Specially trained aides provide assistance with special, more skilled, though routine health maintenance procedures such as ostomy care, bowel programs, exercise programs, transfers from bed to wheel chair using special equipment, etc. Advanced care is most often needed by individuals with chronic illness or permanent disabilities, such as those with limited self-care ability due to paralysis. Advanced Personal Care services gives those with a handicap a hand with the health care they need without restraining them from the things they can do. EXAMPLE: Someone paralyzed from the waist down is able to do most things for himself once he is up in the wheelchair. He may need help though with a daily bowel program, an exercise program, catheter care, bathing, and the transfer from bed to wheelchair each morning and the transfer back to bed each evening.
Be sure to ask for VNA when the DHSS Caseworker asks which agency you prefer.