Haisey Home Care
May 23, 2023
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As people age or experience health issues, they may require additional medical care and assistance to continue living comfortably in their homes. Private in-home nursing care is a secure option for those who need ongoing medical attention and help with daily tasks but don't want to go to a nursing home. However, in-home care services come at a cost, which depends on several factors.
If you want to know more about private nursing care costs at home, this article is for you. We'll discuss how you can apply for personal nursing care through a Home Care Package and what these aged care services include. Understanding these factors can help patients and their families make informed decisions about their healthcare options and financial planning.
Private nursing services can comprise medical and non-medical services. As part of private home care services, private nursing is provided by qualified nurses and designed for individuals with complex care needs. Elderly Australians who want to live independently in the comfort of their own home can apply for a Home Care Package, which is a government-funded care service program, and receive private nursing services.
Private nursing care can include the following services:
Private nursing services are typically provided by private nursing agencies or independent nurses hired by the patient or their family. This form of in-home care can also be provided by:
The private nurse cost can depend on the healthcare provider you choose for your private nursing services. If you're looking for a cost-effective way to receive personalised medical attention, you can apply for an approved provider that offers private care services.
If you're eligible, you can apply for the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) or a Home Care Package provider. CHSP services are designed for older people with short-term care needs, while individuals with complex care needs should apply for a Home Care Package. The federal government covers most of the costs related to these aged care services.
Bear in mind that home care services provided by a private agency can't receive government funding. If you want to receive a government subsidy, you will have to choose from a variety of government-approved providers.
According to My Aged Care, private nursing in Australia can cost $55 to $120 per hour. These costs are usually higher for night shifts, weekend visits, specialised treatments and medications, as well as for emergency services. Private nurses who provide live-in care and 24-hour presence care charge even more, with $600 to $700 per week, which can double on public holidays.
Additional fees may include an initial assessment fee, ongoing case management fees, and any equipment or supplies needed for the patient's care. These additional costs can vary depending on the nursing agency and the patient's specific needs. It's important to ask questions upfront so you know what will be included in the total cost your care services.
These are the factors that can determine private home care costs in Australia:
If you want to receive in-home care through a Home Care Package, the full cost may be partially or entirely covered by government funding. The patient must meet certain eligibility criteria for a Home Care Package, which can comprise age, care requirements, and the results of an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) evaluation.
Note that you still must pay a certain amount, usually for the Australian government income-tested care fee and/or the basic daily fee for the home care provider. Elderly Australians who have reached their Lifetime Contribution Cap aren't required to pay the income-tested care fee.
If you're unsure whether to hire a private nurse or apply for a Home Care Package, here are some of the benefits of in-home care for older people:
If you want to receive private nursing services through a Home Care Package, here's how you can apply:
Before you apply for a Home Care Package, take the time to do some research about the best home care providers in your area and the services they offer. It will also help you understand Aged Care funding and the different types of services available.
Note that if you want to apply for a home care service, you need to meet the eligibility criteria. Your eligibility doesn't only include your current health condition and financial situation. It can also depend on various personal circumstances.
If you're not sure whether you'd be eligible for a Home Care Package, you can use the My Aged Care eligibility checker.
Haisey Home Care is a leading provider of private care services. We aim to provide our patients with the quality care they need to live comfortably and independently in the comfort of their own home. With the help of a skilled and compassionate caregiver, seniors can receive the support they need to manage daily tasks, stay healthy and active, and enjoy a higher quality of life.
These are some of the support services Haisey Home Care offers:
As a dedicated care partner, we offer a low 23% fee for all four Home Care Package levels. There are no exit fees, daily charges, or hidden fees, which means you can receive the care you need without worrying about making ends meet. We offer completely transparent pricing.
While many elderly Australians can benefit from private nursing care, due to the expensive cost of these services, it isn't an option for many people. That's why many seniors opt for Home Care Packages, which significantly reduce their care expenses and allow them to live more independently. By having a reliable and trustworthy caregiver in their corner, seniors can feel more secure, confident, and connected to their community.
If you have any questions about private nursing care, feel free to contact Haisey Home Care. You can also book an in-home, obligation-free consultation, and one of our trained caregivers will come to your home as soon as possible.