As you get older, you realize you don’t want to spend your time moving around to new places but would rather enjoy the comfort of your own home and neighborhood. No matter if that neighborhood is in downtown Laurel Park or out on the Siesta Key, you can enjoy aging in place services that allow you to get the care you need all in your own home. Some of the more popular choices for in-home care include homemakers who will help by cleaning your house, cooking your meals, and even running errands as well as home health aides who will look after your well-being by checking vital signs and reminding you to take your medication.
If your doctor has recommended that you get care in order to stay in your home safely, then there are some payment options that you can consider. If you have long-term care insurance, check your policy and see if these services are covered. Veterans can look into their VA assistance to see if long-term care includes in-home care and low-income seniors can use their Medicaid benefits. The Area Agency on Aging in Sarasota also has a Home Care Program that helps seniors 60 and older get the care they need in their home.
The cost of in-home care will be relative to not only your location but the care you choose and how often you use it. The national monthly average for homemakers and home health aides combined is around $3,800.
In the Sarasota area, the averages are quite close to the national averages. Home health aides are a little more expensive and cost about $3,804 per month while homemaker services generally come in at about $3,623 per month. You could be paying about $119 to $125 per day for these services. This is also just an average cost and you can find services that are both more and less expensive in Sarasota.
The best way to start your search is by talking to people you trust who have used these services before. This can include close friends, neighbors, colleagues, family members, and even your doctor. You can also consider going online to the Better Business Bureau of Sarasota because here you can find customer reviews as well as business reports.
After your initial search, start thinking of questions to ask each of these providers. You want to know if they have insurance along with the proper licensing and make sure they’re bonded. Their employees will be in your home so make sure they do some type of screening like a background check. You will also want to find out how they handle payments and scheduling and if there are options for both based on your needs. Go over any contract before you sign anything.
Here is one of the best things about in-home care, you can use any type of service that would make life easier and safer for you. That might mean homemakers and home health aides or it can be a mix of other types of care. You can find a whole world of concierge services available on the internet.
Rover.com is for pet owners who need help walking their dog or pet sitting while Handy is for people who would like to find local house cleaners. TaskRabbit is good if you have another chore or errand you need accomplished. Porch.com and Amazon Home Services can be helpful when you need home repairs or decide to remodel to make your house more accessible. Ask the same questions as you would with any provider to make sure you get the best service.
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