Need Help Caring For Your Disabled Child? Hire A Private Duty Nurse Today!

When your child has a disability, you want to make sure he or she gets the best possible care. In many cases, that may mean hiring an in-home nurse to help care of your child.

Some parents feel guilty hiring outside help because they feel they should be able to take care of their child by themselves. Don't worry! When you hire a private, in-home nurse for your child, you're not just "pawning off" your responsibilities--you're ensuring that your child receives the best care available, while remaining in their home.

What is a private duty nurse?

A private duty nurse is usually either a registered nurse (RN), or a licenced practical nurse (LPN) who will visit your home to assist with the care of your child. The care they provide is much like what your child would receive in a hospital or nursing home setting, except that care is provided in your home. This direct, one-on-one care allows the nurse to provide more attentive care to your child.

What services does a private duty nurse provide?

Private duty nurses provide a range of services, both medical and domestic, depending on your needs. They provide basic medical care like maintaining and changing bandages, catheters, and IV lines. Some are also skilled in gastrostomy, tracheostomy, ventilator care, and can administer and prescribe medications, depending on your state laws.

Many private duty nurses will also provide assistance in daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and getting your child ready and off to school.

Is it expensive to hire a private duty nurse?

Often times, in-home care is covered by the child's insurance or through their SSI benefits. In these cases, you may be able to obtain high quality care for your child at little or no cost to you. Another way to help keep private home care affordable is to set up a health savings account through your employer. This allows you to pay for medical expenses with pre-tax income, which can save you a considerable amount of money.

How do I find a private duty nurse?

Private duty nurses work both independently, and through agencies, like T L C Home Health Care & Nursing Inc. Many people choose to work with an agency because much of the screening and verifications will already be taken care of. When you're caring for a sick or disabled child, an agency can save you valuable time, allowing you to focus on your child instead of verifying experience and licensing or performing background checks.

When it comes to your child's care, a private duty nurse can be one of the smartest choices you make. Don't hesitate to discuss a private duty nurse with your child's doctor. Many insurance companies require a doctor's recommendation or prior authorization before they will cover in-home care, so it may be essential to get the doctor's help.