Providing the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to becoming a home care aide, this engaging text features a colorful design, a clear writing style, and an abundant use of photos, drawings, boxes, and tables. An ideal learning tool, this new edition introduces scenarios with a cast of four aides and a supervisor to help bring the text to life and to provide realistic examples of what the student can expect to encounter in practice. Preparing students to become valuable members of the home care team, this practical text highlights key considerations and reminders, as well as what to observe, report, and record.
Hundreds of full-color photos and drawings depict key ideas and clearly demonstrate procedure steps.
Procedures provide step-by-step, easy-to-understand instructions on performing important skills and tasks.
UNIQUE! A cast of caregivers, including a supervisor and four home care aides, are highlighted in scenarios that provide realistic examples of the types of situations you are likely to encounter in the home care environment.
Guidelines for Observing, Recording, and Reporting (ORR) are highlighted throughout the text, emphasizing the home care aide's responsibilities for observing and documenting the client's condition and care.
Key considerations and reminders are presented in color font to emphasize the importance of performing these actions.
Objectives and Key Terms in each chapter focus your attention on essential information.
Chapter summaries and study questions review the key points in each chapter.
Updated/Expanded Meeting the Client's Nutritional Needs chapter includes the new MyPlate food guide and new nutrition guidelines.
Updated/Expanded Getting a Job and Keeping It chapter reflects the job prospects and challenges of today, including the realities of moving between states and differences in certification requirements.
Updated equipment photos are included.
Evolve companion website includes skills competency checklists and an audio glossary.
PART 1: Orientation to Home Care 1. Learning about Home Care 2. The Home Care Industry 3. Developing Effective Communication Skills 4. Understanding Your Client's Needs 5. Understanding How the Body Works 6. Observing, Reporting, Recording 7. Working with the Ill and Disabled PART 2: Managing the Home Environment 8. Maintaining a Safe Environment 9. Maintaining a Healthy Environment 10. Meeting the Client's Nutritional Needs PART 3: Home Care Procedures 11. Preventing Infection/Medical Asepsis 12. Body Mechanics 13. Bedmaking 14. Personal Care 15. Elimination 16. Collecting Specimens 17. Measuring Vital Signs 18. Special Procedures PART 4: Meeting The Client's Special Needs 19. Caring for Older Adults 20. Caring for Mothers, Infants, and Children 21. Caring for Clients with Mental Illness 22. Caring for Clients with Illnesses Requiring Home Care 23. Caring for the Dying Client 24. Emergencies PART 5: Professional Skills 25. Getting a Job and Keeping It