If you need help with senior care, consider turning to in-home care for either part-time or full-time assistance. The cost is less than you may think. In the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area, the cost for a home health aide for eight hours is $160, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey. The average cost for a private room in a nursing home in Mesa will run you much higher at $223 per day.
The goal of in-home care services is to help your loved one remains at home longer in a familiar setting and with family. You can read reviews written by satisfied family members of clients online at Senior Advisor. The following is an example of what people think of the in-home care services in Mesa:
Regarding the flexible scheduling: “The[y] created a schedule that is flexible and works for us, and the caregivers are great.” (Endeavor Home Care Group)
Regarding peace of mind: “All the people we have talked with and worked with at Endeavor have been extremely nice, helpful, and accommodating. The care Mom receives at home is excellent and it is a great relief to us to be able to use that time to run errands and have personal time away from home without worrying about Mom. We are so glad we selected Endeavor.” (Endeavor home Care Group)
Regarding consistent caregivers: “The caregiver from Synergy has been a God send. She has taken care of my in-laws for the last two years and was with us when Mom passed. She will continue to care for Dad. She is very compassionate and has become part of our family. Synergy is very easy to work with when there are changes to schedules, etc.” (Synergy Home Care)
In-home care aides wear several hats during a shift, including errand runner, cook, grocery shopper, and housekeeper. A home health aide will make sure your loved one is taken care of with bathing, dressing, and toileting, and transportation to medical appointments. You can hire an aide for occasional shifts in respite care or on a full-time or part-time basis.
You have several options for in-home care, besides hiring a full-time home health aide from an agency. Consider each of the following alternatives or combine them to surround your loved one with caring professionals when needed.
Agency respite care – You don’t have to hire an aide full-time. If you need the occasional break to recharge your batteries, consider respite care through an agency.
Private in-home caregiver – You can hire a home health aide without going through an agency.
Concierge services – More companies are catering to seniors that are homebound. You can find a concierge service to deliver food, pick up prescriptions, or grocery shop.
Arizona Medicaid will cover in-home care through the Arizona Long-Term Care System while Medicare will cover care only in specific circumstances. You can also use long-term care insurance policies, retirement accounts, or cash out investment accounts to pay for in-home care.
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