As the Boomer generation ages into elderhood, their needs are growing more complex. Because Americans are living longer, elderly people and their families are paying more and more for longer and longer term care. With age comes more disabilities requiring special care.
Special needs adults face that same challenge. In just over ten years, it is estimated that there will be at least 500,000 people with autism transitioning into adulthood and the workforce. The numbers go into the millions when you add up the many other special needs adults and those with disabilites. Their care is even longer term than the elderly and will cost tens of millions of dollars over a lifetime.
A la Carte Services Shave Costs
Nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities have become way too expensive for most families. The average income in the U.S. is close to $60,000 per year. Full-time health care on average costs close to $48,000 per year – a cost that the average family cannot afford for one year and certainly not for decades.
That’s why more than 30% of families are opting to care for their elderly parents in-home as opposed to sending them to a nursing home. Like the elderly, special needs adults want to retain as much independence as possible. It makes them happier because they are more comfortable and familiar with their surroundings.
At the same time, they are limited in what they can do. Be it laundry or bathing or driving to the store, most of the time, special needs adults care centers around the daily tasks of life. With just a little assistance, they can be more in control of their environment which leads to a better quality of life. A la carte services provide that.
Instead of paying for a room in a nursing home or hiring an aide for an entire 8 hour day five days a week, you can request certain services only. It takes a lot out of an already much more affordable bill. The cost of a la carte in-home care like the adult day care we provide at Hands for Heaven is closer to $18,000 per year – a much more doable number for the average American.
Where to Find a La Carte In-Home Care Services
If you choose a la carte in-home care, you have to be aware that you may have to cover a lot of those costs out of pocket. Medicare and Medicaid pay for post-admission care after a hospitalization that can last up to a month. But you may have to find a place to work with your private insurance to pay for that care.
One place you can try in your state is your local Goodwill. Something you may not know is that they also provide in-home healthcare services as well as clothing, food, and jobs. Goodwill is one of the “leading home health agencies in Colorado Springs” but not every city and state’s Goodwill provides that service.
They provide in-home medical health services from certified skilled nurses, therapists, counselors, and case managers. They also provide all of the daily essentials including housekeeping, hygiene maintenance, transportation, meal planning, etc. Their a la carte services include:
- Paying Your Bills
- Driving You Around
- Watering Your Plants
- Mowing the Lawn
- Taking Care of Your Pets
- Washing Windows
Cash, credit, and check only for these services. But at Hands from Heaven, we cater our programs to your specific needs. Consider us the bridge you need to make up the difference between what you can do for yourself or a loved one and where you need help. We offer a helping hand.
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