People are living longer than they used to, according the Centers for Disease Control. The average lifespan for individuals in the United States in 2013 was 78.8. As people age, the need for more nursing homes is increasing. Families started to look for nursing at-home alternatives because of the high costs associated with seniors needing to stay in nursing homes for longer periods, as well as safety concerns inside the facilities. State governments are also learning that it is more cost-effective for seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible. States that offer some assistance to family caregivers find that helping keep aging adults in their homes, saves on state nursing home costs in the long run.
Costs and safety concerns are leading more families to seek ways to care for their elders, right in their own homes. The trend towards in-home and community-based services has created an awareness of the demand for senior supports and services. Respite for family caregivers is critical to preventing stress and burnout. The Ohio Respite Coalition cites multiple studies that show that caregivers regard respite as the most desired and needed service. Getting a break in caregiving gives family caregivers a higher level of satisfaction in caregiving, which improves the quality of the care that they give. Caregivers who spent time educating themselves about eldercare and took part in support groups also reported high levels of caregiving satisfaction.
The costs for personal caregiving, including bathing, dressing, housekeeping, and cooking, will generally be less than the cost for a home health aide. Home health aides perform some basic nursing duties like taking temperature and monitoring blood pressure. The Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Ohio surveyed personal caregivers and home health aides and found the rates were about the same. Hourly rates start at about $17 per hour and can be as much as $23 per hour. Total annual costs average about $45,000 per year.
Rates for nursing home care in Cleveland run about $185 per hour or $182,500 per year. The difference in rates between in-home care and nursing care make it easy to see why families are looking for ways to keep their aging loved ones at home for as long as possible.
Private agencies that provide home care providers and home health providers are a good resource for finding home care aides. The agency will take care of legal matters like insurance and background checks. They will also work to provide a replacement aide if the person you hire is not working out or if they cannot fulfill their duties.
Family members may opt to find a personal caregiver on their own. It’s wise to find a service that will do a background check and ask for references of past clients.
Finding an appropriate caregiver is only part of the process. Families will need to plan for the types of services that the aging adult needs, as well as the hours of the day that the individual needs care.
A good place to start is by reviewing the listings of senior caregivers on SeniorAdvisor.com. The site lists 12 senior home health providers in the Cleveland area. Find the contact information, description of services and rates. Check the ratings and read verified reviews from current and past clients to help make the best decision for your situation.
The Ohio Department of Aging manages a program called PACE, which is a managed care model that coordinates a cross-section of health and medical care in acute, sub-acute, institutional and community settings. The PACE program makes its home in Cleveland. PACE offers the following programs:
Primary care Specialty care Adult day health care services Personal care services Inpatient hospital Prescription drug Occupational therapy Physical therapy Nursing home care
The interdisciplinary team at PACE directs and provides care for program participants. The site develops a personalized program of care for individuals, using Medicaid, Medicare, and a pool of funds as a flexible means of funding care. This program is open to Cleveland residents age 55 or older who agree to have their needs met while living in the community.
The website of the Ohio Department of Aging has a host of information for seniors and senior caregivers. The site offers information on housing and home repair for seniors, family caregiver support, Alzheimer’s and senior education, Medicaid and Medicare benefits, and much more.
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