When it comes to health management, people generally have a few options: frequent visits to a healthcare professional, going to a hospital, or opting for in-home nursing care. Each approach has its merits, but in recent years, community, or in-home, nursing has emerged as an exceptional option for health management. Today VIVA Mutual delves into the benefits of choosing community nursing care, in comparison to regularly visiting a doctor or hospital.
1. Comfort and Convenience
The most immediate benefit of community nursing care is the comfort and convenience it offers. Patients receive professional care in a familiar environment such as their home. This eliminates the need for regular, potentially exhausting and expensive travel to and from medical appointments, which is especially beneficial for elderly or mobility-challenged People.
2. Personalised Care
VIVA’s community nurses provide specialised, one-on-one care. This allows for a treatment plan that is highly tailored to the person’s needs, lifestyle, and the specifics of their condition. This personalised approach stands in contrast to the often rushed atmosphere of a doctor’s office or hospital.
3. Reduced Risk of Infection
Hospital and clinic environments, despite best efforts at cleanliness, are often fraught with germs. By receiving care from a VIVA Mutual Community Nurse at home, people avoid exposure to bugs and germs, reducing the risk of additional infections, especially for those with open wounds and chronic conditions.
4. Lower Stress Levels
The stress of frequent medical visits can interrupt well-being and the healing process. VIVA Mutual’s Community Care can drastically reduce this stress, as people are supported in comfortable and familiar places. Lower stress levels have been proven to promote faster and more effective wound healing.
Because of its many health and well-being benefits, community nursing can be more cost-effective in the long run than visiting external health providers or receiving care from unqualified people. Regular visits to healthcare facilities often involve additional costs, including transportation and time off work. Moreover, faster wound healing observed under vigilant, professional in-home care can reduce the overall cost and time for treatment.
6. Continuous Monitoring
Community nursing allows for consistent and regular monitoring of a medical condition. This constant attention can lead to quicker identification of complications or infections, enabling prompt action and potentially avoiding a worsening condition that could result in hospital admission.
7. Emotional Support
VIVA’s Community nurses often become trusted members of a person’s support network. The emotional and psychological benefits of this relationship can be significant. People are likely to feel more secure and less isolated, which, in turn, can have a positive effect on their overall health and well-being.
8. Greater Autonomy and Independence
For many NDIS participants, especially those with chronic health conditions, community care allows for greater autonomy. People can maintain their daily routines and lifestyle, promoting the independence and dignity that is invaluable for long-term well-being.
VIVA’s community nursing is very flexible, with care schedules designed to fit the individual’s lifestyle. This makes it easier for patients to engage in the activities they love, all while receiving top-notch care.
10. Family & Carer Involvement
VIVA’s community nurses allow for greater involvement of family members, carers and support workers in the person’s care. This can be especially valuable, as people can be trained by the VIVA nurse to assist with health care, promoting a collaborative and informed approach to health management.
The VIVA Difference
The VIVA Difference is our caring, person-centred approach to healthcare that prioritises one’s overall well-being, and not just the treatment of a health condition.
VIVA Mutual’s Community Nursing team is available around the clock to support NDIS participants with health management in their homes, away from clinics and hospitals. All the VIVA team are qualified Registered Nurses or Enrolled Nurses who can provide a wide range of services; from injections and wound care to supporting the management of complex conditions such as incontinence, dysphagia and diabetes. For many, the VIVA Community Nursing approach can lead to quicker and more comfortable recovery, while potentially reducing overall healthcare costs, and building trusting relationships with our caregivers.