Living independently in one’s own home, or “aging in place,” has many benefits for seniors, especially the familiarity that comes with living in a personal space. However, aging adults need some kind of support network, and frequently, family members are not able to provide the longterm assistance their loved ones need. In-home health care can provide a solution, but it’s important to look at the costs of this option before arriving at a decision.
In Home Care Costs Nationally
The 2017 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reports that the monthly cost for a home health aide is $4,099. The median cost nationwide for 44 hours of care per week turns out to be about $125 a day. Of course, the actual costs depend on your location, the services you use and the amount of service you request. There are usually two types of home health care – one is medical-based, while the other is more daily living-oriented, but most companies providing home health service offer both or a combination of the two.
Medical care consists of changing bandages, administering certain medication and providing various therapies, while home-related care can be help with grocery shopping, housekeeping, bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, using the toilet and getting around. As your needs change, you can add or subtract services, so it might be wise to contract with a company that provides the most services. Both home health aides and homemaker aides cost about $21 an hour.
In Home Care Costs Per Region
The National Council for Aging Care reports the most expensive places for home health care are in North Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island, while the least expensive states are Louisiana, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
How To Choose an In Home Care Provider
The government provides a tool with detailed information about every Medicare-certified home health agency in the United States. You can use it to narrow down your choices based on location and needs. You’ll also have peace of mind with the knowledge you are dealing with people who have been vetted and investigated before they come into your home. You will need to choose hourly or daily rates and think about whether you need to consider nightly rates. All rates are different, so be sure to get everything in writing. Make sure to check references, choose experienced and long-lived companies, get recommendations from others who have used the business’s services and ensure the company is insured and bonded.
Bottom Line Cost of In Home Care
Due to the aging Baby Boomers population, the number of older adults in America will continue to grow – from 35 million in 2000 to more than 80 million by 2050. That means more services will crop up across the nation to keep pace with the needs of the elderly. Paying for home health care usually comes out-of-pocket for seniors, but may be covered by long-term care insurance and the Veterans Administration. Medicare Part A or Part B may cover some skilled nursing care services, but you would need to check with your senior’s doctor about the specifics.