Caregiverlist® Announces Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index for November 2016

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Washington, D.C. seniors needing long-term nursing home care in their state will pay roughly $317 per day, or $115,705 per year, the average annual cost based on the daily semi-private rates of 18 Washington, D.C. nursing homes.

The November 2016 Caregiverlist® Index reports the average monthly cost for a shared room in nursing home in Washington, D.C. is $9,642, while the monthly cost of a private room is approximately $10,341.

The Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Index reports the updated costs and ratings for nursing homes to assist Washington, D.C. seniors looking to plan ahead for their senior care options. Medicare pays for short-term nursing home care after a hospital stay, it does not pay for long-term care. Knowing the costs and ratings of a local nursing home can assist a senior and their family to plan ahead for the right senior care option.

Medicaid for low-income seniors may pay for an ongoing stay in a nursing home, but does have a financial requirement in order to qualify.

Seniors in Washington, D.C. needing nursing home care should also review the most important factors indicating quality of care. They can now view the most recent ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area by using the interactive Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory. Of the 18 total Washington, D.C. nursing homes, the majority, 13, receive a Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Rating of 4- and 5-stars, with 5-stars being the highest score. No nursing homes rate the lowest quality rating of 1 star.

November 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%

Note: Nursing home facilities that are part of hospitals, special psychiatric or rehabilitation centers, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), or Veteran’s nursing homes are all labeled accordingly as they are only open to new residents meeting their selective criteria.
Caregiverlist® Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index

Total Number of Nursing Homes: 18

Average Cost Varies by Region
Average Cost of Private Room for Washington, D.C.: $340
Average Cost of Shared Room for Washington, D.C.: $317
Average Star-Rating: 3.3

Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Star-Rating Results
5-Star: 1
4-Star: 12
3-Star: 4
2-Star: 1
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.

Washington, D.C. seniors may find themselves in nursing rehabilitation as an extension of a hospital stay. Medicare health insurance will usually 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.

Low-income seniors in Washington, D.C. 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.

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, there really is no substitute for gauging a quality nursing home than a visit. Right now 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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