A female Right at Home caregiver giving a senior female medication reminders at the kitchen table A female Right at Home caregiver giving a senior female medication reminders at the kitchen table

Financial Advantage of Home Care for Seniors

It’s no secret that home care services aren’t cheap, but when looking at the big picture, one can see why homecare is the right option. Having homecare services can reduce doctor visits and is much cheaper than a care facility. With these offsets in mind, it is clear to see where the cost saving aspect of home care comes to light.

The average senior spends nearly $12,000 on unexpected medical expenses each year. These expenses can be reduced when caregivers are present by preventing falls, alerting to a change in condition that may precede a more serious problem, and ensuring your loved one takes their medication. In a previous article, we addressed the alarming statistic that falls rank as the primary cause of injury in seniors over 65. Most of these falls are preventable by having an extra helping hand to perform daily tasks. These include, but are not limited to, assisting in getting out of bed, going to the restroom, showering, and other day-to-day activities. While caregivers’ physical activities in the home can help prevent falls, they can also make a difference through observations. Right at Home caregivers provide daily notes about their shifts and must report on any changes in condition each shift. Whether it be reporting mental, skin, or respiratory changes, our caregivers are trained to report deviations from the client’s normal appearance or activity level. This regular reporting can help catch signs of more serious underlying conditions that may not be apparent during your loved one’s regularly scheduled doctor visits. Additionally, caregivers can help prevent medication errors by reminding and supervising your loved one while they take their medications.

Its no wonder why many people want to age in place when an assisted living facility can cost as much as $10,000 per month. Aside from the astronomical price, facility living can take a mental toll on you and your loved ones as well. Living at home provides comfort and stability to those who need it most. Staying at home with a caregiver is cheaper, and better for your loved one’s mental state than a facility.

Mike Steiner, owner of Right at Home in Grayslake, IL, along with his office staff and professional caregiving team, is proud to provide in-home care to seniors and adults with disabilities who want to live independently. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those we serve, and we live our mission through the compassionate care that our caregivers and staff provide each and every day. If you would like to learn more about how Right at Home can help you or a loved one, please contact us today at (847) 984-0103.
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