Meeting Special Care Requirements

This course addresses special procedures the aide may be asked to perform when caring for a patient with special care needs such as oxygen, tube feedings, IV therapy, drainage tubing, stoma care or support stockings. Assisting the licensed nurse with the tasks related to these special care needs improves patient care and outcomes.

This course is part of the Home Health Aide/Nursing Assistant Training library designed for agency or education institution use as an educational aid and resource in conjunction with hands-on instruction in a lab and or clinical setting supervised by a nurse educator. The agency or education institution is responsible for ensuring the learner has attained the knowledge and care skills, according to their state's requirements, before providing care to a client.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Define therapeutic tubing
  • Identify the various types of therapeutic tubing and their purposes
  • Identify responsibilities of the aide in caring for a patient with therapeutic tubing
  • List the general care and safety guidelines to use when caring for a patient with therapeutic tubing(s)
  • Identify the different methods for administering oxygen
  • State the general care considerations for patients with oxygen tubing
  • Outline the care considerations for patients with oxygen tubing in the home
  • Outline the care considerations for patients with oxygen tubing in a facility
  • Describe the proper steps in oxygen tubing care procedure
  • Identify the different types of tube feedings
  • State the aide's responsibility in tube feedings
  • Outline patient cares associated with tube feedings
  • Identify the steps in the gastrostomy tubing care procedure
  • Define intravenous tubing
  • Identify types of intravenous therapy
  • Identify the responsibilities of the aide in caring for a patient with intravenous tubing
  • State the purpose of drainage tubing
  • Define stoma
  • Identify the different types of stomas
  • General care guidelines for stoma care
  • Identify the need for support stockings
  • State the general care guidelines for patients with support stockings
  • Demonstrate proper procedure for support stocking application
  • Describe general electrical equipment safety measures
  • State safety steps in the use of pressure relieving devices
  • Explain safety measures for administering oxygen
  • Understand the difference between prescription and non-prescription (also known as over-the-counter or OTC) medications
  • Identify the role of the home health aide in assisting with self-administered medications
  • Outline the process and responsibility for setup and storage of medications
  • Describe special instructions associated with assisting the patient in self-administering medications
  • State the "rights" for self-administered medications
  • Identify types of therapy provided in the home
  • State the aide's role in assisting with therapy
  • Outline the aide's role in monitoring therapy
Contact Time

2 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 2 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of healthcare paraprofessionals, such as homehealth aide, nurses aide and personal care attendants.

Disclosure Statements:
Author Originating

Patricia Jump - RN PHN MA

Technical Nurse Consultant, President Acorn's End Training and Consulting. Patricia Jump received her Bachelor's in Nursing Degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's University. She has over 25 years experience in the health care field and almost two decades of public speaking experience. As a professional trainer and consultant, Patricia conducts seminars across the country for all levels of employees in business, professional associations, educational organizations, churches, and government agencies. Additionally, she serves as personal coach, consultant, and retreat facilitator for home care leaders and organizations throughout the nation.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Home Health