Wherever you live in the “big little city,” you most likely would like to stay there as you age. There are so many options to let you stay at home as long as possible with services such as health care, cleaning, errands, cooking, personal care, and companionship. You can choose a service to fit your needs and get more assistance as your health changes. You can hire home health aides to help monitor your health, dispense medications, and assist you with medical devices.
If your doctor agrees that you need these services to live independently at home, you will need a written confirmation. Your long-term care insurance policy may cover these services with this confirmation. Low-income seniors may qualify for Medicaid to pay for in-home care. The Nevada Department of Aging and Disability Services provides eligible seniors services such as homemaker, home care, and managed care. If you served during a war, you might qualify for a VA Aid & Attendance pension to pay for your in-home health care.
You will need to factor in any changes you need to make to your home now and in the future to help you live there safely. These changes include renovations to make daily life easier such a possible wheelchair ramp, grab bars, and even significant improvements such as making your living quarters on one floor. Your costs could also fluctuate with the number of services you need at any given time.
In the US, the average daily rate was $122 for homemaking services and $125 for home health aide services, which runs about $3,800 per month. In Reno, the costs are higher, averaging $139 a day for both homemaking and home health aide services, and this equals about $4,250 a month.
An excellent way to start your search is to ask around and see if your friends, neighbors, or any other acquaintance has had a good or bad experience. Research the company on Northern Nevada Better Business Bureau’s website to check ratings and reviews.
When interviewing an agency or business, ask about their training, insurance, license, and bonding. Also, ask how they screen potential employees such as background checks and drug tests. Another question to ask is about payment and how they schedule their services, which are two details you should get in writing. Be sure to review and fully understand the contract before signing or paying.
In addition to homemaking and home health aides, you may need some additional services if you don’t want to keep asking the same caregivers. These services include pet care, renovations, and just other tasks around the home. With the internet, there are more and more ways to get help when you need it.
For times you need to have pet care, check out Rover.com for dog walking and pet boarding. If you have small tasks you need to be done, check out Favor and TaskRabbit. If you need a large renovation or small home project, Porch.com and Amazon Home Services can help locate the best handyman or contractor based on reviews and expertise. Ask these agencies how they screen employees and about their insurance. Read reviews and check other sites before choosing a company or person.
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