Challenges of Home Nursing Sector: A Kerala Experience

Authors : Dr. T. Shameerdas

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 12 - December

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Home health care service is the most leading services in the present world. Home nurses are the care giving workers and also the non-medical Para professionals. They dedicate their qualitative time and services for the patients. They provide home health aides such as personal care services including Health care, Elderly care, House maid works, child care, pregnancy care services at a homely environment to their clients. They are mainly recruited by the home nursing agencies. Home nursing was observed to be far more complex and challenging than generally acknowledged. The home nurse plays an important role in patient’s response to chronic illness. They have to work around the clock, and spend their valuable time with the patients. Most of the Home nurses are the unskilled and uneducated females. They are vulnerable group among the whole society. They were facing a lot of social and economic issues, especially both in case of their family and working areas. These all creates poor living conditions of home nurses. Caring for increasing number of patients suffering from chronic illness is indeed a prime task, moreover they have to live in a poor socio- economic conditions often. They face various problems in their working areas like low wage rates, insecurity in their working area, heavy burden of their working hours cause mental and physical stress, etc. They also face problems in their society like antisocial elements of gossips about their work ruing their family. Another problem faced by home nurses are the financial problems and most of the unskilled and uneducated workers prefer this work in order to overcome the financial burden of their family. The Low wage rates received by them scarcely meet their financial needs and often find it insufficient for bringing up a family especially education need of their children. Continued isolation and loneliness often put them in a strained mental and physical condition. Though a few take it as a passion, most of them are compelled to take up the services as a means of livelihood as this profession do not demand special skill of any sort.


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