Nursing Home Costs Continue to Rise

Living in a nursing home or assisted living facility continues to get more and more expensive. For a fifth consecutive year, the average annual cost for a private room in a nursing facility rose to $76,460. The costs varied dramatically state by state.

The costs for living in an assisted living facility also rose dramatically. Nationally, the average annual costs of living in an assisted living or residential care facility averaged $36,000, up 25% since 2004.

Experts believe that the costs of living in a nursing or residential facility will continue to rise if a shortage of long-term care workers is not resolved. As baby-boomers approach retirement, most have not adequately addressed the prospect of needing long-term nursing care in old age. The average person spends approximately 2.5 years in a nursing home, at a cost of over $190,000. Just a year or two in a nursing home can wipe out a persons lifetime of savings.

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