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Is the hourly rate for in-home care usually higher for two people?

I have been researching in-home care costs and have quoted a base rate of $25/hour for one person and $35/hour for BOTH my parents. Is this higher rate for 2 people typical? I don't want to be overcharged.
Status: Open    Mar 21, 2016 - 08:58 AM


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Mar 23, 2016 - 09:14 AM

The hourly rate for in-home care vary greatly by market. The 2015 National Median rate for 1 person is $20 an hour. For 2 people the range is probably between $25-35 per hour. For more specific information for your area please refer to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey.

Mar 23, 2016 - 09:59 AM

Our agency will typically ask a few questions to determine the level of care needed. If BOTH parents require ADL assistance, then yes a higher rate is charged. If BOTH parents need assistance with light housekeeping, laundry or meal preparation only, then a single rate is appropriate. Since a CareGiver can physically bathe, dress or transfer only one parent at a time, it is understandable that a CareGiver would request additional payment for additional work. When we pay the CareGiver more, we pass that increase to the client. Rates do vary across the country, but $25-$35 seems reasonable.



Mar 23, 2016 - 09:10 AM

It really depends on the services provided but typically there is an added cost to provide care to two people.
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