Seniors face a lot of change as they get older and it can be disconcerting to have to leave their home in order to get the care they need. Aging in place allows you to be able to get all the health care and support you need while you stay right in the comfort of your house. All over Riverside, from downtown to Arlington, you can find services like homemakers who will help you maintain your house by cleaning, cooking, or running errands for you and home health aides who can monitor your health through vital signs and help you with things like personal grooming or medication reminders.
Getting older can feel really expensive, but there are options available to help you get the in-home care you need and want. If you have a long-term care insurance policy, you might want to check and see if it will cover these types of services. If you’re a low-income senior you can use your Medicaid benefits and veterans can use their VA benefits to cover costs. There are also multiple programs offered through the Riverside Area Agency on Aging that can help you stay in your home and get the care you need.
You probably want to know at least an estimate of what these services cost and the national average for in-home care is right around $3,800. This doesn’t mean you will pay exactly that as the cost can be affected by where you live, the care you get, and how often you get it.
In Riverside, the averages for in-home care are actually both lower and higher than the national averages. Home health aides are around $4,004 per month but homemaker services come in at $3,241 per month. This means you could pay anywhere from $107 to $132 per day and even though that might seem high, remember it is just an average and you can find a wide range of prices.
Almost as important as the type of care you choose, is the provider you choose to give you that care. There are many providers out there so you want to make sure you do your homework and choose the best one for you. Talk to your close friends and family members as well as your doctor to hear their opinions and look at places like the Better Business Bureau of Riverside to see how other customers rate each business.
You will also want to find out as much information as possible for each provider. Find out if they are properly licensed, have insurance, and are bonded. Learn about their hiring process and see if they do any type of screening. Ask about payment plans, options, and how they handle their scheduling. Make sure you have a firm grasp of any and all terms of agreement before you sign a contract and begin services.
Maybe you don’t want to have a home health aide or use homemaker services and that is just fine. There are plenty of other in-home care options and if you have access to a computer and the internet they are often just a click away.
Rover.com is a place to find dog walkers and pet sitters while Handy will help you find a house cleaner near you. TaskRabbit can connect you with people willing to help with your various chores or errands. Porch.com and Amazon Home Services are for seniors who might need something in their house fixed or need modifications to make their home safe. Keep in mind your list of questions as you consider each person or service.
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