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Home care in Wyoming is designed to allow seniors to remain independent while receiving care as needed. Services range from weekly physical therapy and companionship all the way to 24-hour skilled nursing care. Today, there are about 133 home health care agencies in Wyoming and the average monthly cost is around $4,118.
There are a number of cities throughout WY that have senior home care agencies but because of the state’s population, there are only two areas where most of the agencies are located. Because of this, the median monthly are as follows:
City Homemaker Services Monthly Costs Home Health Aide Monthly Costs Casper $4,767 $4,767 Cheyenne n/a $3,861 Rest of State $5,148 $5,148
Wyoming is a state full of breathtaking sights for residents to marvel over. There are many national parks and other opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Yellowstone National Park is the world's first national park and features over 2.2 million acres, 12 campgrounds, 9 visitors centers, and more than 300 geysers. Visitors and residents can also enjoy the National Museum of Wildlife Art featuring more than 550 artists and over 5,000 cataloged historical items.
As a senior, there are still numerous places to go and things to see in Wyoming. There are senior centers throughout the state that provide senior-friendly activities such as games, dancing, exercise classes, and technology seminars. Specialized senior trips are also available to places such as the Grand Tetons National Park, the Cody Firearms Museum, or the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
The climate in Wyoming supports four seasons, but summer and winter are extremely different. Summers are short and hot and winters are long and cold. The average high temperature in the summer is 85 degrees and the low for winter is 9 degrees. With 222 days of sunshine annually and low humidity, WY is considered to be very comfortable. In 75 days of measurable precipitation, 13 inches of rain and 55 inches of snow can be expected.
There are many cattle ranches throughout the state, comprising a large portion of the state's economy and lifestyle. The land is greatly respected by the residents, yet visitors are warmly welcomed to experience the nature and culture of Wyoming. Residents are typically strong and independent in the classic cowboy sense. Jackson Hole features well-known skiing, rock climbing, and mountaineering spots and attracts people from all over the country who are often young and looking for an adventure.
Home care in Wyoming can be made most effective in a safe environment. Overall, this state has lower violent and property crime rates than the national average. Here are some of the safest places to find home care in Wyoming:
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Thermopolis 0.33 7.22 Worland 0.55 9.91 Green River 2.41 12.62 Torrington 3.07 15.64
Medicare-certified home health aides in Wyoming are required to have a minimum of 91 hours of training, including 16 hours of supervised practical or clinical training and 12 hours of additional education every 12 months following their licensing.
Each state’s approved programs for training and evaluation are overseen by federal legislation (42 CFR 484.36) to ensure national consistency and effectiveness.
Paying for home care in Wyoming can be achieved in several ways, each based on what can work the best for your unique situation.
First off, seniors may look to Medicare to receive coverage for their copayment and deductibles for medical home care through the Medicare Supplemental Insurances program. Medicare does not pay for home care aides and only covers medical home health care very selectively.
Besides using one’s own savings to pay for care, others may choose to pay through a reverse mortgage, by opening a home equity line of credit or by converting their life insurance policies. If you had purchased long-term care insurance earlier in life, this option is also very viable.
U.S. veterans can receive assistance for home care by using the Improved Pension or Homebound and Aid & Attendance Pension. To apply for these benefits, contact your local Veteran’s Association or Area Agency on Aging for more details and eligibility requirements.
Finally, Medicaid is a joint federal and state insurance program for low-income seniors and their families that in most cases can be used to cover the costs of home care if it is deemed medically necessary. Each state has its own rules, requirements for eligibility, and specific benefits that will vary.
While receiving home care in Wyoming you must be made aware of the rights you retain as a patient. Your caretaker must respect your personal privacy and property at all times as well. Notably, you are entitled to choose our own home health care agency and which services are to be provided.
If there comes a point where you are unable to make decisions regarding your own care, you may entrust this responsibility to a family member or a legal representative. Remember, you retain your Constitutional rights and those afforded to you by the Bill of Rights. Don't hesitate to contact a lawyer if you believe a violation has been made.
Seniors receiving home care in Wyoming have the right to obtain copies of their medical records and other protected health information. Although it’s a common misconception that this information cannot be disclosed due to privacy laws, the fact is that you can submit a written request to your health care provider and actually receive copies or digital versions of this information.
In some cases, your information can take up to 30 days to be fully processed and available to you - any longer will require your healthcare provider to issue a formal statement regarding the delay or denial of this request.