10.07.09

The Cost of Respite Care

Posted in Elder Care, Home Health Care at 3:39 pm by admin

When choosing a Respite Care service, there are many considerations to
take into account. Here are 3 important ones:

What level of service does my loved one need?
How many hours per day do I need a Respite Care service?
How much will the service cost?


If you prefer your loved one to be cared for at home, you need to
decide whether you need a Nurse, a Home Health Aid or a Companion.

Nurses are, of course, trained and ready to help your loved one deal
with all of the issues that arise from living with illnesses. In
addition to helping with bathing and dressing issues, they can
administer medication and act in precisely the same ways Nurses in a
health facility could. They generally cost upwards of $25 per hour.

Home Health Aids are often Certified Nursing Assistants, trained to
provide many of the same services offered at nursing facilities. They
can help your loved one dress, walk around the house, bathe, take
medication, etc. Home Health Aids are ideal for seniors who are
currently battling illnesses and need basic health care assistance.
You can expect to pay between $20 and $25 per hour for their services.

Companions, on the other hand, are better for seniors who need
supervision but are not sick or too feeble. They are not trained to
give basic aid in activities like bathing or dressing. Companions, who
are sometimes called Homemakers, are ideal for Alzheimer’s patients
who need conversation and supervision, as well as a hand in making
lunch and taking walks. You can expect to pay them between $15 and $25 per hour.


The costs for home respite care can add up quickly. The out-of-pocket
costs could easily reach $200 per day for even basic services. If you
just need a break for a few hours, this is a fine option. Otherwise,
you would be wise to consider an Adult Day Service.

Adult Day Services (often called “Adult Day Care”) are generally far
less expensive, costing around $65 per day on average. These services
are generally open all day Monday through Friday, offering care for
many different patients in a community-rich environment. These
facilities are common for Alzheimer’s patients, and seniors who are
sick but not immobilized. The staff will almost always include
Registered Nurses and all kinds of aids who together are well equipped
to handle bathing, dressing, and all kinds of medical needs. And best
of all, the staff and patients should provide plenty of companionship.
There are around 4000 Adult Day Care facilities in the United States.

Despite the benefits, most people prefer Home Care. This is probably
because Medicare usually covers at least part of the cost of home
health care but usually does not cover adult day care. The type of
care, of course, is the determining factor. Before making any
decisions be sure to visit Medicare’s website or talk to an advisor.

1 Comment

  1. Colleen Irby said,

    July 30, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Hello. I need help in finding some respite for my mother who lives in Virginia. I live in Georgia, and suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is 70 years old, and is caring for my father, 74. with moderate/severe alzheimers. She has a daughter in a nursing home there, as well. Her 96 year old mother is in a nursing home in Michigan, and her health is failing as well. She really wants to go and visit her, but my father is not able to travel. Any suggestions for help to care for my father, so my mother can go to visit her mother?
    Thanks!
    C. Irby