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How Much Does Knoxville In-Home Care Cost?

Many senior homeowners feel attached to their house and to all of the memories stored within its walls. Almost 40% of Tennessee homeowners over the age of 65 have owned their house for more than 30 years as they conquered careers and raised families. Home health agencies across Knoxville allow seniors to continue living at home as they age in spite of health concerns or medical issues.

A quick glance at in-home care

In 2015, there were over 8,500 home health aides working in Tennessee, and almost 1,300 of which serviced families in the Knoxville area.

The annual mean wage of a Knoxville home care worker was $18,910 in 2015.

There are currently 340 licensed home health agencies operating in Tennessee, 14 of which serve the residents of Knox county.

Knoxville home health agencies are licensed and regulated by the Tennessee Department of Health.

Hiring a homemaker in Knoxville

Home care agencies in Knoxville tend to be cheaper than similar services nationwide. In 2015, the national median cost of hiring a homemaker was $122 per day, while a skilled homemaker cost a median of just $113 per day in Knoxville.

Homemaking services are able to help senior citizens out with more than just the housework. Most companies offer clients a variety of care options to pick and choose from, including:

Meal preparation

Assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming

Grocery shopping, dry cleaning, and other errands

Reliable transportation to and from appointments

Pet care and dog walking

Medication reminders

Entertainment, conversation and companionship

By hiring homemaking services, semi-independent seniors can continue enjoying home life even when they are no longer able to live safely on their own. Families can rest easy knowing that their loved one is in the skilled hands of a home care worker.

Hiring a home health aide in Knoxville

Like local homemaker services, Knoxville home health aides charged a median rate of $113 per day in 2015. Home health aides help seniors living at home to manage complex medical issues, eliminating the need for a stressful move into an unfamiliar nursing home. Hiring a home health aide is also cheaper than moving into a Knoxville area nursing home, which in 2015 cost a median price of $222 per day for a private room.

Home health aides are able to help homebound seniors with degenerative diseases, chronic conditions and a variety of other health concerns. No matter what your unique care needs might be, you can hire a home health aide to help out with:

Blood pressure and pulse checks

Wound care and bandaging

Administering medication on schedule

Managing mobility devices

Physical and occupational therapy

Thousands of Knoxville area seniors and their families rely on home health aides to provide skilled in-home care each year. Home health aides offer an affordable alternative to nursing care that allows seniors to control their health issues in a familiar environment, surrounded by familiar faces and loved ones.

In-home care on your terms

Do you or your loved one need care on a full-time basis? Or, are you looking for a casual caregiver to help out once a week? Home care agencies can work with you to create a schedule that caters to your personal care needs.

Seniors that require supervision around the clock, but don’t want to move into a care facility can hire a live-in caregiver to provide supervision both day and night. Seniors that are relatively independent, on the other hand, can hire part-time care to drop by for a few hours on a daily or weekly basis. Part-time caregivers help clients to catch up on chores, errands and other minor household tasks.

If you are a friend or family member that provides care for a loved one, you may want to look into local respite care options. Whenever you need to take a few personal days, respite care services can watch after your loved one for a short period of time. Informal caregivers that have a 9 to 5 job can hire a full-time caregiver to provide skilled care during the workday.

Choosing the right caregiver

Hiring a caregiver directly allows you to consider friends and family for the position, but keep in mind that you will not only be responsible for screening candidates. You will also have to deal with paying wages, taxes and insurance premiums. Home health agencies make it easy to find a local caregiver and handle all bookkeeping and legal concerns for you. For agency recommendations, check out online reviews at SeniorAdvisor.com or view agency ratings with the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee.

Reducing your home care bills

Many seniors find themselves struggling to cover the costs of in-home care throughout the year. Thousands of Tennessee seniors living on a limited income rely on the state’s Medicaid program to help pay for long-term care services. Housebound veterans may be eligible to receive government assistance through the VA Aid & Attendance pension to pay for in-home care. Seniors that don’t qualify for government financial aid may want take out a long-term care insurance policy to cover the cost of future health services.

Learn more about Caregiving in Knoxville, TN here:

Knoxville In-Home Care

Knoxville Aging-in-Place

Knoxville Respite Care and Adult Day Care

Knoxville Support Groups for Caregivers

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