Ideally, your loved one and your Family have been in close contact with Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapy and Social Work from the beginning of the Hospital/ ICU admission. Here it is very important to communicate regularly and being in contact regularly and most of all, to support you emotionally through this very difficult process.
If either you and your Family or the medical and/or the nursing staff think that Intensive Home Care Nursing is an option for your loved one, all parties involved have to meet and talk about
- The nursing care required
- The equipment needed
- The medical back up needed
- The Family situation
- How long it takes to take your loved one home
After everything has been clarified, it usually takes around 4 weeks before your loved one can go home.
During this 'transitional period' INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME, as well as the medical and nursing staff in the Hospital will be regularly communicating with you and your Family.
HOW IS THE SERVICE FINANCED?
The Finances around the service- usually one ICU bed costs $ 3,000- $ 5,000 per day and a home care based service is more cost effective so that either the Department of Health and/or Hospitals will have an interest in reducing their expenses and also free up their beds in Intensive Care. INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME strives to create a win-win situation and establishes financing from Hospitals, Department of Health and/or Private Health Insurances or TAC
WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED?
Besides having 24/7 nursing services arranged in order to care for your loved one, some equipment is necessary in order to provide good quality service. Some of the equipment needed is
- Ventilation machine
- Care bed
- Wheel chair
- Consumables such as syringes, suction equipment, Tracheostomies etc...