Average Nursing Home Room Tops $90,000 a Year

The average daily cost of a private room in a nursing home in Northern Virginia is $91,615 a year, or $251 a day, according to the 2006 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home and Home Care Costs.

The average daily cost of a private room in a nursing home in the United States is $75,190 a year, or $206 a day, according to the survey. This is a 3.9 percent increase over last year, when the average daily rate for a private room in a nursing home was $74,095 a year, or $203 a day, according to MetLife.

Once again, the highest rates for a private room in 2006 were found in Alaska, where the cost is $578 a day on average. The lowest rates were again found in Shreveport, Louisiana, at $111 a day, a $4 drop from last year. 

The survey also reports on the cost of a semi-private room, which in Northern Virginia now averages $208 a day, or $75,920 a year.

The study also found that the cost of a home health care aide averaged $19 per hour both here in Northern Virginia nationally, the same as last year.

For the full 2006 report, including a list of average daily nursing home and home health care costs in selected cities, click here .

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