Assisted Living in Louisiana

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Families looking for assisted living in Louisiana (LA) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 129 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 15 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Louisiana will pay $3,550 per month on average.

Average Monthly Costs

States near Louisiana

$4,146.00 Texas
$4,000.00 US
$3,879.00 Louisiana
$3,816.00 Mississippi
$3,318.00 Arkansas
Genworth lists the average cost of a private, one bedroom unit in an assisted living community in Louisiana as $3,879. This places Louisiana on the lower end of the scale at about $100 under the national average, and about $0 lower than the median cost of assisted living in nearby states.

Compare Monthly Care Costs

When it comes to care options, assisted living is just one of several choices available to seniors. Some care options, like part-time in-home care or independent living, may cost less, while others like memory care or skilled nursing are likely to cost significantly more. Seniors can speak with their medical practitioners to receive guidance on what level of care will best suit their needs and abilities.

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Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Louisiana

$4,726.00 Houma, Thibodaux
$4,370.00 Baton Rouge
$3,944.00 New Orleans, Metairie
$3,716.00 Alexandria
$3,715.00 Lafayette
$3,707.00 Shreveport, Bossier
$3,550.00 Rest Of State
$3,414.00 Lake Charles
$3,360.00 Hammond
$3,223.00 Monroe
When estimating the cost of assisted living, it's important to know that average prices can differ significantly between various parts of Louisiana. For example, assisted living rates in areas such as Houma, Thibodaux are at least $800 more than the state average of $3,879, but in areas like Lake Charles, you're saving on average $500. The most affordable region in Louisiana for assisted living is Monroe at $3,223.

What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Louisiana

In Louisiana, assisted living facilities are also commonly referred to as residential care facilities or board and care facilities. The Department of Health and Hospitals regulates all long-term care facilities in the state, including assisted living communities, to ensure they follow state laws that ensure facility residents receive the highest level of care possible.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Louisiana

Seniors in Louisiana who need help covering the monthly costs of living in an assisted living community have limited options.

Social Security Income (SSI) State Supplement

Any low-income senior who is eligible for SSI payments and resides in an assisted living community that accepts Medicaid can apply for supplemental SSI payments through the state to cover monthly living expenses. While SSI payments are handled through the federal government, Louisiana's Bureau of Health Services Finances and Contractors takes applications for supplemental SSI payments.

The amount of monthly supplemental SSI payments vary depending on your total monthly income. To determine if you're eligible for supplemental SSI payments, the amount of your monthly SSI payments and any other monthly income you have is deducted from the standard income amount determined by the state. If your income is still below the state's standard after your monthly income is deducted, Louisiana gives you supplemental SSI payments.

Who Is Eligible?

Louisiana's supplemental SSI program is available to all seniors who receive monthly SSI payments but still fall below the state's preset monthly income standards and reside in an assisted living community that accepts Medicaid.

How to Apply

To apply for supplemental SSI payments, you should contact your nearest Bureau of Health Services Finances and Contractors office or your local Social Security office.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It's important to note that not all assisted living communities in Louisiana accept the same forms of payment. You should check with your community before applying for assistance to determine what type of payments they accept. You should also check with your assisted living facility to see if they offer discounted rates to low-income seniors.

More Ways to Finance Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Visit our 9 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living page for more information.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Louisiana

It might take a little time and patience to find the right assisted living community for you or your loved one. Fortunately, there are several free resources available to seniors and their families to make the process as simple as possible.

Louisiana Area Agencies on Aging

The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) has more than 600 offices across the United States, including 36 offices in Louisiana.This is a federally funded organization that strives to help seniors with everything from finding an acceptable assisted living facility to applying for Medicare/Medicaid. Some of the different resources AAA provides include:

  • an ombudsman program that handles complaints from seniors about their assisted living community.
  • assistance filling out forms and understand benefit applications.
  • counseling for families of assisted living facility residents who need help through the transition process

Allen Council on Aging, Inc.

602 East 5th Avenue, PO Drawer EL, Oakdale, LA 71463
(318) 335-3195

Caddo Council on Aging, Inc

1700 Buckner Street, #240, Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 676-7900

Beauregard Council on Aging

104 Port Street, PO Drawer 534, DeRidder, LA 70634
(337) 463-9694

Bienville Area Agency on Aging

600 Factory Outlet Dr, Suite 15, Arcadia, LA 71001
(318) 263-8936

Bossier Council on Aging Inc

706 Bearkat Drive, Bossier City, LA 71111
(318) 741-8302

Cajun Area Agency on Aging, Inc

110 Toledo Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 572-8940

Calcasieu Council on Aging, Inc

3950 Highway 14 Lake, Charles, LA 70607
(337) 474-2583

Caldwell Parish Council on Aging

307 Main Street, PO Box 1498, Columbia, LA 71418
(318) 649-2584

Cameron Council on Aging

965 Highway 384, PO Box 8801 (ZIP 70606), Lake Charles, LA 7060
(337) 905-5000

Capital Area Agency on Aging

6554 Florida Boulevard Suite 221, Carrollton Office Baton Rouge, LA 70896
(225) 922-2525

Cenla Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

1423 Peterman Drive., PO Box 13027 ZIP 71315-3027, Alexandria, LA 71301
(800) 454-9573

Claiborne Council on Aging

608 East 4th Street, PO Box 480, Homer, LA 71040
(318) 927-6922

DeSoto Council on Aging

404 Polk Street, P. O. Box 996, Mansfield, LA 71052
(318) 872-3700

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, Inc

5790 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 923-8000

Institute for Indian Development

3535.S Sherwood Forest Blvd Suite 227, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(225) 292-2474

Jefferson Council on Aging, Inc.

6640 Riverside Drive, Suite 140, PO Box 73769, Metairie, LA 70003
(504) 888-5880

Jefferson Davis Council on Aging

210 South State Street, PO Box 734, Jennings, LA 70546
(337) 824-5504

LaFourche Council on Aging

4876 Highway 1, P.O. Box 500, Mathews, LA 70375
(985) 532-0457

Livingston Council on Aging

949 Government Drive (ZIP 70727), PO Box 658, Denham Springs, LA 70726
(225) 664-9343

Louisiana Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs

412 North Fourth Street, 3rd Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-7100

Madison Council on Aging

203 South Elm St., PO Box 1229 ( ZIP 71284-1229), Tallulah, LA 71282
(318) 574-4101

Morehouse Council on Aging, Inc.

200 Elm Street, East Madison Park, Bastrop, LA 71220
(318) 281-0845

Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging

1016 Keyser Ave, P.O. Box 2083, Natchitoches, LA 71457
(318) 357-3250

New Orleans Council on Aging

2475 Canal St, Suite 400, New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-4121

North Delta Area Agency on Aging

1913 Stubbs Avenue, Monroe, LA 71201
(318) 387-2572

Plaquemines Parish Council on Aging, Inc.

3712 Main St. Belle, Chasse, LA 70037
(504) 392-3725

Red River Council on Aging

1825 Front Street, PO Drawer 688, Coushatta, LA 71019
(318) 932-5721

Sabine Council on Aging

200 Legacy Drive, Many, LA 71449
(318) 256-4140

Terrebonne Council on Aging, Inc. Area Agency on Aging

995 West Tunnel Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
(985) 868-8411

Vernon Council on Aging

200 North Third Street, Leesville, LA 71446
(337) 239-4361

Webster Area Agency on Aging

316 McIntyre Street, Minden, LA 71058
(318) 371-3056

West Carroll Council on Aging

207 East Jefferson Street, PO Box 1058, Oak Grove, LA 71263
(318) 428-4217

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Louisiana

All long-term care facilities in Louisiana, including assisted living facilities, are required to follow the state's laws and regulations in regards to maintaining the community, hiring and training staff members, and caring for residents. This way, assisted living communities remain safe, homelike environments for seniors. Before you begin searching for a community you love, familiarize yourself with some of the state's regulations so you know the assisted living facility you choose is reputable and up-to-date.

Assisted Living Service Plan Requirements

All potential residents must go through a preadmission appraisal before entering an assisted living community. This helps staff members determine whether or not the facility can take care of your needs. After you're admitted to your facility, the staff conducts a complete assessment that addresses both your needs and preferences. Then, they use this information to develop an individual care plan for you. Your care plan will be revised any time your medical condition or preferences change, and the plan has to be reviewed every quarter to ensure all of your needs continue to be met.

Assisted Living Admission Requirements

Assisted living facilities in Louisiana are not allowed to admit any residents who require a continuous nursing care for more than a 90-day period. If you need temporary nursing care for 90 days or less, you can still reside in an assisted living facility. However, you or one of your family members have to arrange for care through appropriate private-duty personnel.

Admission to an assisted living facility can also be denied to seniors who display aggressive, violent, or disruptive behavior. Facilities also can't admit seniors who may be a danger to themselves or others.

Assisted Living Scope of Care

Assisted living facilities in Louisiana are designed to provide assistance to seniors who want to maintain a high level of independence but still need some help. Because of this, they provide an array of personal care services, 24-hour supervision and assistance, daily activities, and some health-related services. Some services you can expect to find at your assisted living community include:

  • housekeeping services
  • laundry services
  • transportation
  • help with daily chores
  • assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, grooming, basic hygiene and eating
  • assistance with social activities
  • assistance with self-administration of medications

Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

In Louisiana, the state's regular Medicaid program and the Medicaid waiver programs do not help fund room and board for seniors living in assisted living communities or any of the services they receive while in residence.

Assisted Living Facility Requirements

The state's regulations for assisted living communities require assisted living facilities to provide residents with apartment-style units with lockable doors. Every unit must include:

  • a food preparation area with a sink that has hot and cold running water, a mini fridge, electrical outlets, a stove and/or microwave, counter space, and cabinets for food storage.
  • a private bathroom that includes a toilet, sink, and a shower or bathtub compliant with specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • a dining/sitting/bedroom area.
  • storage/closet space.
  • a wired or wireless operating emergency call system that's easy for residents to access and is monitored 24 hours per day.
  • an HVAC system with an individually controlled thermostat.
  • a phone jack.

Units aren't allowed to have more than two bedrooms, and residents who reside in double-occupancy units have the right to choose their roommate. Both individuals have to agree to the living arrangement in writing before they are allowed to share a unit. Units with one bedroom and studio-style efficiency units can be shared with another person as long as the roommate is the resident's spouse, relative or live-in companion, and both parties have to agree to the living arrangements.

Medication Management Regulations

Staff members at assisted living communities in Louisiana can assist residents with self-administration of prescription and non-prescription medications as long as the medication is included in the resident's care plan. Assistance with medication is limited to:

  • reminding a resident to take his or her medication.
  • reading the medication regime, as it appears on the container, to the resident.
  • checking the dosage amount on the container label.
  • opening a medicine container if the resident can't open it by him or herself.
  • physical assistance with pouring or taking medications as long as the resident understand what the medication is for and why he or she is taking the medication.

Staffing Requirements

Every assisted living facility in Louisiana has to have a director, designated recreational/activity staff, and direct care staff. Direct care staff might include social workers, activities personnel, care assistants, or any other who staff members who provide direct care to residents on a regular basis.

The state doesn't have a minimum staff-to-resident ratio that assisted living facilities have to follow. However, they are required to maintain enough staff members each shift to cover every resident’s scheduled and unscheduled needs. They are also required to have on on-duty, awake staff member working at all times and a direct care staff member on call for every shift.

Staff Training Requirements

Directors of assisted living facilities in Louisiana must complete 12 hours of continuing education that pertains to areas related to assisted living concepts, the field of geriatrics, supervisory/management techniques, or specialized training in the population the facility serves. Additionally, facilities are required to provide five days of additional supervised training for direct care staff.

New employees have to go through an orientation process to familiarize themselves with the facility's staff members, residents, and procedures. Then, a senior staff member has to review these procedures with all existing staff members once every 12 months.

Background Checks for ALR Staff in Louisiana

All employees, board members, and facility owners must submit to a criminal background check before they are hired or licensed. Employment and licenses may be denied or revoked if a person has a conviction for a crime that if repeated would cause harm to a resident or a criminal conviction for a crime against an existing board member, owner, or employee of the facility.

Requirements for Reporting Abuse

Adult Protective Services handles all reports of elder abuse in the state of Louisiana through its Elderly Protective Services department. The department takes reports 24 hours per day, seven days per week. However, if you witness a crime that's life-threatening, immediately call 911 for emergency services.

It's important to remember that elder abuse doesn't only include physical abuse. Elderly Protective Services also investigates cases of sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, and exploitation. If you or a loved one resides in an assisted living facility, it's important to learn how to recognize signs of abuse and report any suspected incidents as soon as possible.

Assisted Living Facilities in Louisiana



Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Louisiana’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.


Azalea Estates of New Iberia

New Iberia, LA Cost Levels

28 reviews


The Verandah Independent and Assisted Living

Lake Charles, LA $$$

14 reviews


Azalea Estates of Gonzales

Gonzales, LA Cost Levels

23 reviews


Azalea Estates of Shreveport

Shreveport, LA Cost Levels

28 reviews


Azalea Estates of Slidell

Slidell, LA Cost Levels

33 reviews


Sunrise of Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA $$

20 reviews


Azalea Estates of Monroe

Monroe, LA Cost Levels

15 reviews


Oak Park Village At Hammond

Hammond, LA $$

9 reviews


Brookdale Alexandria

Alexandria, LA $$$

15 reviews


Brookdale Bossier City

Bossier City, LA $$$$

12 reviews