The cost of long-term care increased significantly, according to the 2012 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs. Private room nursing home rates jumped 3.8 percent to $90,520 a year or $248 a day, while assisted living facility costs rose 2.1 percent on average to $42,600 a year or $3,550 a month.

The average cost of homemaker/companions increased by 5.3 percent to $20 per hour. The news wasn't all about increases, however. The cost of adult day care services remained the same as last year at $70 per day and the average cost of home health aides remained at $21 per hour.

The survey also reports on the cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home, which increased 3.7 percent to $222 a day, or $81,030 a year.

Once again, the highest rates for a private nursing home room in 2012 were found in Alaska, where the average cost rose from $655 a day to $687 a day.

This year the lowest rates were found in Oklahoma (with the exception of Oklahoma City and Tulsa) at an average of $147 a day for a private room. Texas (with the exception of Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Houston) had the lowest rate for a semi-private room at an average of $131 per day.

The cost of assisted living continues to be the highest in the Washington, D.C., area, at $5,933 a month (up from $5,757 a month in 2011) and the lowest in Arkansas (except for Little Rock) at $2,355 a month (up from $2,156 a month in 2011). Average home health care aide services ranged from a high of $32 an hour in Rochester, Minnesota (down from $34 an hour in 2011), to $13 an hour in the Shreveport area of Louisiana (down from $14 an hour in 2011). Adult day care services were highest in Vermont at an average of $141 a day and lowest in the Montgomery, Alabama, area, at $26 a day, both down from 2011.

Editor’s Note: Melanie B. Bradford is an attorney located in Scottsboro, Alabama at 803 Garland Ferry Road at the intersection of Veterans Drive and Garland Ferry near The Daily Sentinel. Her phone number is 256-259-3301. The Alabama State Bar requires any communication that may be interpreted as an ad to state: “No representation is made about the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.”

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