Everything You Need to Know About Senior Homecare Services

Senior homecare services are the perfect option for seniors who want to stay in their own homes, yet need assistance to do so. According to AARP, 90% of seniors over the age of 65 intend to stay in their own homes as they age. Are you among this majority? If so, you need to learn more about your options for in-home care.

Thankfully, you don’t have to give up your home to have access to reliable, affordable care. Explore this comprehensive guide on senior homecare services, your options for homecare, the cost of homecare services, and more.

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What are Senior Homecare Services?

You have likely heard of homecare services, but maybe you’re not quite sure what they entail.

Before you start determining what type of care is right for you, it’s vital that you have an understanding of what your different options are.

Is it becoming more difficult to maintain your home? Do you feel like managing your own medication, hygiene, household chores, meals, and more has become overwhelming? Perhaps you feel like you’ve gotten to the point where you are no longer able to stay in your own home. If you are a senior and you are facing these challenges, you may feel like you only have two options for your living arrangements: either you move into an assisted living community or you move in with a family member who can care for you. Although assisted living is another popular option for seniors, this isn’t always the right choice for every senior. You may not feel that you’re ready to leave your home and move into a community. A few drawbacks of moving into an assisted living community include the high monthly expense and the lack of space for your possessions.

Fortunately, there is another option you should consider. You can stay in your own home and receive the regular care and support you need. Senior homecare services allow seniors who are no longer able or find it challenging to live alone to stay in their own home, where they feel comfortable. After all, you may have lived in your home for decades, and because it's really important that you not sacrifice safety for comfort, this could be the best way to feel both safe and comfortable.

So, what exactly is senior homecare? Essentially, a skilled healthcare provider comes to you to provide the support you require to get through the day. These professional caregivers assisted with different aspects of daily living. Homecare services are tailored to whatever you need, whether that's a ride to your next doctor's appointment or someone to walk with you in the park. Daily, emotional, and medical support are at the crux of what homecare providers offer.

While much of senior home care is focused on enabling seniors to stay in their own homes, homecare service providers aren’t restricted to just in-home care. Homecare services can be offered wherever your home may be, whether that is a temporary or permanent home. A care professional can help in a rehab facility, providing companionship and additional support, or in an assisted living facility if you feel like you’re not getting enough quality care or attention, or if you simply want a companion.

This is especially beneficial for seniors who move in with their children or other family members. Moving in with your family doesn’t automatically mean someone will be available to provide you care and support during the day. Maybe your children work full time or your grandchildren are at school. Senior homecare services mean that someone is available to assist you, even if your family is not home.

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Traditional Homecare Visits vs. Care-by-the-Minute Visits

Sometimes, your care needs don’t require a multiple hour visit from a care professional. However, with traditional homecare services, you often pay for a minimum number of hours each day or week, regardless of your needs. When you use traditional senior homecare services, there is little flexibility in cost or timing. Many require you to pay for that minimum amount of time – typically about four hours – even if you need significantly less assistance.

With the push back against those high costs and lack of flexibility, many seniors are turning to the care-by-the-minute model. Care-by-the-minute visits have revolutionized senior homecare. With this model, you only pay for the amount of time you actually need help, down to the minute. So, if you only need help getting dressed for the day, someone can come to assist for 15 minutes leave. This minimizes costs and is a better option for ongoing care needs. On the other hand, if you want someone to be at your house for six hours, you can schedule that, too.

Another way in which care-by-the-minute offers greater flexibility to seniors is the on-demand availability. Usually with traditional homecare visits, the healthcare professional comes at a specified time each day or week. With on-demand care-by-the-minute visits, you can schedule for healthcare providers to come when you need them. So, for example, if you suddenly needed someone to take you to a doctor’s appointment, the healthcare provider can arrive as soon as possible once you’ve requested them. This way, you’re able to keep your schedule as open as you want, since your healthcare visits are flexible. The visits can work around your lifestyle, instead of planning your life around visits.

It’s also beneficial because you’re not making a long-term commitment to care. Finding a care provider the traditional way comes with a lot of hassle. If you only need assistance one time, you don’t want to invest the time or money on background checks or interviewing potential caregivers. When you choose on-demand care, a qualified caregiver can show up the one time you need them or for a short period of time, with little to no work on your part.

When are Homecare Services Helpful?

Homecare services can be on a temporary or permanent basis. While you may be in need of assistance now, you may not in the future. Here are a few life events that might trigger the need for senior homecare services:

  • Recovering from an Illness or Injury - Have you recently experienced an illness or injury and you need help while you recover? Maybe after a stay in the hospital, you don’t have as much strength as did before your stay. A fall, like an illness, can also make it a lot harder to fulfill your regular responsibilities and care for yourself. Homecare services can help you temporarily recover from these challenges, or they can accommodate you if you need assistance long term to recover from an injury or illness. Remember that injuries or illnesses can be harder to overcome the older you get, so it's important you have support as you recover.
  • Managing a Chronic or Permanent Condition - Chronic illness or the diagnosis of a permanent condition like Alzheimer's disease or diabetes will change your life. Unfortunately, with a new diagnosis often comes new challenges, and there’s a chance you’ll no longer be able to do things that once were easy. In that scenario, homecare services can take some of these burdens off your shoulders or minimize the amount of care family members have to provide. In addition to general care needs, a caregiver can also help you manage your medications, some of which may have been recently prescribed, ensuring you take the right medications at the right time each day.
  • Assistance with Daily Tasks - Sometimes seniors get to the point where they’re no longer able or no longer want to keep up with certain tasks on their own. Having someone there to provide support with daily tasks is one of the most common reasons seniors seek out homecare services. We’ll explore some of the tasks that these healthcare providers can assist with below.
  • Spouse Recently Passed Away - The passing of a spouse is devastating. Whether they were the caregiver for you or you were the caregiver for them, you now have to reestablish your whole life. An in-home caregiver provides help as you come up with a new routine and organize your loved one’s possessions. They are a great source of general care and companionship during this trying time.
  • Permanent Caregiver is Unavailable - Maybe you have a permanent caregiver, like a spouse or a child. Sometimes, he or she may not be available due to circumstances like a vacation, jury duty, or an illness they’re dealing with themselves. When they’re not available, a caregiver can step in to fill that role. Scheduling homecare services doesn't have to be a permanent arrangement. In fact, you could have fill-in care for stints as short as one day.
  • Facing the End of Life - In the final season of life, you may need support both emotionally and logistically. There is great comfort in having a healthcare professional committed to helping you. Preparing for the end of one’s life is a daunting task, and one that requires support both for you and your loved ones. A homecare professional can help seniors nearing the end of their lives get things in order or help manage pain to make this season comfortable and peaceful.

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If you find yourself in any of these scenarios, don’t worry. There are assistance options available. Homecare services are designed to provide the support you need, when you need it, in the manner that’s most comfortable for you. And, when you’ve adequately recovered from a surgery or an illness is behind you, you can stop care visits until you need them again, or if you need these services on a permanent basis, caregivers are available for long-term support, too.

What Types of Homecare Services are Available?

The answer to this question is pretty simple: caregivers can provide support with almost anything you need! The goal of homecare services is basically to offer whatever assistance a senior needs to live a comfortable, happy, and healthy life. So, the services required will probably look a little different for every senior.

Homecare services fall into two broad categories – personal care services, and companionship and homemaking services. Let’s look at some specific services that fall into these two categories and about how much time each of these services take.

Personal Care Services

Bathing - 40 minutes

Bathing can be a fall hazard for seniors, especially if you do not have a handicap-accessible restroom in your home. Some seniors need assistance to safely get in and out of the shower or bathtub, or washing their hair and body. Homecare services ensure you can bathe safely.

Grooming - 30 minutes

Getting dressed, shaving, or doing your hair can all be draining tasks without the help of a homecare service provider. But, with the help of a caregiver, you can look and feel your best each day.

Hygiene - 35 minutes

Personal hygiene is important, but keeping up with essential everyday tasks, like brushing your teeth or cutting fingernails and toenails, can be a challenge without assistance. Homecare providers can take care of these small tasks with ease.

Toileting - 15 minutes

If you don’t have a handicap accessible restroom or restroom accessories, your safety could be at risk. And, even if you do have these facilities, assistance may be needed. Don’t risk a fall. The support of a caregiver can help you avoid serious injury.

Incontinence - 15 minutes

Homecare professionals can help address all incontinence issues, helping you maintain health and dignity.

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Companionship and House-Making Services

Meal Preparation - 1.5 hours

For many seniors, preparing food can be so exhausting that they may skip meals or choose unhealthy options over healthy ones. Healthcare providers don’t just make meal preparation easier for you, they also support you in staying healthy.

Transportation - 1 hour

Many seniors don’t feel comfortable driving anymore, but still have plenty of places to go. If you need someone to take you to doctors’ appointments or to refill your prescriptions, homecare services could be the answer.

Errands - 1 hour

In addition to transportation for appointments, homecare professionals can also help you run necessary errands, like picking up groceries or meeting friends for lunch. Instead of being confined to your home or relying on a family member to run your errands, you can enjoy time out of the house with a caregiver and check these tasks off your to-do list.

Housekeeping - 2 hours

Maintaining a clean home is a challenge at any age, but it can be especially trying for seniors. Scrubbing the bathtub or kitchen floor isn’t possible or wise. Homecare services can help with essential tasks like tidying up, washing or folding laundry, doing dishes, or any other task you’re unable to do.

Companionship - 2 hours

Many seniors struggle with loneliness. Limited mobility, bad weather, or illness can all stand in the way of relationships with friends or family. A homecare service professional can help you overcome the challenge of loneliness. While this service is two hours on average, the amount of time is really up to you! You can have a homecare service provider stay as long as you want.

Medication Reminders - 15 minutes

If you take multiple medications, you know how challenging it can be to keep up with which medicines to take at what time. Plus, taking the wrong medication or the wrong dosage can have serious consequences for your health. Medication management from a homecare professional isn’t just a convenient service. It’s a service that promotes your health and safety.

Pet Services - 1 hour

A pet can bring tremendous joy and companionship no matter your age, but the older you get, the harder it can be to play with, walk, and clean up after a pet. Senior homecare professionals can pitch in with pet care, helping you walk your dog or take you and your cat to the vet. That way you don’t have to sacrifice benefit of a pet due to age or ability.

As you look at these services, keep in mind that the time estimates for these tasks can vary. Maybe your errands will only take 30 minutes, or you don’t need help with grooming at all. The benefit of using the care-by-the-minute structure is that you only pay for the services you need, and you only pay for the amount of time you need them.

How Do I Know if I Need Senior Homecare Services?

For many people, the need for homecare services comes instantly. In circumstances like a sudden injury or illness, you could go from being totally independent one day to being in serious need of assistance the next day. For others, the need for assistance doesn’t arise all at once, and is instead, a gradual increase in need. Either way, it’s important to determine not only if you require assistance, but also to determine the level of assistance you require.

Here are a few signs that you may be in need of senior homecare services:

  • You need help, but aren’t ready or don’t want to move into an assisted living community.
  • You feel like you spend too much of the day alone, or you rarely see family or friends.
  • You are worried about falling or suffering a serious injury in your home.
  • You no longer want to drive, or you are unable to drive.
  • You forget to take medicine, or struggle with medication management.
  • You have no desire to cook, find cooking difficult, or do not eat healthy meals very often.
  • You are experiencing feelings of depression or loneliness.
  • You feel overwhelmed by housework.
  • You have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
  • You have recently had surgery and are about to be released from the hospital for recovery.
  • You have recently suffered an illness and are about to be released from the hospital for recovery.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? If one or more apply to you, it’s likely that you need to start exploring your homecare service options. Many seniors resist help because they may view it as giving up or some kind of defeat. Asking for help when you need it is just plain smart.

Think of it this way: it’s better to ask for help than to overexert yourself and make matters worse. For example, if you have just been released from the hospital after having pneumonia, you don’t want to do anything that would jeopardize your recovery. So, cleaning up your house or taking your dog on a long walk probably aren't the best decisions. Instead, you can have a home healthcare provider take on those responsibilities. You’ll benefit from the extra rest, and these important tasks are still completed.

Keep in mind that it’s valuable to involve your family in these care decisions, too. Discuss your needs and get input from your children, spouse, or siblings. Because they are invested in your health and well-being, you should bring them into the decision-making process. Express your need for assistance and ask them to support you as you look for the right care option.

If you’re still wondering whether or not you are really in need of homecare services, there’s a helpful quiz you can take. Not only will this advise on your needs, it will also make customized homecare recommendations that are within your budget.

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How Do I Find a Homecare Provider Near Me?

If you’ve never been through the experience of finding a homecare provider for yourself or a loved one before, you may feel like you’re a little in the dark. You may not know where to look or how to even start the process. Don’t worry; this is a challenge many seniors and their family members face. It’s vital that you choose someone trustworthy – someone you’re comfortable trusting with your health and in your home.

When you’re searching for a home healthcare provider, you have three basic options: get word-of-mouth recommendations, use a referral agency, or partner with a homecare provider network. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks of these options.

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Word-of-Mouth Referral

Do you have a friend or family member who has recently searched for and gotten help from a homecare professional? If you trust your connection’s opinion, you may want to ask for a recommendation on the professional they used. Through a referral, you’ll be sure that the caregiver you choose comes highly recommended by someone you know and trust.

On the other hand, there are a few reasons why you may not want to venture down the personal referral path. There’s a chance the person you know did not need the same level or type of support that you need. Maybe this elderly homecare professional was perfect for your friend who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, but maybe they’re not the best option for someone who needs transportation services or someone with whom they can run errands.

Also, these professionals are often independent caregivers, someone your friend found through connections like church or through a friend of a friend. While independent elderly homecare services often come with the benefit of a lower price tag, they also don't have some of the protections that agencies provide.

Many agencies run background checks to vouch for their elderly homecare provider’s credentials and credibility. Additionally, if you independently employ a care provider, you have to treat them like any other employee. This means paying taxes, providing vacation and sick leave, and even ensuring you have adequate insurance to cover any injuries in the event they are harmed while on the job in your home. In the long run, you may end up paying much more for an independent caregiver than one represented by an agency or organization.

Referral Agency

One of the biggest issues you’ll encounter with referral agencies is the lack of uniformity. Some perform background checks, while others do not. Some states require referral agencies to have a license, while others do not. You will likely find that it is difficult to find an agency that gathers all the information from candidates that you want. So, you may end up conducting a background check on your own.

Referral agencies don’t act as employers. They’re simply the referring party that connects homecare providers with potential clients. Then, once a homecare provider is hired, the agency collects a referral fee. Similar to the challenges of hiring an independent caregiver, you should also invest in insurance to cover any potential injury, or work out the specifics of their employment.

The best way to think of a referral agency is as a list of independent providers you can hire, with the added referral fee on top of the care expense. While it offers the immediacy of having a list of candidates handed to you, you still have to do the legwork to ensure these are high-quality candidates.

Traditional Homecare Agency

Traditional homecare agencies employ a staff of caregivers. Patients contact the agency and the agency sends someone from their team to your home. These agencies are the employers, which means they interview, screen, hire, and train their caregivers.

How does this differ from a registry? Think of a registry as a list of independent contractors. The registry simply acts as a middleman, connecting self-employed caregivers with clients. Homecare agencies, instead, are the employers for the caregivers, and as the employer, agencies are responsible for insurance and ongoing management of the caregivers. This makes it easier to find qualified care. For example, the agencies conduct background checks prior to bringing on a care provider, so you avoid the cost and hassle.

One of the drawbacks to using a homecare agency is that they typically require seniors to pay for a four-hour minimum care visit, even if you don’t need four hours of care.

Care Provider Network

This model brings homecare agencies together, connecting their caregivers with clients. You have numerous caregivers to choose from in your area, which maximizes the chances you’ll find the right option for your needs. A care provider network, like CaringOnDemand, takes many of the burdens associated with referrals, registries, and agencies off your shoulders.

CaringOnDemand only partners with agencies that are licensed, bonded, and insured. This means if a caregiver is injured on the job, in your home, you’re not responsible for the costs. The agency has insurance to cover any potential injury. Bonding is also important, as this covers any loss of your property due to theft that could occur.

Agencies also verify that their caregivers are fully trained and qualified to provide you with home healthcare services. You don’t have to worry about falsified credentials or a lack of references. The agency can verify all training and provide the references you need to ensure you’re comfortable with the caregiver being in your home.

While all three options have their merits, the best way to ensure you’re trusting with your health to the right care provider is to partner with an agency network. The process of finding the perfect caregiver for your needs doesn’t have to be a daunting one. When you choose an agency network, you’ll feel confident in your caregiver choice.

Who Comes to My Home to Provide Care?

Though you may have found a caregiver through a reputable agency network, it’s important to have a little more knowledge about the specific skills and credentials the caregiver has before you start your partnership with them. For each senior, the type of caregiver they need is different. For example, if you are recovering from a stroke, a skilled nurse is the best choice, while someone who just needs minimal assistance around the home doesn’t need someone with a nursing degree.

Being an in-home caregiver requires specific skills and training. Let’s look at three different types of care providers who could possibly come to your home.

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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Certified nursing assistants in hospitals or doctors’ offices will work under registered nurses or nurse practitioners. Additionally, they are more than qualified to meet many of your needs when it comes to homecare services. To become a CNA, candidates must first pass an accredited training course. Then, the state where they reside or practice has a licensing exam that must be passed, as well. It’s important to note that states’ licensing requirements vary, so you may want to become familiar with the requirements for your state to properly evaluate CNAs.

CNAs are very attentive to a patient’s quality-of-life needs, making them well suited for in-home care. They can assist with getting you in and out of bed, getting dressed or bathing, managing medication, or anything else you may need. They are trained in assessing a patient’s day-to-day well-being, and can keep your care team in the loop on how you’re progressing.

Home Health Aide (HHA)

Home health aides often have specific training on how to provide care for patients in their own homes, making an HHA one of the ideal caregiver roles you can look for. Many are trained on the job by other home health aides or CNAs. While there are some certifications they can seek out, like one offered by the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), a certification isn’t generally required to become an HHA. However, many employers or agencies may require home health aides to have a certain number of training hours or pass an internal training course. Also, the state you live in may have HHA requirements, so be sure to look into your state’s requirements for an HHA.

A home health aide can provide great assistance with some of the major activities of daily living, from helping you with personal services to offering assistance with home-making duties like laundry or cleaning. They can also drive you to appointments or help with errands.

In-Home Care Professional

Finally, you may receive care from an in-home care professional. These are experienced healthcare providers that may not have any specific certification or medical training, but they do provide in-home care services. With on-the-job training, they will be equipped to help with any cooking, cleaning, or transportation needs. These professionals are the ideal partners for grooming or home-making tasks.

It’s vital that the homecare professional you choose to partner with is reliable and skilled. In the next section, let’s explore a few ways to ensure that a homecare professional is credible, and find out how to ensure you’re selecting the right professional for your needs.

How Do I Know if the Homecare Professional is Credible?

First and foremost, the best decision you can make is to work with an agency. You may not have the industry experience or resources to verify that all caregivers are as credible as they claim to be. Like we discussed above, when you independently hire a homecare provider, you’re responsible for the entire vetting process yourself, an investment of both time and resources.

Fortunately, the background checks and verification of credentials done by the agencies can prove the competency of an elderly homecare provider. However, you should remember that you can ask the homecare agency and the caregiver as many questions as you want to ensure you’re comfortable trusting this professional with your health and in your home.

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It’s also smart to ask for references from other seniors the caregiver works with or the families of seniors they have provided care to in the past. These personal accounts of the care they provide will certainly make you feel more comfortable with the arrangement.

Fortunately, when you go through an agency, they normally have references on file both from past and current patients of the caregiver. Using a network like CaringOnDemand can help you get insight into a caregiver’s credibility, too. CaringOnDemand uses a rating system allowing seniors to rate their caregivers on a one-to-five star scale. They can also leave notes about their experience, giving other seniors insight into the care they provide and caregivers insight on how they can improve.

How are Homecare Providers Chosen or Hired?

Before agencies represent any caregivers, there are a few ways they’re vetted to ensure they will provide the best care. And because agency networks are the bridge for the caregivers and the seniors looking for care, you can rest assured that these networks are only connecting seniors with qualified candidates.

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Here are a few of the ways that homecare providers are vetted by agencies before that agency is ready to recommend a caregiver to seniors:

  • Competency exam and skill testing. Above all, it’s vital that homecare providers have the necessary skills to meet the needs of the seniors they care for. Before anyone is brought on by an agency, they must verify that they have the technical skills and knowledge to effectively care for any senior who needs support. This could mean showing proof of education or passing an exam.
  • In-person interview. Having a nurturing or amiable personality is as important has having the technical skills to provide care for seniors. Thus, an in-person interview ensures that these caregivers are pleasant people to welcome into your home.
  • State required certification. Each state's certification requirements are different. This means there is no one certification that can be applied to all states, which makes it vital that the only caregivers you choose are certified in your state. Agency networks like CaringOnDemand ensure that the caregivers they connect with seniors are all local and have the appropriate state certification.
  • Background check. Background checks are important in almost any job, and even more crucial for jobs in which someone is let into your personal space. You want to know without a doubt that you can trust the caregiver who comes into your home. A background check conducted by the agency will reveal any criminal or legal issues associated with a particular caregiver. If someone fails the background check, the agency will not represent that person.
  • Client references. Client references are vital testimony to the competency of a caregiver. Only someone who has received care from an elderly homecare provider can really know if they’re up to the job. These references from past or current clients can give you insight into how you will get along with this caregiver, if they’re qualified to meet your needs, and if you will have a positive experience spending time with them.
  • In-service training. On-the-job training is normal for many jobs in many industries, but it plays an especially valuable role in the process of preparing caregivers to work with an agency and seniors. Homecare providers are shown the ropes by other caregivers who have experience being represented by the agency.

Knowing a little more about how caregivers are selected and trained should make you feel more comfortable using one. These are professionals who have dedicated their lives to providing care, and they’re happy to help you with whatever you need.

How Much Does Homecare for Seniors Cost?

No one wants to pay for more than what they actually use. With the pay-by-the-minute senior homecare model, you’re only paying for the amount of time you actually need support, instead of paying a flat monthly fee or for a minimum of four hours a day, which is common with traditional home healthcare models.

You may think that there is no way you can afford home healthcare. It may seem like a luxury that’s out of their budget. That’s why so many seniors turn to assisted living homes as an alternative option. While assisted living may be about the same price as at home care, many seniors will sell their homes or vehicles, or tap into their savings account to cover the cost.

Many seniors don’t want to sell or leave their homes, but this also means they don’t have disposable incomes to cover the high cost of traditional at-home care. This makes the care-by-the-minute model even more appealing. Because this method means you only pay for the care you need and the amount of time your caregiver is with you, you can drastically decrease the amount you pay for care each month.

It’s important to note that the rate for using a resource like CaringOnDemand is set by the partner agency. You are shown rates prior to a caregiver being selected, so you know beforehand approximately how much you will be charged for each specific visit.

To get a better idea of how the cost of care varies between assisted living, at home, and care-by-the-minute, take a look at the chart* below.

Area

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day

Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day

Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits

National Average

$139

$132

$29

New York City, NY

$157

$194

$41

Los Angeles, CA

$157

$148

$34

Chicago, IL

$150

$158

$29

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$133

$144

$25

Washington, D.C.

$149

$164

$27

Houston, TX

$135

$127

$21

San Francisco, CA

$185

$181

$38

Philadelphia, PA

$150

$175

$25

Boston, MA

$176

$192

$32

Atlanta, GA

$125

$111

$23

National Average

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$139
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$132
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$29

New York City, NY

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$157
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$194
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$41

Los Angeles, CA

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$157
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$148
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$34

Chicago, IL

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$150
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$158
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$29

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$133
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$144
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$25

Washington, D.C.

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$149
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$164
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$27

Houston, TX

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$135
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$127
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$21

San Francisco, CA

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$185
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$181
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$38

Philadelphia, PA

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$150
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$175
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$25

Boston, MA

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$176
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$192
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$32

Atlanta, GA

Average Cost for Traditional Care per Day
$125
Average Cost of Assisted Living per Day
$111
Average Cost for By-the-Minute Care Visits
$23

* Data was used from the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey. In all states that CoD is in, the average is around $25 per hour with a 4-hour visit minimum ($100 per visit).

Based on the national average, you can save tremendously on your cost of care. So, you don’t have to consider selling your home to cover the cost of care, and you don’t have to worry about moving into an assisted living community.

Ultimately, the care-by-the-minute model offers the most affordable care options, so you can have the support you need in the convenience of your own home. Regardless of where you income or the cost of living in your area, for a small price, you can have access to high-quality, accessible, professional care through a solution like CaringOnDemand.

Do I Need to Use Technology to Get Homecare Services?

It seems like our whole world is on-demand today. You can order food from anywhere for delivery. You can use an app to find a pet sitter. You can watch almost any movie online or television show with a single click. You can schedule a ride service like Uber or Lyft to pick you up. You can even have groceries delivered right to your door! This on-demand model has made life far more convenient. In this high-tech world, on-demand care should be available for all seniors, too!

So, how does on-demand care-by-the-minute work? Using a mobile app, you can schedule a caregiver to come to your home and complete the services you require. When you hear the word “technology” you might be a little apprehensive. Don’t be intimidated by the technology aspect of on-demand care. The process is designed to be simple, easy-to-use, and beneficial for both seniors and caregivers. And in actuality, the answer to the question “Do I have to use technology to get homecare services?” is no. You can have a friend or family member or even the home care agency manage it for you.

To gain a full understanding of how exactly CaringOnDemand works, contact us for a free care consultation and we'll take you through a deep dive into the process of getting started and scheduling care whenever you need it.

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Ultimately, CaringOnDemand is the easiest and most convenient way to schedule the care you need to stay healthy, without the burden of high costs. You’ll find that as you use the app more often, you will become more familiar with the process. And, you’ll be pleased with the accessibility of in-home care.

Homecare FAQs: Commonly Asked Questions about In-Home Care and CaringOnDemand

Do you still have more questions about homecare services or how CaringOnDemand works? Here are a few questions we are commonly asked.

What is CaringOnDemand?

CaringOnDemand is a home care service and technology platform that connects you to a nationwide network of certified home care providers you can hire day and night.

Why should I use CaringOnDemand?

Did you know one of the main costs of home care is the time a caregiver sits and waits in between tasks?

CaringOnDemand is the only homecare service without hourly minimums, so you or a loved one can receive care for only as long as needed.

How much does a CaringOnDemand visit cost?

The price of a CaringOnDemand visit is determined by your location and visit length. On average, a 30 minute visit is $20

Before you schedule a CaringOnDemand visit, you will be shown the rate and estimate visit cost before you book.

This is in contrast to going through an agency to find care. In that scenario, you may find that care is $25 per hour, for example. However, agencies typically require seniors to pay for a minimum of four hours of care, which turns $25 per hour into $100 per visit, even if you only need 30 minutes worth of care.

We understand that many seniors are on a tight budget. That’s why there are no hidden costs with CaringOnDemand. Homecare doesn’t need to be hundreds of dollars per visit. With CaringOnDemand, you have complete control over how much you spend.

Does someone different come to my home each time? What if I like a specific caregiver?

We encourage all our clients to form bonds with caregivers. This makes for a more enjoyable experience for both you and the caregiver. So, if you have a special bond with a caregiver, you are free to request their services or set up a recurring visit from them. A consistency in care helps caregivers to notice any changes in your condition that should be shared with your family or a medical professional. It also helps you build trust in their skills and their character.

However, we should note that if you do not have a recurring visit from a specific caregiver, they may not be available at the exact time you need them. In that case, we will assign one of the many other qualified caregivers.

Can I meet the home care provider before I start service?

Yes! CaringOnDemand offers a free wellness assessment visit prior to starting care. You simply schedule this consultation, and an agency representative will meet with you in your home. During this visit, the representative will bring an agreement for you to sign and also develop a basic care plan and schedule designed specifically for your needs. They can also show you how to use technology to schedule visits and manage your account.

To get started, either request a free consult visit via the app, or call us at CaringOnDemand. We would be more than willing to schedule a time for you to meet your care team.

 

Do I have to pay with a debit or credit card?

When you sign up for an account with CaringOnDemand, you are required to input a debit card or credit card number. While we do not accept cash of check payment for homecare, you can change the debit or credit card you’re using at any time. There are a couple of reasons why we only accept digital payment. First, it helps caregivers avoid the burden of carrying payments around or transporting them to the agency. Also, this allows you to access your entire payment history online, which minimizes paperwork and invoices for the caregiver, the agency the caregiver works for, and of course, you and your family.

I don’t have a smartphone. Can I still use CaringOnDemand?

If you don’t have a smartphone, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways you can still use and benefit from CaringOnDemand. First, you can access our website using your laptop or desktop computer. You can do any of the needed scheduling or account edits online that you would otherwise do on the app.

You can talk to your family members and see if someone would be willing to download the CaringOnDemand app on their phone and schedule visits for you. If you choose this option, you should ensure you choose someone who is often available, since you don’t always know when you’ll need care. If your son is the one who schedules visits for you, but he goes on vacation, he may be slow to respond, and thus, you might be waiting a long time for care.

Finally, you can just pick up the phone and call us. At CaringOnDemand, we want to make the process of securing care as easy as possible, and we’re happy to help you schedule any care visits you need over the phone.

What if there is more than one senior in a household?

If both you and your spouse still live in your home or you live with a sibling or friend that also needs care, you can both benefit from homecare services. Keep in mind that this will mean more work for the caregiver, so plan for an increase in time and cost.

Contact CaringOnDemand to Get Started

Do you think senior homecare services are the right option for you care needs? This is a smart decision for many seniors. Are you ready to take the next step and set up an account with CaringOnDemand?