Home health nursing is a nursing specialty in which nurses provide multidimensional home foundations of nursing in the community pdf to patients of all ages. Home health care is a cost efficient way to deliver quality care in the convenience of the client’s home.
Home health nurses create care plans to achieve goals based on the client’s diagnosis. These plans can include preventative, therapeutic, and rehabilitative actions. Home health nurses also supervise certified nursing assistants.
Home health care is intended for clients that are well enough to be discharged home, but still require skilled nursing personnel to assess, initiate and oversee nursing interventions. Lillian Wald is recognized as the pioneer of public health nursing. She established the Henry Street Settlement which served underprivileged individuals and families. Nurses and social workers that worked at the Henry Street Settlement visited patients in their homes, assessed their health needs, and provided support with hygiene, nutrition, immunizations and more.
Wald was able to convince Metropolitan Life Insurance Company to cover home care services. This allowed public health nursing to shift from charitable work to profitable work. There is a wide range of services that are performed by many different professionals, services include wound care, disease management, medical equipment, therapy, medical social services, and patient education. Home health nurses have a wide range of duties and services provided, and in addition to services provided nurses also consult with doctors on the status of the patient and provide feedback on any potential changes that need to be made to the care plan.