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

living facilities, and home health and adult day health care providers in 331 regions across America, including eight regions in Tennessee.

"Many Tennessee 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 Tennessee Long Term Care Costs

Nursing Homes: The median annual cost for a private nursing home room in Tennessee ranges from $60,590 in Jackson to $68,133 in Nashville. Costs in Memphis and Knoxville are $65,877 and $67,525, respectively.

Assisted Living: Statewide, the annual median cost of care in a private room in an assisted living facility ranges from $28,890 in Nashville to $33,450 in Memphis. In Chattanooga, where the annual cost for this type of care is $29,760, costs have risen 13 percent annually over the past five years. Over the same period of time, costs have risen 4 percent in Memphis, 2 percent in Nashville and 3 percent in Knoxville, where the annual cost is $29,340. 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 in Tennessee ranges from $14 in Jackson to $18 in the Clarksville-Hopkinsville region, Johnson City and Nashville. Costs for this type of care increased 1 percent annually over the past f
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