Private home care can help you live independently in your own home and community for as long as possible. Royalty Scope Nursing Services can provide a range of services to assist with daily chores like personal care, providing meals, transport assistance, respite care for you or your carer, home modifications and social support. Sometimes simple tasks like taking a shower or getting dressed can become a major experience or if you no longer have a driver’s licence getting to appointments or doing the weekly shopping can become hard.
Our nursing team can provide the right support needed make your life easier. Private home care will enable you to continue living in your own home. You may be eligible to access Government subsidised in home support, a Home Care Package or choose use a private provider depending on your circumstances.
#1 Private home care support for daily living tasks
Private Home Care services can help with domestic tasks such as;
- Laundry, cleaning or meal preparation
- Transport to appointments, shopping
- Assistance with personal care such as showering and dressing
- Gardening and home maintenance
- Medication management
- Counselling and support
- Fitness and rehabilitation
- Allied health support such as podiatry or occupational therapy
- After hospital care
- Goods and equipment such as mobility aides
- Social support and other activities
- Nursing care such as changing dressings on wounds
#2 Private home care promotes independence
Private home care can promote a really strong sense of independence by providing the help that is needed but allowing a person to go about their daily life as normal. Rather than having everything done for them you can select which things are most important to have a comfortable life. Our specialist nursing services are then personally adjusted to suit the scenario using evidence based care practices to deliver exactly what is needed.
#3 The comforts of home with private home care
As we get older it can be more difficult to deal with changes. In some cases the home may be one that has been lived in for 30 years or more. So rather than going to a private nursing home facility you can have private home care that enables you to enjoy the familiar surroundings of your home but still get the expert nursing care that you require.
How can you organise private home care?
There may be Government assistance available for your private health care needs. There is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) or the Home Care Packages (HCP) program. The process and requirements vary, but basic assistance is offered through the CHSP while the HCP program can offer higher intensity support.
The Australian government provides funding for home care packages via providers using the ‘Consumer Directed Care’ principles of service. This means you can choose the type of home support you receive, when you receive it and who you receive it from. If you are accessing Government funded aged care services for the first time you have to complete their assessments via myagedcare.gov.au
When you contact My Aged Care they will ask about;
- Any support you are currently receiving.
- If you have any health concerns.
- How you are managing with activities around the home.
- Some questions relating to your safety in the home.
The actual outcomes from those conversations and questions will depend on your specific needs. There may be the need to have a face-to-face home support assessment or a more comprehensive assessment conducted by an existing Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).
Other ways to get home care
You can pay entirely for your home support services through a private home care provider. Private home care providers offer the full range of services including 24-hour Registered Nurses for complex care needs and carers to assist with shopping and personal care. There is no limit to the number of hours of care provided.
In this scenario there is no need for Government assessments. The provider will talk with you and tailor a package according to your needs and wishes. As private home care services are arranged directly between you and the private home care company, be sure to ask for a full breakdown of what you will be receiving and paying for, and where there may be any additional costs.
What is an example of private home care nursing?
A 90 year old woman
Mrs Brown is 90 years old and was referred to Royalty Scope Nursing Services by a social worker from a major hospital in Sydney to receive home care services upon discharge. Prior to being in the hospital Mrs Brown was living at home by herself and was put in a nursing home for respite. While she was in the nursing home she developed a pressure sore to her left heel and lower limb cellulitis which was spreading to the rest of her leg. She ended up admitted to the hospital for investigations, treatment and I.V ABX. The hospital discovered she had contracted (MRSA) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the wound . MRSA is a group of Gram-positive bacteria that are genetically distinct from other strains of Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is responsible for several difficult to treat infections in humans. Mrs Brown is fragile, has chronic health conditions, a history of falls and walks with a frame.
An elderly person didn’t want to live in a Nursing home
While she was in the nursing home Mrs Brown had absconded several times from home. When conversing with her she said she absconded from the nursing home because she didn’t want to be in there and she wanted to return back to her own home and that she had developed this pressure sore while she was in there. The hospital referred Mrs Brown to Royalty Scope Nursing Services to assists Mrs Brown 2 times daily AM and PM at home.
In the morning the registered nurse sees Mrs Brown and assists her to shower dress and apply prescribed barrier cream to prevent development of pressure sores. After the shower the registered nurse changes Mrs Brown leg wound dressing using evidence based care, applies her socks and blue boots that prevents development of pressure sore. This is all done at times that suit Mrs Brown.
Assessing safety to address chronic health issues
Due to Mrs Brown chronic health issues Royalty Scope Nursing Registered Nurse conducted an assessment which included falls assessments, waterlow score assessment, nutrition assessment , wound assessment, skin assessment , cognitive state assessment prior to commencement of services. An individualised care plan was developed specifically for Mrs Brown and other health care professionals were involved and communicated with including physiotherapist, OT , and Mrs Brown GP. In the evening the nurse checks on Mrs Brown and gives her a bed bath wash then applies barrier and pad change if required .
This helps Mrs Brown to remain living independently at home. These x2 visits allow the nurse to see if there has been any change , support Mrs Brown , treat and refer if there is any concern. Mrs Brown has not absconded anywhere since she came back home and is living in her home independently and happily. Mrs Brown has requested that she would like one of our support workers to assist and accompany her out to lunch, out and about like she used to do in her local community once the wound on her heel has completely healed which won’t be long.
Experienced, personal 1 on 1 home care nursing
What is unique about Royalty scope Nursing Services is our Director is a Registered Nurse that is hands on and works in the field with clients and the nurses. Due to the MRSA infection in Mrs Brown wound it was a challenging and difficult wound.
“I already knew this a challenging wound and it needed expertise and after several days of following the wound care plan from the hospital and reviewing at the photos, notes and communication between the nurses and MRS x NOK , I went to review her wound myself.
With my experience of working as a Registered Nurse and in charge Nurse for many years in an Aged Care ward in Sydney I “prescribed” a different course of treatment and wound care plan. I ordered the new special dressings and within 3 days they arrived and the new treatment commenced.
Within 2 days after this new treatment Mrs Brown wound started to granulate, less oozing and the following week 50% of the wound had healed.”