What are some examples of private caregiver jobs?


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Private registered nurses, licensed professional nurses, home health aides, physical therapists and occupational therapists provide in-home, continuing care services for patients who have temporary or ongoing medical needs.

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Private nurses generally perform post-operative surgical care services, including dressing wounds and monitoring a patient's vital statistics to ensure that she is recuperating properly from a surgery or other type of medical procedure. Private nurses also collect lab specimens and administer intravenous medications when necessary.

Home health aides generally spend several hours a day with a patient, helping with toileting, showering, bathing and dental care needs. Home health aides can also prepare meals, monitor a patient's vital statistics, remind a patient to take her medicine and schedule a patient's hospital, doctor's or physical therapy visits. Some home health aides also grocery shop, do laundry, arrange medical transportation and take care of miscellaneous personal errands that the patient is unable to perform.

Private physical therapists help a patient perform injury- or illness-specific exercises that strengthen and re-condition her body. These types of private caregivers also help a patient re-learn how to use her limbs after experiencing a stroke.

Occupational therapists educate and instruct a patient on how to overcome life challenges that arise due to her physical limitations. They recommend self-help devices and oversee exercises that help a patient maximize her daily activities.

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