Your loved one may wish to age at home, but they might need extra help with daily activities that have become challenging. Whether your parent requires assistance preparing meals or your spouse can no longer bathe or dress independently, nonmedical in-home care is one option to consider. Nonmedical home care provides personal care for seniors who don’t require long-term medical assistance and want to maintain their independence as they age in place safely. Hiring a care aide can offer you and your loved one support and peace of mind.
Nonmedical home care is provided by aides with training focused on keeping seniors safe as they age at home. These aides offer personal care, housekeeping, assistance with activities of daily living, and companionship. They do not provide medical care.
Nonmedical home care aides may do any of the following:
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In-home personal care may be a good fit for seniors who are generally independent but need extra assistance with daily tasks and activities.
Consider nonmedical home care if any of the following apply:
Taking your loved one’s individual needs and interests into account will help you determine if nonmedical home care is the best choice for your family. If you’re an adult child of a senior parent who needs additional assistance, or if you or your spouse would benefit from extra help, ask yourself the following questions to see if home care is a good fit.
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Since home care isn’t medical, it isn’t covered by most insurance plans. The majority of people pay for nonmedical in-home care using private funds. These may include the following:
While Medicare and Medicaid don’t pay for home care, some other benefits policies might, depending on your loved one’s individual needs.
Home care is a budget-friendly alternative to independent or assisted living that allows your relative to remain in their own home. The national median cost of non-skilled home care in the U.S. is $26 an hour, according to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care report. This cost varies by location, level of care aide education, and services required.
If you think home care may be right for you or your aging loved one, A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can help connect you with local care aide options and set up interviews. Discuss your needs and interests with your advisor, and find the right fit for your family, all at no cost to you.
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