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The definitive guide to home nursing in Australia

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How does getting a home nurse work?

Being unwell enough to need nursing care doesn’t always mean you have to be cared for in hospital or a nursing facility. Home nurses care for you in the most comfortable place you know, your own home. In fact, many people find that they feel better specifically because they are at home, in familiar surroundings and where family and friends can visit freely.

Having your own private nurse doesn’t cost the earth either. The community nurses on Mable can be surprisingly affordable because we cut out the agency fees and when you consider that your Aged Care Package or NDIS funding can contribute to the cost, you’ll see the positives adding up.

It’s as simple as browsing the profiles of enrolled and registered nurses on the Mable platform, selecting someone who suits your needs and meeting them to see if you click. You discuss and agree on availability, hourly rates and the services they will provide and there you have it … you have your very own private nurse!

What services do private nurses provide?

What services do private nurses provide?

What services do private nurses provide?

Typically, you would hire a private nurse for non-critical care that doesn’t need to be performed in a hospital setting. That could be short-term follow-up treatment after being discharged from hospital or it could be long-term care if you need help with medications, diabetes, asthma or emphysema management, wound management and chronic conditions.

On the Mable platform, you can find registered nurses who specialise in aged care such as support for dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Clients who live with a disability can receive support from a home care nurse who is experienced in working with clients who have cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, hearing or visual impairments and intellectual disabilities.

Should I use a nursing agency?

Nursing agencies have been around for a long time but a new home nursing model means you can choose the nurse who supports you and also choose when they come and agree on the hourly rate. With Mable, you browse the home nurse profiles and make a shortlist of the people who you feel you would click with. Then you reach out to them via the Mable platform, arrange to have a video chat or a face-to-face meeting with two or three and you decide who you choose. This means you can have the same home nurse come to you every time, instead of wondering who might turn up next.

With private nurses that you find on Mable, there is greater flexibility. Because they are independent, self-employed support professionals (with nursing qualifications), they can arrange their availability around your needs.

Mable was actually established to address these very needs. Mable’s founder and CEO, Peter Scutt experienced difficulties with home care support providers for his parents. They were uncomfortable with the stream of unfamiliar support people coming to care for them and he knew there had to be a better way.

How to find the right home nurse

At Mable, we know that every client is an individual. You have a unique personality and unique needs and we like to provide a personalised experience. As a Mable client, you get to choose the home nurse who visits you. You can even choose more than one and have a happy, caring team that’s just for you.

Simply search the support worker profiles on the Mable platform and filter your searches specifically to find nurses. A list of support workers in your local area who offer nursing services will appear and then you can read through the profiles to learn more about each one.

You may prefer a male or female nurse, someone who is young and bubbly or someone who is of a more mature age and has decades of experience. You may require a home nurse who specialises in your condition. When you look at a profile, a list of services offered will be visible which will give you a great idea around suitability for your needs.

With Mable, you get to choose who provides you with home nursing services. The profiles will give you a good idea of the nurse’s personality, interests, cultural background, even languages that they speak.

How much do home nurses cost?

Every support worker on Mable lists their indicative hourly rates right there on their profile, categorised by weekday, weekend and 24-hour shift. When discussing your needs with a potential private nurse that you find on Mable, you will also discuss hourly rates and together, agree on what a session will cost.

Hourly rates are set by the support worker and vary according to their length of experience, the kinds of services they offer and so on. You can expect rates to be around $50 per hour and could be $70 or more per hour, depending on a range of variants including experience and days of the week.

A low 5% Mable fee is added to what the home nurse is paid. You benefit from full transparency with Mable. You will always know what you will have to pay, before you even make a booking.

Hiring a private nurse through Mable could be a lot cheaper than through a nursing agency, and again, you get to choose your nurse.

What support is provided by NDIS for private nurses?

What support is provided by NDIS for private nurses?

What support is provided by NDIS for private nurses?

There are a number of NDIS funded supports that may be provided by independent private nurses including:

  • Day to day health supports in your home
  • Management of medications
  • Diabetes management
  • Pressure care and wound management
  • complex disability care such as PEG, continence, ventilator and bowel care
  • Assessments such as continence and holistic care plans


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