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Carol Emmerich explains how VNA’s private duty care can help patients

Updated: Aug 13, 2019



VNA provides private duty services to patients to help maintain their independence and live safety at home as part of our mission to provide a continuum of care throughout a patient’s life span.

Nearly 18 million people care for a relative who is 65 years or older in the U.S., according to a study from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Sept. 2016. People who help elderly family members with three or more personal tasks a day devote 253 hours a month to caregiving — almost the equivalent of two full-time jobs--according to the report. So, with a large population of families caring for an elderly relative presents the need for private duty services in the home to provide nursing skills and help with daily tasks.

Carol Emmerich, Director of VNA’s private duty services, explains that private duty is a service that patients can get in either hospice care or the advanced illness management program. A nurse or aide helps with tasks such as housework, grocery shopping or personal patient care. It can be helpful for families with an older parent with dementia or a chronic illness to help perform daily tasks that the family might not have time to do because of work or other obligations.