How to Estimate Long Term Care Costs to Make Care Decisions Easier

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Cost is a major factor in long term care decisions

Paying for senior care is a major source of stress for family caregivers, often because costs can spring up suddenly.

As your older adult needs more and more help, you’ll probably need to choose between different long term care options, like hiring in-home care vs moving to assisted living or moving from one city to another.

A key part of those decisions will be based on how much their care will cost. Get a head start and avoid unpleasant surprises by estimating future costs now.

To make it easier, we found a quick, easy, and free online tool that calculates and compares the costs of long term care options.

We explain how to use it and how to estimate and compare costs into the future and across different cities.



Free online tool estimates and compares long term care costs

Genworth created an online tool that compares costs for long term care options. It’s completely free to use and doesn’t require any sign up.

The estimated numbers help you get a ballpark idea — they won’t be exactly the same as specific facilities or services in your older adult’s area.

These estimates help you narrow down the options to those that will be the most reasonable for your older adult’s financial situation.

Estimating and planning ahead also gives you time to explore different ways to pay for care or get help from an elder law attorney for things like a Medicaid spend down strategy.


How to use the tool to estimate long term care costs

To give you a basic idea of long term care costs, the 2018 national median (average) monthly costs for home care, adult day programs, assisted living, and nursing homes are shown immediately.


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Genworth’s online long term care cost estimator tool and national monthly average costs


To estimate costs for your older adult’s state:

  1. Click here to get to Genworth’s online tool
  2. Select a state using the drop down menu (left) or click it on the U.S. map (right)
  3. Select a metro region (city) or choose “State Median” to see the average for that state
  4. Choose the time period for the costs: hourly, daily, monthly, or annual

If you want to get an idea of what the costs will be like in the future, use the Calculate Future Cost slider bar.

To compare costs between different cities or states, choose the “Compare Location” link under the Metro Region selector to add another location.


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Average monthly long term care costs in Texas


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Comparing 2018 and 2023 costs in New York


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Comparing costs in California and Florida


Use estimates to make realistic plans for the future

To plan for your older adult’s future, it helps to ask some key questions:

  • How is their overall health?
  • Will they be living with or near someone who can provide some care? Or will they need full- or part-time hired caregiving help?
  • Do they enjoy socializing with others their age? Or would they prefer to stay at home and see mostly family?
  • What types of care work best with their needs and budget?

Answering those questions will help you figure out if in-home care or adult day programs will work or if assisted living or a nursing home would be better options.


Next Step  Quickly estimate your older adult’s long term care costs using Genworth’s free tool


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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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