What a Private Duty Nurse Does

At Phoenix Home Care & Hospice, we provide a range of home health services designed to help you live an independent life at home instead of moving to a nursing home. We believe the best healing happens at home. One of our services includes private duty nursing. Today’s blog from Phoenix Home Health describes what a private duty nurse does for you or your loved one.

Help Where It’s Needed Most

Private duty nursing occurs when patients need a high level of medical attention. The overall goal of private duty nursing is to provide medically necessary nursing care to patients in their homes to make sure they’re happy, healthy, and independent in their own homes. The idea is to allow you or your loved one to remain at home rather than reside in an assisted living facility.

More Active Shifts

Phoenix Home Care’s private duty nurses typically work longer shifts compared to home health aides. Whereas a home health aide may stop by your house for two hours a week, private duty nurses may spend four or more hours per day with patients. How long a private duty nurse spends with you depends on the level of care needed.

Essential Duties

Essential duties of private duty nurses vary. These dedicated medical professionals can help you upon discharge from a hospital, assist with daily activities, and administer medications. 

Other services provided in private duty nursing:

  • Application of eye drops, ointments or topical medications
  • Monitoring medical status changes of patients
  • Feeding meals to the patient
  • Bathroom assistance
  • Changing bandages or gauze
  • Monitoring blood pressure, blood sugar, and other vitals
  • Helping with ventilators and oxygen tanks

Medical Conditions for Private Duty Nursing

Medical conditions that may require a private duty nurse:

  • Diabetes
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Wounds
  • Tube feedings
  • Tracheotomies
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Pulmonary (lung) injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Seizure disorders

Phoenix Home Care and Private Duty Nursing

Phoenix Home Care wants you or your loved one to live as comfortably as possible while receiving the best health care possible. That’s why private duty nurses may be a great option as opposed to an assisted living facility. Contact Phoenix Home Care or call toll-free 1-888-830-2388 if you have questions about our private duty nursing services.

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