In-home care is one of the most affordable senior care options available today. Less expensive than the typical stay in a nursing home, your loved one can remain at home longer and in familiar surroundings. The average nursing home stay with a private room in Texas is $188 per day and higher in Dallas at $215 per day. You can hire a home health aide on average for $19 per hour or $152 per day in Texas, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Texas.
You will want to choose an in-home care agency based on your loved one’s needs, your family’s schedule, and the reputation of the company. Several websites, including the Better Business Bureau, feature ratings, and reviews you can use to narrow down your search for a full-time, part-time, or respite care aide. The following are a few reviews from Senior Advisor for agencies in the Irving and Dallas areas.
Concerning quick service: “We chose Approved in Home Care because they were recommended…once we met the staff we hired them the same day. They were very fast in providing someone to come to our home, we hired them on Wednesday and they had some[one] at our home on Friday. The owners came out and actually met with us and that was a big thing to do on their behalf. We are very happy with Approved in Home Care and would recommend them to anyone.” (Approved in Home Care of Dallas)
Concerning word-of-mouth: “I’ve heard nothing but good things about them from the other residents. We use their services and we’ve been very pleased with them. I’d give them a ten out of five on all categories. The staff had been great so far.” (Encompass Home Health of Greater Dallas)
Home health aides not only assist your loved one with activities of daily living (ADLs), but also make sure the house is clean, meals are prepped and prepared, and laundry is done. While having an aide to take care of the chores saves you time, you can also request that the aide transports your loved one to medical appointments.
There are in-home care options you can use instead of the traditional care or use in combination with your regular senior care. You can hire a private caregiver to work for around-the-clock care or only use an agency for respite care in emergency situations. Senior concierge services can deliver meals and groceries to your homebound senior with the touch of a button on your mobile phone.
Medicare will cover in-home care if your senior requires physician-ordered skilled nursing care or physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Texas Medicaid’s STAR+PLUS managed care program covers in-home care for eligible seniors. Talk to a senior care specialist about other ways you can pay for in-home care.
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