In-home care is usually the first step for senior care that families choose, so their loved one can remain at home longer. It is also an affordable option compared to a nursing home. The average cost for a private room in a nursing facility in Texas is $188 per day, according to Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Texas. The average cost for a home health aide is $19 per hour or $152 per eight-hour shift.
You will want to make sure that any home care agency you choose is licensed, certified, and has a good reputation. The following are a few examples of online reviews from Senior Advisor.
Regarding accommodating caregivers: “The lady we have now is delightful, in fact, when she had to be gone for a couple of days to move her daughter into college, my wife asked where she was both days. The service itself supports all activities that we need to have done around the house. They were even better in the situation where I had another service previous to them that went out of business and Approved in Home was able to take the attendant that I had and bring them into their organization; it was a seamless transfer.” (Approved in Home Care of Dallas)
Regarding household chores and friendly caregivers: “We are utilizing 24Hr HomeCare to assist Mom with cleaning and running errands and somewhat as a companion but definitely not to smother Mom. What I love about the agency is that there is no minimum amount of hours but if we need to increase the hours the price goes down! When we first started with the agency my Mom had a caregiver she loved and he had to quit which was kind of disappointing but Mom loves the new girl. All in all, it's been a great experience and if need be we'll utilize them for more time.” (24Hr HomeCare of Dallas)
In-home care is available to fit your schedule and your family’s needs. This includes nursing assistants that can assist on a full-time or part-time basis. These professionals can help your loved one with activities of daily living (ADLs), light housekeeping, meal preparation, chores, and errands.
There are other in-home care resources throughout the city you can use either individually or in a combination with consistent care.
Respite care – Most agencies will provide an aide for respite care, whether planned or during an emergency.
Private caregiver – You can bypass an agency and hire an aide privately or for live-in help.
Senior concierge service – You can locate concierge services that deliver restaurant meals, grocery shop and deliver, and care for pets.
When it comes to in-home care costs, you have several options including limited Medicare coverage, Texas Medicaid STAR+PLUS program, reverse mortgages for seniors, VA Aid and Attendance for veterans, and the liquidation of insurance policies and financial accounts. Always consult with an elder law attorney before making any financial decisions regarding your assets.
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