In South Dakota, home health care costs an average of $31 per hour. This number is based on the monthly rate of $5,911 as reported by the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey as what individuals would typically pay for a licensed nursing aide to assist them in their home for a total of 44 hours per week. These rates are higher than the U.S. national average of $5,148 per month, which equals $27 per hour. Home health care costs can vary depending on a number of factors, including the scope of care an individual requires, the services provided and the location. Seniors may be able to access financial assistance through Medicare or other supplemental state programs.

What Does Home Health Care Include?

There are two different types of home care available to seniors in South Dakota: In-home care and home health care. While in-home care simply offers non-medical household assistance and personal care, home health care also includes light medical care and nursing services provided by a licensed health care professional. Home health aides may perform medical tests, provide wound treatment, offer nutritional counseling and administer medications via IV or injection. They can also provide in-home physical, speech and occupational therapies, as well as monitor a patient’s health status.

Home Health Care Costs in Nearby States

Compared to its surrounding states, South Dakota has slightly higher home health care costs. Hourly rates in North Dakota are $1.16 less expensive than in South Dakota at $29.84 hourly. In Iowa, home health care costs $29.25 per hour. These services are even less expensive in Wyoming, where average hourly rates are $29. Home health care in Montana and Nebraska averages $28 per hour, which is $3 cheaper than in South Dakota. 

However, South Dakota is an affordable option compared to Minnesota, where home health care costs $36.25 per hour, which is $5.25 more expensive.

  • South Dakota: $31
  • North Dakota: $29.84
  • Montana: $28
  • Wyoming: $29
  • Nebraska: $28
  • Minnesota: $36.25
  • Iowa: $29.25

Difference in Home Health Care Costs Between South Dakota Cities

Not only can home health care costs differ between states, but they can also vary between cities, as seen across South Dakota. While the state median for home health care in South Dakota is $5,911 per month, or $31 per hour, rates in cities such as Sioux Falls and Rapid City are slightly higher. Seniors living in these cities can expect to pay around $6,101 per month, which works out to $32 per hour. Rates may be higher or lower depending on the scope of care and specific medical services an individual requires.