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Norfolk Aging-in-Place

Aging can be difficult, and you probably want to stay where you are most comfortable to help ease your mind.  If you are like most seniors, home is where you want to be.  Because many seniors are deciding to stay home, there are more services available helping seniors stay home safely. You can hire a homemaking service for household chores and personal assistance, or hire home health aides to monitor your health regularly.  

How to Pay Your Care Bills

After you discuss living at home with your doctor and come to an agreement that you require in-home services, you have a few options to be reimbursed, A long-term care insurance policy may pay for in-home care expenses. Low-income seniors with minimal income may be eligible for Medicaid.

Some seniors may qualify for assistance from Virginia’s Department for Aging for programs such as nutrition, transportation, rehabilitation, and homemaker services.  Wartime veterans and their widows can apply for a VA Aid & Attendance pension.

What Is the Average Cost of this Care?

These costs can vary based on your home, any potential modifications, and the number of services you need, which can change as you age. You may need to modify your home to make it easier to get around and add safety features such as a wheelchair ramp or grab bars.

In 2016, the average US daily price for in-home care costs about $122 for homemaker care and $125 for home health aide services, which equals $3,800 monthly. The Norfolk median cost was a little lower with daily costs averaging $119 a day for homemaking services and $116 for home health aides, or about $3,600 a month.

Beginning Your Search for Care

The Better Business Bureau is an excellent resource to explore a company’s rating, reviews, and check for complaints. You should also ask around for recommendations from people you trust, which should filter the businesses you contact.

Before hiring a business, you should verify their licenses, insurance, training, and bonding. Ask about employee background checks since these people will be coming in your home. You will want to fully understand the payment and scheduling procedures. Be sure to read the contract before you sign or make a payment.

Extra Help

Your homemaker service will help you complete your daily chores, but sometimes you may need something extra done that isn’t covered by your homemaker service, or you want to give your regular caregivers a break.  You can find a website that assists you with finding just about any kind of assistance.

Rover.com helps you find pet sitters and dog walkers.

Favor and TaskRabbit allow you to post your projects.

Porch.com and Amazon Home Services can help you find the right contractor or handyman for any size home project or renovation.  

Ask these companies the same questions as you do any other in-home care service.  Search the Internet for reviews and complaints.  Be sure you are both on the same page before the project starts.

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