A recently published survey of the cost of long term care in the United States in 2014 reported that the cost of long term care has steadily increased over the last eleven years but that the cost of long term care provided at home has grown at a lesser rate than the cost of long term care provided in facilities. Long term care is typically provided in a home setting, a community setting, or in a facility-based setting.
Home-Based Long Term Care
Long term care provided in the home setting may include homemaker services and/or home health aide services. Homemaker services typically involve hands-off services such as cooking, cleaning, and running errands. The median hourly rate for homemaker services in the United States in 2014 is $19.00, which represents an increase of 4.11% from the hourly rate in 2013. The five-year increase in homemaker services rates is 1.2%.
Home health aide services is not medical care but does involve hands-on personal care. The median hourly rate for home health aide services charged by licensed, non-Medicare certified agencies in the United States in 2014 is $20.00, which represents an increase of 1.59% from the hourly rate in 2013. The five-year increase in home health aide services rates is 1.32%.
Community-Based Long Term Care
Community-based long term care is provided in adult day health care centers, which provide social and related support services in the community on a less-than-24-hour basis. Adult day health care centers provide supervised and structured activities that are designed for individual needs. Services provided may include some or all of the following: transportation, medication management, personal care, meals, personal services, social services, and therapeutic activities. The median daily rate for adult day health care services in the United States in 2014 is $65.00 (the same as in 2013). The five-year increase in adult day health care services rates is 3.4%.
Facility-Based Long Term Care
Long term care facilities include assisted living facilities and nursing home care. Assisted living facilities allow people to live independently even though they need assistance with activities of daily living; assisted living facilities provide personal care and health services, but the level of services provided is less extensive than those provided in nursing homes. The median monthly cost for assisted living facilities in the United States in 2014 is $3,500.00, which represents an increase of 1.45% from the monthly cost in 2013. The five-year increase in assisted living facilities costs is 4.29%.
Nursing homes provide skilled nursing care 24-hours-per-day and provide a higher level of care and supervision than offered by assisted living facilities. Nursing homes provide room, board, medication management, personal care assistance, supervision, and therapies/rehabilitation services. The median daily cost for nursing homes is $212.00 for a semi-private room and $240.00 for a private room, which represents an increase of 2.62% from the daily cost in 2013 for a semi-private room and an increase of 4.35% for a private room. The five-year increase in daily rates for nursing homes is 3.91% for semi-private rooms and 4.19% for private rooms.
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