Sophisticated Clinical Care
What are the Advantages of Home Care Nursing?
Private Nursing Care at home provides skilled, specialised healthcare in the comfort of your own home. From short-term support with postoperative wound care to long-term management of medications and chronic conditions, Home Nursing Care offers sophisticated and individualised in-home medical care. By preventing the need to travel to a doctor’s office or to a hospital, home nursing care offers convenience and comfort and reduces the risk of hospital-acquired infection.
The role of a Private Nurse is either to administer urgent short-term treatment or to have an ongoing role in overseeing chronic clinical care needs. A Private Nurse makes an important addition to your loved one’s Caregiving Team, as they give family members peace of mind that they are receiving the best possible private home care.
What Does a Home Healthcare Nurse Do?
A Home Healthcare Nurse provides nursing care in your loved one’s home. As a trained Registered Nurse, the home care nurse can offer support for medical needs such as wound care, IV therapy, ostomy care, and other services that require clinical skills.
We often find that when people request home nursing care, our highly experienced and professional Caregivers can perform most of the necessary duties. A Registered Nurse can then assist with complex clinical tasks as required. This team-based approach delivers the most cost-effective care.
Caregivers and nurses working together leads to your loved ones having fewer hospitalisations. This reduces the risk of exposure to major infections and the subsequent development of life-threatening illnesses. This also reduces the premature need for an expensive nursing home placement.
Our Registered Nurses are university qualified and are available whenever you need them- 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They work with your loved one’s medical team to coordinate their treatment and support.
What is the Difference Between Personal Care and Nursing Care?
Personal care includes any support that helps you accomplish daily activities such as eating, grooming, and toileting. This support is provided by an experienced carer who is trained through a certification program. Nursing Care, on the other hand, requires a university-trained Registered Nurse, who works with your loved one’s team to provide skilled clinical care. Nursing Care could include assessing needs, planning treatment, administering medication, and other medical services.
The CareSide Difference
Private in-home care, such as Home Nursing Services are available through a My Aged Care approved Home Care Package, or through private services.
How much does Private Nursing Care at home cost? Home Care Nursing Services are commonly used in Level 3 and Level 4 Home Care Packages, and the current Home care Package subsidy is between $33,638 p.a. and $50,991 p.a. If you do not yet have a Home Care Package and think you may be eligible for one, Contact Us, and we will help you apply for one immediately.
The CareSide is an approved government provider of Home Care Packages. While there are many private home care providers, our Mission is to provide you with the Best Value Home Care in WA. Our in-home nursing service prices are 30%-50% lower than other providers due to our low fees. This means you could receive double the amount of care, support and benefits with us.
How Much Does it Cost to Have a Carer Stay Overnight?
Overnight care and in-home nursing care are usually purchased with higher level Home Care Packages, including Level 3 ($34,250 annual subsidy in 2020-20201) and Level 4 ($52,000 annual subsidy). The CareSide offers the best value in home care, giving you more hours of nursing care and overnight care for the same price. Currently, our rates for nursing care are $85-210/hour, and our rates for overnight care are $149-199 per night.
Other Benefits of The CareSide
We give you the Nurse that you want, and better yet, you will have the same Nurse each visit. Unlike other providers, we employ all of our Nurses. We do not outsource labour-hire or subcontract through other agencies so you won’t get strangers arriving on your doorstep. If you already have a Nurse or know someone who you would like to be your Nurse, you can have them too. We can employ Nurses from other providers, which is your right under Home Care legislation, and we can onboard and certify family members and friends if appropriate.
We schedule your Nurse at the time that you want them. Unlike other providers who schedule Care within a 4-hour window, with us, you can choose the exact times of the day that you would like your Home Care. This gives you the flexibility to plan your day with confidence.
If you have a Home Care Package, you can choose to have No Out Of Pocket expenses with us. We will not force you to top up your package, pay the daily contribution fee, or pay the Income Tested Fee. You can have More Care, For Half the price, with No Out Of Pocket Expenses.
In-Home Nursing Care Services
The following section outlines common examples of clinical services available with in-home Nursing Care.
In addition to at home nursing services, you can choose to have any combination of these aged care services. If you are interested in any other kinds of services which are available under a HomeCare Package, including Companion Care, Personal Care, Respite Care, Live In Care or 24 x 7 Care, please Contact Us to discuss them.
Our Home Nurses will assess the wound and formulate a treatment plan.
Typical conditions that we treat are burns, cellulitis, post operative wounds and leg ulcers.
We use the latest evidence-based techniques and most sophisticated dressings to heal the wound.
Regular progress reports including photographs will be sent to your specialist if required.
Aseptic techniques are followed by our Nursing staff when preparing and administering your IV therapy or medication.
Line changes and IV care and dressing changes are also performed as part of this service.
The IV site is observed every visit for complications such as infection, phlebitis, infiltration or extravasation so that these can be identified and treated immediately.
CATHETER & OSTOMY CARE
Our Private Nurses are competent in male and female catheter care; insertion, removal, specimen collection and emptying and recording of drainage.
We can assist with all aspects of your ostomy care including peristomal skin care to avoid skin irritation or infection, bag changes and emptying.
A Private Registered Nurse from our team will perform medication set-up, scheduling and administration.
Common administrations include suppositories, enemas & pessaries.
We perform blood glucose monitoring for people with diabetes, and administer injections if required.
Our nurses will also manage short or long term anti-thrombotic therapy.
CLINICAL ASSESSMENT TOOLS
Our Nurses use the following clinical assessment tools to ensure your Care Plan will deliver effective treatment:
- Abbey Pain Scale
- Barthel Index of Activities of Daily Living
- Braden Scale Pressure Area Risk Assessment Tool
- Falls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT)
- Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)
- McCaffrey Initial Pain Assessment Tool
- Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA)
- Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)
- Mobility Assessment
- Psychogeriatric Assessment Scales (PAS) for the 10% supplement for Government Funded Home Care Package
- Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS) A multicultural Cognitive Assessment Scale
- The Abbreviated Mental Test Score (AMTS)
How To Manage Elderly Health Conditions
If you’re exploring home nurse services, chances are you’re trying to manage an elderly loved one’s health condition. Home Care for elderly people is critically important. While we offer a complete range of elderly home health care services, it’s also important to know the signs of health issues yourself.
As people age, they can experience various health problems including various chronic diseases. These conditions can include Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Stroke, Eye and Ear conditions, Diabetes and Respiratory conditions.
It is helpful if Home Caregivers are familiar with some of the health conditions that affect seniors so that they can be on the lookout for key symptoms. This will enable the condition to be treated and managed most effectively. It will also improve the quality of care provided.
Our guide to Common Elderly Health Conditions describes some of the most common health conditions, what causes them, the symptoms, the consequences and the treatment options.
The guide also describes what you can do to help care for your loved one if they are unlucky enough to have one of these conditions.
If you would like more information on any aspects of managing elderly health conditions, please Contact Us, and one of our friendly nurses or Care Managers provide you with expert guidance.
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