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Stay independent: A guide to senior home care

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Stay independent: A guide to senior home care

Want to age in your own home for as long as possible? Senior home care can help! This blog post explores the different types of care available, how much it costs, and how to find the right caregiver.

What is senior home care?

It’s like having a helping hand at home, providing assistance with daily tasks like:

  • Personal care: bathing, dressing, eating
  • Light housekeeping: cleaning, laundry
  • Errands: shopping, appointments
  • Companionship: conversation, activities

Two main types of care:

  • Senior home care: personal care, light housekeeping, companionship (not medical)
  • Senior home health care: medical services like nursing, therapy (requires doctor’s orders)

Which one is right for you?

Depends on your needs. If you need medical care, home health is the way to go. If you just need help with daily tasks, senior home care may be enough.

How much does it cost?

Varies depending on services, location, and agency. Expect to pay $20-$40 per hour for in-home care.

Ways to pay:

  • Out of pocket: most common
  • Long-term care insurance: some plans cover home care
  • Medicare Advantage: some plans cover non-skilled home care

Finding the right caregiver:

  • Ask your doctor for recommendations.
  • Research agencies and caregivers in your area.
  • Interview multiple caregivers to find the right fit.
  • Make sure the caregiver is bonded and insured.

Tips for aging in place:

  • Conduct a home safety assessment.
  • Make modifications to your home if needed.
  • Talk to your family and friends about your needs.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Remember, aging in place is possible with the right support!

Link to the US NEWS article

Barbra Bonsu

Barbra Bonsu

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