Rancho Santa Fe, CA (PRWEB) July 28, 2011
Firstat Nursing Services, a 14 year old home nursing agency and home health provider in San Diego, CA recently released a home care guide – “Critical Questions You Must Ask Before You Hire a Home Care Provider,” to help families understand the importance of hiring State Licensed Nurses for Medical In-Home Care.
According to Linnea Goodrich, the company’s president, “Selecting the right company and then the best caregiver to take care of a loved one is a big decision.” We created this guide to help San Diego families understand what to look for and the options that are available to them.”
According to a report prepared by John Hill from the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes, the home care industry is growing fast, driven by the desire of many aging Californians to remain in their own homes rather than moving into assisted living or other types of long-term care facilities.
Businesses and individuals have stepped forward to meet this need, offering help with activities of daily living short of medical care. Many elderly or disabled clients and their families seek to hire caregivers directly, sidestepping agencies in favor of lower rates. Caregivers try to connect with those potential employers by placing ads in newspapers, Internet services such as Craigslist, or magazines targeting seniors. The report confirms that the current landscape is creating risk for consumers that could be alleviated by legislation.
“When I started Firstat Nursing Services over 14 years ago, I was determined to provide home nursing caregivers that had the experience and credentials to provide a higher level of care for patients in the home or on-site at assisted living facilities,” said Linnea Goodrich, owner of Firstat Nursing Services. “Because of that commitment, our CNA, LVN and RN staff members are not only certified but experienced, bonded and trained. In addition, they are employees of Firstat,” continued Goodrich.
To help families understand their in home nursing care options, Goodrich outlined the three levels of care described in the guide.
C.N.A. is a Certified Nursing Assistant who has successfully completed a State Certified Nursing Assistant program. They are licensed to perform vital sign monitoring, medication reminders, ambulating, personal hygiene, feeding, dressing, and physical transfer; in addition to other activities of daily living.
L.V.N. is a Licensed Vocational Nurse with a current valid state license. They have the technical knowledge to perform nursing duties and patient care. They provide prescribed medical treatments such as injections, wound care, catheter care, set up and administer medication in addition to personal care.
R.N. is a Registered Nurse with a current valid state license. They perform frequent patient evaluations which include monitoring, performing procedures, administering IV medications, assessments and implementing the nursing care plan provided by the physician
Firstat Nursing Services has been helping seniors and injured people in the San Diego area since 1997. Families wanting to learn more about their home nursing option are encouraged to visit the company website blog at http://HomeNursingRanchoSantaFe.com
About Firstat Nursing Services
Firstat Nursing Services is the only Homecare Agency in San Diego that is both State licensed and certified by the Alzheimer's Association. In addition, they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Firstat Nursing Services has been providing a higher standard of home nursing, home health and homecare for elderly, disabled and injured people in the greater San Diego area since 1997. To learn more, call 619-220-7600 or go to http://firstatofsandiego.com/