You have be hearing a number of different service providers or acronyms within the senior care space. It can be overwhelming at times. With an industry full of many services it’s important to know what private duty care is and how it may play a role in your care or your loved one’s care.
Private duty care is just what it sounds. An individual is hired, privately to carry out duties within the home setting in order to ease the daily tasks of those in need. This type of service is often called into the home during a transition period from the hospital or when an individual chooses to age in place.
Following a hospital discharge it is unlikely an individual will be able to immediately start with their daily tasks or activities. It’s important to have care at your side so the recovery and healing process is not altered in anyway. Private duty care is also used for those who wish to age in place. If a move to long term care is out of the question, hiring a private caregiver may be right for you.
The individuals providing the care, often called caregivers, are typically home health aides or certified nursing assistants. Therefore, they have the ability to help with many non-medical tasks. Caregivers often provide assistance with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, toileting, eating and transferring. They may also complete light house work and meal preparation.
The cost of healthcare and aging is accelerating rapidly. Home care services can range anywhere from $26 to $31 per hour. The costs do not sound too bad when you think about having someone come in when you might need a hand for a bit. Unfortunately, many agencies have a weekly minimum that must be met in order for service to continue. If they do not, the cost of a one hour or two hour shift will be higher than rate quoted above. Each agency is different, but it’s important to understand to know the minimums when beginning service with an agency.
Private duty care is designed to fit the needs of individuals and their families. Care can be provided every hour of each day if needed, 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Many organizations require a minimum number of hours each week. This helps with schedule coordination among caregivers. A typical weekly minimum is 20 hours per week. Again, the frequency of visits and duration of visit will be dependent on the needs of each individual family.
The services associated with private duty care are not covered by Medicare or medicaid. Much of the cost must come out of pocket, unless a long term care insurance policy is held. Many policies will reimburse their holders a certain amount per day, which may cover all or part of the costs associated with private duty care. Without a long term care insurance policy the cost of care within the home tends to be costly, but much of the population is choosing to age in place.