David’s sister-in-law checked on his 89-year-old mother twice a day. With each passing day, there was always some sort of mess with which to deal.
The strongly independent woman, who had raised three boys and single-handedly run her business for 35 years, was becoming increasingly confused while living alone in her three-bedroom house. The final straw came when the sister-in-law spied a massive food splatter in the microwave, and the senior couldn’t remember using the microwave. Possible scenarios started to come into focus: Will there be a kitchen fire? Will Mom forget to eat altogether one day?
“What will we do?” the sister-in-law asked David, who lives 215 miles away. “She refuses to think about a care facility, and I imagine that having someone drop in will be just as expensive as forcing her to move. Besides, what trustworthy person could we get to watch her?”
With the sister-in-law running the family business and having little spare time to adequately care for her mother-in-law, something had to be done. One of David’s longtime friends recently had mentioned Home Instead Senior Care®. “I’ll call them,” David said, “and get a handle on this. I’ll call the assisted care communities, too, to compare costs. We may have to force her to move.”
As it turned out, Home Instead Senior Care of Hattiesburg was a better option, less costly than a care community and a plan that David’s mom grew to accept, if it meant she could stay at home. The senior thrived, and her family members secured an important peace of mind.
People like David and his sister-in-law have learned about their options after contacting Hattiesburg Home Instead Senior Care. The franchise, one of more than 700 in the U.S., has the highest of standards for non-medical home health care in which dedicated CAREGiversSM embrace the challenge of providing care and companionship that helps enrich seniors’ lives.
Seniors Non-Medical Home Care vs. Medical Care
There are a lot of possibilities to consider when sorting through non-medical and medical home care, assisted and independent care communities and nursing homes. Cost is certainly one of them. A survey conducted by the Boomer Project on behalf of the Home Instead Senior Care network found that 49 percent of family caregivers overestimate the cost of non-medical home care.
Home care services, both home health and non-medical, are often only required for a few hours a day or week to make a significant impact on seniors’ lives and allow them to continue to remain in their homes. In fact, a Home Instead study revealed that 22 percent of the network’s clients employ caregiver services four hours or fewer per week and 20 percent of clients employ them between four and eight hours per week. That could represent a savings of thousands of dollars a month, when compared with skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
The national average hourly rate for home health aides ($21) remained unchanged, while the homemaker hourly rate increased by only 5.3 percent from $19 in 2011 to $20 in 2012, according to the 2012 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs. When compared with care communities, though, the costs of home care may be more affordable for many families. For instance, other key information from the MetLife market survey reveals:
- The 2012 national average daily rate for a private room in a nursing home was $248, up from $239 in 2011. A semi-private room was $222, rising from $214 in 2011.
- The national average monthly base rate in an assisted living community rose from $3,477 in 2011 to $3,550 in 2012.
The costs might vary, depending on locations.
While more long-term care insurance companies are covering home care, it is still primarily paid by the family or the seniors. The Boomer Project’s research found that 52 percent of care recipients were paying for their own home care needs. Unlike home care services, Medicare will pay for some services that include care communities and adult day care. But the senior is still responsible for a heavy portion of those expenses.
The Hattiesburg Home Instead Senior Care office can help with services such as meal preparation, shopping, transportation, companionship and medication reminders. That’s just enough help to keep many seniors like David’s mom at home. When an older adult has dementia, the familiarity of home and the same set of CAREGivers can be a much better environment than having a senior try to navigate a nursing home or assisted living facility. CAREGivers are trained in the network’s groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Program.
Get the facts about the Hattiesburg-area home care costs. It could a win-win for seniors and their pocketbooks.
Please inquire to find out more about seniors home CAREGivers available in MS. Let Home Instead Senior Care Hattiesburg, MS help your family, call for a complimentary consultation: 601-261-2114.