Resources: Senior Health Issues at Hebrew SeniorLife

What is Home Health Care Vs. Private Care

There’s no place like home. However, if you are recovering from an acute medical event, are faced with a chronic illness or have a disability that limits mobility, your home may present challenges and risks to your health, safety and well-being. Fortunately, there are in-home care services available that allow you to continue to live comfortably and safely in your home while providing the care and support you need. There are two basic types of home care services – certified home health care and private duty services.

Home health care is medically-focused care that is covered by Medicare and other types of health insurance. To qualify for Medicare, a person must be homebound, as defined very specifically by Medicare, and care must be prescribed by a doctor.  Only nursing or therapy is covered by Medicare. Home health care clinicians provide the services prescribed by an approved care plan and work closely with your personal physician to develop a plan tailored to your doctor’s orders. The care is highly skilled and delivered by specially trained clinicians who provide nursing or therapy services.

If you don’t qualify for home health care but still need assistance with daily activities – such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, running errands, and light housekeeping – then private duty care is the answer.  Private duty agencies are not limited by the rules of Medicare, as Medicare does not pay the bill. Private duty care is paid for by the client, their family, their Trust Officer at the bank, or sometimes by a special kind of insurance called long-term care insurance. You pick the times and days you want help (from a few hours at a time to 24/7) and the duration of service – from a few days of recuperation to an ongoing arrangement.

Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care offers both certified home health care and private duty services. To find out more click here or call 781-234-9805.

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