Wound Care & Management by Home Nurses in Australia

Need support treating diabetic wounds or open wounds such as bed sores? Our team of nurses at Homage can help to change wound dressings and provide proper wound care to promote better wound healing.

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An Introduction to Wounds

A wound is an injury where the skin is torn, cut or punctured. Almost everyone will experience an open wound at some point. While most open wounds are relatively minor and heal fully with simple home remedies, others may require professional medical or nursing care.

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Why Is Wound Care Important?

Proper wound care can help to promote quicker healing and minimise scarring. Most importantly, it reduces the risk of infection. An infected wound can make someone unwell and severe infections can lead to sepsis, which is life-threatening.

While swelling and redness around a wound when it is healing is natural, but it’s important to watch out for signs of infection:

  • Excessively swollen
  • Hot to the touch
  • Smelly
  • Wetter, particularly if it is exuding pus
  • Exceptionally red, especially if it is spreading

If a wound is causing concerns, have it assessed by a medical professional immediately.

Basics of Wound Care

In the past, it was thought that keeping wounds dry and exposed to the air was the best way to heal them. However, research has found that the best way to heal wounds and minimise scarring is through maintaining a moist, clean environment.

Choosing the right dressings, changing them at the right frequency and knowing the right technique all play a part in creating the best environment for wound healing. Wounds also need to be kept clean and continually monitored for signs of infection. Seek medical help should the wound and/or its surrounding areas become:

  • Excessively swollen
  • Hot to the touch
  • Smelly
  • Wetter, particularly if it is exuding pus
  • Exceptionally red, especially if it is spreading – marking the edges of a reddened patch of skin with a pen can help show whether it is getting more widespread over time

Wound Care at Home

Minor wounds can be managed at home with simple dressings. However, more serious, deep, dirty or chronic wounds should be assessed by a medical professional. If you or your loved one require professional wound care at home by nurses, we can help.

How Can Home Nursing Care Help?

Simple Nursing Care

Assist with simple nursing procedures such as changing of feeding tubes and suctioning.

Complex Nursing Procedures

From injections to wound care, have your nursing procedures done safely in the comfort of home.

Post-Surgery

Focus on recovery and leave the complex nursing care in the hands of our experienced nurse Care Pros

Cost of Wound Care in Australia

Looking for long-hour care packages for your loved ones? Save up to 20% with our care packages for multiple sessions. Speak with our Care Advisors to find out more.

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Nursing Care

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$ 100 /hour*
By local licensed nurses

Government and Private Funding Options Available

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

We can support you as you strive to achieve your goals in independent living. We respect every person’s diversity, culture and identity.

You may use your NDIS funding to engage our disability support services if:

You self-manage your NDIS funds
You may directly book services with us. Homage will issue you the service invoice for you to submit claims.

A plan manager manages your NDIS funds
You may connect Homage with your plan manager to facilitate service bookings using your NDIS funds.

Home Care Package (HCP)

Your unique needs and choices, big or small, are what we focus on. We respect every person’s diversity, culture and identity.

You may use your Home Care Packages to fund your Homage services if you self-manage your HCP. You may connect Homage with your registered self-managed provider to facilitate service bookings using your HCP funds.

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Together we will match you and your loved ones with an exceptional Care Professional. Stay up to date after every appointment with detailed reports on the Homage app.

Top questions about Wound Care

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What are the advantages of home nursing?

Home nursing service allows care recipients to receive professional nursing care in familiar surroundings. This can reduce stress and help the care recipients feel more at ease, which aids in their recovery.

By bringing nursing care to your doorstep, you can also save the hassle and cost of travelling and skip long queues at hospitals and clinics.

What is the fastest way to heal an open wound?

Proper wound care can speed up healing and reduce scarring. There is no one-size-fits-all solution — different wounds require different types of treatment and care.

In general, maintaining a moist, clean environment is best for wound healing. Minor wounds can usually be managed at home with simple dressing and medication for pain (if necessary). More complex wounds may require specialised treatments such as surgical debridement, draining, vacuum (suction) or VAC dressings, or even hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

It is also important to get enough rest and have a healthy, balanced diet.

How do you treat a wound at home?

Minor wounds can usually be treated with home remedies.

You should first wash and disinfect the wound, then use pressure and elevation to reduce the bleeding and swelling. Depending on the size of the wound, it can help to wrap it with a sterile wound dressing.

If the wound is not healing or seems to be getting worse, consult a doctor.

What are the 4 types of wounds?

Most wounds fall into 1 of the 4 broad categories:

  1. Laceration: any ‘cutting’ or ‘slicing’ type of wound
  2. Puncture: wounds caused by a sharp, pointed object (usually has minimal skin loss, but can go very deep)
  3. Abrasion: superficial and shallow wound caused by skidding, grazing or scraping
  4. Avulsion: serious traumatic wound where skin and subcutaneous tissue are town away or apart

How can Homage help with wound care?

Experienced nurses at Homage can visit your home to help assess and provide the appropriate care and treatment for your wound. Besides changing wound dressing, they can also advise you on what to look out for and share tips on how you can speed up healing.

While minor wounds can usually be managed with home remedies, more serious, deep or dirty wounds should be assessed by a nurse or doctor. Chronic wounds — those that take a long time to heal — may also need to be dressed regularly by nurses or trained caregivers.

Common types of wounds that Homage nurses can help with include bedsores, diabetic wounds and surgical incisions.

Who are the Homage private nurses?

Homage nurses are enrolled or registered nurses who hold a valid Practicing Certificate with an active registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and have at least one year of ward experience.

Our licensed nurses are locals and come from different walks of life, each with their unique specialisations and care experiences. But they all have one common trait – a passion and dedication to delivering quality nursing care to families and care recipients.

Can I use my Home Care Package (HCP) funding for Homage services?

You may use your Home Care Packages (HCP) to engage Homage services if you self-manage your HCP. You may connect Homage with your registered Self-managed provider to facilitate service bookings using your HCP funds.

We support both private clients and those on government waitlist but require care urgently. Please speak to our Care Advisor today at (03) 6146 0719 if you require care support.

Can I use my NDIS funding for Homage private nurse services?

You may use your NDIS funds to engage Homage services if:

1) You self-manage your NDIS funds – you may directly book services with us. Homage will issue you the service invoice for you to submit claims.

2) A plan manager manages your NDIS funds – you may connect Homage with your plan manager to facilitate service bookings using your NDIS funds.

We support both private clients and those on government waitlist but require care urgently. Please speak to our Care Advisor today at (03) 6146 0719 if you require care support.

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