NEW YORK, NY. April 13, 2017/ – Regardless of our age or station in life, we all like to live according to our own rules. According to AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), seniors are no different. AARP’s research shows that 42 per cent of seniors chose to live at home as one of their top three considerations. Their reason? They like living by their own rules.
Getting 24 hour care for the elderly in their own home might reduce or eliminate a later move to a nursing facility. Read on to learn about the differences between 24 hour and live in caregiving; where to find 24 hour live in home care; and how to cover the costs.
Isn’t 24 hour and live in home care the same thing?
As you get acquainted with the nuances of senior caregiving, you’ll begin to learn a new set of terms and their meanings. There are some distinct differences between 24 hour home care for the elderly and 24 hour live in care. Let’s review the pros and cons of each.
24 hour home care for the elderly
When you contract with 24 hour home care for the elderly, you actually get two or three senior caregivers. Workers come and go on rotating shifts for around-the-clock coverage. The main benefit to using 24 hour care is that workers arrive at the senior’s home refreshed and well-rested. On the downside, having several caregivers providing care causes some seniors to feel insecure or afraid. The personal nature of caregiving requires trust between the senior and caregiver. Other shortcomings of 24 hour care are that there is less consistency of care and it costs more.
24 hour live in home care
Waking up each day knowing that they will spend their day with the same familiar face gives many seniors the peace of mind in knowing they will receive compassionate care. Hiring a 24 hour live in home care worker also assures the senior’s family members that the senior receives 24/7 consistent care by a trusted senior caregiver.
As you begin to understand senior caregiving, it’s prudent to understand that live in senior caregivers should get an eight-hour break at night so they can sleep. Many caregivers also expect to get a four-hour break during the day to tend to their own personal duties. Family members need to cover any gaps in care when the regular caregiver isn’t available.
Where do I find 24 hour care for the elderly?
Finding 24 hour care for the elderly in their own home is easier than you might think. You can advertise on your own using a classified ad or search for a senior care agency to do some of the work for you.
The benefit to doing your own hiring is that you get to know and trust the caregiver through the interview process. On the flip-side, you’ll have to do all the screening and background checks on your own. You’ll also be responsible for hiring, firing, and paying taxes. The new caregiver will need someone to train and supervise them, as well. The trade-off for the extra work on your part is that hiring your own senior caregiver is usually cheaper. But before you hire a caregiver for your elderly parent you should read this article.
You may find it easier to contract with a senior caregiving agency. They’ll assess your senior’s needs, review your options, and help you find the most cost-effective caregiving solution. The agency will do all the screening and provide a replacement if one of the workers is a no-show. Some of the cons of using an agency are that you have less choice in the caregiver and it’s more expensive than hiring someone yourself.
The Eldercare Locator is one of the best resources for finding caregivers in your community.
What about the costs of 24 hour care for the elderly?
Costs of senior caregiving vary by where you live and the type of caregiving you need. Basic home care costs the least. You can expect to pay higher rates for home health care or Alzheimer’s care.
It may also surprise you to learn that you don’t necessarily have to pay out of pocket for 24 hour home care for the elderly. In the U.S. Medicaid pays for the costs of most 24 hour senior home care plans. Your state’s Area Agency on Aging will also help you find veteran’s or other state programs to help with costs.
Do your best to find quality care for your loved one and monitor the care. If it doesn’t work out, get back to the drawing board quickly and find a more suitable caregiver.
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