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Home Care Cost Comparisons in York /
South Simcoe

home care costs newmarketMany factors go into making health care decisions for our loved ones. Their health care needs and preferences, as well as the cost of care can determine the best solution.

We all reach a point at which we must begin to consider the important health care decisions that affect ourselves and our loved ones. Thankfully, there are many options available with regards to senior care. Retirement homes, long-term care facilities, family caregivers, or hired caregivers are all possible options. Working through the choices to determine which one you feel suits you best will involve considering cost as a major factor.

Cost Overview of Home Care Services:

Unfortunately, there is no universal publicly funded home care in Canada. In Ontario less than 5% of total health expenditures go towards home care services. Private home care exists to address this gap. Private care is often contracted when government subsidies and family members become less able to provide the quality of care their loved one needs.

Research indicates that an estimated 26% of Canadians have provided care for a family member or close friend with a serious health concern, and those family caregivers provide 80% of care at home, supplementing government-funded service. Research has also shown that the average family caregiver spends, on average, 20 hours per week delivering care for their loved ones over a period of 4 years; while one quarter of caregivers spend 40 hours/week.

Private Care agencies should be able to work around subsidized hours and family schedules to fill in the time that family caregivers are unable to be present. 150,000 Ontarians purchase an additional 20 million hours of home care services each year to allow individuals requiring care to stay in their homes. This indicates how common it is for families to supplement additional care needs through private care.

Retire-At-Home’s average client spends approximately $1500-$2000 per month to stay at home. Some clients spend as little as $80 per month for support with some basic needs such as housekeeping or foot care. At the other end of the spectrum, some clients require 24/7 care when faced with a crisis or palliative situations. With no contracts, the service is adjustable to make sure that you make the most of the service, and minimize cost wherever possible.

Cost Overview of Institutional Care:

For individuals who feel that other options, such as retirement homes or nursing homes, are a better fit for their needs, there are multiple options to choose from. Here is a breakdown of Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Long-term Care costs (costs may vary and change).

Independent Living – Non-government regulated, client pays privately
  • Range $2075 – $4750
  • $550 – $1600 for additional person
  • Meals can be available but not often included
  • No personal support
  • 24-hr staffing for emergencies
  • Social/recreation programs often available
  • Availability of or include housekeeping/linens
  • Retirement Home (Assisted Living)
Independent Living – Non-government regulated, client pays privately
  • Range $1760 – $5500
  • $600 – $1000 for additional person
  • Includes all meals, housekeeping, laundry
  • Personal support and assistance with activities of daily living, meds are available for purchase
  • 24-hr staffing for emergencies
  • Social/recreation programs
Long Term Care (Nursing Home)
  • Government regulated, client pays the accommodation cost
  • Require government assessment to determine eligibility
  • Range $1620 – $2170
  • 24-hr care is available, however it is usually minimal with an average ratio of 12:1 patients to caregivers
  • Includes all meals, housekeeping, laundry
  • Over 20,000 people on waiting lists, often waiting a 2-3 years.
Example of Cost Comparison between Retire-At-Home and a Retirement Home:
  • Client requires 3 hours per day of Personal Care, help with meals, medication reminders.
  • Average Price of Retirement Home = approx. $4000 per month (for one person).
  • Cost of hourly care = $29/hour.
Option1 – Retirement Home:
  • Client moves to Retirement Home on one-year contract
  • Assume 1 hour per day of Personal Care included, 2 hours per day are charged
  • Meals included
  • = $4000 + (2 hours x 30 days x $29/hour)
  • = $4000 + $1740
  • = $5740
Option2 – Retire-At-Home:
  • Client hires Retire-At-Home Services, remains in their own home, no contracts
  • Grocery bill for one person = $300/month
  • Utilities = $400/month
  • Emergency Response System installed = $40/month
  • = 3 hours x 30 days x $29/hour + $300 + $400 + $40
  • = $3350
Contact us today to discuss the home care needs for you or a loved one in York / South Simcoe, or to book a Free Home Care Assessment with our Nurse.

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