What Can Private Duty Home Care Do For You?

More than 8,000 people turn 65 every day. By 2025, the senior population of the United States will reach nearly 72 million. People reaching the age of 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 19.0 years (20.3 years for women and 17.4 years for men).

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that there will be nearly 21 million people over the age of 85 by 2050.

Several studies have found that the overwhelming majority of seniors – 89 percent, according to an AARP survey, for example – want to age in their own homes for as long as possible.

Private duty home care can make it possible and cost-effective to remain in the home longer and with a better quality of life.

What is private duty care?

“Private duty” is a broad term that can encompass many types of in-home care. Private duty services are usually, but not always, non-medical in nature and do not require a referral from a physician. A client or family can request services directly and can decide how long and how frequently services are needed (as opposed to having a doctor make those decisions). Private duty care is frequently provided by aides, homemakers, or Certified Nursing Assistants, but can be provided by a nurse (LPN or RN) or another skilled medical professional. In general, private duty care is not covered by insurance or Medicare, although some insurance policies do have provisions for this kind of service. It can be paid for by a long-term care insurance policy. In most cases, the patient and his or her family pay for the care.

Private duty care can be short- or long-term. Private duty services range from companionship care to highly skilled nursing care and can range from brief visits to round-the-clock care. Private duty caregivers often perform light home management, errands, meal preparation, housekeeping, or transportation to the grocery store, pharmacy, or doctor’s office. Medical, or “skilled,” private duty care is provided for those who require medically intensive care for long-term chronic conditions or those who need skilled nursing, such as following a hospital stay or at the end of life. Most agencies that offer private duty care can provide help for Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients.

Can I afford private duty care?

When compared to the costs associated with residence in a retirement community, private duty home care can be a very affordable option for many seniors. The average annual cost for living in a nursing home is approximately $70,000. Seniors who want to remain in their homes can often do so with a few hours of care a week. For example, 20 hours of companionship home care a week costs approximately $1,500 a month, or an annual cost of $18,000.

Why should a person choose private duty care over a private individual for assistance?

There are many advantages to hiring an agency provide your personal care. The agency handles the burden of screening, hiring, paying taxes, and maintaining quality control. Scheduling is the agency’s responsibility, and, when a change of caregivers is necessary, they can take care of it immediately.  A good agency has the experience to match the right caregiver to the client’s needs. The client and family are free to focus on the patient’s needs.

Is the private duty industry stable?

The private duty industry is growing at a rapid pace, and it is still an emerging industry. Nonetheless, private duty home care providers have shown that they have staying power. Approximately 70 percent have been in business for five years or more.

How do I look for a private duty provider?

A search on the internet will reveal a large number of private duty providers. When doing research on which agency to use, look for an agency that has an extensive history of providing this kind of care.

Make sure that the provider does not use independent contractors, but directly employs its caregivers and pays for worker’s compensation insurance. This assures that any liability for caregiver injury falls on the agency, not the patient. Also, check for general and professional liability insurance and bonding (coverage for theft or damage to the home caused by a caregiver).

Also ask about continuing education and training for care

givers. A good agency makes sure that its caregivers are current on their professional certifications and have up-to-date skills.

Why choose Saad Healthcare for private duty care?


Family Care at Home, Saad Healthcare’s personal care service, provides assistance from a minimum of four hours up to round-the-clock care. For a variety of reasons, we can offer the best in private duty care among all agencies in our area.

Experience. For forty years, the name Saad has been synonymous with high-quality, cost-effective, compassionate home health care services in Mobile and along the Gulf Coast. Today, Saad Healthcare is the only remaining locally-owned, family-operated home health care company on the Gulf Coast. As such, Saad Healthcare is uniquely positioned to serve its patients, and the entire community, with the care and compassion that local residents want.

Peace of mind and personal attention. Our caregivers are carefully screened (including background checks and drug testing), well trained, tested, and supervised, as well as bonded and insured. We send only the most professional, courteous, and dependable persons to our clients.

Our caregivers know that every home and every person is different. They are trained to assess and meet the individual needs of each client. They get to know their clients well — and care about them.

Flexibility. Our services will be tailored to meet your needs and designed to fit your schedule. Our caregivers are available by the hour, day, or week, and you have the option of choosing any or all of the services we offer. Our goal is to make each client’s life more comfortable.

Affordability. Because you choose the services you need, we can design a package to fit within your budget.

Call (251)287-8902 to get more information about Saad Healthcare’s private duty program.

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Valerie Mitchell