Depending on the client's needs, these home care professionals may be part of the treatment team.
- Primary Nurse performs the overall patient assessment, and works with the physician to devise a treatment plan; makes sure that the patient understands how, when, and why to take medications; teaches the patient how to do other procedures that will aid recovery or improve health.
- Home Health Aide assists the nurse or therapist with providing the patient’s personal care, such as dressing, washing, and meal preparation.
- Physical Therapist assesses the home for safety and mobility concerns; evaluates the patient’s movement abilities; works with the patient to increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.
- Occupational Therapist assists the patient with relearning skills or adapting new techniques necessary for daily living, such as dressing, bathing, and eating.
- Speech Therapist assists the patient with language skills, cognitive development, and swallowing if a stroke or other serious condition compromised the patient’s normal abilities.
- Social Worker supports the patient and family members in coping with illness; evaluates social factors that may impact the patient’s ability to remain in his or her home; connects the patient to community resources that may further improve health and well-being.