Hourly wages for home health aides average $19 nationally, the same as last year, according to a new survey by the MetLife Mature Market Institute.[@]
The 2007 average homemaker-companion hourly rate is $18, up $1 from the 2006 average.
The MetLife Mature Market Institute, Westport, Conn., also released cost data on adult day centers, finding the national average rate for such centers was $61 per day.
Rates for both service categories vary considerably by region, according to the institute, a unit of MetLife Inc., New York.
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Hourly rates were lowest in Shreveport, La., at $13 for home health aides and $12 for homemakers.