Costs of Care Continue to Rise

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Costs of Care Continue to Rise

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money.svgGenworth announced its 2015 Cost of Care study today.

And, the results won't surprise you: The costs of care in assisted living facilities and nursing homes continues to rise dramatically. The median annual cost for care in an assisted living facility is $43,200, an average increase of 2.5% over the past five years. The comparable cost for a private nursing home room is $91,250, which has increased 4% annually over the past five years.

Nationally, the 2015 median hourly cost for the services of a homemaker or home health aide hired from a home care agency is $19.50 and $20, respectively. Homemaker costs have risen on average 1.6% annually over the past five years. Home health aide services have risen, on average, 1% annually over the past five years.

You can check the costs of care in your community (or your caree's) with Genworth's cost of care comparison tool.

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Thedogmama

Sounds dead on the money from our experience. We needed someone 8 hours 7 days a week when mom got out of rehab. We were averaging $1,300 - $1,700 a week for mom's care. I did discover the agency was open to a pre pay suggestion. I negotiated a flat $5,000 a month which included one overnight shift a month when we wanted to get away for a day. It pays to open your mouth and ask. It saved us quite a bit.