What Are Nursing Services & How Are They Crucial For Supporting NDIS Clients

Nursing Services

For people with disability, it’s extremely important that a nursing care provider can cater for a wide range of services to ensure optimised personal care. We pride ourselves on our ability to treat every one of our clients as an individual, meaning our bespoke care plans are outcomes focussed. This results in the best quality service for our clients, whether it be in-home support for independent living, or residential care in our St Jude’s disability homes.

So what are nursing services ?

These are a range of health care needs that can be provided by either an enrolled or registered nurse. We often think of nurses in the context of a hospital ward, taking temperatures and dressing wounds, but in reality, they do so much more. They are highly skilled health care professionals that work around the clock to support and monitor the wellbeing of their patients.

Let’s take a look at some of the NDIS nursing services that we routinely provide.

Medication Management

Many forms of medication fall into various categories of controlled substances. This is why some of them require prescriptions from a doctor or physician. The reason these medications are controlled is because if taken improperly, they can have serious health risks. It’s also important to monitor the scheduling of these drugs, which comes under the expertise of a nurse practitioner.

Medication management is a complex care responsibility, especially when multiple drugs are involved, so it is extremely important that it’s carried out by trained nursing staff.

PEG Feeding

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is the process by which a feeding tube is inserted into the stomach via the abdominal wall. Depending on the patient’s condition, this can be long term or short term. It may only be necessary during the recovery of a medical event or procedure, but in some cases, such as in some stroke victims, the ability ingest food orally may be permanently compromised. In such a case, PEG feeding by a NDIS registered nurse will become part of a client’s ongoing care plan.

Wound Management and Dressings

For people with disability, accidents can just be a fact of life, and vulnerable people may find themselves needing wound care on a more regular basis. This may be due to being immuno compromised, causing wounds to be more susceptible to infection. Meanwhile, others may have reduced capacity to heal. In any case, wounds need to be carefully managed by trained nurses as part of patient care.

Continence Support

Respecting one’s dignity is of utmost importance in any nursing practice. Temporary or permanent incontinence can be very upsetting for anybody, so a compassionate approach to this aspect of nursing care is what we strive for. Many people, at various stages in their lives may need continence care, meaning it isn’t an aspect of nursing practice that is exclusive to nursing homes. Instead, it is a common part of NDIS nursing that is required by many people who are living with a range of medical conditions.

SPC Insertion and Catheter Care

Suprapubic catheters are inserted for patients who are unable to drain the bladder via the urethra. As it is an invasive procedure, it comes with the need for high levels of nursing help in order for safe use and disease prevention. This is another important service that may be required as part of in-home nursing care, or in disability homes.

Post-Hospitalisation Care

People with disability, as well as other patients, are at their most vulnerable in the immediate recovery period after hospitalisation. Patients at this time are likely to have additional care requirements which means an expanded scope of nursing activities to help the patient transition back to life at home or at their residential facility.

General Nursing Care

People with disability are entitled to high quality home care. This means nurses may be required to carry out a wide variety of services for their patients, including many of those already discussed throughout this blog. As well as these specific services, general nursing care may include assistance with chronic conditions, pain management, mobility and other day-to-day activities. It’s our top priority to assist patients with their ongoing medical care to ensure a healthy and fulfilling life.

Palliative Care

Unfortunately, the long term prospects for some patients require that the focus of their care is on comfort and dignity rather than recovery. This requires a special type of care, known as palliative care, which is family-centred and aimed at optimising the quality of life of those with terminal illness. It is naturally a very difficult time for individuals and their families, so it’s extremely important that this service aims to reduce any suffering as much as is possible.

Enquire about St Jude’s NDIS Nursing Services today

All of these services are available through NDIS funding if the patient is eligible, and will go a long way in improving the lives of patients who choose to procure them. St Jude’s Disability Services leads the way in providing these services to those who need them, including those who wish to have them in the comfort of their own homes.

As a reputable NDIS service provider, we have a team of experienced NDIS registered nurses who specialise in nursing care based on the client’s needs, including continence support.

To find out about a home care package for you or your loved one, please get in touch for a consultation with one of our friendly staff.