It is frequently pointed out that making the decision to go with a Massachusetts home care agency can be a much more cost efficient form of health care than moving a loved one into a nursing home. However, what many caregivers do not realize is that there are some unexpected costs for themselves that may be associated with the role. Home care provides many wonderful benefits for individuals and families, and as long as caregivers are educated about what to expect, the process can by very successful.
Changes in Income
If you are taking on the care-giving responsibilities yourself, or even splitting them with a home care MA agency such as MAS, you may need to decide if it is necessary for you to cut back on the time you spend at work. Time out of work to tend to family emergencies could result in unpaid days, or you may need to limit the hours you spend at your job all together. Some caregivers choose to try to work from home and others may leave their position all together to stay home with their loved one and dedicate 100% of their attention to them. Any of these choices could mean less income.
The feasibility will depend on your own family’s needs. If it is not possible for you to leave work, hiring a MA home care companion, personal care attendant, CNA, or home health aide may be a better choice.
More People, Higher Cost
Taking an elderly parent into your home can cause your normal cost of living to rise. Anytime additional people are added to a home there is more food being consumed, utilities such as water and electricity being used, and additional daily, weekly, and monthly costs. Each item may not cost much on its own, but combined the price can rise noticeably. Caregivers may choose to take on the cost as part of their budget, or the loved one may want to contribute to cover their share.
Developing a plan and preparing a budget will help to ease the strain of any financial impacts and the benefits of home care will outweigh the cost. Contact MAS Home Care today for a free in-home assessment so you can discuss your options. Call 508-459-2424.