The Home Care Guide: Home Care Aide Cost

Pay rates for home care aides

Once you have clarified your in-home care needs, you'll then be able to identify providers and learn what the costs would be for each provider. Of course, having family, friends or volunteers provide the service is less expensive than hiring an agency or individual care provider. Often, a combination of family members and hired caregivers is used which allows all caregivers to take the breaks they need to provide high quality ongoing care.

The cost of hiring a home care aide varies widely by:

According to MetLife, in 2007:

  • The average hourly cost of a home care aide worker was $19 per hour
  • In some states, the surveyed rate was as high as $30 per hour and as low as $9 per hour
  • The most recent cost data can be found in the Genworth 2011 Cost of Care Survey

Under certain strictly defined conditions your health insurance company will cover the cost of home care. You will have to check with your health insurance company or with the home care agency to assess the particulars of your case.

Ronnie Friedland is an editor at She has co-edited three books on parenting and interfaith family life.

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