The cost of nursing home care in N.C. is less than the national average.

The average cost of a private room in a nursing home now tops $61,217 per year in North Carolina, according to Genworth Financial’s annual Cost of Care Survey;  the Genworth survey polls more than 10,000 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care providers to gauge care prices.

Private nursing home rooms cost, on average, $167.72 per day, with a minimum daily rate of $120. By comparison, the national average for a private nursing home room in 2007 is $204.95 per day, or more than $74,800 per year.

Semi-private nursing home rooms run slightly less, costing, on average, about $154.55 per day in North Carolina, or about $56,400 per year. Nationally, semi-private rooms carry an average price tag of $180.78 per day, or nearly $66,000 a year.

A private bedroom in a North Carolina assisted living facility cost more than $30,000 per year on average, or more than $2,500 per month. The national average for a private room in an assisted living facility is $32,572.61 per year, or more than $2,714 per month.

Genworth Financial is a financial services provider based in Richmond, Va.

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