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Home Health Care Costs for 24 Hour In Home Care


What is 24 Hour In-Home Care?

24 Hour In-Home Care is the pinnacle of senior care because it is one-on-one round the clock care at home. With this model, a certified caregiver lives with the client and acts as a personal assistant for all things. The caregiver shops, prepare meals, and eats with the client. All the services on our service list are available to the senior on this program, including activities of daily living, transportation, and home care assistance in the hospice environment. With 24 Hour In-Home Care, a senior can age in place safely at home to the end of life.

Husky Senior Care does 24 Hour In-Home Care especially well because:

  • We develop a customized Plan of Care that evolves with the client
  • Our educated caregivers are better able to track complicated medical issues
  • Our Clear Care system allows families real time feedback on the care
  • Each client has Care Manager assigned which helps coordinate care and insures a smooth experience

In my view, any successful 24-Hour In-Home Care program will have these four components.

Home Health Care Costs for 24 Hour In-Home Care

The cost for 24 Hour Live-In Care depends on the minimum wage of the city and region. For example, the Seattle minimum hourly wage is close to $20/hour, the Washington minimum wage is closer to $17/hour, and the Federal minimum wage is $7.25. State laws also impact the pay rates. Washington State has a "reside" law that exempts live in shifts from the state minimum wage because there is a sleeping component, but Seattle does not. So, as you can see, the complexity is real. The cost for 24 Hour In-Home Care in Seattle ranges from $650-$850 per day. With live-in care, the caregiver lives, eats, and sleeps right in the home. The fact that there is a sleeping component brings down the cost per hour for live in care. As a rule of thumb, Live-In care usually costs about $5000 per month more than a nursing home. Many seniors find it worth every penny to stay home.

Requirements of 24-Hour In-Home Care

The costs of in-home care are affected by labor laws. The biggest requirements for 24 Hour In-Home Care come from the Federal Government. The Department of Labor mandates that for a shift to qualify as Live In 24 Hour In Home Care, the caregiver must have a place to sleep (we can provide a comfortable fold-up bed) and get 5 hours of uninterrupted personal or sleep time each 24-hour period. Other requirements come from state law. For example, Washington State has a "reside" exemption, which exempts live-in caregivers from the state minimum wage. In addition, the caregiver is provided with 3 meals a day. Typically, the caregiver will prepare meals and eat with the client, but we can also add a food stipend onto the rate so the caregiver can bring her own food.

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