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In-home care, sometimes referred to as home care or home health care, is care provided to a senior adult by a caregiving professional to assist the senior with the activities of daily living (ADLs). The activities of daily living (ADLs) include bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting, eating, and walking. Additionally, a home caregiver may provide assistance with other daily tasks that allow the senior to remain living independently in his or her home, including housework, meals, medication, grocery shopping, and other errands. Home care is an alternative to senior living communities that allows a senior to remain in their home while receiving the care that they need.

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Fast Facts on In-Home Care

  • The average consumer rating for in-home care agencies on is 4.1 stars out of 5.
  • Home care agencies in Missouri, Washington, and North Carolina tend to be rated higher than the national average, whereas agencies in Indiana, South Carolina, and Kentucky tend to be rated lower.
  • The states with the most in-home care agencies are California, Florida, and Illinois.
  • View a glossary of in-home care industry terms.

Source: (July 2015)

How much does in-home care cost?

The cost of home care depends on the hours and services needed, as well as your location and the cost of living there. For instance, the cost of home care in Manhattan, NY will likely be more expensive than the cost of home care in Suffolk, NY. Certified caregivers tend to have higher hourly rates than those that are unlicensed. Additionally, home care companies are typically private pay, while home health care services can be covered by Medicare. Here is some more information on the cost of home care, from Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Study:

  • The hourly rate of an in-home caregiver can range from $15-25/hour, with the average hourly rate in 2015 being $20.
  • Overnight care, consisting of a 10-12 hour shift, can cost $120-200.
  • A 24-hour, daily care rate can range from $200 to $350.

What services are provided by in-home care agencies?

In-home care agencies provide caregivers to help with various personal care services, enabling your senior loved one to stay in their home. Depending on the skill and licensing of the caregiver, services can range from companionship to therapy to skilled nursing. Some of the services may include:

  • Housekeeping
  • Transportation
  • Meal and diet preparation
  • Laundry
  • Grocery shopping and errands
  • Bathing, grooming, and personal hygiene
  • Medication reminders
  • Mobility assistance
  • Toileting and incontinence care
  • Hospice care
  • Respite care
  • Live-in and overnight care
  • Private duty nursing
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy

2015 Future of In-Home Care Scholarship, the premier ratings and reviews site for senior services providers nationwide, is proud to announce our second annual scholarship for advancement in higher education. This is a general scholarship which will award the selected applicant with a financial donation of $1,500. This scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in an accredited college or university during the academic year.

Selection and Eligibility Criteria

  • The annual scholarship award is for one (1) student enrolled in an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university during the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Employees of and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must include a 250-word maximum introductory bio with their 500-750 word essay and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement.
  • A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one (1) individual student who writes the most compelling essay as judged by staff.

Guidelines for Applicants

Please include the following three items in your submission:

  • 250 word maximum introductory bio about yourself – you may choose to include your work or educational background, why you're seeking a degree in your field, and why this scholarship interested you.
  • 500-750 word essay response to the question: How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors receiving in-home care in your town?
  • Signed and dated Scholarship Award Agreement.

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2015

Scholarship award recipient will be announced by January 31, 2016.

How to Apply

Email [email protected] to submit your essay, introductory bio, and signed Scholarship Award Agreement.

Award recipient will be notified individually and announced by January 31, 2016.

Congratulations to our 2014 Scholarship Winners!

Learn more about last year's scholarship program and read the winning essays here.

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