The average cost of assisted living rose to $30,288 annually, or $2,524 a month, a 6% increase from $28,548 annually, or $2,379 a month, in 2003, according to the MetLife Market Survey of Assisted Living Centers. Assisted-living facilities help seniors with some daily living activities but don't provide the more intense, 24-hour care offered at nursing homes. The survey was conducted by telephone in August and included information from 904 facilities in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The highest average cost was reported in Stamford, Conn. -- $4,327 -- and the lowest in Miami -- $1,340. A MetLife study on nursing home costs, released in September, said seniors not eligible for Medicaid paid $70,080 annually for nursing home care on average, up 6% from $66,065 annually in 2003. -- by Joseph Mantone
Average assisted-living costs up 6% in 2004
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