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Lubbock Aging-in-Place

More seniors are choosing to stay home as they age, and with all the services available, it’s becoming easier and safe to do so.  Homemaking services help you with daily chores such as cleaning, transportation, cooking, running errands, personal assistance, and companionship.  If you need more medical attention, you should hire a home health aide service or visiting nurse to help monitor your condition, assist with medication, or perform therapy.

Covering This Expense

If your doctor agrees, you can stay home and be safe with the proper services.  With written consent from your doctor, you can find some options to get reimbursed for your in-home care services.  A long-term care insurance policy will pay for in-home care expenses. Low-income seniors may qualify for Medicaid.

For seniors who qualify, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services provides assistance with services such as homemaking, in-home health care, and remodeling of your home to make it safe. Wartime veterans and their widows might be eligible for a VA Aid & Attendance pension to pay for these costs.

The Cost of This Service

These costs can vary between seniors depending on if your home needs any renovations or modifications such as grab bars or wheelchair ramps.  The number of services you need also can make the price fluctuate.

The average US daily cost for in-home care was $122 for homemaker care and $125 for home health aide services in 2016, which you can figure totals $3,800 monthly. The median daily cost of in-home care in Lubbock is lower with an average of $107 a day for both homemaking services and home health aides.  Taking the daily average would mean the cost would be around $3,250 a month.

Tips For Finding a Service Provider

As with any other service, you should start searching by asking people such as friends, colleagues, neighbors, or members of your church or club for referrals. Visit the South Plains Better Business Bureau’s website to check the company’s rating and see if there are any reviews.

Before deciding on a business, find out about their licensing, insurance, training, and bonding. Another important thing to ask is how the business screens potential employees with background and identity checks. Ask the company about payment and schedule and also request these procedures in writing. Review the entire contract to be sure you understand all the company’s procedures and policies.

Finding Other Services

Sometimes you may need additional help or want to give your current caregivers a break. Having a homemaker service will assist you with a variety of chores, but sometimes you may need more.  You can find the right help on several websites.

If you are going to be gone and need pet care or just need to get your dog some exercise, you can search Rover.com for dog walkers and pet sitters. Small tasks and errands can be posted on Favor and TaskRabbit to find the best fit. Porch.com and Amazon Home Services can help you find the right contractor or handyman for extensive renovations and small house projects alike.  You should still interview these companies with the same questions as other in-home services.  Also, check out online reviews before hiring.

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