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RN stands for Registered Nurse. Prior to receiving this title one must complete at minimum an associates degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelors of science degree in nursing (BSN). With these qualifications in hand a RN holds many daily caregiving duties. Some common duties include: administering medication, updating patient records, inserting IV's, giving shots, and providing emotional care and support. RN's supervise all types of caregiving from hospitals to in home care.
CNA is short for a Certified Nursing Assistant. CNA's are caregivers in all aspects of the non-medical field, assisting nurses and patients. Their daily duties include: feeding, bathing, dressing patients, keeping patients rooms clean, setting up medical equipment, giving medication reminders, observing patients daily behavior, taking note of changes in patients behavior. These caregivers are essential in the process of helping with the much-needed care of patients in hospitals as well as home care.
Companion caregivers have no medical certifications and are purely there for support and minor assistance for the patient. Some common duties include: creative daily activities for patient to engage in, meal preparation, driving to or from appointments, house keeping or tidying up, laundry, shopping, and errands. Caregiving companions are essential to the health and wellbeing of a senior in need of daily care.
Elder Care consists of taking the caregiving role off the shoulders of the stressed families that are having a hard time managing 24/7 caregiving themselves. Through this service elderly loved ones are watched over from an elder care professional and cared for with all types of various daily needs. Some common daily duties may include: bathing, meal preparation, driving to activities and all around companionship.
Non-medical Home Care involves fulfilling companionship needs, meal preparation, light house keeping and medication reminders. The role of a non-medical home care provider strongly focuses on caregiving and assisting them in whatever daily activities and needs they need met while in the comfort of their own home. While unable to give patients medication or insert IVs, non-medical home care is still a very important aspect of caregiving and has an immense amount of benefits for seniors wanting care from home.
Home Health Agencies are organizations which provide health care in the comfort of one's home. Home health agencies provide customers, those in need, with skilled nursing and rehibiliation services to the elderly for short periods of time. These nurses provide all types of care ranging from bathing and grooming, to meal preparation and companionship. These agencies are generally covered by both Medicare and Medicaid but only for short durations of time, and therefore do not cover ongoing care.