Medicare Home Care vs. Private Duty Care - Helpful Information
There is a lot of confusion about Medicare Home Care and Private Duty Care. Here is some helpful information. Medicare home care requires a medical need. Private duty care is non-medical care.
Medicare - doctor order required. Private duty care - no doctor order required.
Medicare - insurance accepted Medicare/HMO. Private duty care - long term care insurance, private pay, worker's comp, veterans benefits, some Medicaid waiver.
Medicare - length of service is 30-60 days. Private duty care - unlimited.
Medicare - type of skill - RN, PT/OT. infusion, wound care. Private duty - certified nursing assistants (CNA), home health aides (HHA), to provide personal care.
Medicare - personal care - maximum 2 hour bath visit 3x a week. Private duty - up to 24 hour care with bathing, dressing, incontinent care, prepare food, feeding, transfers, walking, supervision, chronic disease management.
Medicare - no transportation for errands. Private duty - transportation provided for errands, appointments, doctor visits.
Medicare - no daily medication assistance. Private duty - daily medication assistance.
Medicare - no hospital sitting. Private duty - hospital sitting.
Medicare - no light housekeeping. Private duty - light housekeeping, straightening up, doing dishes, laundry, change bed linens.
Medicare - no Alzheimer's care. Private duty - Alzheimer's and dementia care.
Medicare - no companionship. Private duty - companionship.