The Rehabilitation Nurse in the Home Care Setting: Care of the Client with HIV or AIDS


  • Leslie Jean Neal MS RN C CRRN

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      6700 Wooden Spoke Road, Burke, VA 22015.
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    • Leslie Jean Neal is a rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist at the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern Virginia and a doctoral student in nursing at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

6700 Wooden Spoke Road, Burke, VA 22015.


People with HIV or AIDS who are experiencing pain, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, bowel and bladder dysfunction, and self-care deficits are being cared for by rehabilitation nurses in the home setting. The home care rehabilitation nurse provides instruction and care to clients, their families, and caregivers regarding physical manifestations of the disease and issues such as the importance of involving the client in household activities and activities of daily living. In addition to working with an interdisciplinary team to meet clients' needs, home care rehabilitation nurses work and consult with the generalist nursing staff to offer recommendations about rehabilitation nursing care for clients with HIV or AIDS.