What is In Home Senior Care
In Home Care is an excellent option for seniors who desire to stay in their own home for as long as possible. It is an alternative to moving into an Assisted Living Community when limited care is needed. It isn’t the ideal option for everyone. But for some, staying in their home is what is best suited for them, allowing them to ease into the next chapter of their lives. It is important to understand what In Home Care is in order to make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.
What is In Home Care?
In Home Care is the unique situation where caregivers come to the home to perform certain tasks every day. These caregivers are non-medical, so they cannot administer medication or provide medical aid like in the case of diabetes. They do remind you to take your medications when they need to be taken.
The caregivers can help with all sorts of tasks including light house cleaning, laundry, and meal preparation. They are also able to help with showers or baths and other simple daily routines. Caregivers can take you to different appointments and run errands with you, using your car or their own. A major benefit to a regular caregiver inside the home is having quality companionship throughout the day.
Usually there will be a team of caregivers taking turns coming into the home. This allows for sick days, life changes, or vacations for the caregivers without interrupting your necessary care. For some, this may be a difficult situation to adjust to, having several different people come and go. This is something to consider while deciding if In Home Care is the best choice.
What does In Home Care cost?
Typically, a caregiver will charge between $21.00 and $23.00 per hour. There is a three hour minimum requirement at that price, otherwise the hourly rate is increased for fewer than three hours. There is also an additional cost if the caregiver will need to use his/her car for appointments and errands.
As you consider the costs of In Home Care, keep in mind the cost of living. A mortgage, utilities, groceries, and other necessary expenses need to be taken into consideration if you’re comparing the cost of In Home Care with Assisted Living Communities. In many cases, all-inclusive assisted living care could come out as the cheaper option. But for some, the small additional cost to stay home is well worth it.
Talk to us about In Home Care. We can answer any questions you may have. It is an option worth discussing, especially for those who desire to remain in the comfort of their own home.