MetLife Mature Market Institute’s 2012 market survey shows that
average national long-term care costs continue to rise. The national
average annual charge for a private nursing home room rose to $90,520
this year, while semi-private rooms climbed to $81,030 and assisted
living residency jumped to $42,600.
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.
In 2011, 66% of nursing home residents were women;median age of
residents was 82.6 years; 16% of all residents were under the age of 65.
Assisted living base rates rose by 2.1% to $3,550 monthly.
Rates for adult day services remained unchanged at $70 per day.
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. Half do not charge a fee for this
Home health aide rates were unchanged at $21 per hour.
The majority (68%) of home health care agencies surveyed provide
Alzheimer’s training to their employees and almost all do not charge an
additional fee for patients with Alzheimer’s.
Homemaker/companion service rates increased by 5.3% to $20 per hour.
MetLife surveyed 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. The cities/areas
surveyed were chosen on the basis of population and the ability to
obtain a representative sampling of facilities and providers. Paying for long-term care
only gets harder and harder. With the CLASS Act demolished and few
players left in the long-term care insurance market, consumer options
The Assurance Benefit might be an interim savior for some people, allowing them to hold on to assets and not spend down as quickly.
There are larger issues at play here though. On the consumer side,
people need to financially plan for their long-term care needs and that
is hard to do when you are young and healthy and are not thinking about
this. There is also a responsibility for people to take care of
themselves physically. People with multiple chronic conditions account
for 80 percent of the healthcare costs in this country. I see people in
nursing homes who got there not because age caught up with them but
because they did not keep up with themselves.
For providers, the future is clear. Just as hospitals are being asked
to become more efficient while increasing quality so too are long-term
providers. These costs cannot continue to rise with an expectation that
consumers will be able to pay or that the government will either,
whether it is through the Medicare or Medicaid system. And people will
migrate to the lowest cost setting so aging in place
will become more and more prevalent. That in turn means changing your
business model to compete. There is a prediction that in the next two
decades we will not need half of the hospitals in this country. Would
venture to guess the same for four-walled providers of long-term care