How much does senior-home care cost in Ohio?
The answer depends on the type of care, your location, and the provider. Recent surveys allow us to present an overview of in-home care and examples of costs in various Ohio localities.
Non-Medical In-Home Care
Home Care Aides assist with hygiene, laundry, cooking and transportation. Their home visits typically take place several times a week and last from 2 to 8 hours.
Cost info: The median daily cost statewide is $124. In the Cleveland area, the average will be $128 per day, whereas the same services in Springfield will average $120 per day.
Medical Home Health Care
Trained aides offer skilled care such as checking pulse, temperature, and respiration, and they assist with medical equipment such as ventilators. They’ll visit the home as much as medically necessary, but stay for shorter periods than Home Care Aides.
Cost info: Unlike other states, there is very little cost difference between the medical home health care services and the non-medical in Ohio. At most, the cost will be 5 to 6% higher.
Companions provide help with errands, housekeeping, medication reminders, as well as just offering companionship. Visits can occur several times per week and typically last from 3 to 8 hours.
Cost info: Usually, the more hours, the lower the hourly rate, but services will cost more on weekends, holidays, and evenings. The hourly rate throughout Ohio ranges from $21 to $23 per hour.
Adult Day Care
Supervision and social activities are provided in a structured setting during daytime hours. Weekends are not included.
Cost info: The average cost in Ohio is $52 per day ($1,560 per month). This is lower than the national average, which is $98 per day.
Medical Day Care
Some adult day care facilities offer medical day care, providing more intensive health and therapeutic services for individuals with severe medical problems and those at risk of requiring nursing home care. Families should expect to pay 5% to 15% more for this type of adult day care.
Cost info: The average cost statewide is around $109 per day for medical day care.
Hospice care focuses on improving the quality of life for the terminal patient who can remain at home or receive care in a hospice facility. Hospice care provides emotional and spiritual support to the patient as well as pain management.
Cost info: With the appropriate doctor’s certification, 85% of the costs of palliative and hospice care are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most other insurance providers. Medicare and commercial insurance co-pays are the responsibility of the patient or their family. The latest figures available show that routine home care will cost about $150 per day, and continuous home care for up to 8 hours per day will cost $860.
A good place to start for free guidance and more detailed information is online at your local Ohio Area Agency on Aging or by phone at 937-223-HELP.