In Wisconsin, a home health aide costs an average of $30 per hour. This is a little costlier than the national median price, which comes to $27 per hour. These prices are averages and vary by provider and area, with seniors in Green Bay paying $26.50 per hour and those in Milwaukee paying $32. While home health aide care is a little more expensive than assisted living in Wisconsin, the state offers a few programs designed to make it more affordable. 

What Do Home Health Aides Do and What Do They Cost Per Year?

Home health aides support disabled and aging adults by helping with personal care and health monitoring. They can perform tasks around the house such as meal preparation, laundry and light cleaning. They can also help with activities of daily living such as transferring from a bed to a wheelchair or using the restroom. Home health aides are trained to monitor vital signs, administer most medications and deliver rehabilitative therapy. They also serve as companions for their clients.

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, seniors in Wisconsin pay about $188 per day for this type of care. This adds up to $5,720 per month. On an annual basis, this comes to $68,640. 

What Types of Financial Aid Is Available for Wisconsin Seniors in Need of Home Health Care?

In Wisconsin, homemaker services average $66,352 per year. This makes homemaker services a little more affordable than home health aide care. Assisted living is also more affordable, averaging $55,200 per year. 

There are 174 home health care agencies located throughout the state of Wisconsin, and a few programs offered by the state may help cover the cost of in-home care. Many of these programs are Medicaid waivers like the IRIS program, which allows recipients to direct their own care. For more information on how to apply, interested parties can contact their local Area Agency on Aging,