North Carolina, and specifically Charlotte has many well-regarded assisted living facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid. There are also over 50 in-home senior care agencies throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County region.
In-home senior care agencies (also known as independent care agencies) provide a range of home care services, from basic household chores to medical therapies.
In-Home Care Prices
Home care is less expensive than an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility, but the cost of home care does add up.
Hourly rates for in-home care vary 2-3x, and even higher in large cities. According to a survey in 2019, the average cost for non-medical home health care was $21 per hour with the state averages ranging from $16-28 per hour.
One way to make life at home safer and more comfortable is to get some help around the house. A good caregiver can tackle chores such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and pet care, along with special touches like helping clients keep up with letters and emails to family and friends.
Typically, senior caregivers who take care of chores are also trained to be attentive to the particular needs of seniors with health issues such as hearing loss and early-stage dementia, and can keep family members updated on the client’s overall status.
For seniors who need skilled nursing assistance with health issues at home, some agencies are licensed to assist with activities of daily living (known as ADLs). In some cases an agency offers dietitian services, infusion therapy, memory care, respiratory care, and wound care.
Home care in the Charlotte suburbs
Seniors who live outside the city may sometimes feel isolated or have trouble getting out and about due to distance and the need to drive a car. When that’s the case, it’s worth seeking out an agency with offices in the suburbs.