You might think it is inevitable that you will have to move into a nursing facility as you get older, but that isn’t always the case. Aging in place is becoming a more popular choice for many seniors and the list of services that allow you to do this is growing. Some of the most common are homemakers, people that help you clean your house, prepare meals, and even go grocery shopping, and home health aides, people that monitor your health by checking vital signs, remind you to take your medication, and help with daily grooming tasks. No matter where you are in the Inland Empire, you can find the right in-home care services for your needs.
There are a few programs and options to help cover the cost of in-home care so you aren’t paying for it all on your own. If you’re a low-income senior, your Medicaid benefits can help you out and if you’re a veteran you should see if in-home services are included in your VA benefits. Long-term care insurance is another option and if you already have it check your policy to see what’s covered. Fresno county also offers a few home care programs to help cover the costs of receiving your health care in your own house.
While in-home care might seem expensive, a few factors will determine your total cost and it will be different from person to person. Your location plays a role in total cost as does the type of care you need and the frequency you use these services. The national average for in-home care is at about $3,800 per month or around $123 per day.
The cost of in-home care for Fresno residents might be a little higher with homemakers averaging about $135 per day and home health aides averaging about $138. That adds up to about $4,099 to $4,185 per month. These are just averages and you can look around to find services that are less expensive than this. It’s also good to note that compared to the $268 daily cost of a private room in a nursing home, in-home care is a little bit of a saving.
You want to do a little research before you settle on the provider and caregiver that will be taking care of your needs. Ask for recommendations from trusted family members, friends, and talk with your healthcare provider. You can also read user reviews for Fresno-area companies on the Better Business Bureau of Fresno.
After you have created a short list of providers, call each one and ask a few questions. Find out if they are licensed, bonded, and insured and ask how they hire and screen their employees. You will also want to know how they handle their payment options and scheduling so you know all the details before you sign any contract.
Homemakers and home health aides might be the most common type of in-home care, but they certainly aren’t the only ones. You can find a whole variety of services to make your life easier online and you can build a care plan that will fit your needs and your budget.
If you have pets or need a dog walker, Rover.com can find someone to help you and if you want to get your house cleaned, Handy can connect you with local house cleaners. If you have other chores or errands, take a look at TaskRabbit or Favor. If your house is in disrepair or needs modifications, Porch.com and Amazon Home Services are both good options. Thoroughly research each person before you consider hiring them for their services.
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