In-home health care allows your loved one to remain at home with family longer by providing care in their own familiar surroundings. Compared to the national average, in-home care is less expensive in Charlotte than in the rest of the country. You can hire a home health aide for $144 for a full day of work on average compared to the national rate of $160 per day, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey.
In-home care is also the more affordable route to take compared to a nursing home stay. A private room in a nursing home in Charlotte averages $238 per day. It’s not only the affordability of in-home care that draws seniors but the attentive caregiving they receive and reliability from the agencies. The following is a sample of online reviews written by family members of clients on Senior Advisor about various agencies in the area.
Regarding compatibility with caregivers: “Carepoint is really fantastic! They have swapped out caregivers a few times, but they are very willing to work with us to make sure we have caregivers that work well for mom. The first caregiver that they sent out was really excellent. I wish she could come every day, but unfortunately, that is not possible. The others are good too, though, and really everything overall has been a very positive experience.” (Carepoint, Inc.)
Regarding letting the families know about any issues: “We have two caregivers. We have not had a problem with attendance. They are very friendly and they are doing a good job. My parents have recommended them to several different friends. Medicine is given promptly, [and] any questions or concerns are handled promptly. They are very good about checking the blood pressure [and] they are very knowledgeable. If anything is outside of normal they will call right away to let our family know what's going on.” (Affordable home Care)
In-home health aides can help with chores including meal prep, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and laundry, as well as activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, toileting, and dressing. You can hire an aide for full-time or part-time or only for respite care.
There are other alternatives available in Charlotte for in-home care. These include hiring a private caregiver to work around your schedule or for live-in care; only using an agency for respite care; or using the services of a senior concierge service for transportation, to bring meals, grocery shop, or pick up prescriptions.
Medicare will only cover in-home care under a specific set of circumstances such as when a physician orders skilled nursing care. North Carolina Medicaid does not generally cover in-home care, but if your loved qualifies for a waiver program, they may be eligible for care.
Consult with an elder law attorney about other ways you can cover in-home care, including using a reverse mortgage, cashing out long-term care insurance policies or retirement accounts, or apply for the VA Aid and Attendance pension for veterans.
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