In Georgia, an unlicensed person trained by an RN is now permitted to provide health maintenance activities, such as medication administration. This process, involving an in-depth training and certification process, results in what’s known as a proxy caregiver.
Regency Home Care of Georgia is one of the few elite senior home care agencies that has embraced the proxy caregiver concept in order to extend our services to clients that simply need more support, particularly in the area of medication administration, than the coverage typically offered by other home care agencies.
A proxy caregiver can assist with medication oversight, with the following services available as a part of this process:
- Review of medication regime and reminders
- Blood sugar monitoring
- Assistance with insulin injections
- Vital signs monitoring prior to medication reminders or administration
- Assistance with getting pills from source containers
- Crushing medications with orders for specific medications
- Assistance in eye drops and ear drops
- Picking up medications or notifying family of the need
- Coordinating with the nurse when the family is unable to clarify orders
- RN review of side effects of various medications, including review with client doctor(s) where there are adverse reactions noted by the proxy caregiver
Proxy Caregiver Home Health Services
With proxy caregiving, Regency Home Care can extend services to include:
- First aid and minor dressing changes
- Ostomy care
- Catheter care
- Tube feeding
This may negate the need for additional home health services and the associated cost and scheduling issues that could be necessary through other home care agencies that are not offering proxy caregiving services.
Proxy Caregiver Training
We provide all of our caregivers with the opportunity to attend an eight-hour training program which overviews basic knowledge in medication measurement, administration, documentation, side effects, and reporting. This training is followed by an examination in functional health literacy and proxy skills, as well as one-on-one training with our Director of Nursing (RN) in the home with the client who will be receiving proxy services. As a part of this process, the client or their representative, and their physician, must sign informed consent documents accepting the use of a proxy caregiver.
To ensure that the full range of home care and home healthcare needs are covered for your senior loved one, contact Regency Home Care at 678.999.2246.