Private Duty

Our Private Duty program brings home health services to complex cases – – where more constant care is needed than can be provided in the course of a typical home health visit.  Generally, Private Duty is prescribed in terms of dedicated hours of care, up to 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

 

With Private Duty, infants, children, or adults can receive constant nursing care or personal support services in the familiarity of their own homes.  In the right circumstances, Private Duty offers an alternative to placement in a nursing home.

 

Vents and Trachs

Persons who are ventilator-dependent or have a tracheostomy will typically be appropriate for the highest level of skilled nursing care, particularly where they require regular treatment with oxygen; a nebulizer or cough assist device; medication through a G-tube, PICC line, or central port; and/or TPN or other nutrition through a G-tube.   All nurses under our Private Duty program undergo rigorous training in ventilator care, tracheostomy care, and any other specialized nursing care that will be required in a particular home.

Skilled Nurses, Aides, and Certified Technicians

The amount of skilled nursing, aide, and technician services which are available will be determined by the medical necessity of the patient.  Factors considered include, but are not limited to:

  • The need for a skilled person to undertake frequent high-tech or invasive procedures, such as infusions and pain pumps,
  • The need to have a skilled person available to intervene and protect the patient’s safety,
  • The inability of the patient to perform self-care or activities of daily living,
  • The availability of family or other in-home caregivers who can be trained to assist in the care of the patient.

Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy can be provided by our home health therapists, as needed.

Examples of conditions that may qualify for Private Duty care:

ALS

Alzheimer’s Disease

Brain/Nervous System Disorders and Injuries

Cerebral Palsy

Cystic Fibrosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Paraplegia and Quadriplegia

Parkinson’s Disease

Rett Syndrome

Spina Bifida

Stroke/Cardiovascular Accidents

Trisomy 18 & 21

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