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Nursing Home Private Room Cost Hits $206 Daily

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The average daily cost of a private room in a nursing home has increased 1.5% this year, to $206.

That cost, up from $203 in 2005, works out to $75,190 annually, according to a survey report publishedby the Mature Market Institute, Westport, Conn., an affiliate of MetLife Inc., New York.

Daily private room costs range from a high of $578 in Alaska to $111 in Shreveport, La. The lowest costs are in and around Shreveport.

The cost of semiprivate rooms rose 3.9%, to $183.

The cost of a home health care aide averaged $19 per hour nationally, unchanged from 2005, while homemaker-companion care was also unchanged at $17 per hour.

The highest cost for a home health care aide was in Rochester, Minn., at $29 per hour.

The highest cost for homemaker-companions, in Rochester, Minn., and Charleston, S.C., was $23.

The lowest costs for both home health care aides and homemaker-companions were in Shreveport, at $12 per hour for each.