Home Health Care Services

We offer a variety of home health care services that can help your loved ones stay in their own homes as long as they are able.

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Home Health Care services

We offer a wide range of home health care services. Our services are based on just what the loved one needs. From light chore services to specialized nursing services we can provide the in-home services you require.

Personal Care Assistance (PCA)

Personal care assistance is a program designed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to assist recipient with activities of daily living issues to live at home. The care is provided under the order of the physician and the supervision of a RN.

Services include: Bathing, Dressing, Grooming, Transfers, Positioning, Ambulation, Toileting, feeding.


Homemaking services are provided by a trained homemaker under the supervision of a nurse. Recipient must pay mileage to the homemaker for errands run unless they are approved for State administered non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) to eligible Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) recipients who, due to a physical or mental impairment is unable to use a common carrier.

Services include: Light house cleaning, Bed linen changes, Laundry, Meal planning, Meal preparation, Grocery shopping, other errands.

Private Duty Nursing

The Home Care Nursing (HCN) services (previously known as Private Duty Nursing) are nursing services ordered by a physician whose illness, injury, physical or mental condition requires more individual and continuous care by a RN or LPN. HCN provides extended hours of nursing care up to 24 hours a day as necessary. HCN is a compassionate alternative to hospital or skilled nursing home care and is provided under a physician's order and the case management of the registered nurse.

Services include: Ventilator care, Trachea care, TPN, G-tubes, IV therapy, Catheter care, Personal care, Therapies, Seizure care, Wound care, Behavior intervention, and other nursing interventions.

Chore Services

Assistance provided to a person, or his or her primary caregiver, to help maintain a clean, sanitary and safe environment.

Chore services cover:

  • Dumpster rental or refuse disposal
  • Extermination and pest control
  • General indoor and outdoor home maintenance (e.g., lawn care, snow removal)
  • Grocery delivery
  • Heavy household chores (e.g., securing loose rugs, washing floors, windows and walls)
  • Moving or removing large household items and heavy appliances in order to provide safe access to and exit from the home
  • Packing the person’s belongings
  • Rearranging or securing household items in order to prevent injuries or falls.

Companion Care

Non-medical care, supervision and socialization provided to a person age 18 or older.

Covered Services:

Adult companion services cover services that help a person work toward a therapeutic or community integration goal in his/her support plan.

The adult companion may:

  • Attend a movie with the person to practice coping skills to manage his/her social anxiety
  • Go with the person to a community event to reduce his/her social isolation
  • Play a board game with the person to enhance his/her fine motor skills
  • Provide verbal instructions or cues to the person to help him/her complete a task
  • Assist or supervise the person with tasks such as laundry, light housekeeping, meal preparation and shopping.

The adult companion may assist or supervise the person with tasks such as laundry, light housekeeping, meal preparation and shopping only while he/she helps the person work toward a therapeutic or community integration goal. For example, the companion may shop with the person to practice budgeting skills. The companion cannot perform these tasks as distinct services.

Respite Care

Respite: Short-term care services provided to a person when his/her primary caregiver is absent or needs relief.

Primary caregiver(s): Person or people principally responsible for the care and supervision of the person who receives services.

In-home respite: Respite provided in the person’s home or place of residence.

Out-of-home respite: Respite provided outside of the person’s home or place of residence.

Primary Caregiver:

A person is eligible to receive respite if the primary caregiver is absent or needs relief from his/her caregiver duties. See the following sections for additional program-specific primary caregiver requirements.

AC and EW

Under the AC program and EW, the primary caregiver must either:

  • Not be paid at all.
  • Be paid only for a portion of the time he/she provides care/supervision to the person.

The primary caregiver does not need to live in the same house as the person who receives services.

Transportation Services

Transportation necessary to gain access to community services, resources and activities.

Covered Services:

Covered services include transportation:

  • Necessary to meet needs and preferences as stated in the care plan for the person to be included in the community
  • To waiver services when the contracted rate for the waiver service does not include transportation.

Personal Supports

Services provided in the person’s home or community to:

  • Achieve his/her full potential
  • Increase his/her independence
  • Meet community inclusion goals that are important to and important for the person and based on an assessed need.

Own home: A home that is not licensed or operated by an entity other than the person.

Covered Services:

Personal support services relate to outcomes identified in the person’s support plan when teaching and training is not necessary to achieve these outcomes, and it is the least costly assistance to reasonably meet the person’s needs. Covered services include supervision, support or assistance with:

  • Activities of dailyliving (ADLs)
  • Accessing community services
  • Developing meaningful connections with community members
  • Establishing new relationships and nurturing existing ones
  • Participating in community activities of the person’s choosing

Services provided one-on-one with the person outside of his/her home must be provided in integrated community settings that enable the person to interact with people with and without disabilities to the fullest extent possible.