White Dove Hospice: Private Duty Care

At the end of a long illness, many people prefer to spend their last days in the comfort of their homes, surrounded by their family members. Home care can help individuals maintain a routine and provide the comfort of familiar surroundings. Private duty healthcare is a comfortable option for those in hospice who want to stay at home while receiving supportive care.

What is Private Duty Care?

Private duty healthcare is a form of home hospice care that lasts anywhere from for several hours, for up to 24 hours a day. Registered nurses, aides, and unlicensed individuals may administer this type of care. In general, private duty home care visits last for at least four hours.

While home health visits are covered by Medicare and involve medical professionals like nurses and physical therapists, private duty healthcare is not necessarily medical. In fact, many family members of terminally ill patients provide private home care for their loved ones. As a result, this type of care is not generally covered by Medicare.

Private Duty Care Services

This type of care is suitable for patients who are struggling to complete basic functions, including bathing, dressing, laundry, cooking, and shopping. Private duty caregivers perform a wide variety of functions to improve their patient’s comfort level and sense of independence.

Some individuals who need private duty home care have a caregiver in their home 24 hours a day, while others receive care for a few hours twice a week. Because hospice professionals designed this type of care to meet the individual needs of a patient and his or her family, it looks very different from person to person. Regardless of what an individual’s home care looks like, this type of care offers the security, privacy, and comfort of a patient’s home.

Light Housekeeping

Private duty caregivers can do light housekeeping to keep a patient’s home clean and comfortable. Caregivers can manage household affairs, do dishes, keep the home tidy, and perform other chores.


If a patient has difficulty bathing, a caregiver can help the patient take a shower, bath, or sponge bath. Bathing regularly is important to a hospice patient’s mental wellbeing and overall comfort.


At the beginning and end of the day, the caregiver can assist the patient in dressing and undressing, as well as dressing for errands or outings.

Incontinent Assistance, Toileting

Incontinent patients can receive assistance from a professional caregiver to go to the bathroom. In addition to transporting a patient to and from the toilet, the caregiver can clean up messes and change bedpans, urinals, and protective undergarments.


Caregivers will wash, dry, fold, and put away laundry, including clothing and bedding. This service is often performed by caregivers who visit the patient’s home only a few times a week.

Meal Preparation

To ensure proper nutrition and easy access to healthy meals, caregivers may prepare several days worth of meals at once. Alternatively, a 24-hour live-in caregiver may cook one meal at a time.


Private care patients need to receive companionship, whether it be from friends, family members, or a caregiver. If family members are unavailable, companionship services may be the most important aspect of a caregiver’s duties.

Respite Care

During respite care, a patient is temporarily checked into an inpatient facility, such as a hospital or nursing home. Respite care is useful both for caregivers and for patients. 

In-home caregivers must receive occasional “respite,” or time off to avoid burnout and medical problems. Respite care is also suitable when a patient requires more intensive care than an in-home caregiver can provide on a short-term basis.

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Running Errands

Patients who are unable to leave their homes alone may benefit from errand service. Caregivers can perform a variety of errands, from trips to the bank to dropping off documents.

Personal Shopping

In addition to other errands, some caregivers do personal shopping for their patients, including grocery shopping, picking up medications, and any other shopping.


When needed, a caregiver provides transportation for patients. Usually, this transportation is to and from medical appointments, but caregivers can transport patients anywhere they need to go.

Arranging Doctor Appointments

Keeping track of doctor appointments is complicated and difficult, especially for chronically ill patients. Caregivers make appointments, maintain a calendar, and ensure a patient attends all necessary appointments.

Letter Writing

Patients may dictate letters to their caregivers, either to be sent immediately or to be saved for some time.


Reading is a relaxing and intellectually engaging form of entertainment for patients and caregivers alike. Patients may benefit from caregivers reading novels or newspapers by staying alert, engaged, and thoughtful. If a patient has low eyesight, a caregiver may also read text from everyday objects.


Terminally ill loved ones need to stay in contact with doctors, friends, and family members to feel connected. If a patient has difficulty keeping track of correspondence or using the phone, a caregiver can help ensure that regular contact occurs.

Mobility Assistance

Wheelchair- or bed-bound patients can benefit greatly from mobility assistance services. Even briefly moving to another room can notably improve a chronically ill patient’s mental wellbeing.

Medication Reminders

Hospice patients must continue to take their prescribed medications on a regular schedule. That way, if a patient is unable to maintain his or her medication schedule, a caregiver can step in. Whatever medications a patient is taking, a caregiver can remind the individual to take them and keep track of all the medications they take.

Receive Private Duty Care At White Dove Hospice 

Private duty services in hospice care are designed to give end-of-life patients the security, privacy, and comfort of their homes while providing them with the comprehensive care terminally ill patients need. 

White Dove Hospice in Thousand Oaks, California is an excellent provider of private duty home care for terminally ill patients and their loved ones. To learn more about hospice private duty services and any questions that you may have surrounding them, contact White Dove Hospice today!


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To learn more about White Dove Hospice, contact us over the phone or by email. Our staff members will gladly speak to you and answer any questions that you may have about our hospice center.

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We even go as far as to allow our patients to help design their own plan of care. That way, their needs can be better met.

We also promise all of our patients that we’ll always provide high-quality care that’s rendered with compassion, professionalism, and experience. One of the forms of high-quality hospice care that we offer our patients is private duty care.

It’s important to make sure that a person with an incurable illness is comfortable and respected until his or her last day on earth. In Thousand Oaks, CA, our staff is ready and willing to help. For more information, contact us today.