A Simple Answer as You Pursue Help for Your Loved One and Respite Care for Yourself from Phoenix Home Care & Hospice
When it comes to evaluating your or your loved one’s needs, it can be hard to predict how much help they’ll require and for how long. Instead of struggling to make it on your own, seek out help from a professional private duty caregiver who has been carefully vetted and trained by a trusted local organization, like Phoenix Home Care & Hospice.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can benefit from private duty care and how long and how often your dedicated caregiver should visit.
What Is Private Duty Care?
Private duty care is a service of Phoenix Home Care & Hospice that supports activities of daily living where an individual lives. These services create a safe living environment, foster independence, and help patients stay where they’re most comfortable, in lieu of moving to a full-time skilled nursing facility.
At Phoenix Home Care & Hospice, private duty care is available for all ages. Our clients are assigned a professional caregiver who understands their condition and has a passion for helping them enjoy the highest quality of life.
What Is Respite Care?
While private duty care serves clients directly, they also enable family caregivers to enjoy respite. Respite care provides time for family members to take care of other responsibilities and rest, to help avoid burnout and improve their mental and physical health.
How Often Can a Private Duty Home Caregiver Visit?
At Phoenix Home Care & Hospice, there is no limit to the number of times a private duty home caregiver can visit, nor a limit on the duration of their visits. This can include 24/7 private duty care for those who need it.
Many clients and their families schedule private duty care in increments of half-days or full-days, but Team Phoenix is available around-the-clock or as little as two hours once a week. The choice is ultimately yours based on your needs and preferences.
Private Duty Care Case Studies
To get an idea for how often your loved one requires the help of a private duty caregiver, consider these example case studies.
- Irma is 87 years old and lives in her own home. Her adult children help her maintain her lawn, but Irma is struggling with taking care of herself. She finds it difficult to prepare meals and keep up with housework due to a loss of hand strength thanks to arthritis and her reliance on a rollator walker for stability and balance. Irma and her children scheduled private duty care from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every weekday, ensuring she enjoys a hot breakfast and lunch. Irma’s caregiver prepares extra servings of food to leave for dinner and weekend meals as well. Between meal prep, her caregiver completes light housekeeping tasks, such as vacuuming and mopping, and provides companionship during times Irma would otherwise be alone. Through private duty care, Irma ensures she receives the nutrition and environmental cleanliness she needs to stay healthy and live independently.
- Peter is 47 and sustained a traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle accident four years ago. As a result, he lost significant motor control and executive function, so he struggles with personal care tasks, like bathing or attending medical appointments. His wife works outside the home and needs help caring for Peter while she is away. She scheduled a private duty caregiver who is familiar with the behaviors of TBI patients for two hours a day, three days a week, to ensure Peter thoroughly bathes regularly and is safe while showering. Peter’s dedicated caregiver also accompanies him to scheduled appointments. Peter’s wife is confident knowing her husband is living his best possible life, despite his fairly recent lifestyle change.
- Georgine is 65 and began home health care after a surgery. Although her home health nurse ensures she stays healthy and follows her recovery protocols, Georgine realized she needed temporary help around her home. However, her family lives on the east coast and can’t stay with her, and Georgine did not want to live in a rehabilitation facility. Instead, Georgine requested private duty care for six hours, once a week until she is cleared to walk on her own. Her private duty home caregiver completes grocery shopping to ensure Georgine’s refrigerator stays stocked with wholesome foods she can prepare for herself from her wheelchair. Her caregiver also does a load or two of laundry, tidies the bathroom, and changes her bedding to help keep her place clean and reduce Georgine’s risk of infection during surgery recovery.
If you still aren’t sure how often and for how long you or your loved one need a private duty caregiver’s help, contact Phoenix Home Care & Hospice to talk to one of our experts. Our team can help you evaluate your needs and create a plan for you to enjoy a life of independence.