Caregiverlist® Reports Hawaii Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index for May 2016

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Seniors in Hawaii planning ahead for senior care should first understand the daily costs of nursing homes in their area and review the most important factors indicating quality of care. Hawaii nursing homes are the second costliest in the nation.

Hawaii seniors needing a long-term stay in a nursing home in their state will pay roughly $129,757.50 per year, the average annual cost based on the daily rates of 50 nursing homes in Hawaii, down from the $139,097.85 we reported last year. However, the average daily cost for nursing home in Hawaii is the second highest in the nation, behind the state of Alaska, whose average daily nursing home cost is $573.90, or about $209,500 annually.

Aloha State 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 Hawaii Caregiverlist® Index, indicates that the average cost of a nursing home in Hawaii is $355.50 per day (based on both private and semi-private rooms), or about $10,813 per month. Of the 50 total Hawaii nursing homes, just less than half receive a score of at 4 or 5 stars, while 13 nursing homes garnered a 1-star rating. However, keep in mind that new nursing homes also will receive only a 1-star until they have had a chance to be rated.

Caregiverlist® Rating Criteria National Averages for Hawaii Nursing Homes

May 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® Hawaii Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index

Average Cost Varies by State
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 50
Average Single Price: $397
Average Double Price: $314
Average Rating: 2.6

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 3
4-Star: 17
3-Star: 13
2-Star: 4
1-Star: 13

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.

The Hawaii nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist® rating is privately-owned Island Nursing Home in Honolulu, Hawaii, which scores 4.8 out of 5 stars. The nursing home's semi-private room (they do not offer private rooms) costs $252.00 per day, which is significantly less than the state's average double rate of $314.00.

Hawaii seniors and their families must remember that nursing homes have become an extension of a hospital stay and many times Medicare health insurance will authorize a hospital discharge directly to a nursing home for rehabilitation after a major medical event has happened. This means researching the right nursing home ahead of time will ease the transition should a medical emergency occur. 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. Medicaid does pay for low-income qualifying seniors for an ongoing stay in a nursing home.

Costs of senior care are always a factor when choosing the right senior care option. Low-income seniors in Hawaii 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® Hawaii Medicaid Eligibility Requirements for for more information.

Seniors should review the ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area and then visit the nursing homes which meet their budget availability. Ratings for nursing homes are only a starting point. While the Caregiverlist® Index calculates a custom rating based on the most important criteria for quality, Medicare will only begin auditing the nursing home’s submitted information for C.N.A. staffing next year. 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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