When it comes to home health care, private home care can be a great option. Not only do you have a choice of providers, but you can also “top up” any existing services that you receive from your government. Private care is often a good option for people who need more assistance than the state-funded system can provide. You don’t have to pay for every hour of care – you can hire a caregiver for a day or two.
Private home care providers are licensed by the state and provide personal, nursing, and companion sitter services. While private home care providers are not Medicare-certified, they are accredited to provide quality care for clients in their own homes. They are also inspected once or twice a year under the Private Home Care Provider rules, and the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) investigates complaints about the quality of care. Private home care providers can charge more than Medicare-approved rates, and you can choose a provider who fits your budget.