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 senior 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 providing the caregiver with a much needed break.
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 senior care varies.
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.
The average hourly rate for home care across Texas is $19.
Brownsville, Laredo, San Angelo, Wichita Falls and El Paso have the
most affordable home care where the hourly cost is between $15 -
$16. San Antonio, Houston, Round Rock and Odessa are the most costly
areas at $20 - $22 / hour.
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)
State Agencies and Non Profit Organizations
There are several 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 and are an excellent venue to reach out to.
Additional In Home Senior Care Resources ~
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