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More Local Families Choosing Nursing Home Alternatives

By Elise Preston
NewsChannel10

AMARILLO, TX - According to several local care facilities, fewer people can afford to pay out of pocket for area nursing home care. 

Many local facilities tell NewsChannel10, the economy has hit them just like any other industry.  The average price tag for private pay care in nursing homes can run families up to $7,000 a month. Those who can't afford that are choosing to stay at home or move into assisted living care centers. These options cost Amarillo families an average of $1,200 a month.

Facility administrators expect their alternative patient numbers to continue to rise even when the economy bounces back. According to them, more and more baby boomers are walking through their doors.

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