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The cost of home health varies widely depending on which state you are located. But if you want an estimate so you can juggle other expenses with long-term care expenses, freeltcquotes provided the average long-term care cost in the country:

$19 an hour – Homemaker services
$21 an hour – Home health aide services

Remember that these may change depending on your location and there are other contributors like the schedule of services because day services cost less than those scheduled at nigh.
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My husband still drives....it is important because he works with a friend repairing tractors and small engines..this keeps him motivated...he is even going to help with rebuilding a helicopter....he has Onstar...so if he ever does get lost, will that help or what other device is there? Once he can't drive or do this work, he will go downhill more rapidly...I realize I can take him to work when he can't drive, but that, I hope, is still a little in the future....marymember
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If your mom has Medicare and Medicaid then she may be able to qualify for home health. But, an evaluation would have to be done to see if she needs the assistance. Cost does depend on your location. Home health providers do have a rough job and in some small towns, the going pay for a home health provider is $9 an hour!! But, a private caregiver can ask $20 an hour. Not only that but, sometimes they have to deal with either the client wanting a lot more tasks done than permitted or the families not being the most nice. As in everything-there are good and bad. Good luck.
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Good answers from all who reported. I believe there are people out there that are qualified "just plain folks". It will surely get to be too much for us, the caregiver at home. It hasn't got to the point when I need to hire home health care for my husband. I need to check out the V.A., because I feel quite sure his Alzheimers was caused by spraying Agent Orange while in Vietnam, even though he thinks differently.
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Cost of home health care or even care provided in other long term care settings/facilities depends basically on the state where you are located. It also varies widely depending on the agency because the quality of care provided also differs. Here's a table that list the cost of long term care from infolongtermcare, the data was based on per-state information from Genworth:
http://www.infolongtermcare.org/long-term-care_information/long-term-care-costs-state/
Take note that regardless of state, long term care cost is expensive and may cost more than the average income of an individual.
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I found an aide in the rehab where my mom was at the time.i offered 12 an hour and found a very giving caring person most go at 18 an hour. she still goes to see my mom even though is no longer employed by us. she told me she took another part time care job and said 15 an hour and they didn't blink you can negotiate with them . im in n. y. state
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In the past we've had several different aides, 3 from Home Instead, one from Senior Select, and 2 from private party.
The BIG difference in COST was the agencies cost more because they have all that overhead.
The BIG difference in QUALITY was that the agencies who had all the overhead cost, tended (in our experience) to have less-qualified and not as "nice" workers.
You can never negotiate cost with an agency---yes they are insured and they claim to have done background checks--but you are much better off, IMHO, to do your own checking on a private party, get references.
Don't assume that an agency is better, they are in business for profit, which is all fine and everyone needs to make a profit, but in our experience, they tend to do home health care like McDonald's does hamburgers.
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I worked for an agency for two years and then as a home care aide for a long term care facility. I can tell you that we charged about 22.00 an hour, if you lived on the campus, they dropped it to 17.00 an hour. Out of that aides make anywhere from 9-12.00 an hour. All of our aides had a thorough background check and had clearances. All of the aides I met were kind, caring and concerned for their client. Ask around and see who people use. If you go with an agency or through a facility they are insured, people who work on their own may not be.
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If money isn't an issue, you can look in your local Yellow Pages for care providers. In our book, they are listed under "elderly." Also there are ads on this website.

But if funds are a problem, you might start with the Putnam Aging Program Inc. in your county. Sometimes this type of agency has grant funds available to support independent living for seniors who qualify under their guidelines.

My mother recently was accepted in such a program and gets three hours a week personal care, plus eight hours weekly respite for me. Even this much makes a big difference in our quality of life.

Good luck and God bless.
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All of the above is helpful, but I wonder if you are aware that in certain circumstances, home health aides can be a benefit you may be entitled to for free. You should contact your Area Agency on Aging or Aging and Adult Services. They would be able to help you find an home health agency and they would also be able to assess if you qualify for reduced or free home health aide (or any other services) services.
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Where your located plays a part. The type of care you get has a lot to do with what you pay. Is Medicare involved?? So much more information is needed.

Being a home health aid is not easy work. I believe you get what you pay for & I would advise you to have any valuables placed away.

I speak as an R.N., a care giver for my husband & am active in all I can keep active in like this site.
When I was actively out working just a few years ago, I was billed out at $180.00 an hr. to Medicare through the agency I worked for. Aids make a lot less & do a lot more hard work. I just made the main assessment & care plan up. I would see patients in home health & get them set up with their needs met. With the new Obama care, I am not clear on what is happening as of yet.
Ask questions, gather information. Trust the process.
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Some of it depends on how many hours you use. I only need someone right now (in Los Angeles) for a bath for Mom. It is $59 for two hour minimum. If I use them more it goes down each increment that they have. I may be wrong but I THINK when I asked them if I used them 24 hours it would go down to $18/hr.
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If your in Virginia, USe Livin Rite Home Health. They have Nurses and aids. The CnA that comes here cost $20 an hour. The oher agency Home Instead charges $23.75 and the people are mostly not trained very well.
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It really depends on where you live. A smaller town in the south would cost less than a bigger town in the north. But anywhere from $17-$25/hour. Weekends are a few dollars more and major holidays are time and a half.
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