Rhode Island Nursing Home Cost Infographic for August 2016

Caregiverlist has released the daily rates of nursing homes in Rhode Island. With 87 nursing homes, the average cost for a shared room is about $258 per day. Rhode Island nursing homes hold an average Caregiverlist Star Rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars. Rhode Island's nursing homes are now the 10th costliest in the nation, but less expensive than its neighboring states.

Maine Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

I’d like to retire to Maine — and that’s not just my love of lobster talking. I’d If I do retire there, I won’t be alone. Maine has one of the highest percentage of senior populations in the U.S., second only to Florida, according to the World Atlas. Unfortunately, Maine seniors are experiencing a housing crisis, with limited access to affordable, quality homes. The situation is so dire that many Maine seniors are forced into institutional housing before they really need to be there. A situation like this is why it is so important to be aware of the costs of long-term care near you.

The average annual price of a semi-private room in a Maine nursing home is $91,980, or $7,665 per month, according to our July 2016 database update. The average annual price of a private nursing home in a Maine is $99,280, or $8,273 per month. While Maine’s nursing home are the 10th costliest in the nation, they are less expensive than the nursing homes in their neighboring states, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. The average Caregiverlist Star Rating is higher as well — 3.3 out of 5, compared to New Hampshire and Vermont, who each score an average of 3.1 out of 5 stars, and Massachusetts, whose average Caregiverlist Star Rating is 2.9.

Below is a snapshot of Maine nursing home costs and ratings. You can also see our findings on our Maine nursing home cost infographic.

Snapshot
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 110
Average Single Price: $276
Average Double Price: $252

Caregiverlist Nursing Home Star Rating
5-Star: 15
4-Star: 62
3-Star: 27
2-Star: 1
1-Star: 5
Average : 3.3 (out of 5) stars

Maine seniors and their families should understand the costs of nursing homes in their area, along with their overall ratings. Hospitals often discharge the senior to a nursing home for post-hospital stay rehabilitation after a stroke or major surgery. If the senior’s stay is longer than the Medicare-covered 100 days, those costs becomes out-of-pocket. The nursing home talk is a difficult one and most families avoid the discussion until the need is imminent. Caregiverlist believes and informed consumer is in the best position to make those critical long-term care choices. We are always updating our nursing home database to provide the latest costs and ratings for nursing homes nationwide.

In-home caregiving can be an attractive option if 24-hour care is not needed. Many families will work with a quality home care agency for their senior care needs. The hourly rate for senior home care in Maine can range from $16 to $34 per hour, depending on the location and level of care required, with the added benefit of one-on-one assistance. “We have been able to help families stretch their savings to cover elder care costs and at the same time provide compassionate care that goes above and beyond in the home,” says Sonia Garcia of FirstLight Home Care of Southern Maine. “We become part of the family and offer a safe, engaging and nurturing care that lessens the worry for families.” A quality home care agency will also conduct the necessary background check and provide all liability and worker's compensation insurance protections and payroll taxes as required by law.

Each family has to determine their own breaking point between cost and level of care. We recommend you consult with a professional who can come up with a financial action plan to anticipate future long-term care costs. They will help assess your future spending needs.

Caregiverlist can also provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Maine and help you learn about the costs for senior care. Seniors and their family caregivers can research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information.

Maine Nursing Home Cost Infographic for July 2016

Caregiverlist has released the daily rates of nursing homes in Maine. With 110 nursing homes, the average cost for a shared room is about $252 per day. Maine nursing homes hold an average Caregiverlist Star Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars. Maine's nursing homes are the 10th costliest in the nation, but the least expensive of the Northeastern states.

Arizona 102-year-old Senior Announces U.S.A.'s First Female Presidential Candidate

American women could not vote when Jerry (Geraldine) Emmett was born. But last night she marked her spot in history by announcing Hillary Clinton as the first female candidate nominated for president by a major political party in the U.S.A. Ms. Emmett has been an active member of the Democratic party for many years and claims life-long allegiance as she continues to live a long life! She arrived in Philadelphia to make the historic announcement of Hillary's nomination in person.

Regardless of which political party you are a member of or which candidate you support, appreciating the freedoms we enjoy and the ability to be recognized as someone still contributing to the world at age 102 deserves recognition and admiration.

There are still countries where women cannot drive, cannot vote, cannot own a business and cannot wear a bikini.

May we American women always maintain these freedoms and cheers to Jerry Emmett for reminding us that we are lucky to be aging in the U.S.A.!


Stress Relief Photo: Sailing in the Sunshine

It is the height of summer, when we embrace the time we can spend outside in the sunshine. This week's photo was taken at the lakefront in Chicago, Illinois. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy the photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and the care you provide for our seniors. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. We hope you have a great week. 


"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."  -English Proverb

New Mexico Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, has always been a place of intrigue for me. I’ve delighted in the paintings of Georgia O’Keefe. I’ve wanted to investigate, under cover of night, the goings-on at Roswell. It’s a land of incredible beauty, and birthplace of many notables—Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos is from New Mexico, as is Neil Patrick Harris, Demi Moore, Conrad Hilton, and a host of others. Breaking Bad made New Mexico impossibly cool. I mean, it was home to Saul Goodman, after all.

According to New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department, by the year 2030, New Mexico’s 65+ population will move from 29th to fourth largest in the nation, and 5th in the projected growth rate of the 85+ population. And although the majority of seniors prefer to age at home, New Mexico spends 39 percent of the state's Medicaid funds on nursing home care.

How much do nursing homes in New Mexico cost? According to Caregiverlist’s updated national nursing home cost database, the daily room rate of a nursing home in New Mexico is $200.00 (the state average of single and shared rooms) or $73,000 per year, making it the 30th costliest state in the nation. The average star rating for New Mexico nursing homes is 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Senior care planning and paying for that care is the conversation no one wants to have. However, families need to understand the costs of nursing homes in their area, along with their overall ratings. Families usually doesn’t learn of those costs until long-term care is needed. Most hospitals release seniors to nursing homes for postoperative care. Medicare will cover the first 100 day—after which most seniors must private pay for care. Caregiverlist updates our nursing home cost database so seniors and their families can get an idea of long-term care costs in their area.

Below is a snapshot of New Mexico nursing home costs and ratings:
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 82
Average Single Price: $211
Average Double Price: $189
Average Rating: 2.5

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 1
4-Star: 24
3-Star: 28
2-Star: 18
1-Star: 11

You can also see an at­-a­-glance snapshot of our latest findings with our New Mexico nursing home cost infographic below.

Which is New Mexico’s highest rated nursing home? The only New Mexico facility with the highest Caregiverlist rating is not a nursing home but a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Landsun Homes in Carlsbad, New Mexico receives an overall 4.2 star rating, with perfect marks in its overall Medicare star rating and its certified nursing aide hours per resident per day.

On the other hand, some nursing homes in New Mexico have been in the news recently as the Office of the Attorney General Hector Balderas filed suit against Preferred Healthcare and Cathedral Rock after receiving complaints about the care given to senior residents in their New Mexico nursing home properties.

For that and a host of other reasons, many seniors prefer to stay at home and hire an in-home professional senior caregiver. The median hourly rate for a home health aide or CNA in New Mexico is $20 per hour, but can increase or decrease depending on the exact location (Santa Fe is the most expensive) and level of care required. A quality home care agency provides all necessary liability and worker's compensation insurance protections and payroll taxes as required by law, as well as running a thorough background check on their caregivers.

When should families begin anticipating for future long-term care costs? Consult with a professional who can come up with a financial action plan, something that includes an assessment of your family’s assets and anticipated spending needs. Seniors and their family caregivers can also research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information.

Montana Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Montana is big sky country. And, as with many states, its population is rapidly aging. A quarter of Montana’s citizens will be 65 years or older by 2030, making it the fifth oldest state in the U.S. Luckily, Montana nursing home costs are in the bottom half of the nation’s (28th out of 50) and the majority of the nursing homes in Montana rate 4 stars (out of 5) or better.

The average annual price of a private room in a Montana nursing home is $78,475, or $6,540 per month. The average annual price of a shared room in a Montana nursing home is $73,000, or $6,083 per month.

Montana seniors and their families should understand the costs of nursing homes in their chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Hospitals will oftentimes discharge the senior to a nursing home for post-hospital stay rehabilitation. If the senior’s stay is longer than the Medicare-covered 100 days, those costs becomes out-of-pocket. Or if a senior needs 24 hour care, a nursing home may be a family’s best long-term care option.

The nursing home talk is a difficult one and most families avoid the discussion until the need is imminent. Caregiverlist believes and informed consumer is in the best position to make those critical long-term care choices. We are always updating our nursing home cost database and have released the latest costs and ratings for Montana nursing homes.

You can also see an at­-a­-glance snapshot of our latest findings with our Montana nursing home cost infographic.

Below is a snapshot of Montana nursing home costs and ratings:
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 92

Average Single Price: $215
Average Double Price: $200
Average Rating: 3.0 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 7
4-Star: 46
3-Star: 26
2-Star: 3
1-Star: 10

Montana takes care of their own. More than 75 Montana senior fraud victims will receive a total of $200,000 in restitution. The Montana Securities Restitution Fund, established by the Montana Legislature in 2011, helps victims of investment fraud recover a portion of what they lost. Of course, the best way to deal with senior scams is to prevent them in the first place, but we applaud Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen for urging the legislature to help compensate the most vulnerable of Montana’s elderly population.

Seniors and their family caregivers can research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information. We recommend you consult with a professional who can come up with a financial action plan to anticipate future long-term care costs. They will help assess your future spending needs. Caregiverlist can also provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Montana and help you learn about the costs for senior care.


New Hampshire Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

New Hampshire’s population is aging at a rapid pace. In fact, NH is the state with the third fastest aging population in the U.S. By the year 2020, the number of elderly New Hampshirites will peak. And by 2030, the Granite Staters will experience a “silver tsunami,” almost one-third of the population will be 65 or older. Since it is estimated that 70% of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives, seniors should acquaint themselves with the cost of nursing homes in their state. New Hampshire is in the top 10 most expensive states for nursing home care.

New Hampshire senior care planning includes understanding costs of nursing homes in the chosen area, along with their overall ratings. Many times, hospitals will discharge the senior to a nursing home for post-hospital stay rehabilitation. If the senior’s stay is longer than the Medicare-covered 100 days, those costs becomes out-of-pocket.

Nursing homes are costly — and it’s a topic many families don’t discuss until the need is imminent. Avoiding the long-term care conversation doesn’t make it go away. That’s why our mission is to educate the consumer. We are always updating our nursing home cost database and have released the latest costs and ratings for New Hampshire nursing homes.

Below is a snapshot of New Hampshire nursing home costs and ratings:

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 80
Average Single Price: $301
Average Double Price: $285
Average Rating: 3.1 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 9
4-Star: 32
3-Star: 29
2-Star: 6
1-Star: 4

New Hampshire’s Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS), has published their State Plan on Aging, which became effective on October 1, 2015. The Plan will remain in effect through September 30, 2019.

You can also see an at­-a­-glance snapshot of our latest findings with our New Hampshire nursing home cost infographic.

Seniors and their family caregivers can research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information. A good place to start anticipating for those future long-term care costs is consulting with a professional who can come up with a financial action plan that includes an assessment of your family’s assets and future spending needs. Caregiverlist can also provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in New Hampshire and help you learn about the costs for senior care.


Hike to Greener Pastures: Caregiver Stress Relief

We hope you are enjoying a restful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the mountains near Zurich, Switzerland. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. We hope you have a great week. 


"Every mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing." -Barry Finlay


Hawaii Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated

Hawaii is inarguably one of the most beautiful states in the nation and consistently makes “Best States for Retirement” lists. And why not? Not only is Hawaii lush, tropical, impossibly lovely (the very air smells of sea and flowers), but the cost of living (outside Honolulu) is 33.4% above the U.S. average. Icing on the cake? Social Security benefits and most other pension payouts are exempt from state income taxes.

But doesn’t Hawaii have the most expensive nursing homes in the U.S.? Not quite. Alaska takes the title of state with costliest nursing homes, with Hawaii coming in second, according to the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Index. Hawaii has an average room cost of $355.50 (based on both private and semi-private rooms) to Alaska’s nursing home cost of $573.90.


Here’s a snapshot of Hawaii nursing home data:

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 50
Average Single Price: $397
Average Double Price: $314
Average Rating: 2.6

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 3
4-Star: 17
3-Star: 13
2-Star: 4
1-Star: 13

Which Hawaii nursing home has the highest Caregiverlist® rating? The Hawaii nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist® rating is privately-owned Island Nursing Home in Honolulu, Hawaii, which scores 4.8 out of 5 stars. The nursing home's semi-private room (they do not offer private rooms) costs $252.00 per day, which is significantly less than the state's average double rate of $314.

Senior care costs, especially the costs incurred by long-term nursing home stay, is something most people don’t think about until it’s too late, usually after the Medicare-paid first 100 days of post-hospital rehabilitation. But cost is not the only factor in choosing long-term care for our families or ourselves; seniors should review the ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area and then visit the nursing homes which meet their budget constraints.

A good place for families to begin anticipating future costs is by talking to a professional and coming up with a financial action plan. Caregiverlist can provide a care plan to find senior home care agency options in Hawaii and help you learn about the costs for senior care. Seniors and their family caregivers can also research nursing home costs and ratings in any state nationwide through the Caregiverlist Nursing Home Directory, the only resource with this trademarked information.

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