Home Health Aide or Private Duty Nurse: Which Is Right for You?

Phoenix Home Care specializes in helping you live independently at home rather than living in an assisted living facility. Our goal is to make every moment count in the familiarity of your own house! We have a wide range of services, including a home health aide and a private duty nurse. In today’s blog, Phoenix Home Care explains which one is right for you.

What Is a Home Health Aide?

A home health aide is a healthcare worker who assists with personal care, such as hygiene and exercise. Home health aides may also perform light household duties, including cleaning, meal prep, and laundry. The overall goal is twofold: to make our clients more independent at home while monitoring their health condition to make sure their health needs are met. A home health aide may be scheduled every day, several days a week, or just once a week.

What Is a Private Duty Nurse?

A private duty nurse is generally more involved in home care compared to a home health aide. Private duty nursing may include an 8-hour nursing shift, or rotating shifts 24 hours a day. Nurses are skilled licensed professionals caring for people who need long-term medical care. 

Example of a Home Health Aide’s Duties

Home health aides are there to help you live more independently. Let’s say you’re recovering from a fall, and your doctor says to take it easy for three months as you regain your mobility. Perhaps your family can’t be there with you all of the time, or your primary caregiver needs a little extra assistance. A home health aide from Phoenix Home Care can help you move around the house using a walker or wheelchair, cook dinner for you, help you bathe or dress, and do laundry for you.

Example of What a Private Duty Nurse Does

A private duty nurse performs various functions, depending on the client’s needs and situation. For instance, you or a loved one require long-term medical care over several years. Private duty nurses can be there for hours at a time, helping you care for someone with special needs. For example, a child with a developmental disorder may require assistance with respiratory equipment, medication management, mobility, meal time, bathroom time, and other individualized medical care services.

Talk to Phoenix Home Care 

Phoenix Home Care can evaluate you or your loved one to determine if a home health aide or private duty nurse is appropriate as part of an overall care regimen. Contact Phoenix Home Care or call toll-free 1-888-830-2388 if you have questions about our services.

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