Registered nurses (RNs) provide skilled nursing care, perform procedures ordered by physicians, and teach patients and their families about their condition and how to manage at home.
Certified home care aides(CNAs) assist with personal care, such as bathing, grooming, dressing and other daily living activities.
Medical social workers help patients and families cope with emotions and changing needs. They help seek other community services such as home delivered meals, housekeeping services and transportation assistance.
Physical therapists help develop muscle strength and prevent further disability. They teach patients how to use special equipment and exercises to increase confidence, endurance and speed of recuperation.
Occupational therapists work to restore lost mental and physical skills through creative, therapeutic and self-care activities. They promote independence by teaching patients ways to take care of themselves. They also determine adaptive equipment needs, when indicated.
Speech therapists plan exercises and teach activities to improve speaking, swallowing, reading and understanding.
Wound, ostomy, and continence nurses (WOCN) who can provide specialized care in the treatment of wounds, ostomy, continence, conservative sharp wound debridement, and care of the diabetic foot.