Home Care Companion Video Series produced by Healing Arts Communications; 1997; Jacksonville, OR; 3 volumes; $69.95
This three-volume, color videotape set was designed to assist caregivers in performing physical care measures for individuals needing home care. The material was developed and is presented by professional nurses and therapists. The stated goal of the videotapes is "to make caregiving a rewarding experience." It is filmed in home settings, showing the adaptations that can be made in furnishings and equipment. The content is highly relevant and presented in a step-by-step manner understandable to lay individuals. The visual material is augmented by clear graphics of key points. These could be used for inservice for certified nurse assistants, or for teaching family members who need to provide health care under the direction of a professional nurse, or for a professional who wanted to "brush up."
Volume I. How to Care for Someone on Bedrest. This videotape addresses caring for someone on bedrest. Practical protective measures for the caregiver, such as body mechanics, posture, and handwashing are emphasized. Various bed positions and how to change from one to another are demonstrated. Use of bedpans, siderails, and various protective devices are included, as well as changing linens, cleaning up after a procedure, and using home medical equipment. Prevention of pressure ulcers by reducing friction and shearing forces is thoroughly discussed. Prevention and early recognition of pressure areas at an early stage are well illustrated. This videotape is 40 minutes in length.
Volume II. How to Help Someone in a Wheelchair Without Hurting Yourself. This tape focuses on wheelchairs, getting in and out of them, and maneuvering them. Types of wheelchairs, loading them in and out of vehicles, and managing them on ramps and at curbs are all discussed. Clear narration offers directions regarding where to put hands, and how to place feet to perform transfers without injury to either patient or caregiver. Demonstrations of moving from a bed or chair to a wheelchair, and from a wheelchair to a commode or a tub bench are clearly given. Consideration is given to variations for a person with hemiplegia. Use of a gait belt is presented as another means of mobility that may be used in the home setting. This tape is 35 minutes in length.
Volume III. Creating Healthy Home Care Conditions: Infection Control. Basic germ theory is presented as a foundation for the need of good personal hygiene and handwashing methods. The black light method is used to show the importance of thorough handwashing. Terminology is simple and clear. A contrast is drawn between the sterile technique of the hospital and clean technique at home. A bed bath sequence is shown, with subsequent handling and laundry of the bed linens. Use of protective barriers such as gloves, masks, and gowns is shown. Waste disposal, needle precautions, and house cleaning and disinfecting are illustrated. Cleaning supplies and methods are demonstrated. This videotape is 27 minutes long.
Overall, the series is sound and covers areas vital for a caregiver to know. It would be of great benefit for a lay person to have a set for initial orientation, and for followup reinforcement of these important principles.