What Do You Do When You Don’t Think Caregivers Are in the Budget?

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Your mom needs home care. She struggles to keep the floors swept and mopped. She can’t carry laundry down to the basement since her fall. She forgets to take her medications. Her doctor said her vision is worsening and driving when it’s dark is not advisable.

Home Care Mt. Gilead OH - What Do You Do When You Don't Think Caregivers Are in the Budget?

Home Care Mt. Gilead OH – What Do You Do When You Don’t Think Caregivers Are in the Budget?

It’s clear home care aides are needed, but your mom already lives from paycheck to paycheck. You have no idea where to find the money that’s needed for home care services.

Here are some suggestions.

Look at Cost-Cutting Measures With Household Expenses

Are there any bills you can trim? If your mom is paying for high-speed internet and never uses her computer for more than checking emails, she may save money with a plan that has slower speeds. If she never watches TV and is paying for cable television and internet bundle, you could drop that service and pay only for internet.

Does your mom shop using coupons? Coupons can often trim a percentage off monthly grocery expenses. She could also be using apps like Ibotta or Checkout 51 to get rebates on groceries she purchases.

In certain areas, property tax discounts are extended to senior citizens and vets. Utility companies may also extend discounts to seniors and vets. It’s worth looking to see if any of the companies your mom uses for gas/oil, home and car insurance, and electricity provide discounts.

Sell Unused Items

Your mom has three TVs in the house, but she only watches in her living room. Sell the other TVs. Go through her home and find items that you can sell for cash. This gives you a start into the funds you’ll need to pay for caregivers.

If your mom enjoys any crafts or hobbies, sell her creations. She can sell knit blankets, pottery, and photography on sites like Etsy or Ebay. That extra income can help with home care expenses.

Limit the Hours Your Mom Needs Care Services

You have one day a week when you could go be with your mom. Your sister has half a day free, and your brother is also available for half a day. Create a schedule where everyone is chipping in to help out your mom.

Once the schedule is created, see where there are gaps in care. Caregivers can come in and fill those gaps. By limiting the number of hours home care services are needed, you’ll cut costs.

Talk to our home care agency about the rates for our caregivers. Many people don’t realize you can limit the number of hours to help keep costs down. They may have other suggestions on paying for caregivers. Call today to learn more.

If you are considering Home Care Services in Mt, Gilead OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.