Caregiverlist® Reports Virginia Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index for October 2016

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Seniors in Virginia interested in long-term senior care should first know the daily costs of nursing homes in their area and review the most important quality of care factors.

For most Virginia seniors needing a long-term stay in a nursing home, families can expect to pay about $70,080 per year, the average annual cost based on the daily rates of semi-private rooms in the state’s 301 nursing homes. This makes Virginia’s nursing homes the 27th costliest in the nation, based on the Caregiverlist National Nursing Home database for October 2016.

Seniors in Virginia who require 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 Virginia Caregiverlist® Index shows that the average cost of a nursing home in Virginia is $192 per day (based on the cost of semi-private rooms), or about $5,840 per month. Of the 301 total Virginia nursing homes, the majority (159) score of 3 stars, and 85 receive a 4- or 5-star rating. While 16 Virginia nursing homes are assessed at the lowest star rating, new nursing homes will also receive only a 1-star until they have had a chance to be rated.

Caregiverlist® Rating Criteria National Averages for Virginia Nursing Homes

October 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® Virginia Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 301
Average Single Price: $217
Average Double Price: $192
Average Rating: 2.7 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 10
4-Star: 75
3-Star: 159
2-Star: 41
1-Star: 16    

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.

Mount Vernon Nursing And Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria has one of the highest Caregiverlist® star ratings in Virginia: it carries a score of 4.6 out of 5 stars. The nursing home's daily semi-private room cost is $288, 49.31% higher than the average double price of $192 in Virginia.

Virginia seniors may find themselves in nursing rehabilitation as an extension of a hospital stay. Medicare health insurance can authorize a hospital discharge directly to a nursing home for rehabilitation, and can cover up to 100 days of "skilled nursing" care. Families may be financially responsible for extended stays.

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

Virginia seniors and their families should review the ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area. 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. We recommend, when possible, to visit the properties in person for preview.

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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