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Report: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Rates Rise
Nursing home and assisted living rates rose significantly from 2009 to 2010, according to the Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs released today by Westport-based MetLife Mature Market Institute.
Private room nursing home rates rose 4.6 percent to $229 per day or $83,585 per year, while assisted living rose 5.2 percent on average to $3,293 per month, or $39,516 per year.
These increases come on top of increases from 2008 to 2009 when both nursing home and assisted living costs were up 3.3 percent.
Costs for home health aides and adult day services were unchanged in the past year. Home health aide costs remain at an average price of $21 per hour, while adult day services costs are still $67 per day.
The highest average daily rates for nursing homes continued to be in Alaska, where rates are now $687 for a private room and $610 for a semi-private room.
Costs are lowest in Louisiana, outside the Baton Rouge and Shreveport Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), at an average of $138 per day for a private room.
For assisted living, the Washington, D.C. area had the highest average monthly base rate at $5,231, while Arkansas, outside of the Little Rock MSA, had the lowest average monthly rate of $2,073.
“The cost of care in nursing homes and assisted living has been and continues to be high and, in the past year, the increases have even outpaced medical care inflation of about 3 percent,” said Sandra Timmermann, director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute.
“As the population ages, there are more and more people among us who will need long-term care. While families continue to provide the lion’s share of care, paid care is commonly part of the equation and the costs can derail even the best financial.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009, 68 percent of nursing home residents were women, and only 16 percent of all residents were under the age of 65. The median age of residents was 83 years.
Current estimates from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging indicate that nearly one million people live in approximately 39,500 assisted living residences in the U.S.
The average age of an assisted living resident is 86.9 years old, and the median length of stay in assisted living is 29.3 months.
Adult day services centers are seeing increasing growth as a cost-effective key provider of long-term care services.
According to the recent MetLife National Study of Adult Day Services: Providing Support to Individuals and Their Family Caregivers, there are more than 4,600 adult day service centers nationwide, a 35 percent increase since 2002.
Those served by these centers have increased by more than 100,000 in that time period.
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