With the number of services available to help seniors live independently, more seniors are choosing to stay home as they age. Homemaker services assist you with daily household chores such as cleaning, cooking, personal care, running errands, companionship, and transportation. You can also hire home health aides to assist with medical monitoring, medication, and various therapy programs.
To get reimbursed for in-home care costs, you will most likely need to get consent from your doctor stating you require these services to live at home independently. If you have a long-term care insurance policy, this insurance should cover in-home care expenses with the recommendation of your medical providers. Low-income seniors may qualify for Medicaid.
Some seniors may qualify for homemaker services, meal programs, and transportation from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Wartime veterans along with their spouse can apply for a VA Aid & Attendance pension to cover in-home care costs.
The cost of in-home care can vary widely depending on the number of services required and if you need to modify your home. You may have to consider updating your home now or in the future to add safety features such as grab bars and wheelchair ramps.
In the US, the average daily cost was about $122 for homemaking services and $125 for home health aide services or about $3,800 monthly. In Lincoln, the costs are more expensive with the average price of full-time in-home care costing $144 daily for homemaker services and $150 for home health aides, which is about $4,500 monthly.
Start your search for in-home care providers by asking your friends, neighbors, fellow church or club members for referrals. You can also explore ratings and read reviews on the Nebraska Better Business Bureau website.
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Homemaking services will help you with the everyday chores and tasks. Home health aides will assist your medical needs. However, sometimes there are things that need to be done that fall outside of these areas, or you just want to give your typical caregivers a break. You can find websites that connect you with help for about any service you need.
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