In-home care is now more affordable than the average stay in a nursing home and Tempe residents can spend time with their loved ones while staying in their homes longer. According to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey, the average home health aide earns $160 per day for a full day of care in Arizona. The average private room in a nursing home in the state is $233 per day.
Before settling on an in-home care agency in Tempe, research and compare companies. You can read online reviews written by family members of clients on Senior Advisor. The following are an example of the types of services you can expect:
Regarding companionship: “Mom really enjoys them coming. I use them mainly as companions. Very happy [to] bring them in.” (ComForCare Home Care)
Regarding care: “We had good care from this in home care center…We would recommend this in home care service for others.” (BrightStar Care of Phoenix NE, NW, and Tempe)
Depending on your schedule, you can hire a home health aide or companion on a full-time basis, part-time basis, or for respite care. An aide can assist your loved one with activities of daily living (ADLs) including bathing, dressing, and grooming. They can also handle light housekeeping and other chores as well as run errands.
In-home care is one of the options you can use while caregiving to relieve some of the responsibility and stress. There are a few other options you can try, either individually or combine the alternatives for full-service caregiving.
Hiring a private caregiver – You can choose to bypass an agency and hire a home health aide of your choosing. Some insurance policies will cover a family member working as a full-time caregiver. If not, you can pay out-of-pocket for the expense.
Occasional assistance from an agency – If you only need assistance with your loved one occasionally, consider using an agency for respite care. The agency will dispense an aide to your home for the length of time you are gone.
Calling for concierge service – You can hire a concierge service to check in on your loved one, deliver groceries, take your loved one to medical appointments, or pick up prescriptions. Some concierge services will also organize your home, prepare meals, and deliver restaurant fare.
Whether you choose an agency or an individual, research local companies before hiring and ask to see any certifications and licensing. You can find online reviews and ratings for many agencies on the Better Business Bureau website.
There are several ways to fund in-home care in Tempe. An elder law attorney can give you ideas to get you started, but these can include the VA Aid and Attendance for veterans, reverse mortgages for senior homeowners, long-term care insurance policies, savings and investments, retirement accounts, and IRAs. Medicare will not cover in-home care unless the care requires skilled nursing, however, Arizona Medicaid will cover in-home care to qualified residents through the Arizona Long-Term Care System.
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