In our experience, this is one of the first questions almost every family asks. We found average costs for Delaware in the data from the MetLife 2012 Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs.
The survey says that the average cost in 2012 of an Assisted Living Facility in New Jersey was $4,794 per month, up from $4,269 in 2010. The highest reported cost for the state was $7,100, and the lowest was $3,008.
The monthly cost varies, depending on your locality. In the Bridgewater Area, for instance, the average cost of Assisted Living per month was $4,749. In the Cherry Hill Area, it was $4,209. The rest of the state has a higher monthly cost, as an average, of $5,275.
|New Jersey||Avg. Monthly Assisted Living Facility Cost|
|Cherry Hill Area||4,209|
|Rest of State||$5,275|
The United States average cost for an Assisted Living facility in 2012 was $3,550 per month. The state with the highest average cost was Washington, D.C., with $5,933. The lowest average cost reported was $2,695, in Oklahoma.
For comparison, the average daily cost for Nursing Home care (private) in New Jersey was $$336, or about $10,000 for a month. The average cost of a home health aide was $22.00 per hour. The average cost of Adult Day Services (Adult Day Care) was $84.00 per day.
This information comes from the MetLife Mature Market Institute«. The full report is available at the Institute's website.
Explanatory note about the survey:
MetLife provides a "State Average" for each type of long-term care service in each state -the average of all rates for all sampled services in the state. In the states where MetLife includes average rates for one or more cities or areas within a state, these averages are specific to those areas.