What’s the cost of residential care for Ohio seniors?

Active Adult Homes

There are homes built for zero maintenance and full accessibility in a community rich in activities and opportunities to engage the mind, soul, and body. Often these communities have an initial entrance fee which then secures residents against the financial ravages of long-term medical care.

Cost info: Ohio has over 50 active adult communities with homes ranging in price from $100K to $500K. This range represents differences in location, level of amenities and programs, and dwelling size.

Independent Living/Retirement Communities

These are for active and independent retirement-age residents in charge of their own lives. Residents can select from a range of housing options and a wealth of activities, clubs, and classes.

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Cost info: The average cost of for an independent living community in Ohio is $2,435 per month with lows at $1,580 going up to $3,393.

Assisted Living

These facilities offer otherwise independent residents help with many daily activities such as bathing, management of medications, transportation to doctor’s appointments, and meal prep. This environment accommodates a degree of independent living in a socially enriched environment.

Cost info: The median cost across Ohio is $4,178 per month, but residents of Cincinnati can expect to pay $4,990 while those in Springfield will pay closer to $3,255. Most families pay for assisted living through Social Security, veteran’s benefits, home equity, savings, or a long-term care policy.

Skilled Nursing Care/Nursing Home

Registered nurses provide the care, and residents receive help with hygiene and prescription management. Many social activities and special events are available to residents.

Cost info: The average cost ranges from $6,266 to $6,981 per month, depending on room type. Private rooms will cost about 15% more than semi-private rooms. However, the range increases in the larger cities to $6,692 to $7,832. In Cincinnati for example, the average cost of a semi-private room was $195 per day. In Cleveland it was $209. In Columbus it was $205. In the rest of the state, it was $199 daily.

Memory Care

This type of specialized care for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s is usually available as an add-on service at assisted living facilities.

Cost Info: The most recent figures show that the average monthly cost in Ohio is about $4,403.

Rehabilitation Care

These are usually temporary but round-the-clock services that can be provided at home or in special facilities. It includes therapy and care that allows seniors to regain their strength and abilities after a life-altering event and must be prescribed by a doctor.

Cost info: The cost ranges from $200 to $285 per day, depending on locality, whether in-home or a facility, and the range of services provided. Medicare often pays for part of this service.

Senior Apartments

These provide seniors with an independent lifestyle while offering a moderate level of ready help, such as daily assistance with essential necessities and services. They are usually age-restricted

Cost info: Average monthly cost for Ohio independent living starts around $2,362.

A good place to find free guidance and detailed information is online at your local Ohio Area Agency on Aging or by phone at 937-223-HELP.

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