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Home based care for an AIDS patient.

BY: Deena David | Category: Family | Post Date: 2009-08-10

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Many people are affected by different kinds of diseases. AIDS should also be considered like one of those diseases. There is a stigma attached to AIDS that should be done away with. People in the house of the individual affected by the disease should be empowered to take care of the patient. This home based care of patients have a lot of advantages over hospitalization.

Home based care of an AIDS patient will be more comfortable for the person affected by the disease. It will also be cheaper for the family to take care of the person at home. It should be understood by the family members that AIDS is not spread by everyday contact such as shaking hands, touching, hugging or living, playing and eating together with someone who if affected by the disease.
When a person is sick with AIDS, the quality of care that the person gets is very important. If the condition of the person is stable with no major complications, then it is better to care for the person at home. This is because of the advantages of the home-based care. The following needs of the person affected by the disease have to be met.

1. Comfort: A person who is sick should be in a quiet, comfortable place with plenty of fresh air and natural light. The patient's surroundings should neither be too hot nor be too cold. This will keep the person comfortable. The family members should take time to talk to the person who is sick. A child who is sick should be frequently cuddled and comforted.

2. Liquids: Every sick person unless contra indicated should be given plenty of fluids. This is especially true when the person has diarrhea. The fluids may be plain water, tea, juices or broths. The liquid should be taken often in small amounts. An adult should drink two or more litres of liquid every day. This will help the person to avoid dehydration that may prove fatal.

3. Good food: A sick person who is down with AIDS needs to be given nourishing foods like milk, cheese, chicken, eggs and green vegetables. Adding a little sugar in certain foods will help to increase the energy content of the foods. If a person is too sick to eat the solid food, then they can drink soup, milk or juices. If the person is able to eat very little, then they should be given small meals but frequently over the course of the day.

4. Cleanliness: Cleanliness is an important aspect of home based care of an AIDS patient. They should be given a bath everyday with sponge and tepid water if they are too sick to get up. The clothes, sheets and other dress should be kept clean. Soiled and bloody clothes should be washed separately in hot soapy water with some chlorine bleach added. The clothes should not be put on the ground to dry, but hung from a line.

5. Bed care: Bed care is another important part of the home based care of an AIDS patient. Thos people who are very sick to turn around should be frequently turned in bed several times a day. This will help prevent bedsores. It can also help to prevent pneumonia.

These are the important things that the family of an AIDS patient has to do in home based care of the person.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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Home based care for an AIDS patient.
Beautiful de scription by the author, Congraqtulations for the same
Dr. Rajendra K. Panda,M.D 2009-08-11

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