In-home care in Arizona is less expensive than traditional care in a nursing home, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Arizona. You can hire a home health aide for as little as $20 per hour (or $160 per day on average) and your loved one can remain at home longer. A private room in a nursing home in Arizona typically runs $233 per day.
There are several in-home agencies and individual health aides in the Glendale area. Before choosing a company to serve your family, read online reviews about various agencies. The family members of current and past clients write most of these reviews. The following is an example of the reviews found on Senior Advisor for companies in the area:
Regarding attentive caregivers: “Home care that the services were excellent. She assisted at night time because others were sleeping. Highly recommended this in home care service to others. Always on time. Very helpful to the family. They knew exactly what to do to help out.” (Kindred at Home)
Regarding service: “They are very reliable and have been excellent.” (Kindred at Home)
Regarding efficient caregiving: “The worker is satisfactory and he is very good. He showers my loved one and helps with that and I learned he could shave him. The worker will do anything I ask him too, he is not overbearing and we get along well with him.” (AdvisaCare in Phoenix)
Home health aides assist your loved one with the activities of daily living (ADLs) such as toileting, bathing, and dressing. Aides and homemakers help with household chores, laundry, meal preparation, and can run errands and grocery shop when needed.
Who said your only option was a full-time in-home caregiver? Agencies send aides to homes on a full-time and part-time basis, as well as respite care. The following are a few ideas you can implement to help you shoulder the responsibility of caregiving.
Respite care – If you only need help occasionally, an agency can send you a respite care aide. You can use respite care in order for you to take a vacation or during an emergency.
Private caregivers – You can hire a caregiver directly and bypass an agency. Be sure to verify the individual’s licensing and perform a background check before hiring.
Concierge services – Concierge services provide homebound seniors with services like restaurant, grocery, and prescription delivery.
Medicare will only cover in-home care under strict circumstances, such as when skilled nursing is required or if the senior needs physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Arizona Medicaid offers in-home coverage through the Arizona Long-Term Care System.
Speak to an elder law attorney about other ways to finance in-home care in Glendale including using a reverse mortgage, cashing out long-term care insurance policies, the VA Aid and Attendance benefit for veterans, or using investment or retirement accounts.
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