Over the last few years, the demand for independent seniors to receive long-term care at home versus an institutional setting has increased dramatically. Although family and friends provide most in-home care, those informal caregivers face challenges when their loved ones live a long distance away or when life circumstances prevent them from being the full-time caregiver their loved one needs. In those situations, many families turn to home care agencies or independent caregivers to provide services that may include “private duty home care.” 

Introducing Private Duty Home Care

In a nutshell, private duty home care is a service provided to elderly individuals who require assistance with day-to-day activities, or “activities of daily living (ADLs).” As a subset of general home care, private duty is a broad term that encompasses custodial care, nursing care, companion care, live-in care, and more. Private duty services may also include those provided by a nurse, certified nursing assistant (CNA), home health aide (HHA), or other skilled healthcare professional.

In most instances, home care is considered “private duty” when a long-term care insurance policy is paying for it or it is financed out-of-pocket by the client or family. Private duty care can be short or long-term and is often preferred by seniors that wish to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than moving into a nursing home or assisted living community.

Services That Private Duty Caregivers Provide

Private duty services range from companionship to highly skilled nursing care that are provided anywhere from a brief visit to 24 hours per day. When family members are unavailable, private duty caregivers are often enlisted to perform light housework, run errands, prepare meals, or provide transportation to the grocery store, pharmacy, or doctor’s office.

Examples of non-medical private duty home care services include:

  • Bathing and showering
  • Grooming and dressing
  • Transferring
  • Incontinence care
  • Medication reminders
  • Light housekeeping
  • Food shopping and meal preparation
  • Respite care for tired family caregivers
  • Companionship
  • Transportation
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Caring for pets and houseplants
  • Family counseling

Private duty nurses are trained to provide elderly clients with skilled care services like:

  • Long-term care of a chronic disease or illness
  • Ventilator care
  • Tracheostomy care
  • IV administration
  • Tube feeding administration
  • Ostomy and stoma care
  • Skin and wound care
  • 24-hour emergency response

The Benefits of Private Duty Home Care

Hiring a private duty caregiver can benefit your family in many ways, starting with the fact they will provide much-needed companionship and support to your elderly loved one. In addition, the caregiver can offer relief for tired family members who have been caring for your loved one regularly.

Private duty caregivers are a reliable way for older adults to safely enjoy creature comforts and familiarity that only living in their own home can provide. They also make it possible to transport the elderly to places they wish to go or visit. Depending on the agency, some private duty caregivers even provide physical therapy services.

How to Choose a Private Duty Caregiver

A reputable private duty home care agency will work closely with you to assess the needs of both your family and your aging loved one. A case manager or nursing supervisor at the agency will help match your loved one with an appropriate caregiver based on personality and experience.

This private caregiver will be assigned after an initial meeting, with the overall goal of satisfying the medical, emotional, and financial needs of your loved one. Most private duty caregivers hired through a licensed agency have years of experience and training and have already passed thorough criminal and driving background checks for safety purposes.

Private Duty Senior Home Care Tailored to Your Needs

At Epsilon Home Based Quality Care, we proudly serve many communities throughout Snellville, Gwinnett County, and North Central Georgia. Our local caregiver teams share a commitment to enhancing their neighbors’ quality of life while supporting clients and families with personalized in-home care solutions. While serving as a member of your care team, our senior services include personal care, meal preparation, errands and transportation, light housekeeping, companion care, live-in care, and dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

Our highly trained staff provide delegation and close supervision of caregivers while in the home for your peace of mind. At Epsilon Home Based Quality Care, we are here for you! To learn more about our affordable home care services now, or request a FREE consultation for a senior in our service area today, please visit Epsilon Home Based Quality Care at: www.epsilonhomebasedqualitycare.com