Value of Senior Care: Costs and Benefits
When looking for professional senior care for a loved one, it’s common to weigh the pros and cons and consider the overall expenses. Understanding the costs and value of home care services can help you make an informed decision about whether it is the right decision.
What Do In-Home Caregivers Do?
Professional caregivers provide non-medical support to older adults who want to age in place at home and maintain their independence for as long as possible. In-home support can provide the following services customized to your loved one’s needs:
- Light housekeeping
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
Professional companion care can offer socialization and interaction opportunities to reduce the risk of anxiety, isolation, and depression in seniors. For individuals with advanced needs, specialized services are available, including:
What Do In-Home Care Services Cost?
The cost of home care varies based on where your older loved one lives, their needs, and how frequently they require assistance. In most areas of the country, home care services can typically range from $35-$50 per hour. Discounts may be available if visits are routine or exceed a specified number of hours weekly.
Qualified individuals may also use long-term insurance, veteran’s benefits, or Medicaid coverage to offset costs.
What are the Benefits of In-Home Care?
When you choose in-home assistance, you are investing in your loved one’s safety, comfort, and well-being. Benefits of in-home care include:
- Personalized, one-on-one support
Your loved one will reap the benefits of receiving focused attention from an experienced professional dedicated to meeting their needs. Your caregiver will learn about your loved one’s needs, preferences, habits, and interests to offer personalized support during time together.
- Fully customizable
Flexible scheduling options allow you to choose the days, times, and duration of in-home visits to ensure your loved one receives assistance exactly when they need it most — and not when they don’t. Additionally, you can select the specific services that fit their current requirements and adjust the plan as needs change.
You can develop a schedule that fits your budget and saves money by eliminating unnecessary services while maximizing your loved one’s well-being.
- Emotional well-being
According to a study conducted by the AARP, nearly 90 percent of Americans over 65 prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. They may experience significant anxiety and stress if they leave the home they love and cherish. In-home care may enable your loved one to remain in their home longer and avoid a move to an assisted-living residence or nursing facility.
- Peace of mind
Whether you are at work, caring for family, on vacation, or just taking a break, there will be times when you can’t be with your loved one. An in-home provider will ensure your loved one receives dedicated and compassionate attention when you are unavailable. Respite care is also an option when you require short-term or temporary assistance for your loved one.
Visiting Angels Can Assist
Visiting Angels’ professional caregivers will deliver the customized and affordable in-home services you and your loved one deserve. Learn more by scheduling a free home care consultation with a qualified Visiting Angels’ coordinator to discuss your loved one’s needs and receive answers to questions you have about home care.