As In-Home Caregiving Grows, So Do Opportunities to Reduce Aging-in-Place Costs

In-home care can be safe and affordable.

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

As the need for in-home caregiving grows to accommodate aging baby boomers, so, too, do opportunities to age in place safely, independently and affordably.

The position of home health care aide is the single fastest growing job in the United States, according to a March 11 CNN Money article. And with about 8,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day for the next 18 years, says the AARP, there’s no sign of this trend slowing. Fortunately, advances in home caregiving can help seniors live at home longer and do so more affordably.

Research shows 85 percent of seniors want to stay in their homes, and manufacturers and service providers are adapting to this growing need for tools that allow them to do so for as long as possible. In-home care now is easier with advances in several areas. Care alternatives: Today families can choose from independent caregivers, professional agencies and even, in some cases, respite care offered by state and nonprofit organizations, such as those focused on assisting seniors with Alzheimer’s, U.S.  veterans and more.

Technology: High-tech monitoring and alert tools can help reduce costs by decreasing the number of visits by in-home caregivers. Examples include the Philips Lifeline medical alert service, big-button amplified telephones, and Internet-based monitoring.

Home modifications: Options include floor-to-ceiling security poles and curved grab bars, which can be installed anywhere in the home. Bathrooms should include safety features like grab bars, bath benches, elevated toilet seats and nonskid flooring. Other safety and mobility products include bed rails, crutches, couch canes, and portable handles for getting in and out of vehicles.

Home delivery services: Doorstep delivery can cut back on paid caregiver visits and shopping trips, while giving family caregivers peace of mind. From adult diapers and other incontinence products, to diabetes supplies or even freshly prepared meals, home delivery convenience often outweighs the costs.

Tax credits and deductions: These options may be available to the elderly and their families depending on how taxes are filed. To learn more, read “11 Tips for Lowering the Cost of Home Care.”

With today’s tools, technology and other resources, many seniors can safely age in place longer. However, there may come a point where a higher level of care is needed or in-home care costs are nearing facility costs. When this ‘break-even point’ is reached, family members should discuss options and next steps. Visit The CareGiver Partnership to download a free home safety guide, “It All Starts with a Fall,” or visit our blog for hundreds of articles on senior care and aging in place. 
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wis. Visit to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.

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