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How much do I have to budget for home care services? A complex question and the answer is - that it depends. Every client´s situation is unique. The plan of care is tailored to a person´s specific needs and it may vary depending on sudden development of needs. So it is difficult to answer the cost question. However, we can look at different scenarios. You may find a scenario that is similar to your own situation and it may help you to get a fair idea of costs coming towards you.

Scenario 1:    
An elderly couple wants to stay in their own home. It keeps getting harder to handle some of the tougher chores. Doing laundry, grocery shopping, healthy cooking, light house cleaning and running errands are tasks that could be accomplished much better with a little help. Furthermore it feels good to have someone come in and watch for safety issues. The solution is to have a caregiver visit once or twice a week to support with these chores and provide companionship.
Approximate cost will be $300.00 to $600.00 per month.

Scenario 2:    
An elderly lady or gentlemen wants to stay at home. In order to do so, they need help every day to get dressed and to handle their activities of daily living. The solution is that a caregiver visits every morning (7 days a week) to help with the daily routine including cleaning, cooking and making sure that fall risks and other safety issues are observed and prevented.
Approximate cost will be $2,100.00 to $3,500.00 per month.

Scenario 3:    
An elderly person lives with their son or daughter. The elderly person has some more serious cognitive issues. Son or daughter are at home over night, but working during the day. The elderly needs permanent supervision. The solution is that a caregiver visits 8 hours per day, 5 days a week. Besides providing support with the activities of daily living including cooking and cleaning, safety issues and companionship are taken care of.          
Approximate cost will be $4,000.00 per month.

Scenario 4:    
An elderly person or a couple has serious medical conditions, but prefer to stay at home. They require permanent watchful supervision. Activities of daily living and medical requirements have to be taken care of. The solution is a 24 hour service team with back up. A nurse checks in frequently for medical conditions and supervises execution of the plan of care.        
Approximate cost will be $18,000.00 to $20,000.00 per month.

We hope that these 4 scenarios will give you an idea about what costs to expect to cover your individual situation. However each situation is unique. Flexible solutions are required. Call us! We will discuss with you how to tailor a solution covering your needs and match your budget.

Your CAREmasters Team