Helping seniors stay at home is the wish for most. And now with in home care services (also referred to as non medical in home care) seniors, and those with special needs, are able to remain in their homes longer versus moving to a care facility.
The benefits of in home care simply helps senior remain at home longer. Home care is suitable for the chronically ill, disabled, someone recovering from surgery or someone who just needs a little assistance to remain in their home vs. moving to a senior care facility. It's often a lot more affordable too.
In home senior care can include services such as: homemaker services such as light housekeeping, companionship, card playing, taking walks, or simply reminiscing. Respite relief for family, transportation, medication reminders, activities and more may also provided.
Trained and experienced caregivers can provide in home care wherever ‘home is’ including a personal residence, assisted living facility,nursing home or hospital. Most offer specialized training in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s as well as Hospice.
The Cost of In Home
The cost of in home care varies with two ways to pay for care;
Private pay or through
local state agencies and non profit
organizations who pay particular attention to low-income, minority
older people and older people residing in rural areas. While they
typically do not charge for their assistance, they are often
under-staffed, and unable to provide adequate long term planning.
They do tend to be highly knowledgeable about local programs.
Private pay home care aides provide at-home, non-medical assistance to seniors such as helping with personal hygiene, laundry, cooking and transportation. Typically they visit a home several times a week for visits lasting from 2 – 8 hours.
In 2014, the national average
was $19 / hr with different state averages ranging from $14 - $25 /
hr. cost of senior in home care. Interestingly, while the cost of
health care including assisted living goes up by approximately 5%
per year, home care costs have remained relatively stable in recent
years, increasing around 1% per year.
Private individuals (friends, family, volunteers) can also be called upon to provide most of the same services with fees that are 20-30% lower. However, these independents are typically uninsured,do not go through background checks and may be unable to provide alternatives in case they are not available to work on short notice.
Medicare doesn't cover home health aide services unless you're also getting skilled care such as nursing care or other physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology services from the home health agency. (Source: www.medicare.gov)
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