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Laredo Aging-in-Place

With all the services available, it’s easier to stay in your home and age where you want. Being at home is comfortable, and you can make it safe. You can find services such as daily chore assistance such as cleaning, cooking, running errands, transportation, personal assistance, and companionship.  You can also get medical care such as monitoring, medication, and therapy.

How to Pay for this Service

First, you will need to check with your doctor that you can live safely at home with the proper care. If your doctor agrees that you can live at home safely, you can find some options to get reimbursed for your in-home care services.  If you have a long-term care policy, the insurance may cover your expenses with a note from your doctor. Low-income seniors may be eligible for Medicaid.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services offers help including homemaking, home health, and remodeling for seniors who qualify. If you served during a war, you might be eligible for a VA Aid & Attendance pension to pay for in-home care services.

What to Expect for Costs

Your expenses for staying at home can vary based on if you need any renovations or safety changes such as a wheelchair ramp or grab bars.  If your home needs repairs, you will have to pay that one time cost to make it comfortable and up-to-date.  The services you need may also change from time to time.

The average daily cost for in-home care in the US is $122 for homemaker care and $125 for home health aide services, which equals to about $3,800 monthly. In Laredo, the average in-home care costs are significantly lower with a median price of $56 a day for both homemaker and home health aide services, and this equals about $1,700 monthly.

Choosing a Provider

Ask for referrals from people you trust such as friends, colleagues, neighbors, or members of your church or club. You can also search for reviews and ratings on Central Texas Better Business Bureau’s website.

When it comes time to interview a company, ask them about their licensing, insurance, training, and bonding. You will also want to see how they screen potential employees such as background checks, identity verification, and drug tests. You also will need to know how they schedule services and payment procedures and be sure you have these policies in writing.  Be sure to review and understand the entire contract before signing or paying for service.

Additional Services Available

You can get help with a lot of chores by hiring a homemaker service.  From time to time, you may need extra help or just need to give your regular caregivers a break.  Several websites can help you find help for just about anything.

When you need to get away or your dog needs a walk, look at Rover.com for a list of area dog walkers and pet sitters. If you need help with small tasks around the house, you can post chores and errands on Favor and TaskRabbit.  If you need a large scale renovation or just help from a handyman, Porch.com and Amazon Home Services can assist you with the search.  Be sure to do your research for these companies online and interview them like you would any other in-home service.

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