Caregiverlist® Announces Alabama Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index for March 2016

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Alabama seniors who need a long-term nursing home stay will pay roughly $58,000 per year, the average annual cost based on the daily rates of 236 nursing homes in their state. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, while Medicaid does pay for an ongoing stay in a nursing home for qualifying low-income seniors.

The March 2016 Caregiverlist® Index announces the average annual cost for an Alabama nursing home is $58,281.38. The Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Index reports the updated costs and ratings for nursing homes in the state of Alabama to help seniors and their families plan for their long-term care needs.

Seniors in Alabama planning ahead for senior care options should first understand the daily costs of nursing homes in their area and look at the most important factors indicating quality of care. While Medicare pays for short-term stays in a nursing home, usually as post-hospital stay rehabilitation, it does not pay for long-term care.

Alabama seniors and their families can see the most recent ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area by using the interactive Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory. Of the 236 total Alabama nursing homes, about half (115) receive a Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Rating of 4 out of 5 stars. 27 Alabama nursing homes receive 5 stars, while 9 of the nursing homes earned 1 star. New nursing homes also receive only a 1 star until they have had a chance to be rated. The average star rating for nursing homes in Alabama is 3.2 out of 5 stars.

Alabama nursing home costs are among the bottom ten in the nation. Older Alabamans planning ahead for senior care options should first understand the daily costs of nursing homes in their area and review the most important factors indicating quality of care. This month’s update of the Alabama's Caregiverlist® Index indicates that the average cost of a nursing home in Alabama is $159.68 per day, or about $4,856.78 per month.

March 2016, National Averages Weighting for Rating

2 hours, 28 minutes: C.N.A. Hours per Resident per Day 40%
15.7%: Long-stay Residents with Increasing Activities of Daily Living Needs 20%
1.0% Short-term Residents with Pressure Sores (Bed Sores) 20%
Overall Medicare Star-Rating Score 20%

Caregiverlist® Alabama Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 236

Average Cost Varies by Region
Average Cost of Private Room for Alabama: $166.49
Average Cost of Shared Room for Alabama: $152.86
Average Star-Rating: 3.2

Alabama Nursing Home Star-Rating Results
5-Star: 27
4-Star: 115
3-Star: 80
2-Star: 5
1-Star: 9

The Caregiverlist® rating combines 4 criteria to calculate an overall star-rating with a 5-star rating as the highest and a 1-star rating as the lowest score, as rated against the results for the total number of nursing homes.

Costs of senior care are always a factor when choosing the right senior care option, as many seniors live on a fixed income. Low-income seniors in Alabama may qualify for Medicaid, with the financial qualification of no more than $2,000 in assets for individuals and a $3,000 limit for couples. Medicaid will pay for long-term care in a nursing home for as long as the senior qualifies for needing care, even if this means multiple years of care until death. Visit the Caregiverlist® Alabama Medicaid Eligibility Requirements for for more information. Because seniors must private pay for a nursing home if needing care beyond the number of days Medicare will reimburse (usually only up to 100 days), many seniors also explore senior home care and assisted living options. Some assisted living centers also provide nursing home care.

The Caregiverlist® Index calculates a custom rating based on the most important criteria for quality, but acknowledge the ratings for nursing homes are only a starting point. Seniors should review the ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area and then visit the nursing homes which meet their budget parameters.

About Caregiverlist®® is the premier service connecting seniors and professional caregivers with the most reliable senior care options, highest quality ratings and outstanding careers nationwide. Founded by senior care professionals, Caregiverlist® delivers the efficiencies of the internet to senior care companies by providing online job applications, caregiver training, background checks and industry news. Seniors and caregivers can access senior service information “by state,” view nursing home costs and star-ratings and learn about all senior care options and quality standards. For more information, please visit

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