Seniors have to start thinking about a lot of different things as they age and their health and mobility starts to change. Many want to be able to stay at home and with aging in place services growing exponentially, that desire is becoming a reality. Services like homemakers who help clean and cook and home health aides that help bathe and groom as well as keep you on schedule for medications. From the Hillside neighborhood to the Richmond neighborhood, you can find in-home health care options to make your life easier and keep you in your home.
Don’t worry about trying to cover the entire cost of these services because you might be able to qualify for some financial help. Low-income seniors can use their Medicaid benefits and if you’re a veteran you should check your long-term care options in your VA assistance. Long-term care insurance can also help cover these services if you already have a policy. You might also be able to get some assistance for in-home care through the Oregon Project Independence.
There are going to be a wide range of costs for each senior looking for in-home care. Where you’re located, what kind of help you need, and how often you need it are all going to factor into your total cost. On a national level, the average monthly cost for home health aides and homemakers combined is around $3,800.
The averages in Portland are a little higher and you should keep in mind they are just averages and you can find a wide price range within your neighborhood. The monthly average for a homemaker is $4,576 and the monthly average for a home health aide is $4,767. That breaks down into $150 to $157 per day which is much less than the daily $277 for a semi-private room in a nursing home.
When looking for in-home services you can never ask too many questions. You want to find the right fit and you should start by asking for referrals from trusted friends and family members who might have used these providers before. You can also start your research with the Portland Better Business Bureau and read user reviews or business reports to find top-rated companies.
Once you find a few you’re interested in, ask about their licensing, insurance, and ask if they’re bonded. Find out their hiring process and see if they do background checks on their employees. If you’re ready to commit to one place, ask about their payment options or plans and see how they handle their scheduling before you sign any contract.
If you aren’t ready for a home health aide or don’t want to use homemaker services there are plenty of other options to customize your care and stay in your home. If you have access to a computer and the internet then you’re closer than you think to staying comfortable in your home.
If you have pets and need some help with them you can go on Rover.com to find dog walkers and pet sitters. Handy is a good place to look for help with cleaning your house as is TaskRabbit and Favor. If you need a good handyman for repairs or remodels you can look on Porch.com or use Amazon Home Services. Before you hire anyone, make sure you thoroughly research them and feel comfortable having them help you in your home.
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