Skip to comments.Anyone ever hire home health care aids?
Posted on 05/14/2014 2:53:35 PM PDT by grayhog
Hi All ,
We're moving my mother home from a nursing home and am in the process if hiring care for her. We need 24 hour live in, though mom sleeps through the night. She is immobile, hoyer lift needed. In talking with willing applicants, it seems they need to shift her every 2 hours. Because of that, the care required is more involved. The quote I'm getting is $375 a day. That adds up to $136k per year?! Does that seem right? Any thoughts from my Freeper friends much appreciated.
Around here you pay $10/hr for an individual to come sit, using an agency will cost more than that. The agency makes money, the employee must be paid, then add in insurance and you are getting up there in price.
I’m sympathetic to your trouble. I, too, have recently been in this mess. My “local” Visiting Angels wanted about 22 hundred every two weeks for around the clock. My mother, eventually, went right into a nursing home. I’m in the northeast. At the time, I was willing to pay it.
3 people making $20/hr for a year is 40K each or 120K total and then the agency fees
If this is coming out of your own pocket you can find much cheaper if you hire direct but keep in mind what you are asking- dependable medical help
Yes, they steal.
When my grandmother was recovering from a broken hip on two occasions, we paid a trusted cousin of my mother to be with her part time each day. It wasn’t much.
When my great uncle died, three ladies helped, taking turns around the clock. I believe that came to $60,000 - $70,000 a year, in all. But it was a small town and that made it easier to find help.
If you belong to a church see if a retired nurse or aid would be available.
Maybe you should check out a long-term care facility.
You could also check with a service like “A Place for Mom”, where they can give you all the info regarding several choices of service; depending on the budget and the type of service needed.
FIL, age 94, is in hospice care at home, his wife is 84 and in pre-hospice, also at home.
One we used robbed us blind—walked out before we could report her.
I’ll look into this, thanks
Unless this is a temporary condition and they are still young 60 to 70s years old,keeping them at home may not be the best choice. Nursing home or assisted living or rehab hospital will cost $3500 to $4500 a month in the Dallas market. The facilities are really better, they have fellow folks to talk with,hourly programs to keep their brains and bodies in shape. We tried to keep both my parents in their home. They both fell, broke hips and ended up in assisted living, nursing and finally memory care and died under hospice care of alzheimer’s. Keeping them at home longer than they were capable even with help was the wrong choice in hindsight. I think we used a company like “visiting angels” and paid $15 to $18 an hour. If you need 24 hour care unless you’re very rich the facility vs hourly care is more economical. Gods speed!
My former boss had to hire hospice care at home for his wife. He thought he would save money that way. He was wrong.
I know most people don’t like to put a loved one in a nursing facility, but while we always hear about unscrupulous operators, neglect and abuse, there are many which give excellent care and you don’t hear about them. My mother was in a home operated by an order of nuns. She was well cared for — a lot better care than she would have received at home.
Is there any insurance coverage for home health care? It might help.
Be careful. Set up hidden cameras. My uncle had hire a company to help his wife some 10+ years ago and some of them rifled thru their belongings.
I'm interviewing provider tonight who is non-affiliated with a company, so we'll see what the cost difference is.
That’s $15 and hour. Not unreasonable. It also requires 2-3 shift of people working in unison, which means you need an agency. If you can’t pay that amount, then cut it to just the hours she’s awake, and you sit with her the rest of the time.
This is usually when Hospice cares steps in with Medicare/Medicaid. If you don’t have a social worker on the case, then contact hospice care and get one. You’ll need med’s and constant care, and winging that when you know nothing about it or who/what’s available is problematic.
Does she have supplemental or health insurance beside Medicare? They may be able to pay at least part of the expenses.
When my mom was alive, she was a certified nurse’s aid who ran her own ad in the “Jobs Wanted” section of our local paper. She sat with the elderly often and took care of most of their needs that didn’t require a hospital or a doctor.
You might try that route (look in the classifieds), but make sure you get references.
When my mom finally fell ill and required hospice, we got a list of sitters. We found one who would sit with her during the day (while I was at work), and I would see to her at night. We had her come to the house, mom and I interviewed her and hired her. It was about $10 an hour back then for 4-5hrs a day/5 days a week. Friends and family filled in the gaps.
You might also check with some friends and co-workers who may be or have been in a similar situation.
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