Contrary to what one may have suspected, the cost of acute and long-term care has no bearing on whether the patient is cognitively impaired, according to the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. The average annual costs of providing care to a severely cognitively impaired individual was $18,510; for a cognitively intact person the figure was $16,650. The difference, however, is that cognitively impaired persons used nursing homes at twice the rate of cognitively intact persons.
Community care, on the other hand, costs about half as much as nursing home care - $32 per day versus $61. On an annual basis, the cost of community care is about $11,700 for the cognitively impaired person, whereas the cost of nursing home care is $22,300. Also, although community care costs are about $32 a day, community care programs that include payments for nursing homes can cost between $60 apd $70 a day. Male patients entering nursing homes with chronic brair¿ syndrome had an expected length of stay of 692 days; female patients with same diagnosis had an expected stay of 898 days. The expected cost for the two groups would be about $42,000 and $55,000 respectively.
For more information on the study, contact Linda K. Harootyan or Mo Reyazuddin, GerontologJcal Society of America, 1275 K Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005-4006; 202842-1275.