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What is In-Home Care?

 Benefits and Cost of Hiring In-Home Care

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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.

Also See: Home Health vs. In Home Care

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 in-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 following 3 min. video is a MUST SEE to help understand how valuable non medical in home care is to senior who want to remain in their home and as independent as possible.

The Cost of In-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.

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Medicare and Non Medical In-Home Care

Medicare Does Not Cover

  • Personal care (home health aides) such as bathing, dressing, and other activities of daily living.
  • Homemaker services such as cleaning, laundry, shopping and preparing meals.
  • 24-hour-a-day care.
  • Home-delivered meals

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