November 4th, 2016
Surveys show that nearly 30 percent of Baby Boomers whose parents are still living say they either already are supporting their parents, or eventually will need to do so. The difficulty is being able to provide care for aging parents while navigating your own retirement. Which is why Non-Medical In-Home Care is becoming an increasingly viable option.
Many seniors are still healthy enough to remain living at home, but just need assistance with daily living activities, such as bathing, washing their hair, or getting dressed. When compared with the average cost of assisted living communities, which can be as high as $4,000 per month, home care is surprisingly affordable, with per hour rates ranging between $25 and $35. Thus, if a parent requires only limited assistance, a non-medical in-home care companion may be needed only two or three hours per day – a tremendous savings, yet you’ll still have peace of mind for your loved one.
In-home care can also provide homemaker services (such as light housekeeping) or, perhaps most important of all, companionship – whether it be taking walks, card playing, or just reminiscing. Plus, an experienced in-home caregiver can offer respite relief for family caregivers by helping with transportation to doctor appointments and medication reminders.
If you have an aging parent and are concerned about the future cost and coordination of their care, it’s never too late to begin exploring the pros and cons of all possible senior living options.