Private Pay

Work directly with us to get exactly the services you need.

Private pay – also known as “paying out of pocket” – is one of your options when considering how to pay for home care services. It simply means that you or your loved one chooses to pay for the services yourself. Often, you can take advantage of a variety of funding options to subsidize these services. These options, combined with our competitive rates, can make private pay surprisingly affordable.

Our highly trained nurses and aides provide care – either hourly or 24/7 – for seniors in eastern, southern, and central Massachusetts.

  • Every single one of our nurses and aides is hired and trained by us, and is fully certified.
  • We complete an extensive background check on each employee.
  • Every employee is covered by general liability and worker’s compensation.
  • Every client has access to a dedicated case manager.
  • We have a sophisticated screening and selection system to ensure that the right caregiver is matched to you or your loved one.
  • In collaboration with you, one of our nurses will develop a customized care regimen, which can be changed as new needs arise.
  • You can request a new caregiver at any time.
  • Our employees come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and speak multiple languages.

OUR PRIVATE PAY SERVICES

Homemaking and Companionship

This includes:

  • Bed-making
  • Dusting
  • Vacuuming
  • Changing linens
  • Laundry
  • Drop off and pick up dry cleaning
  • Errands and shopping
  • Sorting mail
  • Grocery list preparation
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Conversation

Personal Care

This includes:

  • Escort/transport to appointments and religious services
  • Assist with morning wake-up or evening tuck-in
  • Arrange/remind for appointments
  • Plan and accompany on visits and trips, including to doctor’s appointments
  • Personal hygiene
  • Medication reminders
  • Bathing assistance
  • Skin care
  • Foot care

Chores

This includes:

  • Washing floors, windows, and walls
  • Tacking down loose rugs
  • Moving furniture
  • Cleaning appliances, cabinets, carpets, drapes, and ceiling fixtures
  • Removing clutter
  • Removing unsafe or unsanitary conditions

24/7 Care

You can receive this service in two ways:

  • Our care team is available to come to your home around the clock. If you call us, we will respond within 15 minutes, no matter the time of night or day.
  • One of our employees can live in your residence on a full-time basis.

Medication Management

This includes:

  • One of our nurses will come to your home, with authorization and instructions from your doctor.
  • The nurse will help you organize your medications in boxes or a medication dispensing machine.
  • The nurse can advise you regarding medication storage, administration, disposal, and possible side effects. The nurse can also train you in the use of a dispensing machine, if needed.

Respite Care

  • We will be happy to send home care aide to serve your needs if the regular caregiver is unable to visit.
  • We can do this on a short-term or long-term basis, by the hour or 24/7.

HOME CARE – NO MATTER WHERE YOUR HOME IS

Our nurses and home care aides can provide Private Pay services to you in a variety of settings, including:

  • Assisted living communities
  • Continuing care retirement communities
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers

We can also provide discharge services if you or your loved one is leaving an organization that provides assistance for the elderly.

PAYMENT METHODS

  • Two weeks’ deposit is required.
  • We bill on a biweekly basis.
  • We accept checks, money orders, and credit cards.
  • You can set up ongoing credit card payments if you wish.
  • If you have long-term health insurance, we can bill your insurance company directly.

LOWER COST ALTERNATIVE

Home care can be significantly more cost-effective than a nursing home. According to Genworth Financial, an expert consultancy on senior care costs, the average cost of private nursing home care is $8,365 per year. By comparison, the average cost for a trained and certified home health aide is about $4,195 per year – about half the cost of a nursing home.

MORE EFFICIENT CARE

Rapid advances in home care for seniors and home health services are allowing more seniors to remain independent at home. Today, nearly every level of non-medical and skilled medical care (nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, Alzheimer’s care, etc.) can be coordinated and delivered seamlessly to clients and patients at home. These improvements translate into shorter hospital stays, lower overall healthcare costs and a better quality of life for seniors.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

It’s no secret that most seniors would prefer to grow older at home. Not surprisingly, studies show that the importance of home is significant for many seniors and allows them to take a more active role in their care. Maintaining a degree of independence and sense of control over one’s life can be a powerful psychological boost to a senior’s cognitive and physical status, and can even speed up post-hospital recovery time. When it comes to home care, happier can mean healthier.

NEAR ZERO INFLATION

The average cost of care in an assisted living facility is increasing 6-7% per year – much faster than the rate of inflation. Some of this increase is due to overhead costs needed to maintain stand-alone healthcare facilities. Meanwhile, the average cost of home care has increased only about 2% annually in recent years, about even with inflation.

THE A LA CART ADVANTAGE

Why pay a nursing home for a full menu of round-the-clock care when your loved one may only need several hours of personal care and companionship services a day? Private home care is customized to meet the individual needs of each client — and that is all you pay for.

COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES

There is an increasing network of supplemental federal, state and local resources that provide social, financial and referral support services to at-home seniors for private home care. Learn more about home care funding options.

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