If a person's
HIV infection progresses, you may be called on to
provide home care for that person. A home care course may give you the
knowledge, skills, and confidence to provide the care needed. Contact your
local Red Cross chapter, Visiting Nurse Association, or AIDS service agency to
find out about home care training offered in your area.
When possible, get to know the person's doctor, nurses, social
worker, and other care providers so you can:
HIV is often linked with mental decline and worsening motor skills. When the virus attacks someone's nervous system, it can damage their brain and cause HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND).
Symptoms of HAND include at least two of the following:
Short attention span
Poor coordination and balance
Weakness in the a...
Ask for clear written instructions regarding medicines and
Make sure you know about reactions to
Discuss how to notify a doctor if changes
in the person's health or behavior develop. For example, a cough, fever,
diarrhea, or confusion may mean an infection or complication that requires
other treatment or hospitalization.
Learn who to call or what to do
in case of an emergency.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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