Home Care Costs in Alaska Rising Faster than Nationally
May 10, 2011
The median hourly rate to receive care in the home is $26.50 an hour in Alaska for home health aide services and $19 per hour nationally. The cost for this type of care has increased 3.2 percent a year over the past six years in Alaska, and 1.4 percent per year nationally during this same period.
The cost for a private nursing home room in Alaska has risen 4.7 percent annually over the past six years, and 4.4 percent nationally. The median annual rate in Alaska for a private nursing home room is $227,760 per year, significantly greater than the national rate of $77,745 per year.
Nationally, the median annual cost of long term care in an assisted living facility is $39,135, an increase of 6.0 percent annually over the past six years. In Alaska, the annual cost of assisted living care is $66,000 and costs have risen 4.6 percent per year over the same time period.
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