Almost two years after opening Carnegie Medical Supplies, James Carnegie is filling another gap in the local medical market with Nurse2Go.
“We’ve heard customers tell us, ‘I’m at home but I’m not able to take care of myself anymore, and there’s nowhere to go,’” he said.
Although his first inclination was to build a care home of some sort, red tape stretched far and wide, leading Carnegie to readjust his sights on the creation of Nurse2Go — a private care service that offers everything from companion care to full-on registered nurse service.
“We range everywhere from companion care — someone to come in and sit with you, talk to you, play cards and take you shopping, whatever you want — to having a (registered nurse) doing IV therapy … or wound care or ostomy care,” Carnegie said, beginning a list of services offered.
Nurse2Go launched about one week ago and has already taken in five clients — mostly through word of mouth, Carnegie noted, with his medical supplies store and Nurse2Go feeding off of one another.
The main intent behind Nurse2Go is to offer those who need help with another option, Carnegie clarified.
“There’s home care already in P.A., and it’s fantastic,” he said. “They do an awesome job, but there are some people that tend to get missed or want private service and are willing to pay for it, and they do.
“It’s good to have options, but with home care they come when they have time. With our service we want to make it so we come when you want us there.”
If a client wants someone there for two hours in the morning and two hours at night — no problem, Carnegie said, noting that they offer service 24/7.
We’ve heard customers tell us, ‘I’m at home but I’m not able to take care of myself anymore, and there’s nowhere to go.'" - Nurse2Go owner James Carnegie
“We base it upon the senior population — being able to keep them at home — but I’ve had people ask, ‘If I were to have surgery, would you guys be able to help me back into my home and do dressing changes?’”
This question is answered with the affirmative, Carnegie said.
Respite care — temporary short-term relief care for those taking care of family members at home — is another popular need in the Prince Albert area.
“We’ll come in and give you that break, whether its two hours off to go have dinner. If you want to go away for the weekend to a wedding — done,” Carnegie said.
Nurse2Go staff includes registered nurses, licenced practical nurses, special care aids and home health aids, meeting clients’ wide breadth of needs.
Carnegie himself is a registered nurse and enterostomal therapist — a wound, ostomy and continence nurse.
Looking to the future, Carnegie said that he can anticipate hiring more people to meet what appears to be a big need in the Prince Albert area.
“I’m going to have a huge staff eventually,” he said. “As people come in and tell me how often they’ll need it, I’ll gain staff.
“There’s such a need there it’s unbelievable. If there wasn’t I wouldn’t have started it.”
For more information on Nurse2Go, visit their website online at www.nurse2go.ca or stop by Carnegie Medical Supplies at 103A-2805 Sixth Ave. E.