There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding home care services. If you do not have the right information about home health care services, it could prevent you from getting the help that you need.
If you are elderly individual who is having trouble taking care of himself or herself at home, it can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety in your life. It can also put you at an increased risk of being injured due to a fall or other health emergency.
While there are several misconceptions about what home care services do, the main myth that is perpetuated over and over again involves the cost of this level of care.
The cost of home care services compared to other forms of elderly care.
The idea of having somebody come to your home to take care of you may sound as though it is a very expensive proposition. After all, any time you call for a professional service such as contractor work, plumbing work, or anything like that, the bill is usually hundreds of dollars for a single visit.
So it is easy to assume that assisted living or some other form of independent living would be cheaper than hiring home health care services. The truth is that home care services is actually the most affordable option for elderly individuals who require some level of assistance at home.
The average cost of nursing home care in the United States for single year is approximately $75,000. The average cost of assisted-living in the United States is approximately $55,000 per year. The average cost to have an in-home care provider working with you for about 30 to 40 hours per week is approximately $22,000 per year, on average in the United States.
Depending on the level of care that you require, that number can increase. The average cost is based on home care aides. If you require any type of direct medical care at home, such as a registered nurse, then the cost will be somewhat higher. It will still generally be much more affordable than other care options.
So if you have been putting off looking into home care services because you have been concerned about the cost of it, you should take a serious look at how much home care would be for you personally. You can even hire a home care aide for a couple of hours a day or just one or two days a week, which would be even more affordable than the national average listed above.