In Home Care

What Is Home Care?

In Home Care or Private Caregiving is a widely used option to help keep people in their own homes or with family when care needs arise.  There are national and local In Home Care companies, as well as registry services and referral services for caregivers to help families trying to find the right fit for a private caregiver.  Caregivers can range in skills from nursing students, certified nurses assistant’s, experienced caregivers, and those who are just getting started along the career path of care giving.  There are pro’s and con’s to hiring a caregiver directly or working with an in home care agency.  In Home Care can be very expensive, you can expect to pay anywhere from $15-$25 per hour depending on the care provided, skill set of the caregiver, and going market rate.  Some Long Term Care Insurance policies cover In Home Care.  Medicare does not pay for In Home Care, but does cover Home Health.  Some state’s Medicaid programs will offer limited In Home Care coverage for clients who are still living at home.

The difference between Home Care and Home Health

Home Care usually involves non-medical care for seniors.  Services traditionally include help with bathing & dressing, med reminders, house work, respite care, companionship, and more.  Home Care providers can be very skilled, however when taking on the caregiver role as an In Home Care provider they can provide quality services at an affordable price point.  Medicare does not cover Home Care.


Home Health on the other hand, involves administering services that are more clinical and more technical (and usually more expensive).  Duties include preparing and administering medications, wound care, and other duties associated with caregiving.  Home Health is covered by Medicare.

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How many Home Care providers?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that in 2009 there were 9,225 Medicare certified free-standing agencies and 10,581 facility-based agencies in the U.S.

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics