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In-home care, sometimes referred to as home care or home health care, is care provided to a senior adult by a caregiving professional to assist the senior with the activities of daily living (ADLs). The activities of daily living (ADLs) include bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting, eating, and walking. Additionally, a home caregiver may provide assistance with other daily tasks that allow the senior to remain living independently in his or her home, including housework, meals, medication, grocery shopping, and other errands. Home care is an alternative to senior living communities that allows a senior to remain in their home while receiving the care that they need.
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Fast Facts on In-Home Care
- The average consumer rating for in-home care agencies on SeniorAdvisor.com is 4.1 stars out of 5.
- Home care agencies in New Mexico, Washington, and Massachusetts tend to be rated higher than the national average, whereas agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky tend to be rated lower.
- The states with the most in-home care agencies are California, Florida, and Illinois.
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Source: SeniorAdvisor.com (September 2017)
How much does in-home care cost?
The cost of home care depends on the hours and services needed, as well as your location and the cost of living there. For instance, the cost of home care in Manhattan, NY will likely be more expensive than the cost of home care in Syracuse, NY. Certified caregivers tend to have higher hourly rates than those that are unlicensed. Additionally, home care companies are typically private pay, while home health care services can be covered by Medicare. Here is some more information on the cost of home care, from Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Study:
- The hourly rate of an in-home caregiver can range from $15-25/hour, with the average hourly rate in 2015 being $20.
- Overnight care, consisting of a 10-12 hour shift, can cost $120-200.
- A 24-hour, daily care rate can range from $200 to $350.
What services are provided by in-home care agencies?
In-home care agencies provide caregivers to help with various personal care services, enabling your senior loved one to stay in their home. Depending on the skill and licensing of the caregiver, services can range from companionship to therapy to skilled nursing. Some of the services may include:
- Meal and diet preparation
- Grocery shopping and errands
- Bathing, grooming, and personal hygiene
- Medication reminders
- Mobility assistance
- Toileting and incontinence care
- Hospice care
- Respite care
- Live-in and overnight care
- Private duty nursing
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapy