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By Bill Lusk, CSA

Today’s seniors love to stay put. Staying in their current home is on the top of their wish list and families do their best to comply.

One of the easiest and most economical ways to provide care for seniors is to arrange for in-home care aides. There are many different companies that provide a wide range of services.The most common needs are housekeeping, laundry, meals, bathing, grooming and errands such as transportation to Doctor appointments. Since these can be done on as “as needed” basis it is one of the most popular ways to provide senior care.

Rates are usually per hour and there are minimum time requirements. Generally the hourly rate will decrease as the amount of time spent at the home increases. Shorter visits will have higher hourly rates. Visits can be scheduled daily, weekly or monthly.

CarePatrol works with reputable in-home care providers and can refer the right company to meet specific needs.

As time passes and care needs increase, so does the cost of in-home care. Important to note that when care spend consumes more of the fixed income less money is available for housing, utilities, food, transportation, insurance, etc. At some point push comes to shove and something needs to change. The move to assisted living arrangements may make more sense as the living expenses are included with the price of care.

Another factor is the lack of “full coverage” with the in-home care providers. They are not in the home 24/7. They have a set schedule and may not be available on short notice. When this happens seniors often try to do too much on their own, resulting in falls or other mishaps. Some of which are quite dangerous and can lead to hospitalization.

So when the senior’s care needs exceed the scope of in-home care the next step up to safe living arrangements is to consider assisted living options, where 24 hour care is available. This should be done sooner rather than later.

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