Private duty is a service that provides assistance with day-to-day activities like personal care, meal preparation, transportation, and light housekeeping. The goal of this type of care is to help maintain a person’s ability to live in their home comfortably. In doing so, more older adults can age in place. Private duty care is not covered by Medicare and is typically paid for by the patient.
If you believe that a relative might benefit from private duty nursing care, here are six benefits to look forward to.
1. Personal Care
Private health care is based on the individual needs of the patient. This type of care typically includes bathing and dressing patients but can be flexible towards catering to necessary needs. For example, if your loved one gets sick, our services can be adjusted to meet their current needs.
2. Proper Nutrition
Nutrition is directly related to a person’s health, so the better your loved one eats, the healthier they will be. Good nutrition also protects your relative from getting sick and helps them recover faster if they do become ill. With a customized care plan, our aides are comfortable managing food allergies, food sensitivities and dietary restrictions.
3. Medication Reminders
According to a survey by the AARP, 75 percent of Americans over the age of 50 take a prescription medication on a daily basis. This percentage is even higher for people 65 and older. Private duty care will help your relative keep track of their medications. Our aides make sure all meds are taken in the right order, at the right time. They’re also aware of the potential side effects to watch for.
4. Health Education
Most families are regularly involved with their loved ones, which is why health education is crucial. Private care nurses offer health education to patients and their families. This understanding helps families be more supportive to their loved one and also more aware of the changes that can happen going forward.
5. Safe Exercise
Exercise is important at any age! Even people who have chronic health conditions like arthritis can benefit from exercise. Range of motion exercises, stretching and bending can be done safely with the right instruction. Not only does exercise promote a healthy weight, but also it boosts circulation, improves the mood and increases independence.
6. Around-the-Clock Supervision
Like other home health care services, private duty care is accommodating. If you’re planning a vacation or simply need some respite care, you can count on a private duty aide to fill in – day or night. This provides reassurance that your relative is in good hands.
Private duty care is an excellent resource for families in need of extra help with their loved one. Contact VNA Health Group to learn more about our home health care services and how we can support you with the highest level of care possible.