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. 

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