Long-term care is expensive, but the cost varies by both the types of care and where it is received. You can receive care at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home. The cost of each varies considerably. But greater differences exist around the country with prices varying greatly between expensive metropolitan areas and more rural areas. Genworth’s annual study of the cost of long-term care is out, and it shows costs increased faster than consumer price inflation in the last year.
Less-skilled “homemaker care,” such as cooking, cleaning and running errands (not included in the breakdown that follows) has risen pretty quickly as well, increasing by 4.75% since last year. But both versions of homemaker assistance are at the low end on the price scale, coming in at $21 for homemaker care and $22 for licensed homemaker care. The big bucks are elsewhere.
They may not have risen as quickly percentage-wise as the two already mentioned, but adult day care increased by 2.94% since last year to a national median rate of $70 per day. Assisted living facilities now average a median monthly rate of $3,750, an increase of 3.36% from last year, while nursing homes, at an increase of 5.50% for a private room, now run a median daily rate of $267. No matter how you look at it, that’s a lot of money.