Top 15 Cheapest States for Long-Term Care Costs: 2014

Genworth’s 11th annual study provides data on the states with the lowest costs across a range of LTC services

Genworth’s study on LTC found that caregivers are in for long hours and higher expenses. Genworth’s study on LTC found that caregivers are in for long hours and higher expenses.

If you or a client are a caregiver for someone who really needs long-term care, you know how draining the experience can be, no matter how willing you may be to fill the gap between need and coverage.

According to Genworth’s annual study on the cost of LTC, not only are caregivers in for long hours—a third of caregivers say that they provide 30 hours or more per week—and higher expenses, but work can be seriously affected, too. The study says 65% have been subject to lateness or absenteeism, have lost jobs or had to go into another line of work altogether as they struggle to add caregiving to an already full professional life.

The study uses data that span more than 14,800 LTC providers from 440 regions across the country, covering all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

And since more than 70% of people over 65, according to the National Medicare Handbook, will need some kind of LTC at some point—not necessarily admittance to a nursing home, but perhaps residence at an assisted living facility, access to adult day care or the help of a licensed home health care aide—the question of coverage for LTC is something that needs to be addressed before, not when, people need help.

Of course, cost is always a factor in choosing any kind of insurance. Those worried that rates will skyrocket once they’ve bought a policy, even in the cheapest states, might want to take comfort from Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Long Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). While policies did experience massive rate increases in the recent past, Slome said that that’s not as likely to happen for new policies in the future.

"When it comes to long-term care insurance the past does not always predict the future," Slome said. "State regulations and oversight, use of more conservative interest rates based on future years of historic low interest rates and pricing assumptions based more fully on realized experience make me confident circumstances today are dramatically different."

(Related: Top 15 Most Expensive States for Long-Term Care: 2014)

Not only do insurers now realize that those who buy policies are far more likely to keep them than previously thought, he added, projected returns are far more conservative, based on substantially lower interest rates than those used to price earlier policies.

Here are the 15 cheapest states in which to receive some form of LTC. Categories included are adult day care, licensed home care, assisted living and nursing home private rooms.

Omaha, Nebraska skyline. 

15. Nebraska

Average Annual Cost: $43,532

Adult day care: $12,927

Licensed home care: $48,048

Assisted living: $39,570

Nursing home (private room): $73,584

Nursing home attendants helping patients. (Photo: AP)

14. Iowa

Average Annual Cost: $43,151

Adult day care: $14,300

Licensed home care: $49,764

Assisted living: $41,016

Nursing home (private room): $67,525

Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City. (Photo: AP)

13. Utah

Average Annual Cost: $42,468

Adult day care: $12,090

Licensed home care: $48,048

Assisted living: $36,732

Nursing home (private room): $73,000

 Lynx train travels toward downtown in Charlotte, NC. (Photo: AP)

12. North Carolina

Average Annual Cost: $42,390

Adult day care: $13,260

Licensed home care: $38,896

Assisted living: $35,280

Nursing home (private room): $82,125

11. Kansas

Average Annual Cost: $42,005

Adult day care: $18,200

Licensed home care: $41,184

Assisted living: $44,760

Nursing home (private room): $63,875

Nashville, Tenn. (Photo: AP)

10. Tennessee

Average Annual Cost: $41,888

Adult day care: $14,300

Licensed home care: $39,582

Assisted living: $41,580

Nursing home (private room): $72,088

City Hall of Jackson, Miss. (Photo: AP)

9. Mississippi

Average Annual Cost: $41,077

Adult day care: $16,250

Licensed home care: $36,608

Assisted living: $34,800

Nursing home (private room): $76,650

8. South Carolina

Average Annual Cost: $40,131

Adult day care: $13,000

Licensed home care: $40,040

Assisted living: $34,485

Nursing home (private room): $73,000

Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo: AP)

7. Texas

Average Annual Cost: $39,531

Adult day care: $8,970

Licensed home care: $41,184

Assisted living: $42,270

Nursing home (private room): $65,700

Family visiting a women in nursing home. (Photo: AP)

6. Georgia

Average Annual Cost: $38,702

Adult day care: $15,600

Licensed home care: $39,308

Assisted living: $30,000

Nursing home (private room): $69,898

Night skyline of Little Rock, Arkansas.

5. Arkansas

Average Annual Cost: $38,558

Adult day care: $18,720

Licensed home care: $38,896

Assisted living: $34,200

Nursing home (private room): $62,415

4. Missouri

Average Annual Cost: $38,208

Adult day care: $19,500

Licensed home care: $43,472

Assisted living: $30,000

Nursing home (private room): $59,860

Attendant helps patient in nursing home. (Photo: AP)

3. Oklahoma

Average Annual Cost: $37,813

Adult day care: $15,600

Licensed home care: $41,184

Assisted living: $36,978

Nursing home (private room): $57,488

The Alabama Capitol sits in the background as the Court Square Fountain in downtown Montgomery is lit green. (Photo: AP)

2. Alabama

Average Annual Cost: $37,344

Adult day care: $6,500

Licensed home care: $36,608

Assisted living: $34,728

Nursing home (private room): $71,540

French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1. Louisiana

Average Annual Cost: $35,743

Adult day care: $14,300

Licensed home care: $32,032

Assisted living: $37,875

Nursing home (private room): $58,765

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