A large Fortune 500 insurance company recently published the results of its survey of the costs of nursing home care in the United States. The costs of nursing home care in the United States increased by an average of 4% during the last five years – the median cost in now $91,250 (in 2014, the median cost was $87,600). The survey, which is titled, “Genwith 2015 Cost of Care Survey,” involved the surveyors polling almost 25% of the certified and licensed nursing homes in most regions in the United States. The surveyors received nearly 3,800 completed surveys as a result.
To determine the average annual cost of nursing home care in the United States, the surveyors obtained the daily rates for private rooms (single occupancy) and for semi-private rooms (double occupancy) for nursing home facilities certified by Medicare (Medicare certifies more than 90% of all nursing homes in the U.S.). The daily room rate for nursing home care typically included not only rental for the room, but also three meals each day, basic nurse supervision, generic non-prescription pharmaceuticals, laundry, and various sundries. The annual cost for nursing home care was calculated by multiplying the daily rate by 365 (the number of days in a year).
The cost of nursing home care is relevant to most families in the United States because 70% or more of all people over the age of 65 will require some form of long-term care services and support during their lifetime. The median daily rate for a private room in a nursing home in the United States is now $250 (ranging from a low of $101 to a high of $1,255), up by 4.17% from 2014. The median daily rate for a semi-private room in a nursing home in the United States is now $220 (ranging from a low of $90 to a high of $1,255), up by 3.77% from 2014.
In Maryland, the median daily rate for a private room in a nursing home is now $302, ranging from a low of $200 to a high of $464, up by 6% from 2014. The median daily rate for a semi-private room in a nursing home in Maryland is now $278, ranging from a low of $189 to a high of $368, up by 5% from 2014. Alaska has the highest median annual costs for nursing home care in the United States: $281,415.
The costs of assisted-living facility care (residential arrangements that provide personal care and health services) is much lower than nursing home care: about $43,200 per year (for one bedroom – single occupancy). The costs of home health aide services costs about $45,760 per year.
If you or a loved one suffered injury (or worse) while a resident of a nursing home or a resident of an assisted living facility in the United States, you should promptly find a nursing home claim lawyer, or an assisted living claim lawyer, in your state who may investigate your nursing home claim (or assisted living claim) for you and represent you in a nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse, or nursing home neglect claim, if appropriate.
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