Many seniors find going about their everyday lives increasingly difficult as they age. For example, they find it challenging to complete some of their daily activities (bathing or showering, toileting, transferring from a bed to a chair and back, etc.) and prepare meals because of their fear associated with cooking. Fortunately, with proper care and assistance, most seniors can safely continue to enjoy living at home, which is where they prefer to be. Studies by AARP have shown that nearly 80% of seniors do not want to be moved to a senior care facility; they want to age in place at home. As home care continues to gain in popularity, some families feel hesitant about working with an agency and their caregivers. Here are five common misconceptions that will alleviate any concerns you might have.
Home care is more expensive than care in a facility
Many families are pleasantly surprised to learn that home care services cost about $3,000 less per month than care in a nursing home.
Genworth’s annual Cost of Care Study for 2021 found that the median monthly cost for a full-time caregiver was $4,957, compared to $7,908 for a semi-private room in a nursing home. A private room costs over $9,000 per month.
Home care is even more affordable considering that Genworth’s figures assumed the services of a caregiver were provided 44 hours per week, which is rarely the case. Most seniors require care for considerably fewer hours than that.
Home care is only for seniors who are extremely ill
While home care is highly beneficial for seniors with a chronic or terminal illness, the services an agency provides can be valuable for all seniors.
While some aging adults need help with activities of daily living, daily meal preparation, running errands, light housekeeping, etc., many healthy seniors who live alone simply need companionship care to hel