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The 10 Best Home Care Agencies for Seniors in Williamsburg, VA for 2024

Last Updated: June 5, 2024 - Caring.com offers a free service to help families find senior care and authentic reviews to help you in your decision. On average in Williamsburg, VA, residents and their loved ones rate In Home Care agencies 5.0 out of 5 stars across the 19 options below.

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  • Home Care Services in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Paying for Home Care in Williamsburg, VA
  • Financial Assistance for Home Care in Williamsburg, VA
  • Williamsburg Home Care Resources
  • Determining Your Loved One’s Need for In-Home Care
  • Guidelines for Talking About In-Home Care

Paying for Home Care in Williamsburg, VA

The Cost of Home Care in Williamsburg, VA

Home care costs in Williamsburg, as listed in the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, are on par with the Virginia state average and about $200 less than the national average. Other Virginia cities run higher for home care costs. Richmond, not far to the west, is about $380 higher, and Fredericksburg and Staunton both come in around $570 more even though they are in different parts of the state (north and far west, respectively). Lynchburg in central Virginia offers prices that are lower by about $580.

Williamsburg

$4,767

Virginia

$4,767

United States

$4,957

Richmond

$5,148

Lynchburg

$4,185

Fredericksburg

$5,339

Staunton

$5,339

The Cost of Home Care vs. Other Senior Care Options in Williamsburg, VA

Home care in Williamsburg and the surrounding area is more expensive than some alternatives but less expensive than others. Assisted living, for example, can save seniors an average of $77 per month, which is perhaps minor for those who would prefer to remain in their own homes. Home care is much less expensive than skilled nursing care by over $3,600. Home health care is equivalent and may be an option if one needs medical services like therapy or medication management.

Home Care

$4,767

Home Health Care

$4,767

Adult Day Health Care

$1,690

Assisted Living Facility

$4,690

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,410

Note: Data for Williamsburg was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Virginia Beach, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Home Care in Williamsburg, VA

Given the high cost of in-home care, many people use one or more forms of financial assistance to cover the expenses. Below, we explain some of the most common sources of financial help for paying for in-home care. If none of these options are available to you, you can reach out to your Area Agency on Aging or Aging and Disability Resource Center to learn about local resources.

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: Long-term care insurance covers expenses related to senior care, including in-home care. Depending on the policy type, beneficiaries may receive a cash payment to use towards long-term care or reimbursement for qualifying long-term care expenses. Note that there are limitations- typically a maximum benefit of $150 per day- and exact coverage terms vary depending on the exact policy, so always check the details.
  • Medicare: Medicare does not cover in-home care because it is classified as custodial, or non-medical, care. However, some Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, which offer expanded benefits, may cover in-home custodial care.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid coverage of in-home care varies between different states because it is not a federally mandated benefit. Currently, all states cover some in-home care either through their standard Medicaid or a waiver program. The specific coverage rules are set individually by each state.
  • Veterans’ Benefits: The Aid and Attendance benefit is a monthly cash payment that beneficiaries can use to pay for senior care, including in-home care services. To qualify for A&A, Veterans must already receive the VA pension and meet several additional requirements, including needing assistance with the activities of daily living. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more.
  • Reverse Mortgages: Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) are federally insured loans that are available to homeowners age 62 and over. Reverse mortgages allow you to access a portion of your home’s equity in cash, tax free. Many seniors use reverse mortgages to finance their care expenses, including in-home care. Note that although there are no monthly payments due on reverse mortgage loans, borrowers do have to repay the loan once the last surviving homeowner passes away, moves, or sells the home.

Williamsburg Home Care Resources

Home care services are only one of the pieces needed for seniors to gracefully age in place. There are many services and programs that are low-cost or free, that enable seniors to enjoy an independent lifestyle in the comfort of their own home, such as help with home modifications, meal delivery services, and more. Below, we’ve compiled a few of the most helpful resources in Williamsburg:

ResourceContactAddressService
Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels(757) 229-92501769 Jamestown Rd Suite 2-C, Williamsburg, VA 23185Meals on Wheels of Williamsburg offers weekday delivery of balanced hot lunch meals to elderly residents of the city who cannot leave home or prepare their own meals. The cost of each delivery is $5.50, but this can be waived for recipients who are income-eligible. The organization also manages a check-up service for vulnerable seniors to make sure that they’re doing okay.
Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program(757) 229-9332312 Waller Mill Road Suite 405 Williamsburg, VA 23185Virginia’s Weatherization Assistance Program is administered by the state Department of Housing and Community Development with the aid of federal and state funds. In Williamsburg, weatherization is handled locally by the Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency. Preference is given to elderly and low-income family households, which can have their owned or rented homes weather-protected at no cost if they qualify financially. Seniors receiving SSI payments are automatically eligible, while maximum income limits are otherwise $31,349 for single-person households and $40,995 for two-person homes.
Peninsula Agency on Aging (PAAINC)(757) 873-0541739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 1006, Newport News, VA 23606The PAAINC is the regionally responsible area agency on aging for the area in which Williamsburg is located. The roster of services offered by this organization is extensive and includes a regional Meals on Wheels service for homebound elderly individuals, elder care coordination and referral services, a long-term care ombudsman and case management for seniors and their families. The agency also offers information about local, regional and state benefits programs or health insurance plans.
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia(757) 456-23665361-A Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462The Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia organization offers a broad assortment of programs and support services for elderly residents of Williamsburg and many surrounding counties and towns. The charity’s main offerings include a low-cost in-home respite care program that elders and their families can apply for. Catholic Charities will send a representative to perform a home-based assessment and decide on the degree of support it offers based on its findings.

Determining Your Loved One’s Need for In-Home Care

Aging can be a difficult process, and loved ones may not always ask for help – oftentimes it’s up to their family to evaluate their need for help around the house. While no two situations are exactly alike, this checklist can help you and your loved ones determine when it’s time to start the search for a home care provider.

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Checklist for determining the need for in-home care
Checklist for determining the need for in-home care

Guidelines for Talking About In-Home Care

If you’ve determined that your loved one needs the assistance of a care provider in their home, it may be time for a difficult conversation. Handled correctly, however, this process can bring a family together and ensure that everyone’s concerns are addressed. Use this PDF as a starting point to help the conversation stay as positive and productive as possible.

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Talking with family and others about a loved one's needs
Talking with family and others about a loved one's needs

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Lisa H_25

I am a current client of this provider

Review of BrightStar Care Williamsburg

They have good communication, People have been very friendly and have tried to work with us.

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Maria D_13

I am a current client of this provider

Review of BrightStar Care Williamsburg

Their open communication has helped. They're really on top of things. I like that they're open and communicative. Everyone is on the same page, they speak with you about any issues, and they put...

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Todd G_5

I am a past client of this provider

Review of BrightStar Care Williamsburg

I wouldn't have used them if I didn't have any faith in them. They're very cooperative. They react quickly to our needs.

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