According to a recent AARP survey, by the year 2050, the percent of the American population that will be 85 and older and require some type of care is expected to increase by 21%. For most people, they would rather get care in their homes instead of move to a nursing facility. Los Angeles has a large amount of in-home care agencies that can take care of the needs of many seniors so that they can stay in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible.
There over 150 in-home care agencies located in Los Angeles that can provide a variety of services.
The elderly population of California is expected to grow by 15.7 million people by the year 2020 and Los Angeles will see an increase of 50 to 149%.
The median wage of a health aide is about $10.54 per hour.
California is one of the top paying states nationwide for home health workers.
A homemaker in Los Angeles in 2015 made around $187 per day and an annual salary of $48,620 based on the Genworth survey of a 52-week year and 44-hour work week. What exactly does a homemaker do, though?
Homemaker services take care of the daily chores around your house that you can no longer do on your own. They can also take care of errands outside of the house, if you can’t drive. Other services include things like:
Buying groceries and preparing meals
Cleaning the house and doing the laundry
Spending time with the client reading, playing games, or just talking
Changing bedsheets and helping the client bathe and get dressed
Keeping open lines of communication between the family, client, and any other caregivers
Homemaker services will not include things that require skilled nursing or specialized care. If you are mostly healthy but have some mobility issues that prevent you from taking care of a few chores or errands, this service is an optimal choice.
If you need more skilled nursing care, then a home health aide is going to be a better choice. Since they are more trained, they can cost a little more than homemaker services. In 2015, Los Angeles home health aides made around $49,764 per year which breaks down into roughly $192 per day. That is more than homemaker services, but much less than the $268 per day for a nursing home.
Home health aides can do things such as check your pulse, monitor blood pressure, provide medication reminders, help with transfers from wheelchairs or other mobility devices, and take care of wounds and bandage changes. California requires all home health aides to complete a training program before they start working, and they have to adhere to strict rules and regulations.
Home health agencies also have to follow certain standards and make sure their staff knows how to handle things like infection control, senior nutrition, proper communication, and emergency situations.
There isn’t a one size fits all for home health care and one of its biggest benefits is that you can customize the care to your needs and schedule. Agencies will often be able to create packages that fit your needs and here are a few of the options you might find:
Respite: If you already have a primary caregiver but they have to be away for any length of time, you can still get in-home care from an agency using respite care. You can also use respite care to give different agencies a trial run to see if you like their services and want to switch.
Part-Time: If you only need help a few hours each day or each week, you can get a part-time caregiver to help out. They can do all the heavy lifting on grocery day, prepare your meals for the week, or clean the house once a week. This is a good compromise for seniors that feel they don’t need constant supervision, but can’t do everything alone.
Full-Time: This is a typical 40-hour work week and will have someone with you for the majority of the day so you have someone on hand if and when you need them. If you’re a relative providing care for a loved one but have a full-time job as well, this makes sure they are cared for while you’re at work.
Live-In Care: For the seniors that need constant supervision, live-in care can be the best option. Care will be there 24/7 often split between two or three caregivers who rotate shifts to make sure someone is always there. Bedridden and homebound seniors will often use this option so they can stay at home instead of going into a nursing home.
You can choose to use an agency to find a caregiver or you can hire someone directly yourself. Hiring your own caregiver gives you total control over the situation and also allows you to hire a family member and pay them for their help. Agencies are nice though because they will do all of the extra work that comes with finding a caregiver like handling payment, taxes, and insurance as well as the interview process and background checks.
If you do decide to use an agency, make sure you check them out thoroughly before you go ahead with services. Check sites that offer user reviews so you can see if their customers were satisfied and look at their rating on the Better Business Bureau. Word-of-mouth and recommendations from friends or family are also a good way to start your search.
Medicare can help you cover your costs if you meet their strict requirements and use a Medicare-certified facility. Low-income seniors can turn to Medi-Cal and see if they qualify for coverage through them and veterans have the option of looking into their VA benefits for coverage. If you have previously purchased a long-term care insurance policy, they might also cover the cost of in-home care, but talk to your agent to find out.
If none of those options work for you, you can look into a reverse mortgage as long as you talk to an HUD-certified agent to understand all the risks. Cashing out a life insurance policy is also a possibility but again it comes with long-term consequences, so make sure you are aware of the details.
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