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Finding affordable elder care options creates stress for families balancing their budgets and concerns for their loved ones.

caregiving helpLike most families, you know there are options for various degrees of elder care available to you, but may not know what they cost or how to compare them.   Use our chart below to find the right affordable elder care option for your family.

You may be shocked to see some of the costs of elder care, especially when looking at 24/7 care for your elderly loved one.  Many families can save money by using an inexpensive medical alert system while the senior can still live independently at home.   With a medical alert button, the senior can call for help in an emergency and get help fast.  The biggest risk is from falling and being left alone for hours or days…those situations lead the senior to be placed in a different (and more expensive) option for years to come.

ELDER CARE OPTION COST YEARLY COST WHEN TO CHOOSE
Medical Alert Button System $28 – $49 / Month $299 – $549 / Year Able to live alone with instant access to emergency services when needed
Non-Medical Home Care Average $22.00 / Hour with 3 hour minimum $3,500 – $192,000 / Year Able to live alone with daily assistance for meals, bathing, housekeeping.
Home Health Care Average $27 / Hour $125 – $236,520 / Year Able to live at home with services for health checks, wellness, other assistance
Adult Day Care Average $75 / Day $350 – $27,375 / Year Needs supervision or interaction while caregivers are at work
Assisted Living & Memory Care Average $3750 / Month, or $5,000 / Month With Memory Care $45,000 – $60,000 / Year Can’t live alone, needs help with some daily activities.
Nursing Homes Average $227 / Day Shared Room $83,000 – $292,000 / Year Requires 24/7 attention and living

Non-Medical Home Care

  • Non medical in home care is designed to help people with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, and meal preparation, so they can continue to live in the comfort of home. In short, non-medical home care is when a professional helps with things you would normally do for your loved one. Things like laundry, light housekeeping, and bathing, so that you can focus on being a family rather than a caretaker.
  • Non-medical care is best defined as care or assistance provided by individuals without formal medical training. Home care aides provide non-medical assistance to seniors such as helping with personal hygiene, laundry, cooking and transportation. However, home care does not necessarily need to be provided in the home…it can also be provided to persons residing in assisted living. Location does not impact price.
  • Costs: Typically, a home care aide will visit a home several times a week for visits lasting from 2 – 8 hours. In 2017, the national average for non-medical, in-home care is $21 / hour with different state averages ranging from $16 – $26 / hour.

 

Home Health Care

  • Home health care helps older adults live independently for as long as possible, even with an illness or injury. It covers a wide range of services and can often delay the need for long-term nursing home care.
  • Home health aides offer skilled care such as checking patients’ pulse, temperature and respiration and assisting with medical equipment such as ventilators. They will visit the home as much as medically necessary but typically for shorter periods of time than home care aide visits.
  • Costs: In 2017, the national average is $21 / hour with different state averages ranging from $16 – $27 / hour.

 

Adult Day Care

  • Adult day care is a popular option for senior living that allows elderly adults to be cared for in a daytime facility. According to the National Adult Day Services Association, more than 150,000 seniors utilized day care services on a daily basis among a total of nearly 6,000 adult day care centers nationwide.
  • This type of senior care provides aging adults with medical services, cognitive stimulation, social interaction, educational activities, meals, and in some cases transportation to and from the facility.  The average daily rate for adult day care is less than 1/2 of assisted living, 1/3 of home care and almost 1/4 of nursing home care.
  • Adult day care centers provide the elderly with supervision and social activities in a structured setting during daytime hours.  Adult day medical care provides the supervisory and social aspects of adult day care and offers more intensive health and therapeutic services for individuals with severe medical problems and those at risk of requiring nursing home care.
  • Costs: In 2017, the national average is $72 / day with different state averages ranging from $38 – $125 / day.  Expect to pay 5% – 15% more for adult day health / medical care than for regular adult day (social) care.

 

Assisted Living & Memory Care

  • Assisted living residences provide help with activities of daily living including basic health services, recreational and social activities.
  • Although assisted living communities may have memory care units on the premises, the two types of care are not synonymous. Memory care is a distinct form of long-term skilled nursing that specifically caters to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other types of memory problems.
  • Costs: usually made up of monthly rent with additional fees based on the level of attention needed. In 2017, the national average  is $3,750 / month ranging from $2,600 to $5,750. Patients requiring Alzheimer’s or dementia care in memory care homes adds an additional $1,200 / month on average.

Nursing Homes

  • Skilled nursing residences offer 24/7 care by licensed health professionals including all housekeeping, medical and social needs.
  • Costs: In 2017, the average amount being paid for a shared room is $227 / day with different state averages ranging from $145 / day to $800 / day. A shared residence usually costs 80-90% of a private one.

Medical Alert System

  • A medical alert system allows a senior to live independently at home, with access to 24/7 emergency services at the press of a button.  The senior will wear a small button and press it in the event of an emergency, or any situation where they need help.  This solution is easy to implement and can move with the senior if they travel or relocate to live with a family member or to an assisted living facility.
  • Costs: Generally around $1 a day, depending on the options chosen.  A basic medical alert system connected to a phone line costs less than $28.00  a month, with the most advanced systems costing up to $50.00 a month with cellular, WiFi, Fall Detection and GPS location services.

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