Home care is care that allows a person with special needs stay in their home. It might be for people who are getting older, are chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled. Home care services include personal care services such as help with bathing, washing your hair, or getting dressed.
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.
What are the benefits of hiring home care?
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 caregivers, transportation to the doctors, medication reminders, activities and more may also provided offering 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 Home Care
According to the “Cost of Care Survey”, an annual report by Genworth, home care costs less than other options like adult day care, assisted living and skilled nursing. In fact, the national average cost of home care per hour ranges between only $10 to $36. Genworth also reports that the cost of home care services only increased by 1% during the past five years.
By comparison, the average resident at an assisted living community pays $3,450 per month. Nursing homes can cost up to $948 per day. In the past five years, the costs for assisted living and skilled nursing have risen by 4%. Medicare doesn't cover home care.
Home Care by State Agencies and Not-for-Profits
There are several Texas senior assistance programs 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 Home Care Resources
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