In our experience, this is one of the first questions almost every family asks. We found average costs for each state on a web site from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services .
They say the average cost in 2010 of Nursing Home care in New Jersey was $307.00 per day for private care, and $277.00 per day for semi-private care.
The daily cost varies, depending on your locality. In the Bridgewater Area, for instance, the average cost of private care per day was $321.00. In the Cherry Hill Area, it was $302.00. The rest of the state has a lower daily cost, as an average, of $302.00.
|New Jersey||Avg. Daily Nursing Home Rate :
|Avg. Daily Nursing Home Rate :
|Cherry Hill Area||302||280|
|Rest of State||302||267|
The United States average cost for a semi-private room was $205.00.
For comparison, the average monthly cost for Assisted Living in New Jersey was $4,286.00. The cost of a home health aide was $21.00 per hour.
This information comes from the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information which is a web site produced by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . They credit the 2010 MetLife Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs as the source for the data they present.
They include this explanatory note about the MetLife 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.