If caring for your loved one full-time is hard to juggle with other family responsibilities, then consider hiring in-home care. In-home care in available on a full-time or part-time basis, or even as respite care and it is not as expensive as you may think, as reported by Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Arizona. A private room in a nursing home in the state averages $233 per day. With in-home care, your loved one can remain at home longer for as little as $160 per day, under the care of a full-time home health aide.
As tempting as it may be to hire an in-home care agency based on fees, research and compare local companies before choosing one to service your family. You can find plenty of online reviews that give you a glimpse of the type of services offered. The following is a sample of reviews found on Senior Advisor for in-home care companies in the Gilbert area:
Concerning reliability: “They did a good job of getting the same people coming out all the time. They were pretty reliable; we didn't have to worry about if someone was going to show up or not. Ultimately we needed our loved one to have more socialization, but for home care, they did a good job.” (Banner Home Care)
Concerning exceptional care: “My mother in law is happy with the care from this in home care service we received. The aid is helping with taking my mother to eat. She is entertained with the help of the aid. A great aid Alison was exceptional with the care that was given. We would recommend this to others who need good in-home care for a loved one.” (Endeavor Home Care Group)
Home health aides can work around your family’s schedule. You can hire an aide to work full-time, part-time, or only for occasional services when needed. These aides assist your loved one in activities of daily living (ADLs), housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparation.
Providing the best senior care for your loved one may require using more than one in-home care option. The following is a list of alternatives you can choose from or combine for around-the-clock care.
You can use an agency for respite care to give yourself a break or during an emergency situation.
You can hire a private caregiver for around-the-clock care or work around your schedule.
You can order a senior concierge service to provide your loved one with transportation, meal delivery, or grocery delivery.
Arizona Medicaid covers in-home care through the Arizona Long-Term Care System program for qualified seniors. Medicare does not cover in-home care, with the exception of physical, speech, or occupational therapy or skilled nursing care required by your doctor.
Speak to an elder law attorney or senior care advisor regarding other ways you can cover in-home care.
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