In this day and age there is no reason why people can’t have professional, private one-on-one nursing care in their homes. Some people find it more comforting to manage their health conditions in familiar surroundings. A registered nurse can assist people with ongoing health conditions or provide short term support following an illness or hospital stay.
Examples of home nursing care include:
- Wound care – changing dressings
- Monitoring blood pressure
- Managing continence
- Managing and administering medications
- Welfare checks
- Complex nursing care
- Rehabilitation after an injury
- Palliative care – professional home nursing care to assist with the medical needs of the patient in comforting surroundings
- Dementia – An individual who is living with dementia may benefit from receiving support for medication management or other specialised needs.
There are a number of agencies that employ Registered Nurses specifically for providing nursing care to people in their home environment. In home registered nurses have the specific skills required when treating people in their home.
A home visit from a registered nurse can be expensive, it is important to weigh up the benefits with the cost. Some agencies have registered nurses who visit for as little as 30 minutes or one hour, which keeps costs down. There may also be assistance available through different government funded programmes for home nursing care. To see if you qualify for funding assistance see the My Aged Care website or phone them on 1800 200 422.