Home Health Care 75% Cheaper than Nursing Home Care

| August 21, 2011

Home care is more affordable that many realize, as 49% overestimated the cost by more than $6 an hour, a recent Home Instead Senior Care poll shows.

Around 73% of surveyed seniors and their families who receive paid home care found it to be at a good value and were satisfied with their care; the actual average per-hour cost they pay is $17.10 an hour.

Those who didn’t receive at-home care estimated costs for companionship care (which includes basic assistance for things like cooking and light housekeeping) at more than $24 an hour, and more than $26 an hour for personal care, which also includes bathing.

On the other hand, the average yearly cost of nursing home care is $70,000—nearly 75% more than home health care.

However, because of peoples’ misconceptions about the costs of being cared for at home, many don’t even consider it, says Roger Baumgart, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care.

“One of our goals is to enable seniors to remain in their homes, where studies show they are happier and receive more care,” says Baumgart. “More seniors could utilize professional care to stay in their homes if they knew how modest the cost really is.”

Written by Alyssa Gerace


Category: Architecture, Data, Home Healthcare

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  1. Susan says:

    There is one important distinction. Nursing homes provide 24 hour care. The same continuum of home care at $17.10/hour would run close to $150,000/year, double the average annual cost of the nursing home.

  2. Food_man56 says:

    Well Said Susan. Not to mention the socialization with others in the same age group.

  3. Statistics are like a bikini; what they reveal is titillating; but what they conceal is crucial…
    “Twenty four hour care” is shared with many other residents. Susan’s point is well taken, but as a long time RN who has worked in many nursing homes as an under-graduate, I can tell you residents are not getting one-on-one care 24/7…It’s misleading to suggest that is the case. It’s an apples-to-oranges argument.

    Further, in institutions the residents are exposed to nosocomial infections—that could be otherwise avoided in one’s own home.
    CDC Stats on Nursing homes: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/nursingh.htm

  4. Andrew Carle says:

    This is a non-scientific and biased survey conducted by a for profit home health company. There is no comparison between nursing home and home health that can objectively be made. Nor is any comparison made between home health care and assisted living, which would be more accurate, and would need to include all costs involved in remaining in one's home, not just the hourly rate for home care. There are also no studies that have compared overall satisfaction or quality of life between those receiving home health, and those in any level of congregate senior housing community.

    Senior Housing news is great, but in this case it should not have posted what is essentially a commercial press release.

    • jyedinak says:

      You have good points, we're merely reporting on the results of the poll.

      We also name the company that funded the survey, so it's clear there is the potential for bias.

  5. David says:

    Susan is right, I work in a nursing home and its NOT 24hr care its care on set "rounds" so every 2-3 hours so your really only getting 12-16hrs of care with exception of callbuttons

    Heck most of my residents decline when in a NSGhome but whenever they go home for a day or get taken out for dinner there like a whole new person! I would suggest keeping them at home IMO they will have a much better life quality but insome cases you just cant house them at your house