New Orleans is a great place for seniors who like to stay busy and appreciate great food and music, interesting history and deep-rooted traditions. About 55,792 seniors (14.8%) live in the lively city of 376,971 residents, making socialization easy with other residents and tourists who come for a visit.

The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reveals that the median monthly cost of assisted living in New Orleans ($3,973) is $527 lower than the $4,500 national average. This monthly cost can be ideal for seniors who find assisted living appealing and need help with activities of daily living, such as maintaining proper personal hygiene, along with other tasks that may be cumbersome like home maintenance. 

Learning details about New Orleans can help with making a final choice about assisted living, including narrowing down the plethora of assisted living facilities within the city. From assisted living costs to resources in the city of New Orleans for seniors, this guide provides a range of information that can assist with making senior living plans.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in New Orleans, LA

The Atrium at Lafreniere Assisted Living

6555 Park Manor Drive, Metairie, LA, 70003

The atrium at Lafreniere is an excellent, very well kept, and spacious facility. It looks like a nice place to live. The rooms looks like nice apartments. They take the residents for rides into the ci … (read more)
The atrium at Lafreniere is an excellent, very well kept, and spacious facility. It looks like a nice place to live. The rooms looks like nice apartments. They take the residents for rides into the ci … (read more)

Wynhoven Healthcare Center

1050 Medical Center Blvd, Marrero, LA, 70072

I went to visit my grandmother , who was recently addmitted. I ask her if she was ready you take a nap .she explained to me that she could not .because if she called them to put her in the bed she cou … (read more)
I went to visit my grandmother , who was recently addmitted. I ask her if she was ready you take a nap .she explained to me that she could not .because if she called them to put her in the bed she cou … (read more)

Westminister Tower

2301 Idaho Avenue, Kenner, LA, 70062

My grandmother lived in an assisted living facility. She enjoyed living there. The facility was set up like a hotel. There were many floors, perhaps more than six or seven. Each resident had their own … (read more)
My grandmother lived in an assisted living facility. She enjoyed living there. The facility was set up like a hotel. There were many floors, perhaps more than six or seven. Each resident had their own … (read more)

Colonial Oaks Living Center

4312 Ithaca Street, Metairie, LA, 70006

This facility should be shut down immediately. My mother was sent here by the social worker at east Jefferson hospital after a fall and hip surgery. I was not even given the opportunity to visit or in … (read more)
This facility should be shut down immediately. My mother was sent here by the social worker at east Jefferson hospital after a fall and hip surgery. I was not even given the opportunity to visit or in … (read more)

Fidelis Scofield House

3721 Scofield St, Metairie, LA, 70002

Fidelis Scofield House has 6-8 residents only, it’s a smaller place, and there’s 2 staff people. It was nice and clean, and the people that worked there were very nice. But I didn’t like that there wa … (read more)
Fidelis Scofield House has 6-8 residents only, it’s a smaller place, and there’s 2 staff people. It was nice and clean, and the people that worked there were very nice. But I didn’t like that there wa … (read more)

Fidelis Care IV

4801 Tartan Street, Metairie, LA, 70003


Gateway Recovery Systems

4103 Lac Couture Drive, Harvey, LA, 70058


Metairie Heights by Peristyle Residences

2701 Metairie Heights, Metairie, LA, 70002


Peristyle Lake Louise

4613 Lake Louise, Metairie, LA, 70006


Peristyle Richland House

3521 Richland Avenue, Metairie, LA, 70002


Peristyle Honeysuckle House

824 Honeysuckle Street, Gretna, LA, 70056


Peristyle Henican House

5511 Meadowdale, Metairie, LA, 70003


Fidelis Care II

4000 Kent Ave, Metairie, LA, 70006


Fidelis Care I

916 Martin Behrman Walk, Metairie, LA, 70005


Fidelis Janice House

4421 Janice Ave, Metairie, LA, 70003



COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in New Orleans

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Louisiana. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in New Orleans

The Louisiana Department of Health Health Standards Section ensures the well-being of those in health care facilities, including assisted living facilities, within the state. Among its many duties includes managing licensing and investigating complaints. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in New Orleans

  • The latest cost of living stats bring good news to the residents of Louisiana’s most historic city. New Orleans’s affordability, as evidenced by its 96.3 overall cost of living score, makes the Big Easy a logical choice for retirement. The cost of living is lower than the U.S. average score of 100, which can make for some happy financially savvy seniors. 
  • From beignets to gumbo, the delicious foods that are part of New Orleans’s charm and character deserve special mention. Whether visiting a food truck or a restaurant, there are many foods and beverages to try, especially iconic options for which the city is known.  
  • The latest crime data for New Orleans isn’t great: The city is currently considered safer than only 2% of cities nationwide. Some seniors may find the stats concerning, but assisted living communities in New Orleans typically make safeguarding their residents a priority. 
  • Current health care stats show comparative affordability. The average New Orleans health care affordability score of 85.2 is below the 100 national baseline and lower than Louisiana’s 93.9 score. Unquestionably, these scores are beneficial for New Orleans’s residents. Multiple medical facilities, including Tulane Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center and University Medical Center New Orleans LCMC Health, give seniors a range of medical options.
  • Learning about the rich history of New Orleans can be a hobby in itself. There are multiple historically significant places around the city to explore and many free and low-cost ways to discover more about New Orleans’ past.  

Paying for Assisted Living in New Orleans

New Orleans seniors pay about $3,973 every month for assisted living, which is approximately $47,676 annually. It’s slightly higher than the Louisiana monthly average ($3,748) by $225.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Regarding monthly assisted living costs across Louisiana, there’s a sizable $1,323 gap between New Orleans at $3,973 per month and Monroe at $2,650. Moreover, there’s a $1,073 difference compared to Alexandria’s assisted living costs of $2,900 per month. Hammond’s monthly cost of $3,450 is a little better. The closest estimated costs to New Orleans are Lafayette at $3,850 per month and Lake Charles at $4,000 monthly. Seniors in Houma pay approximately $4,800 every month for assisted living care.  

$3973

New Orleans

$3748

Louisiana

$4500

United States

$2650

Monroe

$2900

Alexandria

$3450

Hammond

$3850

Lafayette

$4000

Lake Charles

$4800

Houma

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

While in New Orleans there’s a considerable monthly difference between assisted living costs at $3,973 and adult day health care at $1,408 per month, there’s very little cost difference compared to in-home care or home health care at $4,195 per month. The highest-priced option in New Orleans is a semiprivate room at a nursing home facility, which costs $5,931 per month.

$4195

In-Home Care

$4195

Home Health Care

$1408

Adult Day Health Care

$3973

Assisted Living Facility

$5931

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New Orleans

Louisiana residents may be able to receive some help in paying for assisted living services through the state’s Community Choices Waiver program, though there is typically a long wait list.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Louisiana page.

Paying For Assisted Living in Louisiana

More Ways to Pay for 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. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Louisiana page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in New Orleans

Although New Orleans has a good balance of affordability and health care options for seniors, it never hurts to be aware of additional ways to save money. The options listed below offer a variety of help for seniors who require additional aid.

Resource 

Contact 

Description 

Main Library: (504) 596-2570

More than a dozen libraries fill New Orleans, including the main library on Loyola Avenue. Numerous events are available, but seniors can filter them by age group, event type and location. Events may include options such as “Ask-a-Lawyer,” notary public services and genealogy resources navigation advice.

(504) 568-9622

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans has several branch locations. Geared toward adults, YMCA Educational Services (YES!) is offered at the main library of the New Orleans Public Library. The YMCA has an Active Older Adult program with perks ranging from possible free memberships to a variety of group exercise classes and day trips. 

(504) 658-3052

Numerous senior activities are available via the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, including a National Seniors Day Celebration. Activities include senior choir for those 55 and older, senior bingo and senior dance fitness. 

(888) 514-4275

The University of New Orleans Lifelong Learner Program is open to individuals 65 and older. Although there’s a cost involved for textbooks and some fees, those who qualify and properly enroll receive free tuition.

(504) 865-3030

People 60 and older receive a 10% discount at the Loyola University New Orleans University Sports Complex. Those who graduated 50+ years ago have three discounted membership options. A variety of other membership options are available for which seniors may qualify. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New Orleans

New Orleans Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Louisiana are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Louisiana page for more information about these laws.

Louisiana Laws and Regulations