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Paying for Senior Home Care in California

When deciding between in-home care and nursing home care for a senior, an important element in the decision is the relative cost of the two options. Also, if in-home care is chosen, it must be decided whether the caregiver will be part-time, full-time, or live-in full-time. There are two aspects of care: medical and non-medical, and both of these must be planned for if in-home care is the chosen option. In California, the average cost per hour to hire non-medical caregivers is ... Read More

Paying for Senior Home Care in Colorado

The two most essential elements of the decision to care for a senior in a nursing home or to hire a caregiver are the level of care needed and cost. In Colorado, the average cost per hour to hire a non-medical caregiver is $21, and the cost to hire a medical caregiver is $25. This ranks Colorado 34th in the nation in home care affordability, adjusted for median per capita income by state. In-Home Care Programs: State-Sponsored Colorado does not directly subsidize in-home ... Read More

Paying for Senior Home Care in Arkansas

An important element in the decision to care for a senior in the home or in a nursing home is the relative cost of the two options. There are two aspects of care: medical and non-medical, and both of these must be planned for if in-home care is the chosen option. In Arkansas, the average cost per hour to hire both medical and non-medical in-home caregivers is $16. This ranks Arkansas as 34th nationwide in home care affordability, adjusted for state median income. ... Read More

My Family and I Chose Home Care

After 50 years of marriage, I felt that I knew my wife well. It wasn’t until after she was diagnosed with dementia that I found out that wasn’t necessarily the case. She needed a lot more care than I was able to give and as much as it pained me, I gathered my sons and daughter to our home and explained that I simply couldn’t do it by myself anymore. There was only one choice...we would have to find a nursing home or some type of dementia care home where my wife would be taken ... Read More

My Family and I Chose Home Care

After 50 years of marriage, I felt that I knew my wife well. It wasn’t until after she was diagnosed with dementia that I found out that wasn’t necessarily the case. She needed a lot more care than I was able to give and as much as it pained me, I gathered my sons and daughter to our home and explained that I simply couldn’t do it by myself anymore. There was only one choice...we would have to find a nursing home or some type of dementia care home where my wife would be taken ... Read More

Paying for Senior Home Care in Arizona

In-home senior care is an alternative to care in a nursing home. However, hiring a caregiver, especially if a full-time caregiver is needed, can be expensive. Medical insurance often does not provide for non-medical caregiver assistance. In the state of Arizona, it costs an average of $19/hr. to hire a non-medical caregiver and $22/hr. to hire a medical caregiver. This ranks Arizona as the 32nd most affordable state, adjusted for per capita median income. State-Sponsored ... Read More

Paying for Home Care In Alaska

In-home senior care is an option that many seniors, and their relatives as well, would prefer to a nursing home.  It can be costly to hire an in-home caregiver, however, and providing the level of care that a nursing home can provide may require the services of a full-time caregiver. The cost of a non-medical and a medical caregiver is $24 and $25/hr., respectively, making Alaska the 13th most affordable state for caregiver costs, adjusted for median per capita income. ... Read More

Senior Home Care in Alabama

Paying for in-home senior care is a serious issue.  It is costly to hire a part-time caregiver, and even more so to hire a live-in, full-time caregiver. While many medical insurance programs cover the cost of direct medical care, most do not cover the costs of non-medical care. The cost of an in-home caregiver in Alabama averages $16/hour for both medical and non-medical caregiving, which makes Alabama the 18th most affordable state in caregiving costs, adjusted for median per ... Read More

End of Life Issues for Seniors and Caregivers

Death: it’s not something most of us like to talk about, but as we all know, caring for an elderly parent or other relative logically ends--you might even say culminates—in that person’s death. As death is a part of life, we must spend part of our life preparing for death. Doing so for an elderly loved one can provide them with an orderly, dignified, and as much as possible, painless transition from this world to the next. Making a Living Will This is an important step in... Read More

Find Unique Caregivers

  When you are looking for an in-home caregiver, there are a number of issues that you need to consider over and above the caregiver’s competence.  In other words, there’s more to it than simply what services he or she will be providing, the cost of those services, etc. The difference between in-home caregiving and having a visiting caretaker is that, obviously, the person who gives you care will also be living in your home. This means that you need to consider issues that ... Read More

Hiring a Caregiver

The decision to hire an in-home caregiver is difficult and complex. The expense can be substantial, depending on the level of care. You probably don’t know what’s involved in the process of finding a caregiver and what the role of the caregiver should be. If you live in or near a large city, there can be hundreds of possible choices: private, independent caregivers, senior care service agencies, outcall nurses, etc. The key is to decide beforehand exactly what you want in a ... Read More

What is Non-Medical Home Care?

Many people think of home care as being restricted to their home, in a hospital bed, and overseen by a nurse.  This is not always the case though.  Senior care in the home can range from medical care to companion care.  It all depends on the needs of the senior receiving care.  Although you may not need care specific to your medical needs, you may still need help with daily living activities or someone to simply check in on you now and then.  Depending on the care agency you hire... Read More

Geriatric Care Managers

If you or a loved one is facing a tough choice regarding choosing senior care services, you may want to invest in the help of a geriatric care manager.  With so many seniors reaching the age when home care or assisted living may be necessary, it’s no wonder this expertise has become so requested.  Not only do they assist seniors with making their transition into care, they help the family decide on the best care for their loved one’s needs. Choosing between Home Care and ... Read More

What is In-Home Care?

It is quite often found that most people don’t actually know what home care entails. With such a variety of available care it can be confusing trying to keep the different options separate from each other. Put in the easiest, most understandable terms, in-home care is care that is given within the boundaries of your own home. The Popularity of Home Care In-home care has become increasingly popular lately as more and more people are wanting the independence of being able ... Read More

What is In-Home Care?

In home care services can provide the elderly and their families an affordable option to help seniors maintain their independence while ensuring their safety and comfort.  Aging is a gradual process, as time passes most people will experience increasing difficulty doing the tasks once completed with ease or without much thought.   Perhaps they postpone appointments or stop cleaning the house as often as they once did.  Over time more little things get left undone- a light bulb ... Read More

Choosing the Best Home Care Agency

At home care has become a big industry for senior independent living over the years. With so many options, it’s best to research all of your at home care options. Choosing a senior independent living is an extremely important thing for treating your loved ones, so ask these questions as you make your decisions: 1. How long as this at home care facility been in business? This doesn’t always mean that the senior independent living service that has been around is better, but... Read More

Is an Assisted Living Facility Right for You?

Assisted living is an option for seniors who need or want help with their activities of daily living. Assisted living facilities allow a senior to live in a residential facility where they can receive help with transportation, housekeeping and other daily life activities. In the United States there is no global definition of the term assisted living, so an assisted living facility can be called by many different names. Other names for assisted living facilities: ... Read More

Types of Senior Living Facilities

  There are a number of reasons why a person may choose to stay in a senior assisted living facility. There is as many senior assisted living facilities as there are reasons to be in one. The majority of facility residents are those that need 24-hour-supervision and care. This includes individuals who need medicine management and those affected by a dementia-like Alzheimer's disease. Here are some of the facilities that you choose from when considering senior ... Read More

Tips for Adjusting to an Assisted Living Facility

You’ve finally made a choice about your new assisted living facility or you are in the process. The next stop in this process is moving into your new assisted living facility. It can be stressful to begin this transition, in addition to meeting new people and adjusting to a new senior living facility, you may also be feeling some grief at the idea of leaving your home and losing a bit of your Independence. To help your transition go well, follow these tips: Pack your home... Read More