There are so many different myths and misconceptions about live-on care for seniors that sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them all. While myths are unfortunate, they can lead some families to make the wrong decisions for their elderly loved ones, all because they didn’t understand the truth about live in home care.
Below are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about 24-hour home care and once you know and understand them, you’ll be in a better position to make the right decision, or more importantly, to help your loved one make the right decision about this valuable level of care.
Myth #1: It’s only for the very ill. One common thing that people mistakenly assume is that live in home care is only for people who are severely ill. While it is true that individuals who have suffered from a serious medical condition, such as a stroke or heart attack may require the services of a home health aide during their recovery, a live in caregiver is ideal for any senior who may require basic assistance with getting around their home, basic cleaning, cooking, and other tasks.
There are two different types of in home care: medical and non-medical, each providing different levels of care to fill just about every need.
Myth #2: Live in home care costs too much. There are a number of people who never even look into 24 hour care because they assume that it costs too much. This is unfortunate because the costs of this level of care is generally less than nursing home facilities and even assisted living. Costs for this level of care have remained consistent, coming in at about $18 to $20 per hour of care. Live in home care generally pays at a 40-hour workweek, though caregivers will likely work many more hours than that during the week.
Medicare and Medicaid also cover some of these expenses in certain situations, though that will vary depending on the patient.
Myth #3: You don’t determine who the care provider is. You and your loved one will be able to decide who they want to come into their home. Just because you hire a certain agency doesn’t mean they decide who will be living with your loved one. That decision remains with you and the person who will be receiving the 24 hour care.
As you can see, these are some strong myths that, if believed without checking into them, could lead someone to believe that live in care for seniors is not a viable option for them. Hopefully you also realize that it’s a reasonable option to consider to allow your loved ones to stay in their home and enjoy life to the fullest.
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