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Home Care Costs and Comparisons in
Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge

costs and comparisons kitchener waterloo cambridgeMany factors go into making health care decisions for our loved ones. Their health care needs and preferences, as well as the cost of care can determine the best solution.

A recent survey found that 91% of seniors wished to remain in their homes (or neighborhoods) and live independently for as long as possible, and that’s exactly what Retire-At-Home Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge exists does! Its important however to explore your options and understand this as an alternative service to Retirement Homes and Nursing Homes.


Cost Overview of Home Care Services:

Unfortunately, Government funded home care is not available to Canadians universally. Because of this, many choose to partake in private home care.

Additional help and support, from either a family member or a friend, will drastically reduce the costs involved with home care services.

Studies have shown that 26% of Canadians cared for a loved one with a serious health problem. Of those caregivers, 80% provided care at home, supplementing the government-funded service.

Research also shows that the average family caregiver spends at least 20 hours per week providing care over a period of four years. One quarter of family caregivers spend at least 40 hours per week. Unfortunately, studies have also shown that, after working more than 20 hours per week, the caregiver becomes overwhelmed and requires help. A good private care agency should be able to fill in the gaps left by the family caregiver.

The average client of Retire-At-Home spends approximately $1500-$2000 per month. While some clients spend as little as $80 per month for minimal aid, others opt for 24/7 support during crises and/or palliative situations. Because our services do not come with a contract, our caregivers can be there as little or as much as you need.

Cost Overview of Institutional Care:

To help make the right decision, it is important to understand the costs and requirements that come with each option

For those that do not want home care, and want to stay at a retirement home or nursing home, there are many options to choose from. Here is a breakdown of Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Long-term Care costs in Kitchener-Waterloo (costs may vary and change).

Independent Living – Non-gov’t regulated, client pays privately
  • Range $2075 – $4750
  • $550 – $1600 for additional person
  • Meals can be available but not often included
  • No personal support
  • 24-hr staffing for emergencies
  • Social/recreation programs often available
  • Availability of or include housekeeping/linens
Retirement Home (Assisted Living) – Non-gov’t regulated, client pays privately
  • Range $1760 – $5500
  • $600 – $1000 for additional person
  • Includes all meals, housekeeping, laundry
  • Personal support and assistance with activities of daily living, meds are available for purchase
  • 24-hr staffing for emergencies
  • Social/recreation programs
Long Term Care (Nursing Home) – Government regulated, client pays the accommodation cost only
  • Require government assessment to determine eligibility
  • Range $1620 – $2170
  • 24-hr care is available, however it is usually minimal with an average ratio of 12:1 patients to caregivers
  • Includes all meals, housekeeping, laundry
  • Over 20,000 people on waiting lists, often waiting a 2-3 years.
Example of Cost Comparison between Retire-At-Home and a Retirement Home:
  • Client requires 3 hours per day of Personal Care, help with meals, medication reminders.
  • Average Price of Retirement Home in the Kitchener-Waterloo= approx. $4000 per month (for one person).
  • Cost of hourly care = $30/hour.
Option1 – Retirement Home:
  • Client moves to Retirement Home on one-year contract
  • Assume 1 hour per day of Personal Care included, 2 hours per day are charged
  • Meals included
  • = $4000 + (2 hours x 30 days x $30/hour)
  • = $4000 + $1800
  • = $5800
Option2 – Retire-At-Home:

Client hires Retire-At-Home Services, remains in their own home, no contracts

  • Grocery bill for one person = $300/month
  • Utilities = $400/month
  • Emergency Response System installed = $40/month
  • = 3 hours x 30 days x $30/hour + $300 + $400 + $40
  • = $3440
If you would like to learn more about the costs of home care and how we can customize a care plan suited to your needs and budget, please contact us today for a Free Consultation!

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