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Home is where the health is

By Staff | Apr 28, 2010

While K.C. Kraft, R.N., does a of of traveling in her job, you could say she’s always going home.

Craft is a home health-care nurse for Good Samaritan Society Home Care. As a home-health R.N., Kraft helps make sure people are comfortable by providing nursing services right in their own homes.

“Instead of having them go to the hospital, we bring the therapy to them,” said Kraft. “We’re kind of a bridge between the patient and the doctor.

A key goal of home health care is to keep people in their own homes.

“Our goal in home care is to keep people out of the doctor’s office and the emergency room,” said Kraft.

So how does home health-care work?

During a typical visit, a patient might describe certain symptoms, if there should be any. The nurse then conducts tests, which might include taking a urine sample or listening to a person’s lungs. “You do the head-to-toe assessment,” Kraft said.

A home health-care nurse might also review a patient’s medications or find ways to make the patient more comfortable.

So who might be a candidate for home health care?

While seniors comprise most patients, home health care can really be of benefit to anyone who needs help transitioning from surgery to work – such as someone recovering from knee replacement surgery, for example.

Home health care is also a good option to help keep people in their homes longer before transitioning into long-term care.

Some of the in-home skilled nursing skills available include:

n Medical assessment.

n Wound care.

n Medication education.

n IV therapy.

n Pain management.

n Rehabilitation.

n Diabetic management.

For more information about home health-care options, contact Robin Lock, Good Samaritan Society – Home Care director, at 712-336-3412.