Private Care for Mom

What exactly is Private Care when it comes to Home Health Care Services?

Sometimes it's necessary to take advantage of the options for home health care services, and that's especially true when you need occasional oversight, supervision, or medical services provided by a nursing or medical professional.

Private care, also known as private duty care, provides a variety of choices and programs for individuals who require health or medical supervision outside of a health care facility such as a hospital, a nursing home, or an assisted living facility.


Private Care Options and Services

Private duty care option and services are individualized to meet the needs of every recipient. It's a level higher than basic home health services, and offers specialized and trained clinical professionals can handle a variety of medical and health-related tasks. Such tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Medication dosage and administration
  • Catheter or ostomy care
  • Overseeing medical equipment
  • Wound care
  • Preventing injury and providing oversight when it comes to safety in the home environment
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Private duty nurses care for patients in a home environment in hourly shifts ranging from four to 12 hours. Such private duty nursing professionals can self-contract (freelance) or work through a variety of agencies. Private duty care services and options also involve certified nursing assistants, home health care aides, and other professional care providers including therapists, again based on need, situation, and goals.

Is it expensive?

Cost of private duty care services depend on what's needed and how often. For example, a person may only require a few hours a week, while another may require constant supervision for up to 12 hours or even require 24-hour live-in care. The type of services provided also affects cost.

For example, a certified home health aide (a caregiver who can provide non-medical care, supervision, and companionship) who visits the client three times a week for two to three hours can cost approximately $18,000 a year. Costs may also depend on your geographical location.

Home health care services can range anywhere between $20 an hour to $49 an hour, again depending on where you live, the service/s required, and the agency chosen to provide those services.

In the United States, Medicare and Medicaid services do not pay for custodial or only personal care. They will pay for intermittent or part-time skilled nursing care that has been ordered by a doctor, and only if such services are provided by a home health agency that is Medicare certified.

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 Call your local agency on aging or chamber of commerce or visit a private duty nurses association in your area for more information regarding costs for services.

Examples of Private Care Services

Some of the most common types of private duty care services when it comes to home health care needs for the aged, the disabled, or the cognitively challenged include but are not limited to:

  • Care management
  • Personal assistance
  • Companionship
  • 24/7 oversight and "awake" care

Care management services may include help with scheduling and transportation of a client to doctor’s appointments as well as helping to facilitate transparent communication between the client, the doctor, and family members as required. Care management oversight provided by private duty care professionals also ensures that the client is following doctor's orders and may include encouragement with exercising and taking medications as recommended.


Those who require special dietary needs are also monitored, and private dietitian regarding conditions care ensures that meals are prepared according to recommendations from the doctor or such as heart disease, diabetes, metabolic disorders, and so forth.

Private care also offers respite care for family caregivers for several hours or several days at a time as needed. Private care providers offer a variety of solutions and options for those providing care for a loved one. From meal planning and preparation to tuck-in services, wound care management, medication supervision and oversight, and fall prevention, private care offers a variety of options to the elderly, the disabled, or the cognitively challenged as well as those caring for them.


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