While aging in place might sound like you’re just sitting around, it’s something that many seniors want. It’s the chance to stay in the home you love with the people you love for as long as possible and still get the care you need. Among the services you can use, homemakers and home health aides are the most popular. These people can help keep your house in order as well as tend to your health needs, such as medication reminders and checking your vitals. No matter what you need, you can find help right in your home and enjoy your freedom longer.
Many seniors are on a limited income and need to budget their expenses well which is why many don’t think they can afford in-home care. There are a few ways that you might be able to get help cover the cost of your care. First, if your doctor agrees that you need constant care to stay in your home safely, you could get reimbursed for any services you use. Second, if you’re a veteran, you can use your VA benefits to cover the cost of care. Finally, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services can help cover costs for qualified seniors.
The cost of in-home care and aging in place services is going to vary from person to person and state to state. The type of care you choose, how often you use that care, and where you live are all going to affect your total cost. Nationally, the average for homemakers and home health aides is right around $3,800 per month.
If you look at the averages in Austin, that number is a little higher. Homemakers and home health aides cost an average of $4,099 per month. That cost breaks down into about $135 per day. While that might seem high, a private room in a nursing home averages around $231 per day.
Once you have decided to use in-home care services, you need to find the right provider for your needs. You can talk to your doctor and see if they have any suggestions or you can ask friends or family members if they have any recommendations. The Better Business Bureau of Austin is another place to look for ideas because you can see each business's profile and read customer reviews.
Once you have a list of providers you’re interested in, call each place and ask a few questions to get a feel for their services. Make sure they have insurance and are bonded as well as have all the proper licenses. You should also make sure they do a screening on their employees, like a background check. Finally, ask how they schedule their clients and accept payment, so you’re clear on all procedures before you decide to sign a contract.
Homemakers and home health aides are not the only choices when it comes to aging in place services. The great thing about these services is you can customize your care to fit your needs so if you aren’t ready for a home health aide or want someone other than a homemaker helping you out, you can look for other options. Online platforms are a great place to start, and you can find everything from a dog walker to someone to run your errands.
Rover.com is perfect for pet owners who need help walking their dog or pet sitting. Handy is for housecleaners and TaskRabbit or Favor can help you find someone to assist you with any other chore you might have. Porch.com and Amazon Home Services are excellent places to look if you need help with home improvements or other home projects. Be sure to screen any person you use carefully, just like you would with any other provider.
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