Benefits of Home Care and Hospice
Home care and hospice are popular choices for many. With the advent of new medical procedures, portable technology, skilled staff, and caring home care aides, many health services now can be effectively administered in the warmth and security of the home.
- Home care leads to speedier recoveries: Data suggests that patients recover more quickly at home because they are not susceptible to life-threatening infections and other complications that occur in 20 percent of hospital patients.
- Home care is preferred by most: Nine out of 10 people say they prefer home care over institutional care. Home care helps people stay independent, keeps families together and combines efficiency and compassion with the latest in health care technology.
- Home care has a role in all stages of health care: Home care touches all stages of life. It can be post acute care following a hospital stay or a serious illness, long-term care for an individual with a disability or an elderly person in declining health, hourly shift care for a medically fragile infant on a ventilator, or hospice care for a terminally ill patient.
- Home care is integral to coordinated management of costly chronic diseases: Chronic care management is a key part of home care and is most successfully delivered where people live. Home care and hospice professionals are experienced in managing the complexities of chronic diseases, and home care technology has been designed to assist with the successful management of chronic diseases.
- Home care makes good economic sense: Because home care allows people to receive treatment in the home rather than institutions, the services are cost-effective. The average cost of a hospital stay, per day, is $6,200. The average cost of a one day stay at a skilled nursing facility is $622. This compares to $135 per day for home health care. The average cost of 24 hour non-medical live-in home care is just $275 per day. The average cost of hospice care is $147 per day.
Benefits of Home Care and Hospice vs. Underground Economy
Home care agencies provide guarantees and protections to potential clients, their families and the caregivers themselves that do not exist when hiring home care workers off of websites such as Craigslist.
- Agencies conduct drug screening and background checks to ensure caregivers are trustworthy and reputable. When hiring a caregiver unaffiliated with an agency, there is no way to confirm previous experience or know who they are going to get — whether the person is a felon or a great caregiver.
- Agency employees are covered with professional and general liability insurance, workers’ compensation and a $10,000 bond. This protects the caregiver and the family that hires them. There are no protections for caregivers or clients when the hiring occurs outside of an agency.
- Agencies provide training for caregivers, ensuring they are capable of providing the necessary services to patients and are educated on devices they may need to use. Agencies also provide oversight for each case, a care plan, supervision, and protections for the caregivers and the clients.
- Caregivers who are employed by home care agencies and hospices are treated as employees. As such, the agency pays into Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment, Disability and State and Federal taxes for each caregiver. When clients hire caregivers without going through an agency, the client is the employer and is responsible to report the caregiver’s wages regularly for tax purposes.