Deaconess Hospital

Deaconess VNA Plus: Private Duty Care

"I want to express my appreciation to all the visiting staff that attended to Mom. They were a great comfort to her. Your Association is a tremendous support to the community."

                                                                        - Rick Anderson
                                                                          Smyrna, GA

The skills of a nurse or other health care professional are not always necessary to keep someone living safely and independently in a familiar setting. Private Duty Care (also known as non-medical or custodial care) that provides assistance with everyday living tasks can often keep people in their homes, provide a much-needed break for family caregivers, and prevent or delay moving to assisted living or a long-term care facility. Private duty can also offer an extra measure of support for those already in a facility.

Whether your loved one needs a little--or a lot--of assistance to remain at home, Deaconess VNA Plus provides care on an hourly basis with a minimum of two consecutive hours required for most services. Caregivers are available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays, to provide care in homes, hospitals, senior communities, assisted living and long-term care facilities in portions of the Deaconess VNA Plus service area. For our clients’ protection, caregivers are employed by the Agency, screened, referenced, and verified through thorough criminal history checks and drug testing; and are trained by a registered nurse, bonded and insured prior to being assigned to a customer’s home. Deaconess VNA Plus assumes all responsibility for payroll, taxes and workman's compensation insurance so that our customers can focus on enjoying life. Should the primary caregiver be unavailable due to illness or requested time off, Deaconess VNA Plus arranges  back-up care through our extensive team of providers.

A registered nurse also completes an in-home assessment for our customers receiving companion and personal care services to ensure that their needs are being met appropriately!

Our private duty care services include:

Caregivers assist with light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping and errands, meal preparation and other tasks.

Companion Care
Companions (sometimes referred to as “sitters”, although these individuals do much more than simply "sit" with their clients) offer a reassuring presence for those who enjoy company or prefer not to be alone during the day or night. Companions can assist with the same tasks as a Housekeeper, help maintain the customer’s medication schedule, and escort the customer to out-of-home activities according to Agency guidelines.

Personal Care Assistance
Personal care assistants have received additional training to provide gentle hands-on help with bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, transferring (such as from a bed to a chair), toileting and continence care, and medication reminders. They may also perform the duties of a Housekeeper and Companion Caregiver.

Respite Care
To help them maintain their physical and emotional health, family caregivers can rely on trained respite staff from 2-24 hours a day, whenever they need a break from their challenging responsibilities.

Customized Health Services
Routine in-home nursing care that is not covered under Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance such as foot care, medication management, blood draws, injections, insulin syringe pre-fill, assistance with TED hose and more can be provided in the convenience and privacy of the customer’s home by registered nurses. A physician’s order is required prior to service; Deaconess VNA Plus can help obtain this order.

Licensed practical nurses and registered nurses may also perform private duty nursing care under the guidelines of a physician’s order for 2-24 hours daily in the customer’s home. Deaconess VNA Plus nurses are fully licensed and are compliant with up-to-date infection control procedures, CPR and privacy law requirements.

Other Supportive Services
The services of home care aides, a dietitian, medical social workers, and physical, occupational and speech therapists are available on a private pay basis; please call for more information.

For more information or to make a referral, please call 812-425-3561 or toll free, 800-326-4862; or use our online referral form. You may also wish to view Frequently Asked Private Duty Care Questions for more information.

Please note: Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance do not pay for private duty services if there is no need for skilled home care. This type of care is typically paid for with personal funds, through Veterans' benefits or long term care insurance, or though federal and state assistance programs. Our professional staff will work with you to develop a plan of care that meets both your needs and your budget.