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MetLife Surveys Costs of Adult Day Centers
An adult day center costs an average of $61 a day, according to MetLife's first-ever national survey of adult day center costs. The survey also examined home health care rates.
Vermont has the highest adult center costs, with an average daily rate of $130, while Montgomery, Alabama, has the lowest costs at a rate of $21 a day.
Adult day centers, although not uniform across the United States, are normally licensed and provide older adults with socialization, recreational activities, lunch and some health services. Sandra Timmerman, Ed.D, director of MetLife's Mature Market Institute, said, "This data clearly shows that services can be costly in many parts of the country and may be difficult for families to afford." However, Timmerman also notes that for those who need longer hours of care each day, "adult day centers can provide a less costly alternative to allow people to remain at home."
MetLife found that the average hourly rate for home health care aides is $19, a rate that has not changed since 2006. Meanwhile, the national average hourly homemaker/companion rate rose by a dollar to $18. The survey notes that rates for home care services vary considerably by region. Home health care aides normally provide assistance with daily activities such as eating, dressing and bathing. A homemaker/companion generally provides companionship, light housekeeping and meal preparation.
The survey was conducted via telephone in June and July 2007 and represents all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
The full survey results, including charts showing adult day center and home health care costs in metropolitan centers, article can be found at www.maturemarketinstitute.com under "What's New." To go directly to the report in PDF format, click here.
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