There comes a point in every person’s life where they require assistance with some or all of their day-to-day tasks. While there are plenty of options available to elderly individuals who require assistance, many opt to hire a home health aide so they are able to remain in the comfort of their own home and receive the help they need. Depending on the level of assistance a person needs, they may opt to have a home health aide live with them or work regular shifts.
Some of the common tasks these types of health care professionals perform include:
- Assist with activities of daily living. This might include helping an elderly individual bath, get dressed, eat, groom, move from one place to the next, use the restroom, etc.
- Check vital signs. They might check a person’s blood pressure, respiration, and pulse.
- Monitor the individual’s physical and mental condition. This includes the level of exercise they complete, their food and water intake, and how often they use the restroom.
- Handle emergencies. If an accident occurs or the individual experience’s a medical emergency, the home health aide is there to assist.
Now, because home health aides are considered “health care paraprofessionals,” they “must meet state-set training requirements” and must acknowledge the rights of the person they are caring for. Anytime a family is looking to hire a home health aide, AARP suggests they look for someone who possesses the following traits:
- Good communication skills
- Pays attention to detail
- Physical stamina
- Medical knowledge to perform their tasks well
What should a family member do if the home health aide they hired is neglecting their loved one?
A home health aide’s role carries a great deal of responsibility, but many are unfit or unqualified to take on such a workload. When this happens, they might take out their frustrations on the person they are supposed to be caring for. If a family member suspects that the home health aide they hired is mistreating their loved one or even neglecting them, they should consider making the necessary changes so their loved one is safe.
Families who suspect a home health aide has neglected or mistreated their loved one can also contact Miller Trial Law to discuss their concerns with a Kendall, FL caregiver negligence attorney. The attorneys at this firm are qualified and capable of helping families acknowledge a caregiver for their inappropriate or unethical behavior and even assist them with recovering compensation to make up for the injuries/losses the individual suffered as a result. To connect with a caregiver negligence lawyer in Kendall, FL now, call 305-697-8312.
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