Apart from the unpaid services of family and friends, long-term care is expensive.

The table below lists national average costs (regional costs can vary widely) for typical long0term care services; it provides an approximate guide to the cost of long-term care:

Service

2009

2010

2011

Assisted living facility

$3,131 per month

($37,572 per year)

$3,293 per month

($39,516 per year)

$3,477 per month

($41,724 per year)

Nursing home
(Private Room)

$219 per day

($79,935 per year)

$229 per day

($83,585 per year)

$239 per day

($87,235 per year)

Nursing home
(Semi-Private Room)

$198 per day

($72,270 per year)

$205 per day

($74,825 per year)

$214 per day

($78,110 per year)

Home health aide

$21 per hour

$21 per hour

$21 per hour

Homemaker/Companion

$19 per hour

$19 per hour

$19 per hour