please ensure that the home nurse meets the family members as well and take views from the concerned people. Someone else may be able to find some issue in the behaviour that you may have missed, and it may be better to take a collective decision about engaging someone who will come into the household. The person being cared for should necessarily be comfortable with this engagement.
Terms and conditions
A home nurse would be proper employment of sorts, and hence it is important to understand the liabilities involved. Have an adequate understanding if not a written contract with the agency/person if required, about compensation, days off, holidays, timings, any other privileges, chores, backups or replacements etc., so that there is no conflict later.
While it is difficult to figure out a person’s character thoroughly during the interview, try to ensure that certain attributes, like loving, caring, patient, organised, meticulous, mindful, attentive, adaptable, etc. are present. You may check earlier references to understand if these qualities are present. After all, you cannot have someone who sits and watches a TV show and forgets to give timely food or medicines.
Do reach out to us at Samarth Care for any help you need.