Home health care tends to cost around $18.75 per hour in West Virginia, based on data in the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021. This is $8.25 lower than the national average rate of $27 per hour. Home health care agencies in West Virginia charge lower prices than those in many other places around the United States. 

Home health care supports seniors to live at home through the provision of clinical care and rehabilitative services. Trained nurses and certified nursing aides may provide intermittent skilled nursing services such as cleaning and changing wound dressings, changing catheters and administering oral, topical and injectable medications. Rehabilitation care may include occupational, physical and speech therapy. Other services may include providing nutrition via a feeding tube and assistance with personal care tasks, such as using the toilet, showering and getting dressed.

Home Health Care Prices in West Virginia’s Cities

The location can affect the overall price of home health care, as providers adjust their rates to match local costs of living. Throughout West Virginia, average hourly fees range from $14.25 in Beckley to $24 in Weirton. 

People aging in place in Morgantown and Parkersburg typically pay $16 for home health care. The average rate increases by $2 an hour to $18 in Wheeling. In Huntington, home health care generally runs around $19.25 per hour. Seniors who live in the state capital of Charleston should budget $23.50 an hour to cover the cost of home health care services.

  • Beckley: $14.25
  • Charleston: $23.50
  • Huntington: $19.25
  • Parkersburg: $16
  • Wheeling: $18
  • Weirton: $24
  • Morgantown: $16

Highest and Lowest Home Health Care Costs in the United States

At $18.75, West Virginia has the lowest median hourly rate for home health care of all 50 states. For comparison, Minnesota has the highest average hourly rate, with agencies charging around $36.25 for an hour of home health care. This is $9.25 higher than the national average and almost double the cost of care in West Virginia.

For perspective, an hour of care each day would result in a monthly bill of $569 in West Virginia and $1,100 in Minnesota. Those who need more care each day would see an even larger difference. For example, 5 hours of daily care would cost approximately $2,844 in West Virginia and $5,498 in Minnesota, representing a $2,651 price difference.