In our experience, this is one of the first questions almost every family asks. We found average costs for Missouri 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 Missouri was $3,128 per month, up from $2,948 in 2010. The highest reported cost for the state was $6,600, and the lowest was $1,632.
The monthly cost varies, depending on your locality. In the Kansas City Area, for instance, the average cost of Assisted Living per month was $2,702. In St. Louis, the average was $4,338. The rest of the state has a lower monthly cost, as an average, of $2,873.
|Missouri||Avg. Monthly Assisted Living Facility Cost|
|Kansas City Area||$2,702|
|Rest of State||2,873|
The United States average cost for an Assisted Living facility in 2012 was $3,550 per month, up 2.1% from 2011. 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 Missouri was $169, or over $5000 for a month's care. The average cost of a home health aide was $19.00 per hour. The average cost of Adult Day Services (Adult Day Care) was $65.00 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.