Dear Nurse Beth,
I a 62 years old and have been RN for 18 years. Am interested in doing private duty caregiving/companionship/sitting. No heavy duty nursing. How do I get started? Agencies are paying crap!
Dear Wants Private Duty,
Have you considered Home Health? You would be in a home setting, although you would have a caseload and not just one patient.
Another option is private pay, although it may not be easy to find clients who are willing
to pay out of pocket. In certain areas of the country, well-to-do elderly and/or incapacitated people do pay well for private duty care when they find someone they trust. Often the caregiver will be non-licensed, however. Doctors in these communities will make referrals on behalf of caregivers they know, or who perhaps have worked in in their office.
If you are looking for a skilled position where you perform RN functions, you need to work
under a doctor or other provider, which takes you back to Home Health. Insurance will not pay you directly.