The median cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased 4.2 percent to $91-250 a year- according to the 2015 edition of a Cost of Care survey that the insurer Genworth has conducted for the past 12 years. Genworth reports that the median cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is $80-300- up 3.8 percent from 2014.
The price rise was slightly more modest for assisted living facilities– where the median rate ticked up 2.9 percent- to $3-600 a month. The national median rate for the services of a home health aide was $20 an hour- representing a 1.3 percent increase over 2014- and the cost of adult day care- which provides support services in a protective setting during part of the day- rose from $65 to $69 a day.
Once again- Alaska was the costliest state for nursing home care- with the median annual cost of a private room totaling $281-415. Oklahoma again was found to be the most affordable state- with a median annual cost of a private room of $60-225.
The 2015 survey was based on responses from more than 15-000 nursing homes- assisted living facilities- adult day health facilities and home care providers. The survey was conducted by phone during January and February of 2015.
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