Friday, May 9, 2014
The demand for home caregiving is rising as more people want to remain at home as long as possible. And compared with about a 4% increase a year for institutional care, the cost of home caregiving has gone up only about 1%. The difference may be because there is currently an ample supply of home care providers who don’t have to maintain large facilities or follow as many regulations.
Before hiring a home caregiver, families should first assess what kind of caregiver is needed. Families can use checklists to assess their needs or have a professional conduct the evaluation. The median rate for a hired homemaker, who does household tasks, is $19 per hour. A home health aide, who helps with personal care but not medical care, is $20 per hour.
Families can then use a home care agency to find a home caregiver or hire someone themselves. But if you hire someone directly, the family may have to deal with payroll and possibly taxes. More information about home caregiving can be found at the Family Caregiver Alliance.
See Ann Carrns, Tips for Choosing Care for an Aging or Ailing Family Member, The New York Times, May 2, 2014.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.