Your Care Providers
BayCare HomeCare employs various types of clinical staff to best serve the wide range of patient needs. Some of the job titles of individuals who may visit you or your loved ones are defined below:
- Registered Nurse (RN) – RNs graduate from a college’s nursing program or nursing school and must pass a national licensing exam; registered nurses can specialize in a variety of different areas, from home health care to pain management.
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) – LPNs must pass the same national licensing exam as RNs, but are not required to complete as many hours of undergraduate nursing coursework; LPNs provide basic nursing care.
- Physical Therapist (PT) – A physical therapist specializes in helping ill or injured individuals reduce their pain and restore mobility to maximize independence; PTs must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy program and pass a national licensing exam.
- Occupational Therapist (OT) – A therapist who specializes in helping people regain the functional skills necessary for everyday living and working, from dressing and hygiene to assisting with the use of mobility devices; OTs have either a master’s or doctoral degree in occupational therapy.
- Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) – Also called speech therapists, SLPs diagnose and treat speech, language, voice, swallowing and cognitive-communication disorders; these disorders may results from stroke, injury, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or other conditions.
- Home Health Aide – A home health aide helps individuals who are ill, elderly or disabled with tasks such as dressing and bathing; aides may also assist with cleaning, keeping the home environment safe and transportation for the patient.
- Medical Social Worker – A medical social worker may work in a skilled nursing facility, hospice, hospital or a private home, helping patients who require psychosocial assistance; medical social workers may evaluate relationships between patients and family members, recommending counseling or other resources when necessary.
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) – CNAs assist RNs and LPNs in meeting the basic quality-of-life needs of the patient, such as helping with feeding, bathing, dressing, taking vital signs and setting up medical equipment.
- Infusion Pharmacist – Infusion pharmacists must earn a pharmacy degree and special licensure. They prepare medication for infusion via intravenous or subcutaneous routes, such as for cancer therapy or for patients who are unable to take medication orally.
- Pharmacy Technician – Pharmacy technicians must earn certification and pass standard exams. Many also complete a pharmacy internship. While working under a licensed pharmacist’s direct supervision, a pharmacy technician performs pharmacy-related duties, such as dispensing prescription medication, medical equipment and assistive devices to patients.