Although nearly half (49%) of those surveyed in a new Home Instead Senior Care poll overestimated the hourly cost of home care by $6, home care is an extremely affordable senior care option. In fact, this SeniorHousingNews.com article says nursing home care costs almost 75% more than receiving services in your own home.
Home is where most seniors want to be (AARP estimates nearly 90% of older adults want to age-in-place in their own homes and communities). But for some, specialized care and services following a fall or an illness may be necessary. For others, socialization, activities, and engagement with peers can be beneficial after the loss of a spouse or partner. In both of these cases, home care can meet those needs if you or a loved one does not wish to make the transition into an independent living or continuing care community. Agencies providing non-medical and skilled home care services can come directly to the home.
Roger Baumgart, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care, believes that many do not even consider home care (whether for companionship or for health care needs like IV administration) because of their misconceptions about the cost. However, surveys indicated that 73% of those receiving home care were satisfied with the value and quality of services rendered.
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