Americans seeking affordable long term care options will find the Midwest offers the most choices at the lowest cost, while Northeast and West Coast states generally offer fewer affordable alternatives. These are among the key findings of a national cost of care survey released today by Genworth Financial.
Since 2004, Genworth has surveyed the cost of long term care across the U.S. to provide Americans with a clear understanding of the cost of care in their part of the country. With this knowledge, families can begin to prudently plan for these potential costs. The most comprehensive study of its kind, Genworth's 2009 Cost of Care Survey, conducted by CareScout(R), covers more than 14,000 nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health and adult day health care providers in 331 regions across America.
New to the 2009 survey is the Genworth Choice & Affordability Index. This tool identifies regions where nursing home care choices are both numerous and most affordable in proportion to the area's 65+ population - creating an index of the best places in the U.S. for nursing home care. The Choice & Affordability Index does not measure or reflect the long term care services capacity (i.e.; number of beds) available in a region, or the quality of care, but rather reflects the number of facilities in the region in proportion to the 65+ population along with the cost of care in that area.
Full results of Genworth's 2009 Cost of Care Survey, including the Choice & Affordability Index, an interactive map of the cost of care in all 50 states and 331 geographic regions, and other useful tools and information is available online at www.Genworth.com/CostofCare.
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