R.I. 10th Most Expensive in U.S. for Nursing Home Costs

Lori Stabile

Published: 8/9/2016

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has the 10th highest nursing home costs in the nation at an average of $94,170 annually, according to Caregiverlist’s August report.

Caregiverlist Inc., which connects seniors and professional caregivers with eldercare options, said Rhode Island bumped Maine for having the 10th costliest costs in the country. Rankings were based on the daily prices of shared rooms in nursing homes.

Caregiverlist said that with 87 nursing homes, the average cost for a shared room in a nursing home in Rhode Island is about $258 a day. In comparison, Texas has the lowest annual cost – a shared room there costs $115 a day. Alaska, due to its low population and remote location, has the highest daily cost for a shared room at $751, according to Caregiverlist spokeswoman, Julie Northcutt.

Rhode Island’s average daily shared room cost also is lower than that of Connecticut and Massachusetts, where average daily costs of semi-private rooms total $321 and $289, respectively.

A private room in Rhode Island averages $263 a day. Hawaii has the highest costs for a private room at $488 a day, followed by the District of Columbia at $371 and Connecticut, $351. The least expensive daily cost for a private room is in Missouri at $145.

Caregiverlist said the Rhode Island nursing home with the highest overall Caregiverlist star rating is the privately-owned, 122-bed Briarcliffe Manor in Johnston, which received 4.6 out of 5 stars. Caregiverlist said five is the best rating for a nursing home, while one is the worst.

It said the cost of rooms at Briarcliffe are slightly higher than the average Rhode Island nursing home at $325 and $300, for single and double rooms, respectively, but are not the costliest in the state.