A country such as Australia is fortunate to have government-funded and subsidised disability support and in-home care services for the aged. However, even with such a system in place, there can be reasons to consider private care in its stead.
Let's take a look at the primary ways in which private and government-funded home care differ.
1. The Cost
Naturally, the biggest difference between private and publicly funded home nursing is the cost.
Private care providers will charge hourly rates for most services. Typically, you will be paying the nurse or carer's hourly wage plus the company's commission.
Home Care Packages, on the other hand, are free if your income is below $27,000 a year. With a greater income, you will be expected to pay a contribution toward the cost of your care. However, the government will typically still bear the brunt of the expense.
2. The Application Process
When applying for publicly-funded personal care services, one must call the My Aged Care hotline to arrange a care assessment. After the assessor has determined what support you will need, an income assessment may be carried out to determine whether or not you will be asked to contribute toward your Home Care Package.
If you are approved, you will receive a letter with your care level. After that, you can find out where you are on the national waiting list.
However, not everyone may have the luxury to wait for approval. Furthermore, not everyone who needs home care is necessarily eligible for a government-funded Package.
In such cases, private care is available as a speedier alternative. Private care providers can be contacted directly online or via telephone and many will arrange a free care assessment before providing a care plan and quotation.
3. Caregiver Options
With private home care, clients can afford to be picky when it comes to finding the right caregiver. Private care providers can even help match service users with carers who share the same native language, hobbies, or interests. With private home care services, care workers will often have more time to get to know a client at a personal level to better understand their needs and build a close relationship, click here to learn more about private in home care.
4. Time & Scheduling
With government-funded home care, the scheduling of your carer's visit may not be very flexible. Moreover, carers are likely to have a full schedule and therefore limited time to spend with each service user.
Those who opt for private care, however, will have the luxury of rearranging service dates and times as needed. Additionally, private carers are encouraged to go the extra mile with each client.
4. Care Services
Fortunately, everyone receives care based on need. Regardless of how it is funded, we can all have access to the same array of care services.
Both in private and public home care, service users will receive assistance with bathing and bathroom use, dressing and undressing, nutrition and hydration, meal preparation, dietary requirements, domestic tasks, household cleaning, mobility and dexterity, transport and shopping, and of course medical care.
Clinical assistance can include various forms of therapy, care of skin dressings and wounds, pain management, and after-hospital care.
The only possible difference between private and public care services would be in the personalisation, as a private nurse would be able to devote more time to get to know each client and, for example, learning to prepare their favourite meal.