Cost of Senior Care in Mississippi

Written by Julia on September 23, 2015

As people age, their needs change. In Mississippi, there are 2,984,345 residents, with 403,168 of those residents over the age of 65, representing 14% of the population. The majority of these seniors are currently in the market for care assistance to address their changing needs.

While there are many options for care, care can be expensive. For the most part, people pay for care with their own personal or family funds. Long term care insurance or long term care protection combined with life insurance and annuities are another way to help pay for care. Medicare and Medicaid may contribute towards some long term care expenses, but there are specific coverage limitations and asset requirements.

Expenses are based on the type of care option received. Using 2015 Cost of Care data from Genworth, here is a comprehensive breakdown of the primary elder care options available in Mississippi: Home Care, Adult Day Care, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing.

Home Care

In Mississippi, home care is the most popular option. Home care agencies are not Medicare-certified because they do not offer skilled nursing services. Rather, home care typically involves an aid who can help at home with many activities of daily living (ADLs) and homemaker tasks. Activities of daily living include bathing, dressing, transferring, and toileting. Homemaker services include meal preparation, shopping, errands, and transportation in addition to general companionship.

Home care is available for a few hours a day, or 24/7. The hourly cost of home care in Mississippi ranges from $15-25. The median hourly cost of home care in Mississippi is less than the national average of $20. The annual cost is $37,752, for 44 hours of care per week for 52 weeks, though many people use home care only part-time.

Adult Day Care

Generally, adult day care is used to provide a break for family caregivers. Adults who need assistance or supervision during the day, but not around-the-clock, can receive care through a community-based center.

The daily cost of adult day care in Mississippi ranges from $35-75. The median daily cost in Mississippi is less than the national average of $69. The annual cost is $9,100, for 5 days per week for 52 weeks.

Assisted Living

Assisted-living is also community-based. Facilities provide personal care and health services to those who may need assistance with activities of daily living. The care provided is not as extensive as that of nursing homes.

The monthly cost of assisted living in Mississippi ranges from $1,525-6,600. The median monthly cost of assisted living in Mississippi is less than the national average of $3600. The annual cost is $37,800 for one bedroom in an assisted living facility.

Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing, or nursing homes, provides a high level of care for people who need close 24-hour supervision. They offer on-site nursing care, medication, rehabilitation, personal care assistance, and room and board.

For private rooms, the daily cost of skilled nursing in Mississippi ranges from $177-300.The median daily cost of skilled nursing in Mississippi is less than the national average of $250. The annual cost is $80,300.

Conclusion

The most cost effective way to pay for care is to plan for care. Start the conversation with the entire family today to assess the care needs of your loved one and figure out how to pay for care. Planning today will enable your loved one to age well and comfortably without added worry.