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TaraG

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Does anyone have experience with this? I live in NJ and AL for mom would be $6,000/month. People tell me it’s cheaper to hire live-in aides, but is that true? If they get min wage the cost is about the same, but are they paid at a different rate, say a flat fee? Thanks
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Splotchy
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We went through an agency and it wasn't 24/7, but it cost a lot more than minimum wage. How much care is needed?. If you just need someone to keep an eye on things, that would cost less than someone providing a lot of hands-on care. We needed lots of hand-on care (lifting, bathing, toileting, etc.) but if you just need someone to prepare meals and keep company, that costs a lot less. 

Sometimes you can do a blend of people: aides, visiting nurses (who might be covered by medicare), meals on wheels, family and friends, which could cut down on costs. To do this, you would still need a backup person who could jump in at any time in case someone else did not show up.  Some US states have programs that help cover the cost of in-home care, so check into that. Here is a link that may help:

https://www.caregiver.org/taxonomy/term/89

The VA also has programs for veterans and their spouses. 

https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/access/home_health_care.asp

You could find someone on your own who would accept a salary, but they would still need time to sleep and take care of themselves, so they really would not be on duty 24/7.  

Keep in mind that ALs often charge other fees on top of the monthly rent, so you may want to figure that in. On the flip side, ALs cover food, utilities, and often transportation, so if this is just a cost decision, be sure to factor those in as well. 

Here is a link for some general care considerations.

https://www.caring.com/articles/live-in-caregiver-cost

Good Luck!

 
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TaraG

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Splotchy, thank you, this is wonderful info. I knew nothing about this subject and you wrote an excellent guide.
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