Whether you live in a cottage in Willo or enjoy maintaining your garden in Phoenix Homestead, you probably want the freedom to stay in your home as long as possible as you age. Aging in place services can make this possible and you can even customize a plan to fit your needs. Some of the most common services include home health aides that can help you monitor your health by checking vital signs and reminding you to take your medications as well as homemaker services that help keep your house well-maintained.
The financial burden of in-home care costs might not fall all on your wallet, especially if your doctor has recommended you get help in order to safely remain in your home. Long-term care insurance is an option and could help cover costs but you would need to check your policy first. Veterans can use their VA benefits and low-income seniors can use Medicaid benefits. The Phoenix Area Agency on Aging has a program called Senior Adult Independent Living which helps qualified seniors stay in their homes longer.
It’s a good idea to look at average costs to get a general idea of how much in-home care can be. For homemaker and home health aide services combined, the national monthly average is $3,800.
The average costs in Phoenix are a little higher but remember that these are just averages and you can find a wide price range of both higher and lower costs. The monthly average for homemaker services is $3,813 or $125 per day and home health aides are $4,063 per month or $134 per day. These numbers might seem high but when you consider that the cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is over $6,000 per month, it is a little bit of a savings.
You might feel overwhelmed trying to find the right provider who meets your needs. You should ask trusted friends and close relatives if they have any suggestions as well as talk to your doctor to get their opinion. You can also go to the Better Business Bureau of Phoenix website to see customer reviews and read business reports on each provider you’re interested in.
Asking a lot of questions is a good next step especially once you’ve narrowed down your search. Ask if they are bonded and make sure they have the proper licensing and insurance. Find out about how they hire their employees and if they do background checks. If you feel comfortable enough to use their services, find out about payment options and how they schedule clients and make sure you carefully read through any contract or agreement before signing. Additional Care Resources
Again, one of the benefits of using in-home care is customizing your own plan and just because homemakers and home health aides are the most common types of care doesn’t mean they are the only ones you have to use. The internet has started to offer some great service platforms that allow you to find a wide range of care.
Handy is a site that helps you find housecleaners in your area and Rover.com is good for pet owners who need dog walkers or pet sitters. TaskRabbit can help you locate someone to help you with any random chore or errand you might have. Porch.com and Amazon Home Services can help you maintain the function and quality of your home by providing you someone to help with repairs or remodels. Remember, do your research, use providers you trust, and ask plenty of questions.
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