Alaska Nursing Home Costs and Star Ratings Updated 9. April 2016 RenataLaszuk NursingHome, Planning for Retirement Care, Senior Caregiving (0) Where are the most expensive nursing homes in the U.S.? Not surprisingly, Alaska takes the title of state with costliest nursing homes in America once again, according to the updated Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Index. And again, Alaska wins by a landslide, with an average daily room cost of $573.90 (based on both private and semi-private rooms.) The next most expensive nursing homes can be found in Hawaii, whose average daily nursing home costs are $376.66. Why are nursing home costs so high in Alaska? Many factors contribute to costs, especially in rural areas where even gas and electricity are costlier. Then there’s the law of supply and demand — there are simply more people vying for fewer resources. In addition to Native Alaskans living longer, non-natives who migrated to the state during the oil and construction boom of past years have decided to stay and age there, creating what experts are calling a “silver tsunami.” Who knows if Alaska’s nursing home infrastructure will be able to support its future elderly population? Right now, however, Caregiverlist data shows that the 18 nursing homes in Alaska have an average star rating of 3.5 (out of 5.) Here’s a snapshot of Alaska nursing home data: Total Number of Nursing Homes: 18 Average Single Price: $621.38 Average Double Price: $526.43 Average Rating: 3.5 Star Rating Snapshot: 5-Star: 6 4-Star: 6 3-Star: 4 2-Star: 2 1-Star: 0 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. 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 Tennessee 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.