Home Care Vs Community Care – Comparative Costs Explained

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Home Care Vs Community Care Costs

After spending long years in a workspace, a time comes when seniors wait for their retirement. So, they can live happily, hang out with their friends, and spend more time with family. However, with age, they become prone to losing their physical and mental abilities due to which they require daily care. And, some of them start obtaining such care in their home while others prefer enjoying their golden years in communities.

Both Home Care and Community Care have different benefits. According to a national community preferences survey by AARP, three out of four adults age 50 and older would rather age at home. Well, there are countless factors to consider when deciding to stay at home or move into an assisted living community, but the cost is perhaps the most important.

But, seniors who prefer to stay in their homes may find it difficult when they have to pay for a mortgage, medical care, groceries, and other things that begin to overburden them financially. Due to their lifestyle preferences in addition to financial concerns, some seniors may decide to move into a senior living community. Residents can remain active, socialize, and receive care in such facilities. However, the costs of living in these communities are often hard to compare to living at home.

So, let’s help you in choosing one of such facilities for your loved ones in terms of costs. In the following section, we break down the costs for each to help those comparing the finances between receiving in-home care vs assisted living.

Home Care vs. Community Care Cost in Los Angeles

This section will help residents of Los Angeles to understand the in-home care VS assisted living costs throughout the Los Angeles. We also outline here a comprehensive guide to what is the average cost of in-home care in Los Angeles. To choose between these and the program that best fits your needs and circumstances, take a look at this guide.

In-Home Care Costs

According to AARP reports, more than 77% of seniors want to remain living at home for as long as they are able. And such seniors prefer to hire someone like family caregivers or a professional caregiver for them if they’re no longer able to live on their own.

Obtaining in-home senior care services allow older adults to receive all ADLs, personal care, special care, and home care services even while living in familiar surroundings. Such services can also be expensive. Also, elders who choose in-home care may or may not have to pay for medical services, depending on their personal preferences and services.

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 health 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.

For seniors who require hourly care, they have to pay on an hourly basis. And the average hourly cost of in-home care services ranges from $18 to $35, depending upon the geographical location. And this cost will range from $2,700 to $5,000 at 20 hours a week (four hours a day).

Hence, the overall average cost of home health care in California becomes more than $8000 per month. 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.

However, these estimations depend on various factors, including health conditions, size of the home, location, caregiver’s experience, and services you’re obtaining.

Here are the following services included in-home care:

  • Assist in bathing. grooming, meal preparation, grocery shopping, and others
  • Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care
  • Provide companionship
  • Full-time supervision to provide safety and comfort
  • Promotion of physical activity
  • Transportation to doctor’s appointments or social events
  • Reminders to take medication and to make appointments
  • Respite care
  • Hospice care

In simple terms, in-home care services are effective options for seniors who prefer to stay home and can’t move much due to their health conditions.

We, at Justin Villa Care, also provide in-home care services in Los Angeles to seniors. Our professional caregivers accomplish and complete every task so you seniors can live a healthy lifestyle. To know more about our in-home senior care costs, you can talk to our representative. We’re available 24/7.

Assisted Living/Community Living Costs

As we discussed above, senior living communities are also another great option for elders or older individuals. Such facilities offer various benefits including services like well-appointed amenities, dining, social programming, and levels of care if the need arises. In the short term, such communities provide both medical and non-medical care. Having these benefits can alleviate some concerns that might arise from living at home, such as home maintenance or knowing you’re always taken care of.

But, there is a lot of information to take in when navigating the cost of senior living communities at first.

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2019, the average monthly cost for assisted living in 2020 is $4,500. And, based on the geographic region of the state, the average monthly cost ranges from $3,000 to $6,000. However, as we mentioned, the cost depends on various factors, including the level of care, location, services requirement, and others. That’s why the average cost of assisted living in California now could range between $4,000 to $9,000.

There is one more benefit associated with senior living communities, known as financial assistance programs, which help in handling the expenses. However, we here suggest that we consider all the benefits, services, and amenities included in the monthly budget while considering a senior living community.

Senior living communities provide more than just housing, food, and health care. They offer “add-ons” that can make retirement even more enjoyable.

Senior housing features include:

  • Housing
  • Dining
  • Personalized care services

Community living may offer the following amenities and programs:

  • Pools and spas
  • Fitness clubs
  • Social and recreational events
  • Cooking classes
  • Gardening
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Art and music classes

Keep in mind that each community has a variety of levels of care and programs. So, get specific information about amenities and services in a community near you.

Justin Villa Care LLC is Here to Help You With Your Requirements

Deciding between in-home care and community living can be difficult for both seniors and their families. The choice may depend on a person’s health and finances. Additionally, various other factors also matter when it comes to determining the costs. It includes taking care of a home, getting quality health care, and remaining active can have an impact when comparing costs.

Many seniors prefer in-home care services as they want to live in comfort and safety in their homes. Our in-home care aid, Justin Villa Care, offers various services, including personal care, hospice care, special care, companionship care, and many others.

And to know more about the cost per service or in-home care cost, you can reach us 24/7 at (310) 594-5963.



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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