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Help at Home

There are a number of important options to consider and questions to be asked when selecting and purchasing health or personal care services in the home.  The Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s home care unit can provide information and assistance on home care and other community services which may be available that best meet your needs. For information and assistance, call 845-486‐2555. We can help answer your questions.

There are wide range of services and programs, from reassurance services and personal emergency response systems, to home care services including homemaking services, certified home health agencies (CHHAs) and Licensed Home Care Agencies (LHCSAs).    The page below lists many local options.

Home Care Services

Home care services can range from basic homemaking and companionship services, personal care services to therapy and skilled nursing services.    Agencies providing "hands on" personal care or skilled services must be licensed by the NYS Department of Health.

Click here for a directory of local agencies that provide these varied services.   Dutchess County makes no provisions or guarantees regarding the fitness, character or ability to perform of the agencies listed.  All phone numbers listed are in the 845 area code unless otherwise noted.

Companion or Homemaking Services Only

Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSA)

Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSA) may be private or hospital-affiliated, operating for profit or not-for-profit. They provide a wide range of services in the home. A LHCSA must be insured; some bond their employees. Personal care is the most-used LHCSA service. home health aides and personal care workers provide assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility, feeding, meal preparation, shopping, light housekeeping, and laundry. Frequent components of such services are companionship and respite for overstressed caregivers.  Personnel are assigned and supervised by Registered Nurses.

Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHA)

A Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) is a home care services agency that meets specific standards established by federal and state government regulations and is “certified” to provide services under the Medicare program.  This type of home care agency provides directly or arranges for the following services:

Local Certified Home Health Agencies include:

Reassurance Programs

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

Emergency Medical Alert Systems assist people to live active, independent lives by linking them to assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) unit can be used for Fire, Police, and Medical emergencies.