Genworth 2017 Annual Cost of Care Survey: Home Health Care Costs Increased in South Carolina; Overall Costs are Up

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The cost to receive long term care services at home with a home health care aide has increased both nationally and in South Carolina, according to Genworth's 14th annual Cost of Care Survey. Home is where most Americans receive long term care.

Overall, the annual median cost of long term care services in South Carolina increased an average of 3.09 percent from 2016 to 2017.

"Given today's increasing labor costs, strict Medicaid eligibility requirements, and more stringent Medicare regulations, we are seeing a corresponding increase in the cost of long term care services across most states," said David O'Leary, president and CEO of Genworth's U.S. Life Division. "Although home health care is far less expensive than care in a facility, in South Carolina, home health care costs can add up to as much as $45,646 per year. Government programs may not cover all of these costs, if any, which is why it's so important for people to plan ahead for how they will pay for these costs."

"Genworth provides the Cost of Care website and app to help people educate themselves about the cost of care so that they can address any gaps in financing well before they need it," O'Leary said. "It's part of our commitment to help people who need care age on their own terms and live the way they want for as long as they live."

Cost of Care Statistics for South Carolina

Care Category

State Costs

National Costs

Home Health Aide

Median Monthly Cost



Change from 2016



Homemaker Services

Median Monthly Cost



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Adult Day Health Care

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Assisted Living 

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Nursing Home Private

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Nursing Home

Semi-Private Room

Median Monthly Cost



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*For the average annual growth rate over the last five years, click here.

Where Do I Start? Resources to Help Plan Ahead for Long Term Care Costs

Understanding who pays (or doesn't pay) for care and how to bridge any gaps in financing can help ensure that consumers will have the financial resources to receive the quality care they deserve. Here are resources to get started: