Caregiverlist® Announces Rhode Island Nursing Home Cost Index for August 2016

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Seniors and families in Rhode Island looking to plan 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.

We are deeply vested in the quality of care.

Rhode Island nursing home rates are the tenth highest in the nation, with an average annual cost of approximately $94,170 (based on the cost of semi-private rooms), or $7,847 per month.

Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island Caregiverlist® Index indicates that the average cost of a nursing home in Rhode Island is $258 per day for a semi-private room or $288 for a private room. Of the 87 total Rhode Island nursing homes, over half rate 4-stars or better. Just three nursing homes in Rhode Island receive a 1-star rating or below on the Caregiverlist® Star Rating.

Caregiverlist® Rating Criteria National Averages:

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%

Here’s a snapshot of the Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Cost and Rating Index for Rhode Island for August 2016:

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 87
Average Single Price: $288
Average Double Price: $258
Average Rating: 3.2

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 7
4-Star: 47
3-Star: 27
2-Star: 3
1-Star: 3

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 Rhode Island nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist® rating is privately-owned Briarcliffe Manor in Johnston, Rhode Island, which scores 4.6 out of 5 stars. Owner/administrator Akshay Talwar JD, CPA, LLM, who lives on the campus alongside his senior residents, explains what he believes is integral to his Briarcliffe’s success. “I think much of our success is due to ownership presence,” says Mr. Talwar. “We are deeply vested in the quality of care and we have a personal connection with those for whom we provide long-term care.”

Rhode Island 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 occurred, but only if after three days if senior has been formally admitted as an inpatient. If a senior has been admitted under observation, they may have to pay for subsequent nursing home rehabilitation out of pocket. This means researching the right nursing home ahead of time will ease the transition should a medical emergency occur.

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 Rhode Island may qualify for Medicaid if they meet the financial qualifications. 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® Rhode Island 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 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, Medicare will only begin auditing the nursing home’s submitted information for C.N.A. staffing next year. Right now 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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