As in-home care continues to be the first type of care typically seen for aging residents, you may be concerned about services like communication, delegation, and tailoring the care to fit your family’s lifestyle. According to the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Survey for New York, you can hire an in-home health care aide at the median daily rate of $184, while a nursing home averages $373 per day for a private room.
As more New Yorkers enter into the older age bracket (age 70 and older), the use of in-home health care agencies will continue to increase. You can hire a home health aide to come in and cover for you or provide respite care for the regular caregiver. Before hiring an agency, read reviews and ratings online to learn more about the key services offered and what to expect.
The following are reviews posted on SeniorAdvisor.com about various in-home care agencies in Buffalo and the surrounding area.
Regarding tasks, the client of Goodcare Home Health Services asked the agency to perform: “Very nice aides who paid attention to what I wanted done.”
Regarding the quick response and part-time caregiving from the granddaughter of a client of The Caregiver’s Choice: “Less than 12 hours after contacting …I had received a call from a knowledgeable staff member that listened to all of my concerns and needs…We currently have two wonderful women here who rotate in 4 to 5 days a week and we couldn’t be happier.”
Regarding the personal attention and involvement in-home care agencies can provide, here is a review from the family of a client of The Caregiver’s Choice: “The woman in charge is just excellent, personally involved and never fails to communicate via email and phone and stays involved and in charge of the caregivers themselves. It makes me feel very confident.”
One of the top benefits of in-home care is the flexibility. Whether you need a caregiver for respite care while you are away on vacation or a full-time caregiver so you can work outside the home, an in-home aide can give you the best of both worlds. Agencies can provide aides for a few hours in the morning to administer medication and take care of the light housekeeping or overnight to provide companionship if you are gone.
The secret to customizing your in-home care is to use more than one resource, or at the very least, keep the names and phone numbers of other agencies and services in your phone.
Interview and hire a qualified caregiver on your own. You don’t need to go through an agency for an in-home care aide, if you feel confident in choosing one on your own. Some Buffalo seniors choose close friends or family members to hire for this role.
Use an agency and a private caregiver. Even if you hire a private caregiver of your choosing, this person will need days off at times. An in-home care agency can work for you on a respite care basis at last-minute or to cover a vacation.
Save time by using a senior concierge service. A concierge service, like Magic Assistants, can provide senior services and errand services when you need them the most. They can also do light and deep housecleaning and personal online shopping for you.
Research and compare all in-home care agencies, private caregivers, and concierge services before hiring. You can ask your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers about services and companies they recommend.
Low income seniors in the Buffalo area that do not have Medicare can use New York’s Medicaid Program to cover in-home care. The program offers several options, including Medicaid Personal Care Services, Certified Home Health Agency Services, and Private Duty Nursing or LPN Services. Check with your local office about the program that fits your loved one’s needs.
Medicare will cover in-home care, however the eligibility requirements are slim.
Your loved one must be under a doctor’s care with a care plan in place.
Your loved one must be homebound.
The doctor has to recommend that your loved one need skilled nursing care or physical, speech, or occupational therapy services.
The in-home care agency must be Medicare certified.
Other options for funding in-home care include the VA Aid and Attendance Pension for veterans and their surviving spouses, long-term care insurance, and reverse mortgage loans. Consult with an elder-law attorney or senior financial advisor about other ways you can pay for in-home care for your loved one in Buffalo.
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