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5 Factors that Make At-Home Care Less Costly than Nursing Homes

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The types of care plans seniors need vary from person to person. However, individuals living in nursing homes may have to pay standard fees despite using fewer services, which is why in-home care is often more affordable. Find out why using in-home care could be less expensive than moving your senior parent into a nursing home.

1. No Room Fees

If your loved one lives with you or in his or her own home, he or she doesn’t have to pay a daily room fee. In nursing homes, residents are typically charged extra if they need disease-specific programs, such as ones that manage heart disease. Therefore, staying at home, downsizing to a smaller house or apartment, and moving in with family members are cheaper options for seniors than living in nursing homes.

If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Wellesley Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.

2. Private Rooms

At home, seniors have their own bedrooms, and all the rooms are theirs to do with as they wish. However, in a nursing home, seniors must pay more for private areas, which could be double the cost of a shared bedroom or semi-private space. If individual space is limited, your loved one may need to be placed on a waiting list and share space until a private unit becomes available. The lack of privacy could raise the risk of mental and physical problems that lead to decreased longevity and poor quality of life.

3. Continuous Care

Your loved one will only pay for the services he or she needs when using in-home care. In nursing homes, seniors are typically billed standard fees for continuous care even if they don’t utilize all the services or medical devices. This can be expensive, especially for aging adults who merely need assistance with basic tasks such as cooking, driving, and cleaning. With in-home care, if your loved one only needs help with medication management and basic household chores, find an affordable agency that suits his or her budget without compromising the quality of service.

If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elder care Wellesley families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

4. Recreational Activities

Most retirement facilities have staff members who coordinate arts and crafts, sports, and other recreational activities for residents. Your loved one will pay for these activities even though he or she may not enjoy some of the projects and games. With in-home care services, a caregiver will provide activities your parent prefers, preventing your parent from being billed for activities he or she would not participate in.

5. Specialized Services

If your parent is injured and needs rehabilitation, this could lead to more expenses, especially if the nursing home facility requires seeking outside care from a specialist. When seniors are living at home, they can contact agencies with caregivers who specialize in recovery care, including speech and physical therapy. Your loved one doesn’t need to sign a long-term contract when utilizing these services, so as his or her health gets better, the care plan can be altered. 

When researching agencies that provide in-home care, families are usually looking for flexible care plans, compassionate and highly trained caregivers, and 24/7 availability. Whether you need respite care to take a break from your caregiving duties or your senior loved one needs around-the-clock assistance at home, you can rely on Home Care Assistance. To create a customized home care plan for your loved one, call Home Care Assistance at (781) 239-0060 today.

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