Seniors want to retain their independence for as long as possible.
There comes a time, though, when most of us will need some assistance. Nearly everyone ends up facing the realization maybe they’re not as strong as they used to be – either due to age, illness, or injury – and they now need help with chores around the house.
It’s difficult for adult children to take on all the responsibility of caring for their parents because of full-time jobs, their children, and other responsibilities. Because of this, many look to senior home care agencies for some extra help.
What home care options are available? Which option is best? And is this type of care affordable?
Home Care Services – Are They the More Affordable Option?
When first considering the cost of an in-home aide, many families cringe. We totally understand – getting the right type of care isn’t cheap.
However, home care is typically more affordable than nursing homes or assisted-living facilities. So, by putting your hard-earned money toward home care, you actually accomplish two things:
- You save money in the long run.
- You allow your parents the opportunity to stay independent longer.
In June 2017, HowMuch.net (a resource to help people understand their money) released data pertaining to the cost of various care options available to seniors.
Here are some annual estimates based on their figures for the state of Georgia. Keep in mind, some estimates may be more or less based on the level of care needed.
- Nursing Home –Private Room: $85,775 per year
- Assisted Living: $40,02 per year
- Home Care Aide: $46,904 per year
- Adult Day Services: $17,225 per year.
As you can see, signing your parent up for adult day services or hiring a home aide is significantly less than a nursing home.
Granted, there are some circumstances when 24/7 care is necessary. But many seniors can maintain their independence despite age, illness, or injury – as long as they get the home assistance they need.
Fortunately, not all of the money spent on this type of care needs to come directly out of your pocket or your parents. Veterans’ programs, Medicaid, Social Security, and other programs are available to help cover some – if not all – of the costs of these services.
We recommend contacting your parents’ insurance or benefit providers to find out what kind of coverage they have and how they can benefit from it the most. We’ll also be happy to help you in any way we can.
Types of Home Care Services in Atlanta You Should Consider
To understand what you’re paying for, here’s a breakdown of the types of in-home assistance which are available to Atlanta residents.
Companion and Sitter Home Care Providers
This is a non-licensed position and is best for seniors who simply need a little help around the house. A personal care provider can help with:
- Running errands
- Bathing and dressing
In some cases, they can also provide transport for seniors.
Besides helping out with day-to-day chores, a personal care provider can offer some much-needed socialization and companionship.
Personal Care Providers
A Personal Care aide can do everything a personal care provider can do and more. Their primary role is to assist people who have suffered through an illness or injury. They help the person with their daily activities and to regain their independence.
The personal care aide often is a Certified Nursing Assistant. They should have more training than sitter or companion service.
In addition to doing everyday tasks, an aide can provide the following services:
- Medication assistance
- Testing blood sugar and/or blood pressure levels
- Insulin injections
- Pain monitoring
- Help with physical therapy exercises
Keeping Your Parents’ Health and Happiness at the Forefront
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need a little extra help. If the time has come for your family, we welcome you to visit Skylark Senior Care.
Like you, our main concerns are keeping your loved ones safe, healthy, and happy. We understand the need for independence and socialization, as well as assistance. And this is exactly what your parents will get from our home programs.
We work with each family to create a care program which is unique to their needs. These programs – including home care and adult day care – can help you find the balance you’ve been looking for. You’ll feel confident knowing your parents are safe, and they’ll love retaining their independence.