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Types of Home Care

How do you know what type of home care your loved one needs? It can be confusing. Here are examples of the types of home care services, how it is paid and how the care is provided.

  1. Personal Care & Companionship - private duty, non-medical care is help with everyday activities and household tasks to enable independence and safety. Personal care helps with bathing, grooming, hygiene, dressing, and using the toilet, meal preparation/feeding, light housekeeping, laundry, medication reminders, transferring from bed to chair, supervision while ambulating, dementia care, long term care and escort/transportation for doctor appointments/errands. Private duty care is paid directly by private pay, long term care insurance, health insurance, veteran's benefits and worker's compensation. Personal care does not need to be prescribed by a doctor. Care is provided on a schedule that meets a client's needs, up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  2. Home Health Care - Medicare certified home health care is short term, physician directed care designed to help a patient prevent or recover from an illness, injury, or hospital stay. Medicare home health care provides short term nursing/aide services (time limited), wound care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, and medical social work. Services (when specific qualifications are met) are paid by Medicare, health insurance. Skilled home health care needs to prescribed by a doctor and care is provided on a short-term basis until individual goals are met.

  3. Private Duty Nursing Care - long term, skill-based hourly nursing care at home for individuals with a chronic illness, injury or disability. Private duty nursing care provides care for diseases and conditions such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, ALS, MS, ventilator care, tracheostomy care, feeding tube care, etc. Care can be paid through a variety of sources including: health insurance, veteran's benefits, worker's compensation, Medicaid, private duty care. Private duty nursing care needs to be prescribed by a doctor. Care is provided in shifts up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Need more information or have questions? Call us at Comforcare 305.860.8200. We are happy to help.

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