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Cost of California Home Care

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average hourly home care rate in California is $22.50.

The monthly base rate for California home care is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. California is also more expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for home maker services in California. The rate for home health care services is typically higher. In California, the average hourly rate is $23.00. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States


Percentage of Home Care Agencies that Accept Medicare

It is difficult to determine exactly what percentage of home health care agencies in California accept Medicare because there is no complete list of home health care agencies. According to our data, approximately 40% of California home care agencies are certified by Medicare. We have found 1922 California certified Medicare home health care agencies and anoother 1366 California home care companies. Realize that while Medicare provides a great deal of data about certain agencies, those agencies are also likely to be the type with trained nursing staff and therapists. If that isn't the type of care you or your loved one needs, be sure to examine all home care agencies in your area. Learn more about home care and Medicare

California Home Care Services

Of the home care agencies in California that were surveyed by Medicare, the percentage of agencies that provide common services is listed below.

Nursing Care Services: 100.0%

Physical Therapy Services: 97.9%

Medical Social Services: 97.8%

Home Health Aid Services: 97.2%

Occupational Therapy Services: 96.1%

Speech Pathology Services: 94.4%

Researching Home Care in California? Ask these questions:

  • Is the home care agency licensed in California?
    Does California license home care agencies, and if so, does the agency have a good-standing license?
  • What type of services does the home care company provide?
    Does the agency provide supportive care services such as housekeeping and bathing/dressing? Does the agency provide home health services provided by an adequately trained health care aide, therapist or nurse?
  • What funds will pay for the services provided by the California home care agency?
    Was the home care prescribed by a doctor? Will Medicare or other health insurance cover the visits or are you requesting home care that is private duty and therefore you will be responsible for the cost?
  • What staff will be providing your home care service?
    Does the staff meet your needs and the requirements, if any, of California? Depending on your needs, staff could include therapists, nurses, social workers, aides or home attendants.
  • How long has the home care worker been employed? Has the caregiver been evaluated recently?
    Ensure the staff has met the California requirements for the tasks and has been property trained and vetted by the agency.
  • Will you have the same staff member for every future visit?
    Ask if the same caregiver or staff member will return on future visits.
  • Does Medicaid cover home care services in California?
    If you cannot afford the service, does the agency accept California Medicaid waivers?

Important Helpful Contacts for California Home Health Consumers and California Senior Citizens

Do you have a complaint against a California home health care agency? If you or a loved one have a complaint about the service provided by a home health care agency in California, report it to:
California Department of Public Health
Local: (916) 324-6630
Tollfree: (800) 236-9747
Does your Medicare or Medigap cover California home health? Do you have a general question about your Medicare or Medigap policy? Then contact:
California Department of Insurance
Local: (213) 897-8921
Tollfree: (800) 927-4357
Do you know all of the California health-based programs and services that are available to you? Find out by contacting the California Health Department at the following:
California Department of Health Services
Local: (916) 445-4171
Are you on California resident seeking home care or having trouble paying your medical bills? Contact the California medical assistance office at:
California Department of Health Services
Local: (916) 636-1980
Are you familiar with the assistance California Area Agencies on the Aging can provide to you?

Your California Area Agencies on the Aging are a GREAT Resource. The AAA offices provide different assistance to California residents 60+ years of age. California Area Agencies on the Aging offer guidance on caregiver support, nutrition, ombudsmen help, assistance programs and referrals, insurance counseling and even transportation.

Find your local California AAA below:

Area 1 Agency on Aging
Eureka, CA
(707) 442-3763
Planning and Service Area 2, Area Agency on Aging
Yreka, CA
(530) 842-1687
Passages, Area 3 Agency on Aging
Chico, CA
(530) 898-5923
Area 4 Agency on Aging
Sacramento, CA
(916) 486-1876
Marin County Aging and Adult Services
San Rafael, CA
(415) 473-7118
San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services
San Francisco, CA
(415) 355-3555
Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging
Pleasant Hill, CA
(925) 602-4172
San Mateo County Area Agency on Aging
San Mateo, CA
(650) 573-3900
Alameda County Area Agency on Aging
Oakland, CA
(510) 577-1900
San Jose, CA
(408) 350-3200
San Joaquin County Aging and Community Services
Stockton, CA
(209) 468-2202
Area 12 Agency On Aging
Sonora, CA
(209) 532-6272
Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
Aptos, CA
(831) 688-0400
Fresno Madera Area Agency on Aging
Fresno, CA
(559) 600-4405
Kings Tulare Area Agency on Aging
Visalia, CA
(559) 623-0199
Eastern Sierra Area Agency on Aging
Bishop, CA
(760) 873-6364
Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
Santa Maria, CA
(805) 925-9554
Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
Ventura, CA
(805) 477-7300
Workforce Development Aging and Community Services
Los Angeles, CA
(888) 202-4248
County of San Bernardino Area Agency on Aging
San Bernardino, CA
(909) 891-3700
Riverside County Office on Aging
Riverside, CA
(951) 867-3800
Office on Aging Orange County
Santa Ana, CA
(714) 480-6450
Aging and Independence Services
San Diego, CA
(800) 339-4661
Imperial County Area Agency on Aging
El Centro, CA
(442) 265-7030
City of Los Angeles Department of Aging
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 482-7252
Area Agency on Aging of Lake and Mendocino Counties
Clearlake, CA
(707) 995-3744
Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 565-5950
Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano
Vallejo, CA
(707) 644-6612
El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging
Placerville, CA
(530) 621-6150
Stanislaus County Aging and Veteran Services
Modesto, CA
(209) 558-8698
Merced County Area Agency on Aging
Merced, CA
(209) 385-7550
Monterey County Area Agency on Aging
Salinas, CA
(831) 755-4466
Kern County Aging and Adult Services
Bakersfield, CA
(661) 868-1000
United Indian Health Center
Smith River, CA
(707) 487-4463

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