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Affordable Home Care: 8 Ways to Lower Senior Care Costs

Use these 8 helpful tips to find affordable home care for seniors

Find affordable home care for seniors

When your older adult lives at home, but needs help with daily activities, it may be time to hire an in-home caregiver.

If you’re their primary caregiver and family members aren’t able or willing to assist, getting outside help allows you to take regular breaks so you won’t get burned out or harm your health.

But hiring a caregiver is expensive. 

To find more affordable home care for seniors, we share 8 helpful tips.


8 tips for finding affordable home care for seniors

1. Hire an in-home caregiver privately instead of through a home care agency Hiring a caregiver on your own typically costs 20-30% less than hiring one through a senior care agency. 

However, this method won’t work for everyone. 

Agencies usually take care of things like background checks, bonding, insurance, training, worker’s comp, taxes, and backup care if the caregiver isn’t available. 

When you hire privately, you’ll be responsible for everything.

2. Use technology for monitoring and companionship Nothing can take the place of in-person help and companionship, but technology can be used to reduce the number of hours an in-home caregiver needs to be present.

For example, monitoring or medical alert systems help keep older adults safe, medication systems make sure prescriptions are taken on time, video chats allow families to check in frequently, and shopping online cuts down on errands.

3. Use free or low-cost respite care to reduce in-home caregiver hours State and non-profit organizations offer respite programs – essentially, free or low cost caregiving for seniors that qualify.

For example, if you got 10 hours of respite care from one of these programs, that means you’d have 10 less caregiver hours to pay for.


4. Enroll in an adult day program Adult day programs are places where seniors go during the day for care, meals, and activities.

The cost per day is much lower than in-home care and many older adults experience increased quality of life from the added social interaction.

Many day programs even offer transportation services to shuttle seniors to and from home.

To get full-time care with lower costs, combine a few days at an adult day program with a couple of days of in-home care.

Or, have your older adult attend an adult day program full-time for even more cost savings.

5. Sign up for free or low-cost meal services The need to shop and cook makes it tough for many seniors to eat regular, healthy meals – both because of the cost and the physical work involved.

Meal services like Meals on Wheels provide healthy subsidized meals, including delivery.

Signing up for a meal service means not needing an in-home caregiver to shop, cook, or do meal preparation – reducing the number of hours you’ll need to hire them for.

6. Get low-cost home modifications to reduce fall risk Making their environment safer goes a long way to simplifying caring for an older adult and giving you peace of mind.

Many states and non-profit organizations give financial help to low income seniors for home modifications that will make their homes safer and more accessible. 

Search for home modification assistance programs in your area.

7. Take advantage of tax credits and deductions You may be able to get state or federal tax credits or take deductions for caregiving expenses, especially if you claim your older adult as a dependent.

Tax preparation software or advisors can help you with these. Or, consider getting free tax help from an IRS-certified volunteer.

8. Reduce home heating and cooling costs Utility bills are expensive, especially with the weather becoming more and more extreme.

There are two ways to reduce these costs (and add some money to your caregiving budget).

1) Public energy assistance programs called LIHEAPs that help pay for utilities.

2) State weatherization assistance programs that help pay for home modifications that reduce energy usage.

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team

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