Understanding What Home Care Really Costs

Home Instead Senior Care provides a wide range of non-medical service options — including live-in and overnight services.  All services are provided by specially trained CAREGivers who are employees of Home Instead.

Please call one of our offices so we may answer your questions, and provide you with cost information for live-in and overnight services.

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According to a 2013 survey, other senior care options are even more expensive that non-medical care:

  • The 2013 average cost of a private nursing home room ($258 a day/ $94,170 annually) has risen an average 3.6 percent per year
  • The 2013 average cost of a semi-private nursing home room ($227 a day/ $82,855 annually) has risen an average 3.6 percent per year
  • The 2013 average cost for a month in an assisted living facility ($3,427 a month/ $41,124 annually) has risen an average 2.0 percent per year
  • The 2013 average cost of adult day care ($71 a day/$18,460 annually) has risen an average of 1.6 percent per year
  • The 2013 average cost for a home health aide ($19 hourly/$29,640 annually) has risen an average 1.3 percent per year

Unlike for home care services, Medicare will pay for some of these types of services; however, as most caregivers know, the senior is still responsible for a heavy portion of these expenses. More importantly, these services, with the exception of home health aides, are full-time expenses that require a senior to move out of the comfortable surroundings of their own home.

Home care services, both home health and non-medical, are often only required for a few hours a week in order to make a significant impact on the seniors’ lives and allow them to continue to remain in their own homes. In fact, a Home Instead Senior Care study indicates that 22 percent of the network’s clients employ caregiver services four hours or less per week and 20 percent of clients employ them between four and eight hours per week. That could represent a savings of thousands of dollars a month, when compared to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.