The cost of long-term care increased significantly, according to the 2012 MetLife Market Survey .
The cost of long-term care increased significantly, according to the 2012 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted
Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs. Private room nursing
home rates jumped 3.8 percent to $90,520 a year or $248 a day, while assisted
living facility costs rose 2.1 percent on average to $42,600 a year or $3,550 a
The average cost of homemaker/companions increased by 5.3 percent to $20 per
hour. The news wasn't all about increases, however. The cost of adult day care
services remained the same as last year at $70 per day and the average cost of
home health aides remained at $21 per hour.
The survey also reports on the cost of a semi-private room in a nursing
home, which increased 3.7 percent to $222 a day, or $81,030 a year.
Once again, the highest rates for a private nursing home room in 2012 were
found in Alaska, where the average cost rose from $655 a day to $687 a day.
This year the lowest rates were found in Oklahoma (with the exception of
Oklahoma City and Tulsa) at an average of $147 a day for a private room. Texas
(with the exception of Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Houston) had the lowest
rate for a semi-private room at an average of $131 per day.
The cost of assisted living continues to be the highest in the Washington,
D.C., area, at $5,933 a month (up from $5,757 a month in 2011) and the lowest
in Arkansas (except for Little Rock) at $2,355 a month (up from $2,156 a month
in 2011). Average home health care aide services ranged from a high of $32 an
hour in Rochester, Minnesota (down from $34 an hour in 2011), to $13 an hour in
the Shreveport area of Louisana (down from $14 an hour in 2011). Adult day care
services were highest in Vermont at an average of $141 a day and lowest in the
Montgomery, Alabama, area, at $26 a day, both down from 2011.
For the full 2012 report, including listings of average long-term care costs
in selected cities, click here.