Maybe you love to golf in Dove Mountain or own an adobe in Barrio Historico, no matter where you are in Tucson, chances are you want to stay there as long as possible. Aging in place services allows you to do just that and these services have grown over the past few years. You can find some of the more common types of services like homemakers, to take care of your house, or home health aides, to take care of you, as well as other more customizable care.
You might think that these services are too expensive for you, but actually, there are a few ways you can find financial help to cover the costs. Low-income seniors can use their Medicaid benefits to cover the costs and veterans can check their VA benefits to see if this type of long-term care is covered. Long-term care insurance is another option and you can check your policy if you have this kind of insurance. The Area Agency on Aging in Tucson also offers in-home care support programs to help you cover the cost of these services.
The national monthly average for both homemaker and home health aide services combined is about $3,800. This cost will change from location to location and will also vary depending on the type of care you use as well as how often you use it.
The monthly averages for in-home care in Tucson is a little higher and both homemaker and home health aide services cost about $4,004 per month. This comes out to about $132 per day and even though that seems high it is just an average. It’s also a lot less than the per day cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home which is $228.
Finding a provider doesn’t have to be difficult if you do a little research first. Talk to your close friends and family members and even your doctor to see if they have suggestions or referrals. You can also go to the Better Business Bureau of Tucson to see user reviews and business reports for each provider.
You should also ask as many questions as you can once you find a few places that you like. See if they have all the right licenses, insurance, and find out if they are bonded. Because their employees will be in your home, make sure they have a screening process or do background checks. Ask about their payment plans and options and how they handle their scheduling. Carefully go over any contracts before you sign so you understand all the terms of your agreement.
Internet concierge services have grown a lot over the years and if you have decided to use in-home care, you can customize your care plan using these different services.
If you have pets and need a dog walker or a pet sitter, Rover.com is a good place to start your search. Handy can help you look for house cleaners in your area while TaskRabbit can connect you with others who are ready to help with any other kind of chore. If your house needs modifications, remodels, or repairs Amazon Home Services and Porch.com can help you out. Make sure you thoroughly research each option before you decide.
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