Home Care

Research shows that most of our seniors prefer to be cared for in the comfort of their homes. Our direct care workers are always available to provide services to all family members, treat clients like family and to deal with difficult behaviors.

Queens concierge care LLC is a home care agency the provides non-skilled services to our clients in the comfort of their homes or other independent environment in Allegheny county and Washington county areas of Pennsylvania.

Our home care services include but are not limited to the following

  • Personal care
  • Assistance with instrumental activities of daily living
  • Companionship services
  • Respite care
  • Specialized care

Our professional, compassionate and well-trained direct care workers provide personal care services which addresses the following

  • Bathing, Shaving, grooming and dressing
  • Hair, skin and mouth care
  • Assistance with ambulation and transferring
  • Meal preparation and feeding
  • Toileting
  • Assistance with self-administered medications
  • Assistance with ambulation and transferring

Home Making: This includes Household task such as

  • House keeping
  • Shopping
  • Meal planning and preparation.

Respite care which includes assistance and support provided to families.

Companionship and other nonskilled services.

The direct care givers are trained to perform the following crucial task

  • Clients assessment and evaluation to recognize changes that needs to be addressed.
  • Care plans are developed to meet the needs of our clients.
  • 24hr caregivers present at clients request to monitor and report emergency situations.
  • Transfer clients to safely to the shower or tub
  • Provide comfort for the client throughout
  • Measure/record fluid intake/ solid intake etc.

 

Prenatal

Prenatal Assessment including BP and weight checks.

At every visit, we provide regular blood pressure and weight checks to all our pregnant moms; however, for our moms with high blood pressure issues or high-risk pregnancy, blood pressure checks are conducted more frequently at home, according to the doctor’s orders. We also provide education regarding self-care during pregnancy, the importance of prenatal care, healthy food choice, and routine checkups are discussed. Education about the changes and the discomforts that may occur during different stages of pregnancy and what to do about them. Families are also provided with education, risk, and warning signs of pregnancy-related health conditions such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and hypertension, etc. Diseases such as STD, genetic disorders, environmental, and mental health conditions are also evaluated and discussed in detail. The effects of smoking, alcohol, and drug use during pregnancy are also discussed.

Families are well informed through our education plan and are able to appropriately make decisions that will result in a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.

Medical encounter and Medication reconciliations.

During the doctor’s visit, our nurses are present to help provide clarity about some medical tests, medications, medical processes, and procedures that may be difficult for moms to understand and to advocate for them when and if needed.

Accompany, prepare, and provide Support during delivery.

Our nurse consultants are able to prepare and accompany some of our moms to the hospital during delivery on request. This is beneficial to those moms whose family members may not be within reach due to the nature of their jobs or may be out of town. It may also be beneficial for those whose family members live in a different city, town, or state.

Meals, medications, and grocery pickups

Part of our numerous services is to help families with meals, medication, and grocery pick up during and after delivery. This will enable mom to focus on caring for her newborn baby without the burden of driving to the pharmacy or grocery store. It also helps to prevent exposing the newborn baby to adverse health conditions.

Prenatal Care, Screening, and Tests

During pregnancy, it is important that pregnant women have access to health care early so that they can be seen by a health care provider in order to prevent adverse health conditions that may arise due to pregnancy.

Frequent prenatal checkups are recommended even when the woman feels well for the health of both mother and baby.

At the visit, parents can voice their concerns and ask as many questions as they want.

Parents are encouraged to write down their questions prior to their appointment dates.

During your first visit, the health care provider will want to know about your present and past medical history, including the medical history of the father of the baby and also your family health history.

The doctor will determine the due date, which is 4o weeks, by asking for the first day of your last menstrual period. When the pregnancy is past 37 weeks, it is considered full-term and below 37 weeks is preterm.

Women are given some exams, such as weight, height, and blood pressure checks. Some routine test is also conducted during the doctor’s visits, such as pelvic exams. Some tests will be recommended at different stages of the pregnancy, such as a Blood test which is given during your first visit to determine blood type, RH factor, immunity to rubella, and iron level. A blood test is also used for any sign of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, etc. Other tests that are given during your first visit include a pap test, which is used to test for cervical cancer.

Urine tests are conducted at every visit to check for urinary tract infections, protein, and sugar levels in the body.

Blood Sugar test can be given between 7 and 8 weeks to check for gestational diabetes.

Ultrasound may be performed after the 5th week of pregnancy to determine the age of the baby, check for heart rate, determine if there is a problem with the baby, and also to determine the position of the baby. Anomaly ultrasound, also known as the anatomy scan, may be performed between 18 and 20 weeks to determine the size of the baby, birth defects, or other problems.

Other tests that can be carried out during pregnancy include:

  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • Amniocentesis and Triple or quad screen tests

Chorionic Villus Sampling

This is a test that may be performed at the 10 and the 12 weeks. During this test, some tissue samples of the placenta are collected and used to check for genetic disorders.

Triple or Quad Screen test

This is a maternal serum test that is conducted during the second trimester, between the 15 and the 20 weeks. It is used to determine certain birth defects, such as chromosomal disorders or neural tube defects.

Amniocentesis

This test is conducted between 15 and 18 weeks if necessary. The fluid around the baby is collected to measure the baby’s protein level in other to determine certain birth defects such as chromosomal and genetic disorders such as Down syndromes, cystic fibrosis, or Tay-Sachs disease.

During the prenatal visit, the health care provider will determine if immunizations are up to date. Good dental care is also recommended during pregnancy because pregnancy increases the risk of cavity and gum disease, which may lead to other health issues for both mother and baby.

Staying healthy during pregnancy also includes healthy diets, and avoiding certain household and workplace chemicals such as paints, lead, cleaning fluids that can be inhaled. Lead poisoning can be transferred from mother to baby. Lead can be found in water, dust, soil, lead paint, etc. Pregnant women who have been exposed to lead can be tested by their doctors to determine their blood lead level.

It is important that pregnant women avoid contact with cat feces, mice, and rats because their feces can cause some birth defects. Cat owners should ensure that all of their family members or friends take care of the litter box. Hand gloves are required for gardening in soil suspected of cat feces.

Alcohol, tobacco smoking, and drug use during pregnancy should be prohibited.

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which may result in the baby having some mental and physical problems. Tobacco smoking and secondhand smoke inhalation during pregnancy also have some neurological effects on the baby. Any form of drug use during pregnancy can be detrimental to the baby and may result in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) after birth. Hot tubs and Saunas should also be avoided during pregnancy as the heat may cause some spinal cord defects and brain damage.

Intimate partner violence may also result in harm to both mother and child. Pregnant women should seek help if they are involved in a violent relationship.

Postpartum

In some African countries such as Nigeria, after delivery, most family members will take turns cooking and caring for the new mother and the baby. Mom is able to rest and have adequate sleep. This is called Omugwo in my IBO language.

During the Omugwo period, which lasts up to six months or more, family members or in-laws are there to wake mom up to breastfeed or bottle-feed the baby, and after that, she goes back to rest while they take care of the household chores. As a result, mom is less stressed and able to enjoy and celebrate the birth of her newborn baby.

Here in the US, there may be times when some moms find themselves alone during and after delivery. Queen’s Concierge Care nurses provide this support and care to these families in need during this crucial time of their lives.

After delivery, feeding tends to be the most important aspect of life for both the baby and the new mom. After discharge from the hospital, most new parents struggle, especially at night, with waking up every 2 to 3 hrs. to feed their baby as required.

In this case, Queen’s Concierge care nurses are available to help ensure that mom is able to keep to the baby’s feeding schedule. The consultant nurse will provide information about when and how much to feed the baby. At night the nurse is able to wake the new mom up to either breastfeed or bottle-feed her baby. They are providing the families with comfort, convenience, and peace of mind of knowing that their newborn baby is adequately fed.

We also work with mom to plan for her meals after discharge from the hospital. This helps to reduce the stress of cooking and to try to feed the family immediately she arrives home from the hospital.

Education about Child Care and Discomforts after delivery

Most new moms struggle with the care of their baby after discharge from the hospital. They may not be able to tell if the baby is thriving or not. Some may be worried about how to bath the newborn, how to care for the umbilical cord, circumcision, etc. Our nurses help to alleviate this fear and concern through education. They teach families about child developmental milestones and how to help babies meet these milestones. The nurse consultant is also able to assess the new mom and teach self-care after delivery.

Mental Health Assessment, Education, Resources, and Referrals.

After delivery, the mom is assessed for postpartum depression. We provide our clients with available resources and referrals.

Newborn Assessment

Babies are assessed and weighed to determine adequate growth, and their heights and heads circumference is measured. The result can be discussed and shared with the pediatrician at the family’s request.

Breastfeeding

Research shows that most women quit breastfeeding the first 10 days after discharge from the hospital. This may be due to a lack of support for most working moms who may want to return back to work or school. It may also be due to a lack of proper latch and not knowing if the baby is getting enough to eat. Some women report a lack of milk production and pain as the cause of quitting breastfeeding early.

Queens Concierge care lactation counselors are able to visit the new mom daily for the first 10 days after delivery. During this time, we will assess, educate, support, coach, and observe breastfeeding sessions until the mom is comfortable and confident to breastfeed and to care for the newborn baby. This is a form of wrap-around services that Queen’s Concierge Care consultants provide to new moms to help them focus on bonding and caring for their babies in the comfort of their homes.

Queen’s Concierge Care nurse consultants can also accompany moms to the doctor’s office if and when needed.

Benefits to the baby

Most research shows that breastfed babies have a lower risk of diarrhea, pneumonia, ear infection, childhood obesity, diabetes, and allergies. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of gastrointestinal tract disease that affects babies born before 37 weeks (premature babies). The hormones and antibodies passed from the mother through breastfeeding help to protect the baby from this illness. Breastfeeding may also improve better brain development and high IQ test. However, some researchers are still looking into this.

Research also indicates that breastfeeding for at least two months may help reduce the risk for Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); however, longer breastfeeding duration may provide better protection from SIDS. This may be due to the boosting of the immune system through breastfeeding and the effects of breastfeeding on the baby’s sleep pattern.

Breastfeeding is simple, cheaper, and is the easiest way to feed a baby due to less sterilization of nipples and bottles. Families save an average of $1000 from the purchase of formulas, feeding bottles, and nipples. Breast milk is always available, and at the right temperature, it changes as the baby grows to meet the baby’s needs. It is safe, easy to digest, provides baby with the energy and nutrients needed for growth and development.

Benefits to the Mother

Mothers who breastfeed tend to bleed less after delivery; they also have a lower risk of ovarian and breast cancer. Breastfeeding also helps to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The hormone that is released during breastfeeding helps the uterus to return to its previous size.

Both mother and child benefit from the skin to skin contact during breastfeeding. It helps the baby feel warm and secure and increases the bonding between mother and child. The mother benefits from the release of Oxytocin, which aids breast milk flow.

Breastfeeding does not save life and money alone, but it also protects the environment from cans and plastic waste generated from the use of formula. The workforce also benefits from reduced absence from work by breastfeeding mothers compared to their formula-fed counterparts who fall sick more frequently.

Nutritional values of Breastfeeding.

Breast milk contains all the nutrients that babies need, such as protein, fat, minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, leukocytes, IgA, lysozyme, and Lactoferrin. It does not contain any preservatives, colors, and artificial flavors. It is 100 percent organic.