Perhaps the fastest growing area of home care includes non-medical services intended to assist patients with activities of daily living and/or to maintain the independence of the patient. These services are often referred to as private duty, personal assistance services, attendant care or a similar term.

Specific services offered may include assistance with bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting, ambulating/transferring, homemaking and even companionship. Services may include reminders to take medicine or assistance in administering pre-dosed medicine. Consumers and families should be aware, however, that these activities have limits and providers may be restricted in scope by state law.

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