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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


California Home Care Services

Unlike many other states, California does not require a license for non-medical or custodial care services. As a result, there are no barriers to entry, no consumer protection laws, no minimum standards, and no official state oversight. Consumers and their families must adopt a buyer beware approach, do their homework and hire caregivers that are bonded and insured. Look for companies who do background checks on their employees. California Medicare-certified home health care programs are surveyed annually against the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

California Home Health Care Resources

For additional information about various options, many California home health care agencies have joined together for a cooperative partnership. The California Association of Health Care Services at Home can help refer you to one of their member agencies as needed. They also offer a certification process for their member agencies, which some people may find reassuring due to the lack of state oversight. To contact the home care and hospice agency that serves your town, visit their web site.

In addition, the not for profit Visiting Nurses Association in California may be a useful resource and serves all who qualify, regardless of age or ability to pay. Services are paid through Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies. Agency staff will evaluate eligibility via phone or home visit. Clients must have a physician's referral and be classified as homebound or needing skilled care. You can contact the Southern California office below:

VNA & Hospice of Southern California
150 West First Street, Suite 270
Claremont, CA 91711
Primary Phone: 800-969-4862
Fax: 909-624-8904
Alternate: 909-624-3574
Referral: 800-969-4862

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 1899 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%

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