Tuesday, September 17, 2013
According to the AARP, nine out of ten Americans wish to grow old at home, and home-health providers are rushing to meet this demand.
Those looking into in-home care for their loved one need to consider the number of limitations they have or will have, whether they have support within the community, and whether the home is suitable for them in the long-run.
Many options now exist which allow more people to stay at home and avoid a nursing home or assisted living facility. Telehealth, phone apps, professional house calls, and personal-care assistants help elderly stay at home and save money. A private room at a nursing home averages $82,800 a year and those at an assisted-living facility average $41,400. Based on a 30-hour week, home-health aides average about $30,326.
Some risks to staying at home include decreased socialization, slipping and falling unattended, and untrained adult-children caregivers.
See Avery Forman, When to Consider In-Home Care, The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 15, 2013.