Nursing home charges vary widely, survey shows

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Location, location, location. Realtors joke that those are the three most important factors in determining a property's value. Apparently, the same formula holds true for nursing home costs. Louisiana has the nation's least expensive nursing home care, with private room rates averaging $127 per day, according to a survey sponsored by Northwestern Long Term Insurance Co. Conversely, Alaska was the most expensive at $538 per day. The national average was $210, the survey found.