We all know the No. 1 objective of most families is to help their loved ones stay in their own homes for as long as possible. No one’s first choice is to go to a facility or an institution--no matter how nice the facility is. However, keeping a loved one in their homes may seem expensive and time-consuming. This is not necessarily so.
Today, there are many options. SYNERGY HomeCare provides a wide variety of home care services that may allow you to be able to keep your loved one at home. For a senior to stay in their own home safely they may need just a few hours of assistance each week or they may need 24/7 Live-In Care. An evaluation by a SYNERGY HomeCare professional is needed to determine what is best.
When comparing with other options, home care may appear to be more costly at first. However, usually, the other options have hidden costs. Assisted living facilities do not cover more than a few check-in visits per week, independent communities do not provide covered visits at all, and nursing homes that claim to be less expensive than home care options typically are very poorly run and maintained with few room options. If your loved one has Alzheimer's or dementia and is prone to wander, you will have to pay to have someone look after them and this will come out of your own pocket. Also, adult day care may seem attractive, however, finding the time and transportation to the daycare center is another cost most don't consider. Finally, if you are considering utilizing a private caregiver instead of a home care agency, the hidden cost of doing so is your time and peace of mind. You will have to manage this person like they are your employee, and if they do not show up, you will either have to miss work or you will have to call around and get someone to help you on short notice--certainly not the preferred solution.
Different needs require different solutions and there are many ways to structure a care plan to help the cost fit within a family's budget. Needing 1 hour of care 3 times per week will cost less than 24-hour care. Therefore, the only way to make a meaningful analysis of your ability to afford home care is to have a trained care manager evaluate the specific personal care needs of your loved ones and develop a care plan to fit those needs. Our care managers have many years of experience in helping new families find the right level of home care services. They can evaluate your loved one situation and determine how many hours are needed given existing medical conditions. They can also help you estimate the availability of friends and family to participate in your loved ones care. Convinced? Call us to come by and give you a free in-home care assessment.
When you talk with a SYNERGY HomeCare care manager, we will make sure you understand the services you need, how often, and for how many hours per day. We will help you develop a budget and share with you the ways families have been able to pull their resources together to provide this care to their loved ones. Some of these options include:
The only true way of knowing exactly how much our in-home care services will cost is to talk to one of our care managers. Together with them, you can come up with a care plan including the number of hours that is not only affordable but keeps your aging loved one truly safe and in their own home. Ask about options like The VA Aide and Attendance Pension Benefit, VA Home Based Care program, reverse mortgages, life settlements, and long-term care insurance. It is possible that one of those programs may be able to help with the cost. And rest assured, when you obtain services from SYNERGY HomeCare, you will receive care from employees that are thoroughly screened, experienced and supervised--which can make going with us a life-saving and life-changing option. Call us today!