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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Evan H. Farr is a 4-time Best-Selling author in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. In addition to being one of approximately 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Country, Evan is one of approximately 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

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