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Care At Home: Professional Caregiver or At-Home Nurse?

Find out if a professional caregiver or at-home nurse is more suitable for the needs of you and your loved ones.

by Alicia Teng

As time goes by, you might find that your elderly loved ones might require more care when it comes to carrying out their daily activities, or when it comes to regular medical attention. 

There are several eldercare options available in Singapore for your loved one, and the best fit depends on your loved one’s needs (as well as your family’s). 

Here are the main differences between two common care options: professional caregivers and at-home nurses.

What is a Caregiver?

Home caregivers are professionals trained to help someone with their activities of daily living (ADLs) and provide companionship around the clock. Some examples of ADLs include eating, dressing, bathing, transferring, walking, and using the toilet. Home caregivers will also provide a steady source of emotional support and social engagement for your loved one.

In addition, caregivers are also trained to monitor the health and medical condition of those in their charge – though they themselves may not be licensed nurses and cannot perform medical tasks such as administering medication or IV therapy.

Caregivers can be hired on an hourly basis, with the duration depending on your loved ones’ needs. 

Care Professionals That You Trust

If you’re looking for 24-hour care, Homage is able to provide that service by scheduling two Care Professionals on consecutive 12-hour shifts. Our professionally trained nurses and caregivers go through a rigorous screening process and are selected to care for you and your loved ones based on your needs. 

Want to find out more about our Care Professionals? Simply reach out to us by filling out this form

What is an At-Home Nurse?

An at-home or private nurse is a trained and licensed healthcare professional who can perform medical tasks and nursing care procedures for those under their charge, in their home settings. This saves you the trouble and cost of travelling and waiting at hospitals and clinics and provides a more stress-free option for your loved one to receive medical care in a comfortable, familiar setting.

The big difference between an at-home nurse and a home caregiver is that a nurse is qualified to perform medical tasks such as administering medication, changing medical devices like feeding tubes and catheters, taking blood samples, wound care and overall health monitoring.

At-home nurses can be hired on an hourly basis, similar to caregivers. Homage is similarly able to provide 24-hour nursing care by scheduling 12-hour shifts for two different nursing professionals.

How Much Does A Caregiver or An At-Home Nurse Cost?

Home care costs vary depending on the type of care needed, and the duration of care. 

On average, most home personal and nursing care costs approximately $20 to $40 per hour in Singapore, but care packages and subsidies are available to offset some of the cost – you can apply for financial subsidies under the Home Caregiving Grant to defray the cost of home care.

Homage provides Daily Living Care services from $21 per hour, and Home Nursing Care from $24 per hour. Head here to learn more about what to expect in making arrangements for home care, and to get in touch with a care adviser.

Home Care Services Best Suited For Your Loved Ones 

Beyond home caregivers and at-home nurses, Homage offers a wide range of home-based care services for your elderly loved one’s physical, emotional and social needs. 

These include:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Companionship and personalised care
  • Nursing care (Homage nurses are registered with the Singapore Nursing Board and have at least 2 years of ward experience)
  • Therapy (Physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy)

Here’s an insight into the other types of home-based services that Homage provides:

Home Therapy 

Cost: From $180/hour. 

Rehabilitation therapy is important in helping patients regain independence in daily living and social activities – particularly elderly people who have just recovered from a fall, stroke or operation. 

Rehab therapy often requires several consistent sessions for results. As such, home therapy is a great option if you’re tied up with many work and family commitments, and would like to save your loved one the hassle of travelling and waiting at the rehab facilities. 

Home therapy services encompass: 

  • Physiotherapy – Provided by physiotherapists to help restore a patient’s motor function and mobility after injury, illness or surgery.
  • Speech Therapy – Provided by speech therapists that diagnose and prescribe exercises that help a patient regain their speech, voice and swallowing functions, in order to help them regain the ability to communicate effectively and confidently.
  • Occupational Therapy – Provided by occupational therapists that help patients regain their ability to perform basic activities of daily living.

Conclusion: Should I Choose A Caregiver or a Nurse For My Loved One? 

Deciding on whether to hire a home caregiver or a home nurse for your loved one ultimately depends on their needs. 

If your loved one mainly requires help with their activities of daily living and don’t have nursing needs, then a caregiver would be able to best meet their needs. However, if your loved one has complex healthcare-related tasks and requires specialist medical care on a daily basis, then a home nurse would be required.

If you’re wondering if other care options might be more suitable for your loved ones needs, head here to read up about the pros and cons of other care options such as nursing homes and hiring domestic helpers.

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About the Writer
Alicia Teng
Alicia is a founder of boutique gym Division Athletics. When she's not coaching classes or sweating it out on the gym floor, she freelances as a food and lifestyle writer. Alicia is also addicted to kueh.
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