Custom Care (Private Duty Assistance)

Author: Steve Groth, Client Development Manager, Custom Care Division
Last Updated: September 29, 2020

Brooks Custom Care, our private duty division, is designed to meet the needs of you and your family in your home.

We provide a range of comprehensive caregiving services in the comfort of your home. Our caregivers are experienced, professional and dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our clients.

Our custom care services are designed to help individuals that may need assistance with bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning and companionship.

What is Private Duty?

“Private Duty” is a broad term that encompasses all types of in-home care. Care is considered “private duty” when it is being paid for by a long-term care insurance policy, by the patient or his/her family. There are also some services offered through the Department of Veteran Affairs H/HHA Program and the Medicaid Managed Care/Waiver Programs. Private Duty care can be short in duration (post-op) or long-term and is often requested by clients that prefer to stay in the comfort of their own homes rather than in a nursing home.

Types of Custom Care

Personal Care Services

  • Grooming & hygiene – Bathing, showering, sponge baths, shaving, oral care, applying lotions, etc.
  • Transferring and mobility assistance – In and out of a car, bed, chair, sofa, shower/bath, commode assistance, etc.
  • Positioning – For comfort and reducing the development of bedsores and wounds.
  • Toileting & incontinence care (including adult brief changing).
  • Assistance with exercising – Especially after post-operative orthopedic procedures when safety is an issue.
  • Nutrition, assistance with feeding and fluid intake reminders.
  • Temperature, pulse and respiration checks.
  • Assistance with Telehealth and virtual physician appointments.

Companionship Services

  • Conversation & companionship
  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry – bed linens and clothing.
  • Light housekeeping – Vacuuming, sweeping, surface dusting, mopping, trash removal, dish washing, loading / unloading dishwasher.
  • Assistance during errands such as grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments.
  • Medication reminders
  • Grooming guidance
  • Assistance with Telehealth and virtual physician appointments.

Respite Services

  • Temporary caregiver support: This need arises when a family member is a full-time caregiver and needs a few hours a day to run errands and/or need a respite from the stress of being a fulltime caregiver.
  • Job related respite: Family caregivers are often juggling a full-time job and caring for their loved one. Brooks Custom Care provides aides from just a few hours to 24 hours a day so that managing both is possible with peace of mind.
  • Extended respite: Up to 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. When family caregivers need time away for a vacation, business trips, unexpected out of town needs or even their own hospitalizations.

Understanding Brooks Custom Care

Brooks Custom Care is considered a “Non-medical home care” service provided at home by a caregiving professional. This type of care is not provided to cure or heal an illness or injury, but to ensure daily activities are completed safely to maximize opportunity for recovery and/or quality of life. Brooks caregivers are agency employees that are required to have extensive experience providing care such as measuring vital signs, bathing and transferring clients safely, assisting with management of daily activities, assuring a safe living environment and reporting concerning symptoms or behavior/function changes that may signal that a clients’ health condition has changed.

Either a Certified Nursing Assistant or Home Health Aide will provide assistance in a home, assisted living / skilled nursing facility or even a hospital when a patient needs additional support or overnight assistance.

Who is eligible to receive private duty services?

  • Anyone who is struggling with the activities of daily living or A.D.L.s.
  • Family members where safety is a concern when left alone.
  • Individuals that are limited by a lack of mobility.
  • Post-operative patients that cannot take care of themselves.
  • Those with specialized conditions such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, hospice, end of life or other needs.

Transportation Partnership

Roundtrip, leaders in driving better health outcomes by connecting healthcare and transportation providers to patients, has launched its mobility services in a partnership with Brooks Custom Care.

The new application gives the technology company a grip on a rapidly-emerging and typically underserved area of the healthcare ecosystem. Whether it’s going to the grocery store, a visiting a family member’s home, or taking another basic “lifestyle” trip, custom care clients will be able to schedule – in advance and on-call – rides to common destinations through care coordinators.

Getting started with custom care services

To receive information regarding any of these services please contact our office. We provide on the phone assistance and in-home consultations at no cost.

Our office number is (904) 301-0555 and answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year including all holidays.