Home care for a person with HIV

As a person's HIV infection progresses, you may be called upon 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 care.
  • Ask for clear written instructions regarding medications and procedures.
  • Make sure you know about reactions to medications.
  • Discuss how to notify a health professional if changes in the person's health or behavior develop. For example, a cough, fever, diarrhea, or confusion may indicate an infection or complication that requires other treatment or hospitalization.
  • Learn who to call or what to do in case of an emergency.

Last Updated: April 10, 2009

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