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Survey: W.Va. Home, Long-Term Care Costs Rise

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Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications
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An annual survey shows long-term and home health care costs in West Virginians are outpacing such costs nationally.
 
The Cost of Care Survey released Monday by Genworth Financial shows the median hourly cost of home health aide services in West Virginia has increased 3.8 percent annually over the past five years. Nationally, the annual increase was 1.3 percent.
 
West Virginia's median hourly rate for homemaker services increased 3.6 percent annually during the same period. Nationally, the annual increase was about 1 percent.
 
The median cost of a private nursing home room increased 5 percent annually in West Virginia, compared to about 4.2 percent nationally.
 
The annual cost of care in an assisted living facility in West Virginia rose 6.5 percent, compared to 4.3 percent nationally.


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