Non-Medical  Home Care Providers

Non-Medical Home Care usually includes services that do not require a trained medical professional or a prescription from a physician. These can include (but are not limited to) personal care - toileting, bathing, assisting with continence care, ambulating and eating. Home maintenance assistance can include cooking, laundry and light housekeeping. Companionship usually encompasses conversation and activities at home, shopping and errands, and transportation if no special equipment or vehicles are needed.

Non-medical home care agencies often have a minimum daily stay requirement of at least three hours. Agency caregivers are usually available on a schedule that works for the senior and the family, up to and including "live-in" arrangements.

Non-medical caregivers can complement the care provided by medical homecare providers such as nurses and therapists, who usually operate under the umbrella of a Medicare homecare agency. Most medical home care personnel are in the home only briefly, and on an irregular basis. Non-Medical home care fills the gaps and provides continuity of care and supervision.

Non-Medical homecare is not covered by Medicare or most health insurance. It is often covered at least partially by long-term care insurance, but most families pay privately for services. Low-Income seniors may qualify for certain Texas State home care programs.