Private Duty Home Care
Private Duty Home Care is a broad term that incorporates many types of in-home care. It includes custodial care, companion care, and live-in care. It also includes care provided by a certified nursing assistant, home health aide, companion, a nurse or another skilled professional, such as a physical therapist. Care is considered private duty when it is being paid for by a long term care insurance policy or by the patient or his/her family. It can be short or long-term and is often requested by patients that prefer to stay in the comfort of their own homes, rather than in a nursing home.
Private duty services range from companionship care to highly skilled nursing care, during periods ranging from a brief visit, to 24 hours a day. Private Duty caregivers are often enlisted to perform light home management, errands, meal preparation, housekeeping, or transportation to the grocery store, pharmacy or doctor’s office. Medical or skilled Private Duty offers care to those who require medically intensive care for long-term chronic conditions, or skilled nursing care following a hospital stay, or at the end of life.
Private duty home care agencies provide a broad range of clinical and non-clinical in-home care services that help people in need of care remain safe, independent, and empowered in their homes. Private duty care is always tailored to the individual client’s needs, services are provided by nurses, home health aides, and trained caregivers, and often include:
- Nursing Care
- Long-term Care of Chronic Disease
- Grooming and dressing
- Recreational activities
- Incontinent care
- Oral Care
- Medication Management & reminders
- Bathing or showering
- Light housekeeping
- Meal preparation
- Respite for family caregivers
- Errands and shopping
- Changing linens
- Laundry and ironing
- Organizing closets
- Care of house plants
- 24-hour emergency response
- Family counseling
- Phone call checks
- Walk the dog
- Manage social calendar
- Infections/Wound Care
- Variety of skilled nursing procedures under doctors orders
Private duty home care allows a person to remain in their home and age-in-place. Private duty home care allows seniors freedom and control as they age. The home environment is the least restrictive and allows seniors to remain engaged with their typical daily activities in their own community.
With private duty home care, seniors are also not subjected to the regulations of a facility. They have the freedom to still choose their doctors.
Private duty home care can help extend life by eliminating stressors associated with aging. It allows seniors to stay in a familiar, safe environment.