In-home care is typically the first option residents use to assist with the senior care of a loved one. It is less expensive than a stay in a nursing home and many seniors want to remain at home longer. The Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey of Arizona shows that the average cost for a private nursing home room in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area is $223 per day while the cost for a home health aide for eight hours is $160 per day.
You will want to read online reviews as well as research and compare in-home care agencies before choosing one. Senior Advisor lists reviews for in-home care agencies written by the family members of clients using their services. The following is a sampling of the services offered:
Regarding motivated caregivers: “Our caregiver is very good. She does a lot of extra little things. We don't have to tell her anything, she just does it. I would strongly recommend Aventa Senior Care to another family that needs help.” (Aventa Senior Care)
Regarding reliable service: “Best Company to work with reliable caring people. I highly recommend this company to everyone. Open communication [as] they manage great people with excellent work ethic. Service is outstanding and the standards are very high.” (Aventa Senior Care)
Home health aides provide more than just companionship during the day to your loved one. These professionals can run errands, grocery shop, pick up prescriptions, prepare meals, and manage light housekeeping. An aide will assist your loved one with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, toileting, grooming, and dressing. Aides can work around your schedule, coming into the home on a full-time or part-time basis or when you need it most.
There are other alternatives to hiring a full-time in-home caregiver. As your loved one ages, keep in mind other options that you can use in conjunction with a home health aide service.
Individual caregivers – Agencies are not your only option for a professional caregiver. Consider hiring an individual home health aide to work around your schedule.
Agency respite care – To save money, only schedule respite care on the days you need rest from the responsibility of caregiving. This could be once a month or once a week.
Concierge services – Senior concierge services are common in most areas. These professionals can come to your home to prepare meals, run errands, take care of laundry and chores, or grocery shop.
An elder law attorney or senior care advisor can point you in the right direction for available funding to pay for in-home care. Options you should consider include: reverse mortgage for senior homeowners, VA Aid and Attendance benefit for veterans, cashing out accounts such as IRAs, savings, and retirement, or a long-term care insurance policy.
Arizona Medicaid will cover in-home care through the Arizona Long-Term Care System. Medicare will not cover in-home care unless you require skilled nursing care or you need physical, speech, or occupational therapy. Consult with your local Medicaid and Medicare specialists to see if you qualify.
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