It is sometimes hard to admit that our parents, the people who cared for us from infancy to adulthood, have gotten to the point where they are unable to care for themselves. After we make that realization, the questions become “what type of care is best for them?” and “what can we do to make sure it’s affordable?”
Millions of Americans care for their elderly parents themselves. They move mom in with them or take over their parents’ finances and weekly grocery shopping. While this may be the most cost-effective solution it’s not right for everyone. If you work full-time with a family of your own, live far away, or if your parents are in the later stages of dementia, you will need outside help.
An assisted living facility or nursing home may be your first thought, however, don’t count out in-home care as an affordable option.
The hourly rate of in-home health care is often much less than the cost of an assisted living facility.
Representatives from SYNERGY HomeCare can meet with you and your parents to determine their needs. Do they need help daily, or just a few times a week? If they need daily help, it might be more cost effective to have someone come for a few hours in the morning, and then again in the afternoon, rather than staying all day. Will they just need help with errands and meal preparation or more personal services like help bathing and dressing?
Once you have figured out what they need, and what it’s going to cost, the next step is to figure out how to pay for it. Read more about that in part two of Finding the Most Affordable Care for your Parents.