Cost is understandably a concern for many seniors today. This is especially true if you have an older loved one who needs additional care and assistance because of physical or mental limitations. As you explore care options for your loved one, you may wonder if at-home care is less expensive than a nursing home. The short answer is a resounding yes. Here’s why.
At-Home Care Options Are Extremely Flexible
Many older people only require occasional assistance, not the around-the-clock care and supervision provided by a nursing home. With at-home care, seniors and their family members only pay for care when it’s needed. There are also many possibilities with how at-home care can be provided. Some of the common options include:
• Only during certain hours of the day
• On a few select days of the week
• When your loved one is recovering from an illness or returning from the hospital
• During times when you need a break or have other needs to tend to
• On a more flexible, as-needed basis
Denver respite care professionals can assist seniors with a wide array of daily tasks, offering family caregivers the chance to focus on other personal responsibilities or take a break to prevent burnout. Whether it’s for a few hours a day or a few days a week, respite care is the perfect solution for family caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed.
Fixed Income Budgets Won’t Be Stretched with At-Home Care
The average social security check amount for a retired senior is just over $1,200 a month for individuals and just over $2,000 for couples, according to the Social Security Administration. However, both of these amounts are less than what the average cost is for a nursing home or assisted living care. Plus, if only one spouse is in a nursing home, the other one may not have sufficient benefits to cover the expenses. At-home care typically doesn’t exceed social security benefit amounts, especially if it’s only needed at certain times.
There’s No Need for Potentially Costly Contracts
Seniors and/or their family caregivers are typically required to sign a contract when nursing home care is being arranged. In some instances, the fees required go beyond room and board and include fees for additional services or care options. With at-home care, there’s normally no need to sign a contract, which means you or your loved one won’t have to pay for:
• “Hidden” or unclear fees
• Services that aren’t needed
• Additional fees for early contract termination if it’s decided outside care is no longer needed
If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of at-home care families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.
At-Home Care Means No Moving Expenses
From a practical point of view, being able to remain safely at home while still receiving necessary assistance means your loved one won’t have to worry about moving expenses, storage fees, or other costs that tend to be associated with going from a home setting to a nursing home.
Both Seniors and Caregivers Consider Home Care a Good Value
According to results from a survey conducted by a leading home care provider, nearly 75 percent of surveyed seniors and their families consider paid home care to be a “good value.” When commenting on the results, Senior Housing News concluded that home care is more affordable than most people realize. One other pleasantly surprising stat noted by Senior Housing News: the average annual cost of nursing home care is approximately 75 percent more than the average fees associated with at-home care.
Families shouldn’t have to worry about finding reliable home care. Denver Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of elderly home care. We offer a proprietary program called the Balanced Care Method, which uses holistic methods to promote senior health, our caregivers and Care Managers are available 24/7, and all of our in-home care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call (720) 443-3371 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.