Extended Hour Nursing Services
What is Extended Hour Nursing?
- Extended Hour Nursing Services (also known as Private Duty Nursing Services) are deemed medically necessary by a physician with proper orders and authorization to qualifying agencies.
- Qualifying agencies assess consumers cares for appropriate nursing hours and develop a plan of care which is then authorized by the consumer’s physician and appropriate payer source.
- Nurses observe, monitor, intervene, and evaluate consumers during their shifts based on plan of care.
- Services can be provided in a consumer’s home or outside the home in school, work, or public settings depending on the consumer’s condition.
- Typically, in order to be considered “Extended Hour Nursing,” consumers qualify for 4 or more hours per day; services can be up to 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- Often, Hourly Nursing is an alternative option for a consumer who would otherwise require hospital, transitional care or nursing home level care.
When Extended Hour Nursing may be appropriate for a consumer:
- Ventilator dependent
- Tracheostomy cares
- Feeding Tube needs
- Infusion Therapy needs
- Consumer requires 4 hours or more of nursing cares per day
Who can provide Extended Hour Nursing Services?
- A registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who is employed with a licensed home care agency.
- An independent RN
- An independent LPN
- In special circumstances, a parent of a minor child, spouse, or non-corporate legal guardian or conservator that is an RN or LPN who is employed with a licensed home care agency and is on a Hardship Waiver.
How do people pay for Extended Hour Nursing Services?
- State funded Medicaid and Waiver Programs: Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois
- Private pay (agency rates will vary)
- Private Insurance
- Long term Care Insurance
- Disease Management Groups, e.g., ALS Association
How do you find an agency that provides Extended Hour Nursing Services?
Contact your county public health nurse to get a list of qualified providers in your area and find out if you qualify for state funded services.
Contact a home care agency directly.
Talk with Care Managers, Social Workers, Nursing Supervisors, Discharge Planners, or Doctors and Nurses at healthcare facilities.
Search the internet for agencies servicing your geographical area.
Ask people at Health Care related Support Groups.
Ask professionals at Disease Management Groups, e.g., Alzheimer’s Association.
Talk with family and friends who have used home care services before.
To find out if you qualify, contact our Customer Service Department today.