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Private Nursing Isn’t Always Necessary
When consumers find themselves in the situation of needing a private nurse they frequently are
overwhelmed by the sudden need to make medical decisions. Mistakes are made and they find
themselves initially receiving expensive services that aren’t matched well to their needs. It takes time
and errors before the right service is matched to a patient’s medical needs. What most consumers are
unaware of at first is that they will pay triple for a private nurse versus an aide, and much of what is
needed in home assistance does not require medical licensing.
Recovery for major surgery is a good bet for nurse assistance. This is because much of the care
required for post-surgery recovery is direct medical care involving suture care, medicine delivery,
physical rehabilitation, intravenous delivery, medical machine monitoring, catheter services and so on.
The private nurse in this situation is basically providing the same services as those that would be
provided in a hospital stay.
Private nurses are also trained to monitor,
alert and respond to particular medical
conditions or developments. They are
trained on identifying related problems to a
given condition and providing the initial care
and treatment to stabilize a situation until a
doctor can respond.
Aides are more appropriate for providing
services associated with eating or helping
someone get dressed. A health aide can
cover much of these services and provide
homecare assistance as well.
All of the above said, the idea that private
nursing is only available for the rich is
beginning to change. In-house medical
assistance is mathematically a definite
savings compared to full commitment in a
nursing facility.
But even the at-home costs can build quickly, and even with insurance plans moving to outpatient
options many plans still won’t cover much of the cost. So consumers still need to do plenty of research
to find the right mix for their own budget. And much of the cost depends on the condition that needs to
be addressed. Nursing costs can range from $40 to as much as $50 an hour or more.
In comparison, placement agencies may invoice as low as $13 to $24 an hour providing the services of
a health aide at home. The price varies a bit depending on geographic location and the amount of
travel involved.