Home Health services provide medically-necessary care to an eligible Medicaid recipient whose medical condition, illness, or injury requires the physician ordered care to be delivered by a licensed practitioner in the recipient’s place of residence or other authorized setting. Services include nursing, Physical, Occupational and speech therapy services as well as social worker specialties. These services promote, maintain, or restore health, or minimize the effects of illness and disability. These services are covered by most Medicare plans, HMOs and private insurances to qualified recipients. The services can also be paid privately.
Private duty home care is just a sub-set of general home care.The Caregivers are Home Health Aides or CNA's. Caregivers can provide a broad range of services, from house keeping to bill paying and transportation services. Their goal is to provide whatever the senior and their family needs in order for them to remain independent in their own homes.
Some services provided by private duty home caregivers are:
Personal care - bathing / dressing, hygiene, transfers, and ambulation
Homemakers / companions
Transportation and other activities of daily living.
The services are generally paid by long term care insurance, paid privately or sometime covered under a VA or Medicaid waiver program.