Everyone has different criteria that factor into their decisions on care. In the Fort Worth area, in-home care is a popular choice. Not only does it allow seniors to stay in the familiar and comfortable surroundings of their home, but it provides needed care at an affordable cost. In fact, in a 2015 survey, the median cost of in-home care in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area daily was $119, compared to the daily rate of $128 for assisted living and $215 daily for private nursing home care.
What can you expect from in-home care? Here we will check out the care landscape in the Fort Worth area and review information like what services are available, client feedback, and the best way to find the right care option for you.
The Metroplex boasts dozens of care providers, including nearly 20 specific to the Fort Worth area. They provide personal care and home health assistance services. In accordance with state law, the agencies are certified and listed with the Department of Aging and Disability Services Home and Community Support Services Agencies program.
User reviews on SeniorAdvisor.com give us an excellent snapshot of important qualities in care providers and user experiences in the area. Comments included:
Friendly and flexible staff. “I'm very pleased with the service! The office staff were friendly and easy to work with when getting things set up, and the caregiver they sent was very nice. They're also very good about being flexible in terms of hours for the caregivers,” wrote their loved one of a Right at Home client.
The care you need at a great value. “It started out just being there and making sure my dad didn't fall. They make sure he gets his lunch and they're helping him with a shower. They're also really good about taking him to therapy. I think it's a good value,” wrote the daughter of a BrightStar Care Fort Worth client.
Another positive mentioned by reviewers for some providers was having staff available on short notice. Agencies in the area have the resources to accommodate same-day requests should you need last-minute assistance.
Agencies will work with you to understand your care needs and build a schedule that is the right fit. Whether you’re searching for respite care, part-time care during the day or night when the primary caregiver may not be available, or full-time home care if your loved one is out of state, there are options for you.
Developing a care plan for your or your loved one can include having several different option when it comes to care. Knowing what’s available and having resources at your fingertips can make it easy to accommodate every need. Here are a few choices in your area.
There are several perks to hiring a caregiver yourself rather than working through an agency. By hiring directly, you can pay a relative the market rate for being a caregiver, and it allows you to be in charge of the management of care. There are a few downsides, including the time it may take to find the right candidate to provide care, and the administration of payroll, insurance, and taxes for the caregiver.
A popular choice is to combine care provided by an agency with a caregiver you have hired yourself. In doing so you can still pay a family member to care for your loved one, and you can utilize agency care services for caregiver respite or if they need time away for a vacation or medical needs.
Better manage time by using local concierge and online shopping services for routine chores and shopping services. You can contract help for everything from grocery shopping to walking the dog.
Finding the right providers requires some legwork ahead of time. Asking for recommendations and checking online reviews are an important step in finding good agencies to do business with. The Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth can provide valuable insight into customer experiences in your area.
Medicare is an option for some seniors who meet the very specific criteria required to qualify for assistance. If you aren’t eligible based on your situation, but you have a low-income and a need for in-home care, you may be eligible for funding through Texas Medicaid. Another option for military vets and their widows is the VA Aid & Attendance Pension, providing you served during an active wartime.
If you will be paying for your care privately, check to see if you have a long-term care insurance policy. The benefits of the policy should cover the cost of your care. Homeowners can consider obtaining a reverse mortgage and using the funding from the loan to pay for care.
Find assisted living in Fort Worth near you.