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Prior to moving my parents into assisted living, we were paying $250 a day for live-in help in Connecticut. That was the going rate for all the agencies in Fairfield County, CT
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JenThomas, if you have a live-in caregiver or any caregivers who are "independent contractors" not from a licensed Agency, your Grandfather will need to pay for a "workman's comp" rider on his homeowners insurance because he now has "employees" working for him in his home. This is very important to have.

As for dispersing medicine, I know the Caregivers I had from a licensed Agency were not allowed to physically give my Dad his medicine. They could put the pills in a cup and it was up to my Dad to take the pills. Same happened when my Dad moved to Independent Living, unless he paid for a Med-tech who was certified to dispersing meds. It was well worth the cost as Dad had a bad habit of not taking his pills even when the Caregivers left him reminders.
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My mother requires 24/7 companion and light care. It's costing over $10,000 a month. A quality Assisted Living Facility costs around $3600 and you can visit or stay overnight with them. They have company and a little social life and distractions away from themselves. Have you considered this?
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Just an FYI as I'm not sure how much research you've done, but you'll probably need a crew of 2-3 live ins so they get days off to go home - you may not think so, but it's hard work especially if you want cooking and cleaning
Depending on where you live it may cost you $175 / day
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Very good idea to ask around, I agree.

Does your grandfather live alone, though? Because his needs are going to increase, as I'm sure you know; and at some point they'll demand a lot more than light duties. I should also look ahead and see what options are available for him when he comes to need more support.
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Dear Jen,

Good of you to find help for your grandfather. Its hard to say depending on where you live what the hourly wage might be. Maybe check with some agencies to find out what the going rate is.
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