According to the Centers for Disease Control, a 2013 report showed that the average life expectancy for people in the United States is 78.8 years. That rate is up from 75.5 twenty years prior. People are living longer and they want to enjoy the best quality of life that they can for as long as possible. AARP released a study that showed that 42% of seniors stated that they wanted to remain in their own homes so that they could continue living according to their own rules. Less than 10% of seniors wanted to move to a senior living facility, and less than 5% of seniors wanted to move to a relative’s home. As one of the most popular retirement states, Florida is a leader in senior programs that allow the aging population to remain home for as long as possible.
Rates for personal senior caregiving and home health care giving vary substantially, so it pays to shop around. Seniors and family members who are looking for in-home care can search on their own for a qualified caregiver. Rates for independent caregivers may be 20%-30% less than going through an agency, but there are safeguards to going through a qualified agency.
Senior care agencies provide background checks and insurance on their workers, which some families may not be able to do on their own. They’ll also send a replacement if the regular aide isn’t able to provide services. Personal care aides in Jacksonville start about $16 per hour and can run as high as $29 for aides with much experience. Annual costs average about $45,000. Home health aides provide some nursing care, so their rates will be a bit higher starting at $17 per hour and also topping out at $29 per hour. Expect annual costs for a licensed home health aide to be in the neighborhood of about $48,000.
While those rates may seem high, the rates pale in comparison to nursing home care. Nursing care in Jacksonville ranges between $225 and $344 per hour. Annual costs for nursing home care average about $106,000. The high costs of nursing care encourage seniors and family members to seek in-home services when they are appropriate.
SeniorAdvisor.com is good resource to look for senior home health services. Find 60 home health care agencies in Jacksonville to explore on their site. Read about the facilities, check out the costs, and read verified reviews by clients.
Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative- Caregivers who need respite care may apply for assistance from the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI). ADI was created in 1985 by the Florida legislature to provide a continuum of services for people suffering from dementia, as well as those who care for them. The Florida Department of Elder Care manages the program. The program has four components:
Supportive services including counseling, consumable medical supplies, and respite for caregiver relief;
Memory Disorder Clinics to provide diagnosis, research, treatment, and referral;
Model day care programs to test new care alternatives;
A research database and brain bank to support research.
Community Care for the Elderly Program (CCE)- The Department of Elder Affairs designed the Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) program to provide coordinated services within the community to help elderly people live in the least restrictive and most cost-effective ways. The Area Agencies on Aging contracts with area service providers. The program offers a full array of services including:
Adult day care Adult day health care Case management Case aide Chore help Companionship Consumable medical supplies Counseling Escort Emergency alert response Emergency home repair Home-delivered meals Home health aide Homemaker Home nursing Information and referral Legal assistance Material aid Medical therapeutic services Personal care Respite Shopping assistance Transportation
Project R.E.L.I.E.F.- The state of Florida founded a program that provides respite care for family caregivers, with the goal of decreasing the numbers of seniors who will need nursing home placements. Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (Project R.E.L.I.E.F.) is a Florida state program that provides respite for family caregivers who care for their elders with Alzheimer’s diseases or dementia. The program trains volunteers to care for seniors with dementia, who are frail, or who are otherwise unable to care for themselves. The Florida Area Agencies on Aging manages the program and there is no cost to participants who are unable to pay for respite care without compromising other basic needs. The person needing care must be age 60 or older and need assistance to remain living at home.
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