A recipe for a complicated nursing home renovation: Take one facility that hasn't been updated in 45 years, add a strict budget and keep residents on site throughout the project. Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena, WI, recently completed exactly this type of complex renovation. The 124-bed facility, located about 30 miles north of Madison, had not been significantly renovated since opening in 1966. The facility needed upgrades for compliance and to enhance quality of life elements, such as adding more dining areas and private bathrooms.
Facility features coax residents out of their rooms, emphasizing an enjoyable atmosphere and allowing wandering of the grounds.
The national average annual charge for a private nursing home room rose to $90,520 this year, while semi-private rooms climbed to $81,030 and assisted living residency jumped to $42,600, according to figures from the 10th annual MetLife survey of eldercare costs, which was released Tuesday.
Long-term care facilities are increasing their room charges, although less than other goods and services, according to a new survey.
Rates for a private room in a nursing home in the United States expanded by 4.6% from 2009 to 2010, according to an annual report by the MetLife Mature Market Institute. That makes the average rate $229 per day, or $83,585 per year.