The staff at Special Care are trained and experienced at helping you determine what home care options will best fit your specific needs. Beginning with a conversation with you, our placement coordinator will assess your individual care needs and match the most appropriate caregiver to you.
Some of the more basic services you may want to consider for your service needs include, but are not limited to, the following:
Caregivers who are referred to you can be scheduled in a variety of ways based on the schedule you determine best fits your daily needs.
Our flexible hourly care plan allows you to schedule just the care you need, at the times you need, from four hours to twenty-four hours per day. Our professional caregivers can provide non-medical home care services to suit your needs and budget.
• Typical Average Hourly Fees Total $16.00/hour
This option is a perfect alternative to separate shifts for morning and evening care. Overnight with sleep care works well for those who need assistance with care before bedtime, safety and security assistance during the night, and assistance with morning care needs. The caregiver is in the home on a twelve-hour shift, sleeps overnight and is there for any needs the client may have throughout the night and early morning. This is also a great option for individuals who are afraid or lonely at night or simply rest better knowing that help is available if needed.
• Typical Average Hourly Overnight with Sleep Fees Total $9.33/hour
This care option is similar to hourly care but is provided for clients needing regular assistance throughout the night. With overnight awake care, the caregiver remains awake for the night and is ready to assist as needed. This may involve a client who needs to be repositioned throughout the night or needs the constant attention of a caregiver by their side. Shifts are normally scheduled for a minimum of 8 consecutive hours.
• Typical Average Hourly Overnight Awake Fees Total $16.00/hour
Special Care specializes in meeting the caregiving needs of clients round the clock. Because Special Care is able to provide round the clock caregiving services at an affordable price, many people prefer to stay in their familiar surroundings for as long as possible. When 24-hour supervision/assistance is needed, there can be a lot of questions about making this a realistic and affordable option. The following is a list of Services that provide 24-hour coverage with varying levels of client care
Often times, a client will need 24-hour supervision, yet nursing home care is not wanted and living with family is not possible. Live-in home care is designed for this unique situation. Our clients generally choose this live-in option when care will be long-term, and their care needs meet the criteria for a “live-in appropriate” situation. A referred, live-in caregiver does just that: lives in the home in the Lancaster and York area and is available 24-hours day to provide both client and family peace of mind, knowing that someone is there if help is needed.
Live-In care will not be arranged as a substitute for 24-hour overnight with sleep care or 24-hour hourly care, due to safety concerns for the client and overwhelming work expectations for the caregiver.
• Typical Average Hourly Live-In Fees Total $6.87/hour for a Full 24-Hour Period, Totaling $165.00/day
• Average fees can vary based on fees negotiated with your referred caregivers. The above noted fees include the total rate you will pay for both the referred caregiver and the office administrative fees.
• Certain living arrangements must be met for the caregiver in order for live-in care to be arranged.
The 24-hour care option meets the needs of clients who require continuous care throughout the day and minimal assistance during the night (for up to two brief periods of assistance, such as assistance to the bathroom). Frequently, clients will choose hourly and overnight with sleep caregiver services to best achieve 24-hour coverage. Several caregivers are used in shifts for such cases, to assure that the client always has a fresh set of hands to attend to their care needs.
Combining the hourly service option with the overnight with sleep service option achieves cost effective 24-hour coverage, for those meeting the above requirements.
• • Typical Average Hourly 24-Hour Care with Sleep Fees Generally Total $12.92/hour
This level of care is appropriate for those requiring frequent assistance throughout the day and night. Clients who need frequent assistance throughout the night, such as repositioning, extended periods of time awake or frequent toileting/incontinence care, will be appropriate for the 24-hour awake care option. Multiple caregivers are used to assure that a caregiver is awake and ready to respond to a client’s immediate care needs, at any time of the day or night.
• Typical Average Hourly 24-Hour Awake Fees Total $16.50/hour for the Entire 24-Hour Period
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* Please contact us for additional information regarding the criteria for live-in care.
* Typical average rates may vary as a result of caregivers and clients negotiating a reasonable rate with one another. The rates shown are the average rates we see charged by caregivers, and reflect office administrative fees.
Affordable in-home care for seniors, individuals with disabilities and post-hospital patients- that’s what Special Care is all about. Special Care is dedicated to referring the highest-quality caregivers who provide clients with personalized compassionate supportive care. This allows clients to remain independent in their own homes while receiving affordable personalized 1-on-1 assistance. Special Care has over 180 highly-screened, dedicated caregivers in its registry and, to date, has provided caregivers to thousands of Lancaster and York County families. Special Care prides itself on maintaining the comfort, independence and safety of the clients they service, it is the cornerstone of our commitment.
Special Care’s referred caregivers are ready to help where and when help is needed most. In addition to hands on personal care, such as bathing and dressing, caregivers regularly assist with:
Clients can schedule caregivers from 1 to 24 hours a day, and 1 to 7 days a week.
At Special Care, we are as concerned about the quality and reliability of referred caregivers as you are. Our reputation and our client’s satisfaction and safety depend on it. That is why we have developed what is probably the most stringent interviewing and screening process in the field of professional home care.
After our initial phone pre-screening of each prospective caregiver, we begin our formal process with a one-on-one interview. We spend at least one hour getting to know them, making sure they are someone we feel confident sending into a home of a loved one.
Next we asses their skill levels and experience and, when necessary, the candidate undergoes a written competency exam designed to assess their knowledge and competency in the field of home care.
A minimum of 4 references are checked personally, involving oral discussions with the designated reference regarding the candidate’s experience, honesty, past behaviors, etc.
After successful completion of the screening process, caregivers are carefully matched to the needs of clients. What’s more, the Special Care office performs routine follow-up calls to clients and, if requested, home visits to assure your continued satisfaction with the caregiver referral.
We go to great lengths to provide caregivers that best fit a client’s personalized needs. On occasion, however, a caregiver may fall short of the client’s expectations. Should this happen, you should contact the Special Care office immediately. A suitable replacement will be found as soon as possible.
The unique structure of our business allows Special Care to keep its overhead low, and therefore pass these savings on to you. Upon comparison with similar agencies, your total cost of care is well below average. Thus, you receive the best care available at an affordable price.
Clients pay their caregivers directly, based on rates that are negotiated by both parties prior to the start of care. Special Care supplies rate ranges for caregiver services in your area.
A separate fee is paid to Special Care to cover the administrative tasks performed for clients. These fees vary due to a variety of factors, including the number of hours requested and care option levels. Total fees paid are regularly well below the national average for home care services.
Call us today to discuss your service needs. We can be reached in Lancaster at 717-394-5111 and in York at 717-600-8600. One of our helpful placement coordinators will answer your questions in complete detail and, if desired, schedule an in-home visit for further review of your circumstances.
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