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Alaska Home Care Costs Among the Nation's Highest


Genworth's 7th Annual Survey Allows Alaska Residents to Compare Long Term Care Costs Statewide

RICHMOND, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Genworth's 2010 Cost of Care Survey, home care costs, as well as costs of most other long term care services, are higher in Alaska than they are nationally. The median annual rate for home care costs in Alaska is $57,200 statewide, about 32 percent greater than the median annual rate of $43,472 nationally.(1) Alaska is one of the most expensive states for home care services, along with Minnesota and Rhode Island.

This is important to note given that a majority of Americans prefer to receive care in the home. According to another Genworth survey conducted earlier this year, when asked to identify the setting most preferred to receive long term care, 78 percent chose the home; 18 percent chose assisted living, and only 2 percent selected a nursing home.(2)

"Long term care is not just about nursing homes anymore," said Buck Stinson, President, U.S. Life Insurance Products at Genworth. "For many Alaska residents, the ability to live independently is critical to maintaining quality of life. Preparing for the expenses associated with one's preferred care setting is a key factor in retirement planning," he added.

Now in its 35th year of providing long term care insurance to American families, Genworth's annual Cost of Care Survey helps raise public awareness of the costs associated with various care options across the U.S. In Alaska, the survey includes information on long term care costs in three regions.

Alaska Cost of Care Survey Findings

Home Health Aide Services (Licensed)

Statewide, costs have risen 3 percent annually over the past five years. This compares to an annual increase of 2 percent nationally over the same period.(3)

Select Regions Median Hourly Rate
Alaska-Statewide $25
Anchorage $25
Fairbanks N/A
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US National $19
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Assisted Living (One Bedroom/Single Occupancy)

Statewide, median annual costs have risen less than they have nationally over the past five years (6 percent in Alaska compared to 7 percent across the U.S.)(3) Assisted living costs in Fairbanks exceed the national levels by about 120 percent, while statewide costs are about 73 percent greater than national levels.

Select Regions Median Annual Rate(4)
Alaska-Statewide $66,000
Anchorage $66,000
Fairbanks $84,600
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US National $38,220
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Nursing Home (Private Room)

The annual cost increase for this type of care is 5 percent nationally over the past five years, compared to 3 percent in Alaska.(3) Statewide, nursing home costs exceed national levels by about 170 percent.

Select Regions Median Annual Rate(5)
Alaska-Statewide $202,210
Anchorage $164,980
Fairbanks N/A
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US National $75,190
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Adult Day Health Care

Costs for this type of care are higher statewide than they are nationally.

Select Regions Median Annual Rate(6)
Alaska-Statewide $22,994
Anchorage $25,535
Fairbanks $22,880
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US National $15,600
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Let's Talk

To help families plan more effectively for potential long term care needs, Genworth Financial launched its national "Let's Talk" campaign in 2009.

"The first step in developing a comprehensive long term care plan is to speak with loved ones about the impact that a long term illness would have on them, emotionally and financially," added Mr. Stinson. "Genworth's 2010 Cost of Care Survey, when used in conjunction with the resources available at caringtalk.com, provides families with a complete tool kit for mapping out a comprehensive long term care plan that addresses these concerns."

About Genworth's 2010 Cost of Care Survey

Genworth's Cost of Care Survey is the most comprehensive of its kind, covering nearly 13,000 long term care providers in 436 regions nationwide. It surveys the cost of long term care across the U.S. to help Americans plan for the potential costs associated with the various types of care available in their preferred location and setting.

CareScout, acquired by Genworth in June 2008, has conducted the survey since 2004.

Genworth's 2010 Cost of Care Survey was conducted during January, February and March 2010.

Full results of Genworth's 2010 Cost of Care Survey, including an interactive map of the cost of care in all 50 states and 436 regions, and other useful tools and information is available online at Genworth.com/CostofCare2010.

About Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial, Inc. is a leading Fortune 500 global financial security company. Genworth employs approximately 6,000 people with a presence in more than 25 countries. Its products and services help meet the investment, protection, retirement and lifestyle needs of more than 15 million customers. Genworth operates through three segments: Retirement & Protection, U.S. Mortgage Insurance and International. Its products and services are offered through financial intermediaries, advisors, independent distributors and sales specialists. Genworth Financial, which traces its roots back to 1871, became a public company in 2004 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit Genworth.com. From time to time Genworth releases important information via postings on its corporate Web site. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found under the "Investors" section of Genworth.com.

About CareScout
Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, CareScout helps Americans across the United States find quality care providers for their long term care needs. As an objective source for this provider information, CareScout, now part of the Genworth Financial family of companies, developed the nation's first quality-of-care ratings system for certified nursing homes and home care providers. Large employers, risk underwriters and families rely on CareScout's proprietary ratings system, the CareScout network and its database of more than 90,000 providers including nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care agencies to help find and arrange the most appropriate care for loved ones. For more information, visit carescout.com.

(1) Home Health Aide Services annual rates are based on 44 hours/week multiplied by 52 weeks

(2) America Talks: Protecting Our Families' Financial Futures, an online survey of 2,939 U.S. consumers, conducted between January 12 -15, 2010, by Age Wave/Harris Interactive, and sponsored by the Genworth Financial companies

(3) Represents the compound annual growth rate based on Genworth Cost of Care Survey data from 2005-2010

(4) Assisted Living Facility annual rates are based on monthly rate multiplied by 12 months/year

(5) Nursing Home annual rates are based on daily rates, multiplied by 365 days/year

(6) Adult Day Health Care annual rates are based on 5 days/week multiplied by 52 weeks

Note: National costs for nursing homes, assisted living, home care and adult day health care are the median costs for these types of care calculated by averaging in all 436 regions surveyed.

Source: Genworth Financial
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