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Growth in Long Term Care Costs in Most of Georgia Outpacing Inflation, According to Annual Genworth Financial Study
Date:4/30/2009

Study Gives Georgians Access to Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Home Care and Adult Day Health Care Costs in Nearly Every Zip Code Statewide

RICHMOND, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of long term care in most areas of Georgia is rising at a rate outpacing inflation, putting significant financial pressure on those in or near retirement, according to an annual study by Genworth Financial. At the same time, the current economic downturn has led to a decline in home values and investment returns for many residents of Georgia, creating further financial planning challenges for many in the state.

Nationwide, the annual cost for a private nursing home room is $74,208, or $203 per day, representing an increase of 4 percent annually since 2005. This represents a rate of growth nearly twice that of the median annual inflation rate of 2.3 percent over the same period of time, measured using the Core CPI (which excludes food and fuel) reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Georgia's three largest cities surveyed, the cost has risen 4 percent a year since 2005 in Columbus and 2 percent in both Atlanta and in Augusta over the same time period. In Athens, the increase was significantly above the rate of inflation at 8 percent a year since 2005.

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, individuals and 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, including eight regions in Georgia.

"Many Georgia residents who had planned to tap their hard-earned nest egg to cover future long term care costs are finding this may no longer be a viable option given the economic downturn," said Buck Stinson, president, insurance products at Genworth Financial. "Two-thirds of people over age 65 will need long term care in their lifetimes. The localized information provided by Genworth's 2009 Cost of Care Survey is invaluable to families and their trusted advisors in mapping out a financial security strategy to cover the growing cost of this vital care."

A Snapshot of Georgia Long Term Care Costs

Nursing Homes: The median annual cost for a private nursing home room ranges from $45,589 to $74,400 in Georgia. The annual cost in Atlanta is $62,963, while the cost in Augusta is $64,337 and in Columbus $56,210.

Assisted Living: Assisted living costs are rising faster than nursing home costs in Atlanta, with the median annual cost at $34,050, a 5 percent increase annually since 2005 for a private room. The annual cost in Augusta is $29,489 and in Columbus it is $31,200. Rate increase data is not available for either Augusta or Columbus. Nationally, the annual cost for a private room in an assisted living facility is $33,903 and costs have increased 5 percent annually over the past five years.

Home Care: The median hourly rate for a non-Medicare certified, state licensed home health aide ranges from $13 to $17 in Georgia. Costs have risen 1 percent annually over the past five years in Atlanta, Augusta and Columbus. The cost in both Atlanta and Augusta are $17 an hour and in Columbus the hourly rate is $15. Georgia's costs come in a bit lower than the rest of the country, as the cost nationally for this type of care is $18 per hour, with costs increasing 2 percent annually over the past five years.

Adult Day Health Care: For adult day health care services, the median daily rate statewide ranges from $50 to $72. The daily rate is $52 in Atlanta and $50 in Augusta. Comparable costs are not available for Columbus. The daily rate nationally is $54.

Full results of Genworth's 2009 Cost of Care Survey, including detailed information about costs in Georgia, an interactive map of the cost of care in all 50 states and 331 geographic regions, and other useful tools and information are available online at http://www.genworth.com/costofcare.

Genworth's 2009 Cost of Care Survey was conducted by CareScout during January, February and March 2009. CareScout, which was acquired by Genworth Financial in June 2008, has conducted the Genworth Cost of Care Survey since 2004.

About Genworth Financial

Genworth Financial, Inc. is a leading Fortune 500 global financial security company. Genworth has more than $100 billion in assets and employs approximately 6,000 people with a presence in more than 25 countries. Its products and services help meet the investment, protection, retirement and lifestyle needs of more than 15 million customers. Genworth operates through three segments: Retirement and Protection, U.S. Mortgage Insurance and International. Its products and services are offered through financial intermediaries, advisors, independent distributors and sales specialists. Genworth Financial, which traces its roots back to 1871, became a public company in 2004 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit Genworth.com. From time to time Genworth releases important information via postings on its corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found under the "Investors" section of Genworth.com.

Long term care insurance is underwritten by Genworth Life Insurance Company, and in New York, Genworth Life Insurance Company of New York, Administrative Offices: Richmond, Virginia. Coverage may not be available in all states.

About CareScout

Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, CareScout helps Americans across the United States find quality care providers for their long term care needs. As an objective source for this provider information, CareScout, now part of the Genworth Financial family of companies, developed the nation's first quality-of-care ratings system for certified nursing homes and home care providers. Large employers, risk underwriters and families rely on CareScout's proprietary ratings system, the CareScout network and database of more than 90,000 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care agencies to help find and arrange the most appropriate care for loved ones. For more information, visit www.carescout.com.


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