Senior Home Care Blog - Western Cook & Eastern DuPage Counties

Home Helpers Makes Life Easier With In-Home Nursing Services

By Mary Doepke, RN

Mom is doing pretty well living on her own, but it’s getting difficult for you and your siblings to coordinate daily visits to administer her insulin shot.

Everyone agrees that home is the best place for Dad to recover from his surgery, but Mom isn’t up to the task of changing his bandages every day.

Injections and wound care are two of the many in-home nursing services that can be performed by Home Helpers. Since obtaining its medical license in 2013, Home Helpers has made life easier by providing medical services in a client’s home.

“Our nursing services allow people with regular, frequent medical needs to receive those services without having to make frequent trips to a doctor’s office,” saidTina Figueroa, RN, Director of Medical Services. That can mean fewer co-pays, no need to coordinate transportation and less risk of illness or infection. By staying home for care, those with compromised immune systems or wounds avoid the germs of a clinic, doctor’s office or hospital.

Services are performed by Figueroa, who brings more than a decade of experience to her job as Director of Medical Services. Before coming to Home Helpers in 2013, she spent five years caring for residents of Plymouth Place in La Grange Park.

“Elderly people have a special place in my heart,” Figueroa said. “Many are facing new medical challenges. The opportunity to face those challenges at home is a comfort.”

Services that can be performed in a client’s home include:

  • Blood sugar testing
  • G-tube feedings
  • Hospice support
  • Wound care
  • Injections
  • Straight catheterization
  • Urinalysis
  • Ostomy/colostomy care
  • Basic PICC line and port care
  • Diabetes training
  • Nursing assessment
  • Medication set-up
  • Coumadin monitoring

Figueroa also is available to serve as a healthcare advocate by accompanying clients to medical appointments and helping families to coordinate medical care for their loved one.

As with all Home Helpers services, there is no contract to sign. Services are available on a one-time basis, for a certain length of time or ongoing.

New clients can enlist the help of Home Helpers’ nursing services, and current, non-medical clients also can add medical services to their care plan.

Home Helpers services are not covered by Medicare and are private pay only.

For more information, call (630) 225-8012.