A lot of aging adults wish to remain in their homes rather than move to a senior community or assisted living center. Living in your own house can offer a sense of comfort, security, and freedom. However, living at home can be expensive, especially if you require full- or part-time home care assistance.
You might be considering private home care to help with daily activities, or your primary caregiver may look at senior home care services to help supplement your current care plan. While these are great options that allow seniors to live at home safely and comfortably, assistance home care can be expensive. Here are a few ways to lower the cost of home care services for elderly and to make living at home a bit more affordable.
Find the right home care agency.
If you’re considering private home care, make sure you find the right agency for your needs. You want a high-quality home care agency that includes background checks, bonding, insurance, training, workers’ compensation, and backup care. You also want to find a home care agency that fits your budget. Doing your due diligence about price, offerings, services, and client testimonials will help you find the right home care agency for your needs.
Don’t pay a caretaker for tasks GoGo can handle.
GoGoGrandparent can’t replace senior home care for medical assistance, but a lot of seniors use GoGo to do their daily errands and tasks without needing to pay for a full-time caretaker. Here are some examples of how GoGo can make living at home simple, easy, and affordable.
1. If you no longer feel comfortable driving, you can still have freedom of movement without paying for a full-time caretaker or driver. GoGo can arrange reliable rides for seniors around the clock. If you or your loved one no longer like getting behind the wheel, GoGo’s partnership with Uber and Lyft makes it simple and convenient for you to catch a ride. Best yet, behind the scenes, GoGoGuardians are monitoring requests to ensure a comfortable, safe, and accessible ride. Learn more about how to request a ride on demand for seniors here.
2. You don’t have to pay a caretaker to go grocery shopping for you or to assist you while you go to the store. GoGo can deliver groceries, vitamins, and household supplies right to your door. You can order groceries over the phone, and our GoGoGuardians will keep an eye on your order to make sure you get everything you need.
3. Do you love ordering takeout? Stop dealing with annoying websites and apps that upcharge on delivery fees and tips. GoGo lets you order takeout from your favorite local restaurants and chains right over the phone. We help you order healthy, hot food that meets your dietary needs, restrictions, and preferences. Plus, you can tip your delivery driver in cash!
4. If you need help maintaining your house, you might consider a caretaker through a home care agency, but paying this kind of fee or salary can be costly. So, let GoGo handle your home care for less. GoGo can help you request home services with safe, trusted, and vetted providers. You can request anything from dog walking to pet sitting to even an in-home hair stylist! If you need a light bulb changed, GoGo can send someone out. Clogged drain? A screened local plumber will do the trick. Best yet, scheduling home services through GoGo – whether for a one-time project or a recurring job – is significantly cheaper than paying a salary for home care assistance and maintenance through an agency.
Make low-cost home modifications to increase accessibility.
Making your home more accessible can help reduce the need for costly full-time home care assistance. If you are not considered a fall risk and you do not have any major medical concerns, you might be able to consider part-time home caring if your home is safe, comfortable, and accessible.
And you don’t have to spend thousands to make your home more accessible. With just a few modifications like non-slip floors, lowered toilet seats, bars in the bathroom, and medical alert systems, you can significantly improve the safety of your home and reduce the need for full-time home care services for elderly who can handle many of their daily activities independently.
Get your whole care team involved.
Your primary caregiver, like your child or loved one, may not know the ins and outs of your daily life. By involving your family members in your frequent activities, they can better understand how funds should be allocated for your care. This will help save you money while also giving you and your loved one the peace of mind that you are well cared for.
GoGoGrandparent offers family features that allow your loved ones to keep an eye on your rides, pharmacy pick-up services, grocery drop-offs, and so much more. Our intuitive Family Dashboard keeps you safe and protected, while also helping your loved ones figure out if any additional home care assistance might benefit you.
Look into tax deductions for caregiving expenses.
If you are a primary caregiver who handles senior home care for a loved one, you may be eligible for certain tax credits or deductions. Talk to an accountant to see which benefits you might qualify for to help cover some of your yearly costs with assistance home care.
Live at home more affordably with GoGoGrandparent
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