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When is private duty care appropriate?

Commonwealth Nursing Services can assist families in keeping their loved one at home, or supplement care in a facility. CNS care can lessen the stress of family members so that they have time to enjoy the parent/child or spousal relationship. Family members who live at a distance often feel reassured to know that someone is checking in with and helping their loved one at home.

For example, CNS staff can:

  • Take care of laundry and light cleaning
  • Do grocery shopping or pharmacy pickup
  • Prepare a light meal and help with feeding
  • Remind clients about medication
  • Prefill medications
  • Perform light housekeeping tasks
  • Assist with bathing and dressing in the morning or evening
  • Help with toileting, hygiene and grooming
  • Assist with walking and transferring to/from bed or chair
  • Position and provide comfort measures to patients who are in bed
  • Provide nursing treatments

CNS care can protect dignity, increase comfort, and help clients maintain their independence.