In the Massachusetts area, the average cost for non-medical home care typically ranges between $22 and $35 per hour with the median range of $25 to $25.50 per hour. Massachusetts rates are typically higher than national averages because the quality and costs for certified caregivers is also higher than the national average. It should be noted that these are average costs from home care agencies.
Private individuals can be retained to provide most of the same services with fees that are 20% – 30% lower. However, these independents are typically uninsured, do not go through background checks and may be unable to provide alternatives in case they are not available to work on short notice, call-in sick or can’t be available. You may also find yourself being the employer and having to deal with automobile accidents or workers compensation issues.