The average daily cost of a private room in a nursing home in the United States is $70,080 per year, or $192 per day, according to the 2004 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home and Home Care Costs.
The highest rates were reported in Alaska, where nursing home costs average an astounding $204,765 per year or $561 per day. The lowest rates were found in Shreveport, Louisiana at $36,135 per year or $99 per day. The average length of stay in a nursing home for current residents is 2.4 years.
The study also found that the cost of a home health care aide averaged $18 per hour nationally. Home health care is most expensive in Hartford, Connecticut at $28 per hour and least expensive in Shreveport, Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi where rates are $13 per hour on average.
Approximately 1.6 million people reside in 18,000 nursing homes in the United States, with just under 10% of the residents aged under 65 and 46.5% aged 85 years and over, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
More than 1.3 million patients received home health care services from 7,200 agencies in 2000, with more than half receiving help with at least one activity of daily living. Seven in ten patients were 65 and older.
The average daily nursing home cost in San Francisco for a private room was $293. Home care averaged $21 per hour.
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