Negotiating the Best Price for In-Home Care in South Florida

The costs of long-term care can seem daunting. However, there is one bright spot. Even though both Nursing Home and Assisted Living rates continue to rise, in-home hourly care rates have remained the stable over the last year without significant increases. Since most elderly adults prefer to stay at home, in-home caregivers can provide the care that is needed in their own home where seniors prefer to live.

In-home care can range from full time live-in assistance to just a few hours per week. Here is a little-known fact: Certain home care costs may be negotiated with a company. There are several factors that influence the cost of care, including:

  1. Acuity of Care – The amount and intensity of care needed
  2. Location – Prices may vary significantly, even within local market areas due to local supply and demand factors
  3. Caregiver Experience and Attributes – Seasoned caregivers can demand higher wages. It is also more difficult to negotiate rates for aides that are drivers.

You may be able to negotiate a reduced hourly fee if you have done your homework.

One way to ensure that you receive the best possible care for the most reasonable price is to enlist the services of a Professional Geriatric Care Manager. Their services are particularly valuable for long-distance caregivers. A Geriatric Care Manager has the knowledge and experience to help you find reputable licensed and insured agencies, as well as provide appropriate oversight of overall care.

Advocare, a South Florida Geriatric Care Management organization, has developed a unique model, free to consumers, to help them get the best caregivers at the best price – a provider network of competing agencies. To quote a satisfied customer, “When agencies compete, we win.”

Here’s how it works:

  1. Call Advocare to speak with a Care Advisor. They will determine your family’s needs home care requirements, and work as your advocate.
  2. Advocare’s Care Advisor will help you to craft a home care plan – helping determine factors such as whether hourly or live-in help is more appropriate.
  3. The Care Advisor will provide you with a range of expected rates for the care plan.
  4. The Care Advisor will survey several of the South Florida home care providers in the network to identify the best candidates.
  5. The Care Advisor set up interviews and assist the family with selection of the best in home caregiver.

The best part? Advocare provides these home care case management services free of charge to consumers. Advocare’s South Florida Provider Network helps families find home care in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Aventura, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach.

For more information on free access to a professional Care Advisor and the South Florida Provider Network, visit Advocare’s website.

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