A Private Duty Nurse HELPS Mom or Dad.
It’s a common misconception. As health care professionals, we know that a private duty nurse is not there to take the parents’ place. Instead, the nurse is there to provide clinical and support services for the child and their parents.
Parents are still the ones who raise their children, talk to doctors, and ultimately, make the decisions. With that said, it can be helpful to have a nurse come along to help, assess, and allow time for parents to take a break.
For parents with medically fragile children, burnout is all too real. While it is an admirable decision to be a full-time parent and caregiver, it can be doubly as stressful. Ultimately, caregiver stress can jeopardize care of the child—which is the exact opposite of a parents intention.
In 2009, it was reported that 16.8 million family caregivers were caring for special needs children under the age of 18. More than half of those caregivers were caring for their own children. (This data was provided by the National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP.)
At NurseRegistry, our nurses are highly skilled and ready to provide 1-on-1 care for infants, children, and adolescents. The tasks they perform may vary from family to family, as each child is different. All nurses are licensed and experienced to provide the best care for their patients.
One of the most valuable forms of care provided by private duty nurses is respite care, which can be especially beneficial for parents of children with medically complex issues. Respite care is short-term, temporary care provided for the child so that their family can take a break from the daily routine of caregiving. It can be useful for parents who are full-time caregivers, allowing them the opportunity to take a short break and recharge.
Our nurses are experienced in a range of specialties, including:
- Feeding pumps
- Medical devices
- Intravenous (IV) therapies
- Transitional care from hospital to home
- Oxygen administration and breathing treatments
- Chest physiotherapy (CPT)
- Neonatal nursing
- Care for premature babies
- Postpartum care for mothers
- Educational teaching visits
- Palliative and/or hospice care
- Respite care
If you are the primary caregiver for a child with medically complex needs, please remember to take care of yourself too. For more information, call (650) 462-1001 to speak with a Care Coordinator.
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