Believe it or not, you can get great care at home for less money than a stay at a nursing home. In Arizona, the typical nursing home stay in a private room is $233 per day. You can hire a home health aide for $20 per hour on average which equates to $160 for an eight-hour shift, according to the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Survey for Arizona.
There are several different types of in-home care and you will want to choose one that meets your family’s needs as well as fits your schedule. Research the local agencies in the Surprise area before committing to one. You can find online reviews at Senior Advisor and other senior care sites that will give you an idea of the services provided. The following is a sample of comments left by family members regarding a few of the companies in the area:
Concerning affordability: “CareMinders had the lowest cost compared to the others in the area. We were a bit concerned by that at first, but it's been great! My loved one's only had two caregivers through them, so the consistency is good! Everything has been great with them, and when it came down to cost, we made a great decision!” (CareMinders Home Health of Sun City)
Concerning peace of mind and the ability to remain at home: “My 89-year-old mother lives at home alone and needs assistance with daily things and someone to check on her for safety reasons. My mom was opposed to anyone coming into her house every day but I convinced her to try it for my peace of mind…The caregiver can anticipate her needs and in turn, decrease the stress of living alone. They shop, prepare meals, pre-package them in her refrigerator daily, check that she takes her medicine, take her to appointments, and take daily notes on the items I've requested…This has been essential for my mom to stay in her home as long as possible instead of moving into an assisted living facility.” (Synergy Home Care in Sun City)
When it comes to in-home care, you control the schedule. You can hire a home health aide on a full-time or part-time basis. If you only need help occasionally, respite care is usually available at most agencies in the area. Aides can help with everything from activities for daily living (ADLs) to house cleaning to meal prep.
You have other options for in-home care and may want to try each one or combine the alternatives for full-service senior care. You can hire a private caregiver for around-the-clock care, sign up for senior concierge services, or use an agency for emergency respite care.
The good news is that you have several options to help you pay for in-home care. If your doctor authorizes physical, occupational, or speech therapy or you require skilled nursing care, then Medicare may pay for in-home care.
Arizona Medicaid covers in-home care through the Arizona Long-Term Care System. You can also see if you are eligible for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit for veterans, long-term care policies, or a reverse mortgage.
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