The cost of home health care in Delaware is $28 per hour. Per Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2021, this is $1 higher per hour than the nationwide average of $27. Home health care and home care share the same average hourly rate in Delaware and in-home care is among the most affordable long-term care options in the First State.

Delaware’s home health care agencies deliver services via a multidisciplinary team that includes registered and licensed nurses, certified nursing aides, social workers and rehabilitation professionals. Home health care includes skilled nursing services, such as IV therapy, medication administration and catheter care. It also includes rehabilitation therapies, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy.  In contrast, home care aides assist with day-to-day activities, such as personal care tasks, light housework and ambulation.

Long-Term Care Costs in Delaware

In Delaware, home health care and home care each cost an average of $5,339 per month, based on 44 hours of care each week. Assisted living is costlier, with a median monthly rate of $5,995. Nursing homes provide the highest levels of care and typically charge around $12,273 for a semiprivate room. Adult day health care is the most affordable care choice for those who can receive daytime services outside of the home, costing around $1,661 per month.  

  • Home health care: $5,339
  • Home care: $5,339
  • Adult day health care: $1,661
  • Assisted living: $5,995
  • Nursing home: $12,273    

Costs of Home Health Care in Nearby States

The median cost of home health care in Delaware is higher than in neighboring Pennsylvania and Maryland, where agencies typically charge an hourly rate of around $26 and $27, respectively. Seniors who require in-home clinical or therapeutic services can expect to pay an average of $30 per hour in New Jersey.  

  • Delaware: $28
  • Maryland: $27
  • New Jersey: $30
  • Pennsylvania: $26