Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What is non-medical homecare?

Non-medical homecare, also known as "private duty homecare" is a rapidly growing industry with new providers popping up every day.

A non-medical homecare agency generally provides in-home assistance or non-skilled nursing care to the elderly, sick, injured or disabled to assist them with daily living and improve independence.

According to the National Private Duty Association, non-medical private duty home care agencies are companies that provide home care aides, companion care, homemaker services and may provide nursing services in the client’s home or place of residence. "Private duty" means private pay. In other words, no government monies are used for the cost of care. The most common methods for covering the cost of private duty home care is through long term care insurance benefits, out of pocket, or other types of savings arrangements. Members of the National Private Duty Association employ trained caregivers and assume all responsibility for the payroll and all related taxes – this is never passed off to the customer.

When choosing a private duty home care agency, consider these factors:

1. How long the private duty homecare has been in business or how much experience the owner has.

2. The non-medical home care's caregiver screening process: Does it include reference checks, criminal history and drug screening?

3. Whether the private duty non-medical home care actually employs the caregiver. Some private duty home care may actually be placement services, which make you the employer and therefore liable for employment taxes and other responsibilities.

4. Reputation for quality and service: Word of mouth recommendations can tell us whether we can get along with providers on a personal level. Ask friends, family, and other associates if they have had experiences with the private duty home care on your list. You can also find word of mouth recommendations on WhereToFindCare.com by clicking on the "Reviews" tab of any non-medical homecare provider's profile.

How do I Find the a Private Duty Non-Medical Home Care Provider?
Use our private duty homecare search tool to locate non-medical home care in your area. With the report generated, you can view quality information, word of mouth recommendations from people in your community, exceptional healthcare workers at private duty home care (we call them CareStars), photos, services provided, contact information, driving directions and much more.

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