Difference between Home Health and Private Duty Home Care

There is often confusion regarding the difference between Home Health and Private Duty. The following list should clarify what type of service can offer and assist you in helping obtain what is truly needed. 

Home Health Care (Skilled Care):

  • Home Health Care provides skilled, short term, intermittent care (several times a week 1-2 hours) to address a wide variety of medical needs. 
  • Professional services – skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational, speech therapy, medical social worker, dietary specialist, home health aide (bathing) 
  • Patient must meet certain criteria to qualify for prescribed services. The criteria are physician’s orders, homebound status, and an intermittent skilled need. 
  • Home Health CC is licensed, bonded and insured
  • Home Health is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances


Private Duty Care (Home Care)

  • Private Duty is non-medical
  • Medication reminders, meal preparation, safety supervision, bathing and grooming, basic household chores and light housekeeping. 
  • Transportation and assistance with errands and medical appointments
  • No limit on amount or duration of time in home and no physician order needed
  • Family respite to allow family caregivers time away from the home
  • Payer source: Private Pay, Veterans, and Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Private Duty continues with services when skilled care is no longer needed


Home Health and Private Duty can work together to meet an individual’s needs. Please do not hesitate to call Home Health CC with any questions at 913-242-3925. 

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