How Private Duty Home Care Can Change Your Recovery Process: All About Private Nurses
Hiring a private nurse after your surgery allows you to recover safely from the comfort and privacy of your own home. While many of our clients prefer to receive post-operative care at our luxury recovery retreat, some prefer the intimacy of private duty home care. Both have their own unique benefits, so the best decision comes down to your preferences and recovery requirements. If you are interested in private duty nursing but aren’t quite sure what the option includes, Pearl Recovery is here to help you understand your options.
What is Private Nursing?
Simply put, private duty nursing is when you hire a nurse, multiple nurses, or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to stay with you at home while you heal from your procedure. The arrangement can be short or long-term. At Pearl Recovery, we offer private nursing care options in 4, 6, 12, and 24-hour stays.
Your nurse will assist you just like they would at the hospital, but the difference is you are allowed to rest and recover in a familiar environment — your home. Choosing to recover after surgery with private duty home care has quite a few advantages associated with it, including:
1. Improve Mental Health
The importance of rest after surgery cannot be stressed enough. Studies have shown that excessive stress can manifest physically and hinder your ability to heal quickly after surgery. Staying at a hospital can be a daunting thought for many surgery patients, especially if they need days, weeks, or even months to fully recover. The simple act of staying at home (or at a recovery retreat with luxury amenities) can reduce many of these stressors and negative emotions that may inhibit the physical healing process.
2. Help You Spot and Prevent Complications
Post-operative complications aren’t always detectable to the untrained eye. If you choose to recover with private duty home care, your private nurse will be there to ensure that you’re healing safely and without complications. If a problem does arise, your nurse will be there to help take action or recommend a specialist who can help. During this vulnerable time, it’s so important that you’re supervised by a qualified medical professional until you’re fully healed and ready to return to your daily routine.
3. Avoid Expensive Hospital Costs
Depending on your medical needs and, in some cases, your insurance policy, you may find that private duty home care is actually the economical option. For example, if you just need immediate attention after your surgery, hiring a nurse for six hours could be more affordable than staying overnight at the hospital.
Additionally, it’s no secret that hospitals often charge exorbitant fees for services you might not even require. When you hire a private nurse, you know exactly what you’re paying for, and you don’t have to worry about any surprise charges after your postoperative care.
4. Spend More Time with Loved Ones
Recovering at a hospital can be a lonely experience. Hospital rooms are clinical — they’re not designed for spending quality time with loved ones. Staying at home ensures that you’re able to keep in touch with the people (and furry friends) you hold dear. From enjoying a meal with loved ones to watching a movie with your closest friends, hiring a nurse allows you to continue spending quality time with the important people (and pets) in your life.
5. Receive Individualized Care
Unlike in a hospital recovery unit where your nurse may have several patients to look after, your private nurse will be there to look after you and you only. While the vast majority of hospital nurses are heroes who do their absolute best, the simple truth is that sometimes hospitals are understaffed and nurses are overworked. When you have a private duty nurse caring for you, you can be sure that you’re always the highest (and only) priority.
6. Encourage Mobility
Hospitals aren’t ideal for patients who need to be active during the recovery process. Patients who opt for private duty home care are much more likely to follow through with the exercise regimens prescribed by their physicians. After all, wouldn’t you prefer to take a stroll around the block or at a local park than down a hospital hall?
7. Enjoy Your Hobbies
Hiring a private nurse also ensures that you can keep your life as normal as possible during your recovery. You’re going to have a lot of downtime, and boredom can affect your mood, and in turn, your healing. When you stay at home or at a luxury retreat, you can enjoy light hobbies, such as reading or writing. That sense of normalcy can work wonders in keeping spirits high during your post-op care routine.
Common Private Nursing Duties
While it might be tempting to recover at home without the aid of a private nurse, it’s very important that you ask your surgeon questions about anything you may not understand, and follow your doctor or surgeon’s guidance. It’s quite common for patients to require ongoing medical assistance and essential aftercare services long after their surgery, including:
- Help organizing and administering medications and injections
- Transportation to and from follow-up appointments
- Prescription pick-ups
- Physical therapy and restorative massage
- Meal preparations and restorative juice cleanses
- Communication with medical personnel
- Pain assessment and management
- IV vitamin therapy
- Treat infections and other complications
- Light housekeeping tasks
- Assistance with hygiene and bathing
- Immediate expert advice
- Monitoring vitals
Hire a Qualified Nurse Today
As one of the best wellness retreats in Los Angeles, Pearl Recovery provides private duty nursing services you can trust. If you’d prefer to stay at home while you recover, we encourage you to inquire about our private nurses.
At Pearl Recovery, we’re known for offering world-class aftercare services at our recovery retreat. Rest assured that our highly qualified and experienced private duty home care nurses will provide the same level of excellence at your home as they would within our retreat.
Recovering from surgery or a health condition can be a difficult time in anyone’s life. Our compassionate staff is trained to handle aftercare nursing services for all surgery types, and they’ll go above and beyond to preserve your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. We realize that every patient is unique, and you can be sure that your private nurse will provide the highest level of individualized care.
Ready to get started? We request that you provide as much advance notice as possible prior to your surgery date. Contact us now to reserve your private duty RN and LVN services!