I often get many question about what level’s nursing there are or what the difference is between a Licensed Vocation Nurses and a Registered Nurse. So I’ve decided to put together a series of blog post’s that explains the various education levels required to meet each certification, license or degree required to get those initials behind your name!!
Lets start with the entry level Nursing: the Nursing Companion.
Nursing Companion’s are often ‘the ‘eyes and ears” of professional nurses, alerting them to something that needs to be looked at and possibly assessed. They are the most common type of nurses who do not require any certification or formal education, yet often have life experience that drives them to pursue this line of work. At Senior Home Companions, companions undergo basic training that includes ( but not limited to) body mechanics, First Aid, CPR along with ability to learning how to take vital signs. This, of course, includes a extensive background check system prior to any companion being matched up with any of our clients. Companion care is primarily emotional support and companionship for seniors who are generally healthy and who want to remain independent at home. However, it can also include a range of non-medical services that help make a senior’s life more manageable. In combination with SHC services, it is an affordable service that comes with significant resources to make staying at home a reality!
A Senior Home Companions Case manager is a Licensed Nurse who collaborates with the family or responsible party in a process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an clients individual comprehensive needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes. Utilizing a supervising board certified Nurse Practitioner in conjunction with the area’s resources, families know that they are in the very best of hands.
That’s a very comprehensive component to what SHC provides in its mission to promote ‘Peace of Mind’ for all of its clients.