MetLife’s 2009 survey of nursing home and eldercare costs shows that the deflation seen in the U.S. economy over the past year did not apply to long term care providers. The average cost of a private room in a nursing home rose 3.3 percent to $6,570 per month and assisted living was up the same percentage to $3,131 per month. Home health care aides now fetch $21 per hour, up 5 percent, and adult day services cost $67 per day, up 4.7 percent.
Nursing home costs varied by state, with Alaska, at $584 per day, being the most expensive; Louisiana, at only $132 per day, was the cheapest. Assisted living costs also varied, with Delaware having the top spot, at $5,219 per month, and North Dakota being the most economical, at $2,041 per month. Home health care aides commanded $30 per hour in Rochester, Minnesota, and only $13 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Adult day services ran $150 in Vermont and $27 in Montgomery, Alabama.