Dallas Offers Low Costs for Long Term Care
Recent survey reveals that the cost of long term care in Dallas is relatively very low. A private room at any care home in Dallas costs the occupant around 150 dollars a day. This average cost is lower by 26% than the national average of 203 dollars. The average cost in Austin is around 175 dollars, 14% higher than the cost in Dallas.
The findings by Genworth Financial further suggest that the average monthly rate for an assisted-living community in Dallas is 2788 dollars. The national average rate for the same is 2825 dollars.
The average monthly cost in Dallas is also lower than several other metropolitan areas. The assisted-living community has to pay 3,195 dollars in Houston, 2,895 dollars in San Antonio and 3,425 dollars in Austin as average monthly charges for long-tern care.
According to the findings of the survey, the annual increase in the charge of nursing home in Dallas has been the least since 2005. There has been an increase of only one percent annually in Dallas. On the other hand, there has been 7% rise in Austin, 5% in San Antonio while the national increase has been 4.3 percent.
At the same time, the survey suggests that the average charges in assisted-living have gone up to 3% in Dallas each year since 2005. The charges in this category have risen slower than the annual increase of 4.7% nationally. The Dallas increase in this category is also lower than other cities in Texas. Houston has increased by 12%, Austin has increased by 4% and San Antonio has increased by 9%.
Assisted-living and skilled care in Dallas
Assisted-living and skilled care in nursing sector seem to be less affected by the US economic recession as these things entirely depend on the health condition of the individuals. However, nursing care experts believe that the tendency of keeping the elderly people back at home might have worked for retarding the increase in the rates. The main reasons behind this tendency could be either personal or economic.
Nursing care experts in Dallas
Nursing care experts also believe that due to the economic downturn, families are now opting for home care instead of assisted-living with a view to lowering the expenses. However, the geriatric experts have warned people that hourly charges of homecare often surpass the monthly bill of assisted-living community.
According to the finding of Genworth Financial, the average hourly charges for homemaker services are 18 dollars. The hourly charges for Medicare certified health service are 25 dollars.
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