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:
Work with them to create a plan for home
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.