You deserve the right to age in your own home for as long as you can and because aging in place services have really grown over the years, this is more possible than ever. From Bay View to Whitefish Bay, you can access some of the most common in-home services like homemakers that cook, clean, and run errands for you to home health aides who monitor your health condition and help you with personal grooming tasks.
You might not have to pay for in-home care all on your own, there are a few different options available. If you’re a low-income senior you can use your Medicaid benefits to cover costs and veterans can see if their VA assistance will cover this kind of long-term care. If you already have long-term care insurance, in-home care might be covered under your policy. The Aging Resource Center of Milwaukee County also has a few programs that you can look into to help support in-home care.
The cost of income can vary greatly across states, cities, and even neighborhoods. It will mostly depend on the kind of care you choose and how often you use it. The national monthly average for homemaker services and home health aides combined is $3,800.
The average for these services in Milwaukee is a little bit higher. Both homemaker services and home health aides average about $4,385 per month which comes out to about $144 per day. Remember, this is just an average cost and you can find services that are both more or less expensive than this. It’s also significantly less than $296 per day for a semi-private room in a nursing home.
If you do a little bit of searching around, you can find a provider that will fit your needs and budget well. Your friends, neighbors, coworkers, colleagues, and family members can offer you suggestions, especially if they have tried these services before. Your doctor is also a good option for referrals as is the Better Business Bureau of Milwaukee. You can read user reviews and business reports here to better understand each company.
Next, start asking a series of questions at each provider you look at. Do they have the proper insurance, licensing, and are they bonded? How do they handle their hiring process and do they use background checks? Do they have payment plans or options and is there a certain way you need to schedule for service? These are just a few questions you can ask before you’re ready to sign a contract.
If a home health aide seems too much too soon, you can use other types of in-home care to fit your needs. The internet offers a wide variety of service platforms you can use to find exactly what you need in your area.
Dog walkers and pet sitters are a click away at Rover.com as are house cleaners on Handy. TaskRabbit is helpful for any other chore or errand you might have and if your house needs some special attention, like repairs or modifications, look at Porch.com and Amazon Home Services. Ask the same questions as above before you start services.
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