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Crystal Lake McHenry, Lake, and Northwest Cook Counties

There are many factors when determining the need for care and the cost of care for a loved one in Crystal Lake and the surrounding areas. We are called every day by loved ones needing care for their husband, wife, mother, father, brother, sister uncle or aunt. The call always starts with the client’s needs and current physical and emotional state, then as we listen further, we hear anguish and frustration of the caller as they are unable to get out the house, do the grocery shopping, see their relatives, go play golf, get exercise. The care we can offer is as much for the family caregiver who is burdened by the responsibility, which takes an emotional toll and translates in lost time costs when away from work.

When calculating the direct costs of home care, make sure to balance the ledger against the cost of lost wages or time spent on life-fulfilling activities for the family caregiver as well.

Considerations of the costs of long-term care should factor in many elements:

  • Home care offers personalized, one-to-one social, physical, and cognitive support care and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s), but home upkeep costs need to be included. Caregivers are trained and supervised by the company.

  • Nursing homes offer private rooms and semi-private rooms, each at different costs with additional charges for various services, including meals.

  • Assisted living facilities are a community-like setting for people who can no longer live independently without help.

  • Adult day services are drop-in centers typically open on weekdays during daytime hours.

With each care option, ask about caregiver to client ratio, how personalized services are for the individual, who is responsible for taxes, insurance and worker's compensation, and find out if there are additional expenses such as meals and utilities. Consider the level of independence for the person receiving each type of long-term care and how this matches with their personality.

The cost of using a home care company varies based on the breadth of services provided and number of hours required. Typically, hourly costs go down as number of hours increases, and fees go up when more skill is needed or desired.

We'd like to get to know you better so we can provide more specific costs for the care you need. Call us today to assess any of these options.