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.
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:
Meal and diet preparation
Grocery shopping and errands
Bathing, grooming, and personal hygiene
Toileting and incontinence care
Live-in and overnight care
Private duty nursing
Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
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