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Differences between Home Health Care and Private Duty Care

Posted by Dreu Adams on Jan 17, 2014 12:04:00 PM

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home-health-care-vs-private-duty-careThe enormous pressures of caring for your loved one while simultaneously managing the demands of a full-time job are challenges that nearly 42 million Americans face daily.1 If you’re a caregiver, you may eventually find yourself looking to secure additional help; this can be confusing as you try to match available resources with the needs of you and your loved one. Read more to learn the differences between two service options: home health care and private duty care.

Home Health Care vs. Private Duty Care

Home health and private duty services are significantly different. Certified home health care is provided for homebound patients in need of “skilled care.” Skilled care is provided by specially-trained clinicians including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists or other professionals who visit the patient’s home. Visits typically occur one to three times per week over a 60-day period and are typically covered 100% by Medicare. Home care visits must be coordinated as part of a specific plan of care as directed by the patient’s physician.

Private duty services provide client home visits that do not require medical care. Private duty aides help by doing tasks like light housekeeping, meal preparation and companion services. The goal of private duty care is to ensure daily activities are completed safely and the client is comfortable in his or her home. Care is usually provided in blocks of time and paid directly by the client or family members to the private duty company. Private duty care is often long term, and helps to maintain a client’s way of life at home. As private duty care is not covered by Medicare, there are no federal guidelines to meet in order to qualify.

Whether your loved one is living with a cardiopulmonary disorder like COPD, diabetes, CHF (heart failure) or dementia (including Alzheimer’s) or is struggling with another chronic illness, call 866-902-4000 to speak with a Home Care Specialist about home health care services that can help your specific situation or, download the guide below to understand how home health care can improve the daily life of your loved one and support you, the dedicated caregiver. This guide includes questions provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to help ensure you choose the right home health agency.

The guide contains:

  • Examples of Home Health Services Covered 100% by Medicare
  • Benefits of Home Health Care
  • Home Health Care Company Checklist
Download the Patient Guide

1 According to Amy Goyer, author of Juggling Work and Caregiving

Topics: Private Duty Care, Home Health Care, Financial Health