Receiving care in the home is perhaps the most flexible of all options. Caregivers who come into the home can provide services that range from stand-by oversight for a few hours a week to round-the-clock care. When you engage a home health care agency, they will supply caregivers with the appropriate skills during the time that you request. Before you plan for services with a home care agency, you should get an assessment of your loved one's care needs. Sometimes the agency can arrange this assessment, and it should be performed by a registered nurse.
The annual cost of home care varies greatly with the number of hours per day that are needed. With the national median rate at $19/hour for a licensed home health aide, 40 hours of care a week would cost $43,472 per year*. The cost of independent care providers is generally lower than those employed by an agency.
*Based on Genworth 2012 Cost of Care Survey
Maintaining independence and safety in the home is an important issue for families who are caring for aging loved ones. As needs change, it is important to take measures to help keep your loved ones safe in their homes. Learn more about home safety for seniors by clicking on the articles below.