Nursing Home Care Not The Same Across States

As a widely used alternative to in-home care, nursing home care currently serves more than 1.5 million Americans. 

The services they receive includes help with activities of daily living, as well as certified nursing care. But the use of nursing homes as well as the costs associated are not equal across the United States. 

Eight out of 10 nursing home residents need help with four or five activities of daily living, with private pay costs of care ranging from $75,190 for a private room to $66,795 for a semi-private unit monthly.

These and other findings are included in an infographic created by that outlines nursing home occupancy across states, with 1.7 million beds available in the U.S.

Spending on nursing home care, measuring around $100 billion, is not consistent across states, with some, such as Iowa, seeing as much as 45% of nursing home care paid for by private resources and others, including Florida, having more than 20% paid for by Medicare.


Source: Nursing School Hub

Washington, D.C. has the highest proportion of Medicaid spending among the United States, with 82% of spending coming from Medicaid and just 7% coming from private pay sources.

View the infographic for the full picture of the United States and nursing home care.

Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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Elizabeth Ecker
Director of Content at Home Health Care News
Curious about all things, when not writing about senior housing topics, Liz is an avid explorer of food. She loves trying new recipes, new restaurants and new ice cream flavors. (Current favorite: Goat cheese with red cherries.)

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