It’s hard to predict the future. But it’s not a huge shock to learn that long-term care expenses are increasing. This has been a continuous pattern, however, as the economic downturn in combination with ageing middle-agers has not assisted with pension and health care expenses. And while old age and pension are generally associated with balance and relaxation, a time to reconnect with grandkids, golf and associate with friends. Today, our elderly people have been hit with the economic downturn, real estate problems and late retirements. And long-term senior care expenses have definitely affected not only elderly people and care providers, but also the country as a whole.
The good news? Medical health insurance is providing more. And different types of senior housing and care mean different expenses. We have found that many family members are not actually aware of the different senior living options as most search specifically for “nursing houses.” This detachment between community understanding and individual senior needs reveals us how important senior care cost education is to the United States. After all, smart planning for expected long-term senior care expenses is half the fight.
Here is more information on senior care expenses, depending on care type.
- The national regular daily amount for rooms in a assisted living facilities has improved a little bit this season (approximately $10 more)
- The national regular monthly base amount in served residing areas has improved a little bit this season (approximately $100 more)
- The national regular house care on per hour basis rate improved a little bit by 5.3% in 2012
While these increases may be minor, they’ve only been over a season. This is why smart retirement and financial planning are so important for American families.