How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Caregiver?


How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Caregiver?


The average cost to hire a caregiver is anywhere from $9 an hour to $400 per day depending on the type of caregiver, level of services, and where you live. 

Whether you’re in the process of evaluating paid care support options or are planning for a loved one’s future care needs, we provide the costs and benefits to hiring four types of professional caregivers: senior living caregivers, adult daycare centers, home health agencies, and independent caregivers. 

Adult Daycare Centers

Cost to hire: $40-$100 per day depending on location and level of services

Adult daycare centers provide health and social programming for older adults that provide caregiver respite. You may consider this option when your loved one isn’t safe being left alone or isn’t able to manage their daily activities. Adult daycare centers are often not covered by Medicaid but may be covered by other state or federal programs. 

Home Health Caregivers

Cost to hire: $15-$25 per hour or $150-$350 per day depending on location

Home health care is the most flexible of all your caregiving options. When you engage a home health care agency, they will supply you with caregivers that have the skills necessary to support your loved one’s needs. These caregivers can range in skill level from untrained companions, to homemakers, to skilled nurses. Many of these caregivers receive specialized training and complete certification programs to be a Home Health Aide or Certified Nursing Assistant.

  • Personal Care Assistants provide support with basic, personal care needs including bathing, shopping, cleaning, and running errands.

  • Home Health Aides help with activities of daily living and are also equipped to check vital signs and handle specific issues related to mobility, nutrition, hygiene, behavior, and more.

  • Certified Nursing Assistants provide the highest level of support. They can manage all of the aforementioned tasks and also address complex medical needs, including setting up equipment and managing treatments.

An alternative to hiring a home health caregiver agency is to hire an independent caregiver directly. Because they work for themselves they often charge less per hour and you get the added benefit of working with them directly. 

Independent Caregivers

Cost to hire: $9-$17 per hour depending on location.

An independent caregiver is typically a home care professional that doesn’t work for an agency. The independent caregiver is employed directly by the family without any intermediary.

Senior Living Caregivers

Cost to hire: $4000+ per month plus a deposit depending on location and level of services

Senior living is an umbrella term that captures a number of different housing situations, including independent living communities, assisted living facilities, and memory care facilities. In assisted living and memory care facilities caregivers are incredibly important, doing anything and everything from personal care to administering medications. This may include bathing, dressing, feeding, organizing activities, and more. 

According to MetLife, assisted living care can average $42,000 per year and a private room in a memory care facility can average more than $87,000 per year. 

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