Average In Home Care Cost: Everything You Need to Know

Average In Home Care Cost

According to a 2018 AARP survey, some people over the age of 50 hope to remain in their current home as long as possible.

Some prefer to age in place due to emotional attachment to their homes. While others choose to stay home due to chronic health conditions, acute injuries, or illnesses. Major illnesses and disability problems often make it more challenging for seniors to handle day-to-day activities, such as bathing, transportation, housekeeping, and laundry. This is where home care services count as an effective option to age at home. With in-home care, a trained and professional caregiver provides medical or non-medical services while living with seniors in their homes.

Obtaining services of home care will enable seniors to retain their independence and age in place while receiving the complete assistance and care that they require. The cost of home care depends on several factors, including location and level of care required. So, while evaluating home care costs, do not forget to consider such different factors.

Well, there are many home care providers for seniors and their families to choose from, as well as different types of home care. In the following guide, we explain in detail home care, its different types, and the cost of home care.

So, let’s get started!

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Home care is also known as non-medical care, companion care, and personal care services. Such services provide proper care to seniors along with different activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, transferring, and meal preparation; transportation; companionship; and more. Personal home care services are generally provided by qualified caregivers, certified aides, or therapists, depending on your needs.

However, home care services do not include medical care. Depending on your seniors’ needs, caregivers of home care provide assistance from anywhere from one hour to 24 hours a day or week.

Many people prefer to choose home care for their seniors, so they remain in their homes while receiving full assistance instead of moving to a residential care community.

Who Can Receive Home Care Services?

Home care services are an excellent option for:

  • Seniors who struggle with mobility and require support for safely moving everywhere in their home.
  • Seniors with impaired motor skills who need assistance with daily household tasks.
  • Seniors who no longer drive and need transportation to appointments, the grocery store, friends’ houses, and more.
  • Seniors who are isolated and desire the companionship of a caregiver.
  • Seniors who need assistance with ADLs including meal preparation, bathing assistance, and more.
  • Seniors in need of housekeeping services such as cleaning and grocery shopping.
  • Seniors in the early stages of memory impairment.

How to Know If Your Loved One Needs Home Care Assistance?

With age, elders or older adults reach a stage where they require proper care and assistance in handling daily activities. This is where home care services work as an appealing option for many seniors and their families. It serves care to seniors who are struggling for themselves or live independently and require 24/7. Home care is also an ideal option for seniors who need help with some of their ADLs. The needs of every individual are different. Below are some signs that explain that you might need in-home care services.

  • Difficulty in mobility.
  • Weight loss or weakened muscles.
  • Inability to transport like drive or experience incidents while driving.
  • Isolation or signs of loneliness.
  • Neglecting to maintain home cleanliness or organization.
  • The occurrence of accidents and injuries such as falls.
  • Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, and other critical conditions.

Some seniors require home care services for a short-term when they need help in recovering from surgery or a health emergency like a stroke. We, at Justin Villa Care, also provide special and personal care services for seniors who have just gone through a critical surgery like a Colostomy Bag Care Services to Elders.

What Services are Available in Home Care?

Home care includes a wide range of services, which can easily expand further. Here are the following:

  • Housekeeping, including cleaning, washing dishes, and laundry
  • Medication management and reminders 
  • Meal preparation and grocery shopping
  • Companionship
  • Transportation
  • Transferring and other forms of mobility assistance 
  • Assistance with activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting
  • Cognitive stimulation, including conversation, reading aloud, and playing brain games
  • Supervision, especially for those in early stages of memory impairment
  • Respite caregivers services

Types of Home Health Care Services

Types of In-Home care services

There are numerous types of in-home care available that provide full assistance and play different roles in delivering high-quality services. This type of care depends on the senior’s health condition, abilities, and needs.

The common types of home care services are companion care services, personal care services, and home care services. Let’s have a look at the following in detail.

Companion Care Services

Companion care services are an excellent option for seniors who live independently and do not require much support in handling daily activities. Elders who live alone and are unable to handle daily activities and require companion care services oftentimes. The caregivers offer much assistance in terms of emotionally and socially.

A home caregiver offering companion care will simply spend some quality time with seniors, and participate in different activities, including reading books, playing board games, walking, or providing supervision. Additionally, elders receive transportation services and assistance with medication management. However, companion care service providers will not help with medication administration or other medical care assistance.

Companion care services are an excellent option for seniors who are in the early stages of memory impairment and do not require much assistance. However, they may require companionship. Such seniors might live with family members who cannot live 24/7 due to a busy schedule or office work.

Home Health Care

Home health care services are another type of home care where providers carry certification of medical assistance. As compared to standard home care, home health care is generally suggested by a doctor or physician. However, you might require a doctor’s written order to obtain such services for this, where services are covered by insurance.

Seniors who require medical care services, such as injections or infusions can take the assistance of a home health care provider on a regular basis. The range of services includes in-home health care wound care, IV insertion, and occupational and physical therapy. 

Personal Care Assistance

In-Home Personal care services is an effective option for seniors who require regular assistance in handling daily tasks. Such types of services include a wide range of services, such as bathing, toileting, shopping, Parkinson’s mobility care, transportation, meal preparation, and many others.

In such services, seniors might not get medical care beyond medication reminders. Hence, the overall purpose of offering personal care is to help seniors and make their lives easier and safer. A number of people prefer caregiving services for their loved ones. So, caregivers can help them in performing tasks that they are unable to handle safely and comfortably. 

Special Care Services

Special care services for seniors protocol includes properly caring for older adults who are suffering from specific conditions and require specialized care. This service is for elders wishing to live in their own homes, and going through critical medical conditions, including mobility issues, Alzheimer’s or other dementias, Parkinson’s, and other age-related conditions. A caregiver of special care services provides quality care even while remaining in a home.

How Much Does In-Home Care Cost?

In-Home Care Cost

Home care services can be quite expensive as compared to residential care. 

According to Genworth Financial’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of home care in the USA is $4,290 a month. Generally, home care costs depend on the location, level of care required, caregivers’ experience & qualification, reviews, and budget constraints.  

According to Genworth Financial, home care costs an average of approximately $24 an hour. So, if the seniors only need home care 20 hours a week, they will spend an average of $1,950 a month. 

So, how much does in-home care cost per hour? The average cost for non-medical home care from agencies is $20-$30 per hour. Private caregivers tend to charge 20% to 30% less.

Well, home care services are one-on-one services that assist older adults in aging safely and independently at home. Home caregivers give hands-on personal care and handle different household tasks, including cooking, cleaning, or running errands. The average cost of 20-44 hours of one-to-one care per week is $2,037 – $4,576.

So, how much does 24/7 in-home care cost per month?

Rate Type In-Home Care

Hourly Rate $14-$24/hour

Daily Rate $112-192/day**

Monthly Rate $3,360-5,760/month***

How to Choose In-Home Care Services Provider

Hiring home care providers or agencies for your loved ones is an excellent choice. However, there are a lot of things to consider while accessing or choosing one to find the right care provider. You need to make sure that – do your seniors feel comfortable with the aide services?

One of the biggest decisions you need to make – is working with a home care agency the right choice or not? Generally, caregivers for home care agencies are quite expensive. However, costs become almost negligible once factoring in liability insurance. 

The other benefit of working with a home care agency is that you have many options to choose caregivers. And if you do not feel comfortable with one health care provider, you can request another. However, once your loved ones feel relaxed and happy with an independent provider, you can trust and hire them.

Regardless of whether you choose to work with a home care agency or an independent provider, it is necessary to do some thorough research and spend some time evaluating different options to lessen your frustration over choosing a professional. Here are the following things you need to consider while hiring a caregiver.

Licensed and Certification

While looking for caregivers, make sure they are licensed and certified in providing proper in-home care and assistance.

Dependability

Some seniors experience issues with home care providers due to poor reliability. Therefore, while hiring a caregiver, you must go through reviews of the provider to determine if previous clients have had issues with their aide services. However, do not forget to ask the provider if they have a good backup plan in place according to your loved one’s scheduled time. 

Availability Of Services

It is necessary to make yourself clear at first about the home care services that they provide. There are various home health care aides who offer extensive training and licensure to their hired employees. If your loved ones require proper health care, it is recommended to check what type of services they provide. However, only work with a provider who is licensed and experienced.

Evaluate Costs

Costs can vary from agency to agency. Therefore, while looking for a provider, create a list of top agencies and compare the price to pick the most suitable and under-budget option. If you are using a form of financial assistance to pay for home care, make sure the provider accepts the type of assistance you think to use.

Request For In-Home Caregiver Services!

Justin Villa Care offers a line of services that provides an additional level of care and safety. We offer 24/7 monitoring, 365 days a year. So, our qualified and trained staff will present for your seniors to assist them in case of any emergency assistance.

Hiring our in-home care services, we will make sure your loved ones will find themselves safe and sound 24/7. We work closely with you and develop a plan that provides just the right amount of care for your situation. All our costs are affordable and under budget. Give us a call and learn in detail about our other services and their costs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Doha

Doha

Doha Isleta, L.V.N. has been the Client Care Manager at Justin Villa Care, LLC for over 10 years. She oversees each client case and makes sure that families are confident in the caregiver that they choose. She looks forward to helping you or your loved one live at home safely and independently.

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