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Private Duty Home Care: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Private Duty Home Care?

Private duty home care is a service provided to elderly individuals who are in need of assistance with day-to-day activities. A private duty home caregiver visits your home or the home of your loved one and helps with activities such as meal preparation, housekeeping, and personal grooming and hygiene. A private duty home caregiver can also provide companionship for the elderly, as well as respite care to relieve family members who care for their loved ones on a regular basis. Private duty home caregivers make it possible for elderly individuals to stay home safely and enjoy the comfort and familiarity of a space with years of memories. Private duty home care also makes it possible to transport the elderly to places they wish to go or visit, and in some cases home care workers provide physical therapy services. It does depend on the Private Duty Home Care agency, though.

How do I choose a Private Duty Home Caregiver for my Elderly Loved One?

Your Private Duty Home Care agency will work with you to assess the needs of both the client and his/her family, and then will match an appropriate caregiver based on personality and experience. This caregiver will be issued after an initial meeting, with the goal of satisfying emotional, medical, and all other needs of the client. Most private duty home caregivers have years of experience, training, and have been subjected to criminal background checks for safety reasons.

Can my parent, friend, or loved one remain safely at home or do they need assisted living arrangements?

In order to best access the needs of your loved one, it’s a good idea to talk to a nurse or client care professional. If your private duty home caregiver suggests alternative living as another solution, your loved one may be safer and happier when not living at home.

What activities do Private Duty Home Caregivers do to assist elderly individuals?

Private duty home care services assist individuals with daily living activities they may otherwise be unable to accomplish.

  • Private Duty Home Caregivers assist individuals with maintaining proper personal hygiene, such as bathing, laundry services, personal grooming, and other similar tasks.
  • They can assist individuals with cooking, everything from shopping for groceries to actual meal preparation.
  • Private Duty Home Caregivers remind your loved ones to take their medications on time.
  • Caregivers can transport individuals to events, run errands, and take care of shopping duties.
  • Private duty caregivers also assist with housekeeping and maintenance around the house.

If your elderly loved one or family member is in need of private duty home caregiver service, learn more about how in-home care can benefit their life. Many elderly individuals enjoy living in the comfort and safety of their own home, and Private Duty Home Care allows them that option.

Bio: Erica Ronchetti is a freelance writer for Visiting Angels, the nation's leading, network of non-medical, private duty home care agencies providing senior care, elder care, personal care, respite care and companion care to help the elderly and adults continue to live in their homes across America. Visit the Visiting Angels website to find out more information on Private Duty Home Care programs.

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