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How Much Will Professional Care Cost in 2013?

Take a look at this 2012 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing
Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services,
and Home Care Costs. It offers a clear picture of the costs to expect for long-term care in 2013.


The 2012 results of the MetLife Mature Market
Institute’s market survey reveal that average
national long-term care costs continue to rise
in most categories.

Since last year, nursing
home rates increased by 3.8% to $248 daily for
a private room and 3.7% to $222 daily for a
semi-private room. Assisted living base rates
rose by 2.1% to $3,550 monthly, while rates for
adult day services remained unchanged at $70
per day. Home health aide rates were unchanged
at $21 per hour, but homemaker/companion
service rates increased by 5.3% to $20 per hour.
(Rates and services vary greatly locally and by
state and are available in the survey.)

Care Costs

Type Rate
Adult Day Services $18,200
Homemaker $20,800
Home Health Aide $21,840
Assisted Living Community $42,600
Nursing Home: Semi-private Room $81,030
Nursing Home: Private Room $90,520


› Nursing Homes: According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, in 2011, 66% of nursing home residents
were women. The median age of residents was
82.6 years; 16% of all residents were under the
age of 65. Eighty-six percent of those surveyed
are freestanding facilities; 11% have an assisted
living unit or wing.

› Assisted Living: The average age of the
residents is 86.4 years. Oversight of these
facilities rests primarily with state governments
versus federal regulations. About half (51%)
provide Alzheimer’s and dementia care, 61%
of those charge an additional fee.

› Adult Day Services: The National Adult Day
Services Association estimates that there are
over 5,000 adult day centers in the U.S. serving
over 260,000 participants and family caregivers.
Sixty-three percent of surveyed centers provide
transportation to and from their locations. Half
do not charge a fee for this service. The average
cost of transportation for those centers that
charge is just under $10 each way.

› Home Care Services: Aging adults may
choose to live on their own for many years,
many with chronic conditions or illnesses. The
majority (68%) of home health care agencies
surveyed provide Alzheimer’s training to their
employees and almost all (98%) do not charge
an additional fee for patients with Alzheimer’s.


This survey of 2,078 nursing homes, 1,513
assisted living communities, 1,732 home care
agencies, and 1,363 adult day services centers
in all 50 states and the District of Columbia
was conducted by telephone between April and
August 2012, by LifePlans, Inc., for the MetLife
Mature Market Institute.
The states were divided into three groups,
according to the population. These groupings
were determined using data from the 2000 U.S.
Census and updates. The cities/areas surveyed
were chosen on the basis of population and
the ability to obtain
a representative
sampling of facilities
and providers.

More Information:

To download the Market Survey of Long-Term
Care Costs, which includes state and major subarea
details, visit

The MetLife Mature Market Institute®

Celebrating its 15-year anniversary in 2012, the MetLife Mature Market Institute is Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s (MetLife) center of expertise in aging, longevity and the generations and is a recognized thought leader
by business, the media, opinion leaders and the public. The Institute’s groundbreaking research, insights, strategic
partnerships and consumer education expand the knowledge and choices for those in, approaching or working with
the mature market.

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solutions for the challenges of life. MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee
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In 2002, the MetLife Mature Market Institute
pioneered the collection of national market
survey data on nursing home, assisted living, and
home care costs. Since then, these market survey
data have been updated and released on an annual
basis. In 2007, cost information on adult day
services (ADS) was included for the first time.
This market survey contains daily private-pay
rates for private and semi-private rooms in
licensed nursing homes, monthly base rates
for assisted living communities, hourly rates
for home health aides from licensed agencies
and agency-provided homemaker/companion
services, and daily rates for adult day services
across the United States.

©2012 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York
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