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Nursing Home Costs
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Nursing Home Costs

Cost of Nursing Home Care

Nursing home fees are higher than other types of senior care: nursing homes provide the highest level of care for older Americans compared to assisted living facilities and home health care. Even though that's the case, that doesn't mean that you can't find some savings on nursing home costs. You just need to know where to look and what the baseline prices are.

Factors of Nursing Home Costs

If you are looking for quality nursing homes in Nevada, expect to pay a different amount than you would in Colorado, or even Florida. In large part, fees are dependent of the real estate cost in the area, after all, you're paying for housing as well as the care needs. That means that states and cities with high costs of living will also see higher nursing home costs than those in less expensive areas.

Nursing Home Fees Depend On Labor Costs

Nursing shortages in a number of states, including California and Florida, mean that senior citizens who require skilled nursing services may have to pay a premium in order to receive care. The supply and demand aspect of the healthcare job market affects nursing home costs as well. Some surveys indicating that the cost to hire qualified medical professionals in Nevada increases the hourly fees by a dollar or two, which can add up over the course of a year. In general, the average cost is more than $50,000, according to the AARP, although a number of factors influence it.

Nursing Home Costs Depend on Services Required

Do you want your loved one to have their own personal room, or to share a room with another resident? Does your relative show symptoms of dementia? They may require specialized Alzheimer's care. Like any other type of housing, families considering nursing home costs need to understand that small choices like individual rooms versus shared occupancy is a significant factor in the annual cost.

Nursing Home Costs Vary By Facility and Vacancies

Like any other housing option, nursing homes operate on the basis of supply and demand. Monthly room rent or daily care rates may be adjusted if the facility has recently opened, or has a number of vacancies. If you are considering a skilled nursing home facility, keep in mind that you may be able to negotiate reductions in rates based on these conditions, without affecting the care afforded to your loved ones.

About the Costs Listed Below

The cost of nursing homes varies significantly between facilities across the nation and even within the same city. Please understand that the numbers listed below should only be used as estimates of what a person would expect to pay and that rates change constantly.

The costs listed below are only for Medicare certified facilities which account for more than 90% of nursing homes in the United States. Much of the data comes from the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey which is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Genworth Financial surveyed nearly 25% of nursing homes. Standard charges usually include services beyond just a room including meals, laundries, and basic supervision. There may be additional costs for services beyond the basics including prescription medication administration or additional nursing services. We urge you to ask for a specific price quote as well as a complete estimate of ALL services included while requesting information from ANY nursing home.

Compare Senior Care Costs

Care Type National Average
Monthly Cost
Five Year Increase
Home care
8 hours per week
$6931.03%
Adult day care
weekdays only
$1,4952.79%
Assisted living $3,6002.48%
Home care
44 hours per week
$3,8131.03%
Nursing Home
double occupancy room for one person
$6,6923.53%
Nursing Home
single occupancy room for one person
$7,6043.95%

Nursing Home Costs by State

** The map uses the median of nursing home costs for a semi-private room (double occupancy). The cost for Alaska has been reduced to have a more useful map. Please view the actual figures below.


Monthly Cost of Nursing Homes

StateSemi Private Room
(Double Occupancy, Rate per Person)
Private Room
Min CostMedianMax CostMin CostMedianMax Cost
Alabama$3,954$5,810$8,790$4,258$6,356$12,045
Alaska$14,022$23,451$38,173$14,022$23,451$38,173
Arizona$3,954$5,840$16,729$4,988$7,087$19,771
Arkansas$3,437$4,715$13,231$3,954$5,488$26,310
California$2,829$7,450$27,770$4,380$8,669$27,770
Colorado$5,262$6,996$19,771$5,445$7,794$19,771
Connecticut$5,931$12,167$14,600$6,540$13,231$15,360
Delaware$6,844$9,125$9,916$7,057$9,825$10,646
Florida$5,171$7,300$14,448$5,475$8,060$15,360
Georgia$3,498$5,566$7,756$3,650$5,931$20,653
Hawaii$8,000$10,403$17,094$8,000$11,254$18,737
Idaho$5,049$6,935$8,821$5,353$7,376$11,224
Illinois$3,407$5,399$31,481$3,954$6,205$31,481
Indiana$3,042$6,540$10,311$4,563$7,604$13,688
Iowa$3,498$5,323$8,213$4,502$5,688$9,064
Kansas$4,106$5,019$7,330$4,410$5,475$8,760
Kentucky$5,110$6,327$24,029$5,323$7,270$24,485
Louisiana$3,528$4,715$12,167$3,407$5,171$15,208
Maine$5,749$8,365$12,440$6,540$8,973$13,475
Maryland$5,749$8,448$11,193$6,083$9,186$14,113
Massachusetts$6,844$10,737$15,969$6,844$11,632$14,874
Michigan$5,688$7,559$11,041$5,992$8,258$14,113
Minnesota$3,255$7,034$11,558$5,080$8,002$12,897
Mississippi$5,019$6,235$7,878$5,384$6,692$9,125
Missouri$3,468$4,639$7,908$3,954$5,064$11,558
Montana$5,171$6,388$8,730$5,323$6,692$8,730
Nebraska$3,437$5,982$8,304$4,045$6,631$18,250
Nevada$3,346$7,178$8,425$4,106$8,213$15,452
New Hampshire$7,756$9,612$14,752$8,365$10,190$15,634
New Jersey$7,026$9,733$12,958$7,574$10,646$13,657
New Mexico$4,867$6,220$12,167$5,323$7,118$14,387
New York$6,083$10,980$32,850$6,874$11,370$32,850
North Carolina$3,103$6,266$9,612$3,285$6,844$19,163
North Dakota$4,715$8,365$12,380$5,140$8,745$12,380
Ohio$2,859$6,388$13,535$3,589$7,148$14,144
Oklahoma$3,346$4,441$5,323$4,106$5,019$10,342
Oregon$5,323$7,992$9,034$5,627$8,502$10,494
Pennsylvania$2,950$8,790$29,565$4,715$9,429$30,873
Rhode Island$5,080$7,756$10,281$5,779$8,593$10,828
South Carolina$2,920$5,779$10,068$3,711$6,251$10,615
South Dakota$5,049$6,064$7,574$5,353$6,448$7,817
Tennessee$4,563$5,840$7,848$4,623$6,296$12,532
Texas$2,738$4,258$7,908$3,072$5,718$11,893
Utah$4,106$5,323$9,125$4,471$6,388$15,208
Vermont$7,908$8,502$11,011$7,908$8,760$15,208
Virginia$5,019$6,707$23,117$5,323$7,724$23,269
Washington$5,414$8,078$15,969$5,810$8,292$15,969
Washington D.C.$8,213$8,213$8,213$8,213$8,213$8,213
West Virginia$5,962$8,562$10,798$6,388$8,969$11,102
Wisconsin$5,323$7,505$24,790$5,627$7,756$25,428
Wyoming$5,293$6,692$9,125$5,779$7,437$9,125
Carol Marak
Carol Marak

After seven years of helping her aging parents, Carol Marak has become a dedicated senior care writer. Since 2007, she has been doing the research to find answers to common concerns: housing, aging and health, staying safe and independent, and planning long-term.