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Cost of Massachusetts Home Care

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average hourly home care rate in Massachusetts is $23.75.

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

This cost is the base cost for home maker services in Massachusetts. The rate for home health care services is typically higher. In Massachusetts, the average hourly rate is $25.00. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

New York$21
New Hampshire$23
Rhode Island$24

Percentage of Home Care Agencies that Accept Medicare

It is difficult to determine exactly what percentage of home health care agencies in Massachusetts accept Medicare because there is no complete list of home health care agencies. According to our data, approximately 35% of Massachusetts home care agencies are certified by Medicare. We have found 495 Massachusetts certified Medicare home health care agencies and anoother 278 Massachusetts 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

Massachusetts Home Care Services

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

Nursing Care Services: 100.0%

Home Health Aid Services: 98.2%

Physical Therapy Services: 93.1%

Occupational Therapy Services: 87.7%

Speech Pathology Services: 82.7%

Medical Social Services: 80.9%

Researching Home Care in Massachusetts? Ask these questions:

  • Is the home care agency licensed in Massachusetts?
    Does Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts? 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts?
    If you cannot afford the service, does the agency accept Massachusetts Medicaid waivers?

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

Do you have a complaint against a Massachusetts home health care agency? If you or a loved one have a complaint about the service provided by a home health care agency in Massachusetts, report it to:
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Local: (617) 753-8000
Tollfree: (800) 462-5540
Does your Medicare or Medigap cover Massachusetts home health? Do you have a general question about your Medicare or Medigap policy? Then contact:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Local: (617) 521-7794
Local TDD: (617) 521-7490
Tollfree: (877) 563-4467
Do you know all of the Massachusetts health-based programs and services that are available to you? Find out by contacting the Massachusetts Health Department at the following:
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Local: (617) 624-6000
Tollfree: (866) 627-7968
Are you on Massachusetts resident seeking home care or having trouble paying your medical bills? Contact the Massachusetts medical assistance office at:
Office of Health and Human Services of Massachusetts
Tollfree: (800) 841-2900
Are you familiar with the assistance Massachusetts Area Agencies on the Aging can provide to you?

Your Massachusetts Area Agencies on the Aging are a GREAT Resource. The AAA offices provide different assistance to Massachusetts residents 60+ years of age. Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts AAA below:

Elder Services of Berkshire County
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-0524
Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.
Springfield, MA
(413) 781-8800
Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging
West Boylston, MA
(800) 244-3032
SeniorCare, Inc.
Gloucester, MA
(978) 281-1750
Greater Lynn Senior Services
Lynn, MA
(781) 599-0110
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services
Somerville, MA
(617) 628-2601
Minuteman Senior Services
Bedford, MA
(781) 272-7177
Springwell, Inc.
Waltham, MA
(617) 926-4100
Baypath Elder Services
Marlborough, MA
(508) 573-7200
HESSCO- Health & Social Services Consortium, Inc.
Sharon, MA
(781) 784-4944
South Shore Elder Services Inc.
Braintree, MA
(781) 848-3910
Old Colony Planning Council Area Agency on Aging
Brockton, MA
(508) 583-1833
Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.
New Bedford, MA
(508) 999-6400
Elder Services of Merrimack Valley
Lawrence, MA
(978) 683-7747
Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly
Boston, MA
(617) 635-4366
Bristol Elder Services, Inc
Fall River, MA
(508) 675-2101
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands
South Dennis, MA
(508) 394-4630
LifePath, Inc.
Greenfield, MA
(413) 773-5555- (978) 544-2259
Highland Valley Elder Services
Florence, MA
(413) 586-2000
WestMass ElderCare
Holyoke, MA
Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.
Malden, MA
(781) 324-7705
North Shore Elder Services, Inc.
Danvers, MA
(978) 750-4540

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