What is personal home care?
Personal home care is a non-medical professional caregiver serviced by a licensed agency to help clients in their home with activities of daily living (ADLs).
How is it different from home healthcare or hospice care?
Personal home care provides non-medical services such as personal hygiene, transportation, toileting, light housekeeping, medication assistance, companion care, feeding, and meal preparation.
Home healthcare provides the medical component while the patient is at home. Services include physical therapy, nursing care, wound care, social services and other medical needs.
Hospice care is palliative care and comfort care usually provided during the last 6 months of an individual’s life.
How is service the started and who pays for it?
The client and/or their family can initiate service anytime. Private pay and long-term care insurance usually covers this service. Regular health insurance and Medicare do not typically pay for this service. Medicaid clients will have to contact Medicaid to be qualified for this service.
What services are provided in personal home care?
- Companion care services
- Medication assistance services
- Meal prep and feeding services
- Light housekeeping services
- Light laundry and ironing services
- Transportation and errands services
- Pet or plant care services
- Physical assistance services
- Bathing and toileting services
- Grooming and hygiene services
- Attend social or church functions services
Who should use this service?
- Those recently discharged from the hospital and need help during their recovery
- Those who are frail and need to take fall prevention measures
- Those who need extra help to age in place at a senior community
- Family caregivers who need a break, run errands or need extra help
- Family caregivers who need an advocate or an ambassador for their loved one
- Those who need a companion
- Those who need help getting to an appointment or function
- When family or friends cannot be around to help