Today more than ever, senior adults want to remain confident and comfortable in their own homes, as they grow older, recover from surgery or deal with a challenging health care issue.
As a caregiver, when reviewing the long-term and short-term home care needs of a loved one, it’s important to understand the difference between private duty care and home health care. They are very different and involve varying levels of patient support.
Private Duty Care (or custodial care) offers a broad range of long-term services to assist senior adults with their daily lives, from non-invasive medical and nursing care to bill paying and transportation services to meal preparation and companionship. The goal of a private duty caregiver is to provide whatever support a senior adult needs to remain independent as long as possible in their own home.
On the other hand, Home Health Care (or supportive health care) is medically driven and helps adults and seniors who are recovering after a hospital or facility stay, or need additional support to remain safely at home and avoid unnecessary hospitalization. These Medicare-certified services may include short-term nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, and assistive home health care. This care is provided by registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, home health aides and medical social workers.
At Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services our primary goal is to provide a level of care that fosters independence and promotes a long-term active lifestyle. Our home care patients are typically those who have:
- Received a new diagnosis or suffer from a chronic illness, such as diabetes
- Recently experienced a crisis with a previous diagnosis or illness
- Received a prescription for a new medication or a change in an existing medication dosage
- Experienced a recent fall or severe contusion
- Requires rehabilitation from a recent surgery or hospital stay