Types of home care workers
Several types of paid in-home caregivers provide a range of services, everything from help around the house to skilled health care.
Personal care aides (PCAs) are not licensed and have varying levels of experience and training. They serve as helpers and companions, providing bathing and dressing, conversation, light housekeeping, meals and neighborhood walks. They can offer transportation to shopping and appointments, as well as pick up prescriptions.
Training requirements vary by state, and some states do not have formal standards.
Expect PCA services to be an out-of-pocket expense; Medicare or private health insurance typically does not cover them.
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