Caregiverlist® Reports March 2016 Idaho Nursing Home Ratings and Cost Index

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Idaho seniors in need of long-term nursing home stays can expect to pay roughly $90,000 per year, the average annual cost based on the daily rates of the state’s 84 nursing homes. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, while Medicaid does pay for an ongoing stay in a nursing home for low-income seniors.

The Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Index has released the updated costs and ratings for nursing homes in the state of Idaho to help seniors and their families plan their long-term care options. The March 2016 Caregiverlist® Index reports the average annual cost for an Idaho nursing home is $90,363.05.

Older Idahoans should first understand the daily costs of nursing homes in their area and review the most important factors indicating quality of care when considering their senior care options. This is because Medicare does not pay for long-term care but does pay for short-term stays in a nursing home, usually as post-hospital stay rehabilitation.

This month’s update of the Idaho's Caregiverlist® Index indicates that the average cost of a nursing home in Idaho is $247.57 per day, or about $7,530.25 per month.

Seniors in the Gem State can see the most recent ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area by using the interactive Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory. Of the 84 total Idaho nursing homes, over half receive a Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Six of the nursing homes earned 1 star. However, bear in mind that new nursing homes also will receive only a 1-star until they have had a chance to be rated. The average star rating for nursing homes in Idaho is 3.2 stars.

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® Idaho Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 84
Average Single Price: $284.33
Average Double Price: $210.81
Average Rating: 3.2

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 7
4-Star: 44
3-Star: 24
2-Star: 3
1-Star: 6

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.

Senior care costs can and should be a factor when choosing the right senior care option. Medicare does not pay for long-term care but does pay for short-term stays in a nursing home, usually as post-hospital stay rehabilitation. After the first 100 days of nursing home care, the senior must pay for the long-term nursing home care themselves, unless they carry long-term care insurance.

Low-income seniors in Idaho 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® Idaho Medicaid Eligibility Requirements for for more information.

The Caregiverlist® Index calculates a custom rating based on the most important criteria for quality, however we recommend using the nursing home ratings as a starting point. Seniors should review the ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area and then call and visit the nursing homes which meet their budget constraints. Currently, all of the information for the nursing home ratings is self-reported.

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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