Hello! I am a LNA for a home healthcare company. I recently started caring for a man in his early 60s with end stage renal failure and diabetes who lives at home and does home dialysis. I know as a LNA we are limited as to what we can do in situations like this but I am just curious as to any imput the LPNs or RNs have. I am 23 years old but have been fascinated with the medical field since I was very young so I well educated when it comes to matters regarding the patients I see in their homes. I would love ANY advice on caring for a patient on home dialysis!! This man has paralysis from the waist down and is a one person hoyer lift. What should I be keeping an eye out for regarding his access site, vitals, etc. Also best ways to make him comfortable, foods he should be eating, etc.
I am a bit of an overachiever but I feel it makes me one step above a normal LNA and my patients feel more at ease. So please tell me ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! Even if it something an LNA doesnt have to be concerned about Id like to still know, its helpful since this man is in his home if I have the best understanding as possible and can catch any issues immediately and inform the appropriate person!