Caregiverlist® Announces Alaska Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index for April 2016

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Seniors in Alaska looking to plan ahead for long-term 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.

Alaska nursing home rates are the highest in the nation, with an average annual cost of approximately $209,500 (based on both private and semi-private rooms), or $17,500 per month.

Alaska seniors needing nursing home care can now view the most recent ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area by using the interactive Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory. This month’s update of the Alaska Caregiverlist® Index, indicates that the average cost of a nursing home in Alaska is $573.90 per day. Of the 18 total Alaska nursing homes, over half rate 4-stars or better. No nursing homes in Alaska receive a 1-star rating or below on the Caregiverlist® Star Rating Index.

Caregiverlist® Rating Criteria National Averages for Alaska Nursing Homes

April 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%

April 2016 Caregiverlist® Alaska Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 18
Average Single Price: $621.38
Average Double Price: $526.43
Average Rating: 3.5

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 6
4-Star: 6
3-Star: 4
2-Star: 2
1-Star: 0

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.

Alaska seniors and their families must remember that nursing homes have become an extension of a hospital stay. Many times Medicare health insurance will authorize a hospital discharge directly to a nursing home for rehabilitation after a major medical event has occurred. This means researching the right nursing home ahead of time will ease the transition should a senior and their family face a medical emergency.

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 Alaska 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® Alaska 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 in-home senior home care and assisted living options. Some assisted living centers also provide nursing home care.

Seniors should review the ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area and then visit the nursing homes which meet their budget parameters. Ratings for nursing homes are only a starting point, and while the Caregiverlist® Index calculates a custom rating based on the most important criteria for quality, nothing takes the place of actually viewing a prospective facility. Currently, all of the information for the nursing home ratings is self-reported.

About Caregiverlist®
Caregiverlist.com® 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 http://www.caregiverlist.com.

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