Short distances and on-site decisions: professional caregivers are now also authorized to prescribe nursing aids for home care
The Health Care Expansion Act (Gesundheitsversorgungsweiterentwicklungsgesetz – GVWG) authorizes all nursing professionals with a qualification according to the Nursing Professions Act (Pflegeberufegesetz – PflBG) to make the relevant recommendations.
The new rule only affects nursing aids that are missing in a patient’s home; it does not apply to aids needed for inpatient care. Sven Kübler from the Competenz Netzwerk Außerklinische Intensivpflege CNI e.V. (Competence Network for Out-of-Home Intensive Care) views this change as a milestone in outpatient care for an increasingly older society: “The new guideline includes numerous product groups, but the legal focus is primarily on care at home because it mostly involves aids for the bathroom and toilet, mobility, care beds, transfers and consumables. This is good and right because caregivers are often the ones who can best assess the situation in the patient’s home and the need for nursing aids there.”