WHAT IS A PRIVATE DUTY NURSE?

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John was an ironworker, one of those men and women who build bridges and skyscrapers. The job required agility, balance, courage, and dedication. Winter or Summer, the work continued. Then one day, high above the ground, John slipped and fell.

Aarav was four when tragedy struck. He wandered away and fell into a nearby pond. Aarav nearly drowned and suffered life-long injury.

Both John and Aarav now require round-the-clock nursing care. However, instead of remaining in a hospital, both are able to live at home with the services of private duty nurses.

A private duty nurse is a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who works one-on-one with individual clients. Care is provided in the home of the client rather than in a hospital setting. American Home Health nurses are offered cases within twenty miles of their homes. The nurses work eight-hour shifts. Round-the-clock nursing is available.

Many private duty nursing cases involve pediatric cases. The child may require Tracheostomy Care (Trach) or Gastrostomy Tube (G-tube) or Ventilator (Vent). Pediatric patients may have long term illnesses such as Cerebral Palsy (CP) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Adult cases often involve job-related injuries and illnesses covered by workman’s compensation. Some of these may be caused by accidents such as a fall from a ladder. Other conditions may be caused by overuse or misuse of the body over a long period of time. For example, repetitive stress may cause carpel tunnel syndrome or chronic back problems.

The services of a private duty nurse may be paid by private pay or private insurance. Other payors include managed care companies, Medicare, and Medicaid. Pediatric clients with long term illnesses may be on Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The State of Illinois Department of Specialized Care for Children also pays for services for eligible individuals.

To make arrangements for a private duty nurse, please call American Home Health at (630) 236-3501, or contact us at www.ahhc-1.com.

By Karen Centowski

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