Aug 11, 2016 - 07:39 AM
I agree that this seems to be a high rate. Most likely, it's the result of the agency scheduling staff on a "shift model", no differently than if they were working in a facility and being paid an hourly wage. One alternative in home care that can save you quite a bit of money is a live-in plan. In such a case, the caregiver is provided with a bed/bedroom, restroom & kitchen access, much as if they were sharing an apartment. Generally, two caregivers would be assigned to a case such as this, working a rotating 3day/4day assignment. The cost is typically a per day charge rather than hourly, and the caregiver is paid on a daily basis also. Costs will vary by area, but a rule of thumb is that you should see about a 25-30% savings over the per-hour model. Caregiver length of say and time dedicated to the client for live-ins is ruled by state & OSHA laws, so that the worker is not overburdened and allowed personal/sleep time (check your local laws!). Consequently, it's not expected that the a caregiver is awake 24hr/day, whereas this is a likelihood when working under a shift assignment. Check with multiple providers as not all agencies offer this form of service. Interview several and make sure you fully understand how their services work prior to hiring. Good luck!
Aug 11, 2016 - 07:40 AM
Rates for this type of service can vary greatly based on many factors such as location, level of care provided, licensing, state requirements, etc. Our agency is located in Houston, TX and our rates for 24 hour care range from $95,000 to $160,000 per year based on type and level of care. I would encourage you to shop around but make sure that the provider has been vetted properly and that they have the necessary insurance to protect you and your father.