In-home care doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, in-home care is typically less in Corpus Christi than in other parts of Texas or the national average. The average home health aide in the country costs $20 per hour and in other parts of Texas, the cost is $19 per hour. In Corpus Christi, the average is $17 per hour, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Texas.
With nursing home costs ranging from $154 to $216 per day; the choice for in-home care at $136 per day is a frugal one. You will want to research and compare in-home care agencies in the area before hiring one to serve your loved one. The following is from a few reviews found on Senior Advisor regarding agencies and caregivers in the area.
Regarding chores: “They did do a good job of keeping the house up kept and clean. The meals that they helped prepare were very good. I would recommend Visiting Angels to friends and family.” (Visiting Angels of Boerne)
Regarding engaging caregivers: “I had an overall great experience with Right at Home. They took care of my mother for a period of time. I definitely recommend this service to others. The staff and caregivers were great. They did try to get my mom to do activities, not just sit there. They did make sure things were clean.” (Right at Home of Greater San Antonio)
You can choose to work with an aide on a full-time, part-time, or respite care basis, depending on the needs of your family. Home health aides can help with activities of daily living (ADLs), light housekeeping, chores, laundry, errands, meal preparation, and grocery shopping.
You can hire a home health aide outside of the traditional senior care programs, including hiring a caregiver privately. You can also continue to use an agency for respite care in emergency situations or when you need a vacation from the caregiving responsibility.
Senior concierge services are now in demand throughout Texas as more homebound residents request grocery shopping and home delivery, prescription pick-up, and easy-to-use transportation to medical appointments. You can also find concierge services to manage the household organization and pet care.
Medicare will only cover in-home care if your physician has placed an order for skilled nursing care or physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Texas Medicaid launched a managed care program, known as STAR+PLUS, to cover long-term in-home care for low-income seniors eligible for Medicaid.
Seniors that own their home can apply for a reverse mortgage to tap the equity in their home to fund long-term care, although you should consult an elder-law attorney before signing any forms. Veterans can apply for the VA Aid and Attendance to pay for in-home care for themselves or their eligible spouses.
Seek counsel from a senior care specialist to learn about other ways you can pay for care.
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