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Difference Between Private Duty Care & Medicare Home Care


There are significant differences between the type of care available through private duty home care agencies and Medicare/Medicaid government funded home care services.


  1. Doctor Order Required - Medicare YES Private Duty NO

  2. Insurance Accepted - Medicare/HMO Private Duty Long Term Care/Private Pay/VA Benefits/Worker's comp

  3. Length of Service - Medicare 30-60 Days Private Duty Unlimited

  4. Type of Skill - Medicare RN/PT/OT,Infusion/Wound Care Private Duty Nursing Assistants/Aides to provide Personal Care

  5. Personal Care - Medicare Max 2 hr. bath 3x a week Private Duty Up to 24 hr.care bathing, dressing, incontinent care, prepare food, feeding, transfers, walking, fall prevention, Alzheimer's/dementia care, chronic disease management, errands, medication management, companionship

  6. Transportation - Medicare NO Private Duty YES

  7. Daily Medication Assistance - Medicare NO Private Duty YES

  8. Hospital Sitting - Medicare NO Private Duty YES

  9. Alzheimer's Care - Medicare NO Private Duty YES

  10. Light Housekeeping - Medicare NO Private Duty YES


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