Assisted Living Facilities in Mexico, MO
Mexico is the seat of Audrain County, located about 45 minutes northeast of Columbia. Of the city’s 11,469 residents, 17.8% are aged 65 and older, which is above the U.S. average of 16.5%, suggesting Mexico holds great appeal for seniors. Several factors encourage them to make the city their home, such as its excellent air and water quality, very low rates of violent crime and below-average cost of living. Mexico holds a particular appeal for seniors who enjoy the outdoors. Its parks include the appropriately named Green Estate Park, 90 acres of rich green grass, varieties of trees, wide open spaces and picnic areas.
The city’s assisted living facilities typically charge $2,900 for their services, saving seniors about $100 per month when compared to the state average of $3,000. For that fee, residents receive accommodation that includes regular cleaning from housekeepers, meals prepared by chefs and staff who can assist with managing their medications. Some facilities also provide 24/7 security and convenient features, such as on-site beauty salons. The rest of this guide discusses senior living costs and reviews the benefits and drawbacks of living in Mexico. It also lists some resources for the city’s seniors.
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Mexico
The Department of Health and Senior Services is responsible for regulating, monitoring and licensing assisted living communities in Missouri. Its inspectors have the authority to enter facilities without warning to conduct audits. The department also has the power to withdraw licenses from facilities found to be failing to uphold the terms of their licenses.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Mexico
- According to Sperling’s Best Places, Mexico has a cost of living index of 76.7, a much more favorable figure than the state and national averages of 85.9 and 100, respectively. Although health costs are above average, these are offset by below-average grocery costs and significantly lower transportation charges.
- Mexico’s crime statistics show a city of two halves. While property crime is significantly more common than in the average Missouri or American city, violent crime is very low. The chances of being a victim of violent crime in Mexico is 1 in 1,280, compared to the state average of 1 in 202. Seniors concerned about crime in Mexico may be interested to know that the Vandiver neighborhood records more crime than any other while the west and southwest districts record the least.
- Mexico’s climate is generally favorable to seniors. Although the city gets 18 inches of snow annually, this is much less than the U.S. average. Sunny days are also below the national average of 205 but only by 11 days. Temperatures in January can drop to 19 degrees, but in summer, they regularly hover around 87 degrees.
- The health of Mexico’s seniors is in the capable hands of two hospitals, Audrain Community Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. The Hannibal Clinic also provides general medical services.
- Seniors in Missouri who own or rent properties may be eligible for a property tax credit. The amount depends on two factors, the real estate value of the property (or rent paid) and the total household income of the applicants (taxable and nontaxable). The maximum amounts are $750 for seniors who have rented properties before entering their assisted living communities and $1,100 for property owners.
- Seniors, particularly those with respiratory conditions, might be pleased to know that Mexico’s air quality is rated 73 out of a possible 100, which is significantly higher than the U.S. average of 58. The city’s water quality is above-average as well.
Paying for Assisted Living in Mexico
The average monthly fee for assisted living in Mexico, MO, is $2,900. Other figures from the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey show the city’s costs to be $100 per month below Missouri’s average and $1,400 below the national average. This means the typical American senior pays $16,800 more per year for assisted living than their counterparts in Mexico.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities
Assisted living fees in Mexico are among Missouri’s most affordable, only surpassed by Joplin, where seniors typically pay $2,500 per month. Jefferson City’s costs tend to be around $3,150, and over in St. Louis, $3,750 is considered average.
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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care
Costs can vary radically between different types of senior care, but sometimes, they’re surprising. Despite including accommodation, assisted living costs are significantly lower than home care, at $4,576, and home health care, which includes medical visits from professionals that don’t add to the average cost. The Genworth survey doesn’t have a figure for adult day care costs in Mexico, but the state average is $1,788. Nursing homes have the highest fees at $4,940 for a semiprivate room and $5,870 for a private one.
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Note: Data for Mexico was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Columbia, was used instead.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Mexico
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Missouri page.
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 Missouri page.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Mexico
Mexico’s seniors may be pleased to know that the city, Audrain County and the state can offer them many free and subsidized resources. The following list contains some examples of what’s available.
The Mexico VA Clinic is a resource for the city's U.S. military veterans and their families. It specializes in primary care services and some types of specialty care, including orthopedics, mental health and audiology. The clinic is open on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Patients in need of other types of care are referred to the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia.
Aging Best is the Area Agency on Aging for this part of Missouri, a nonprofit organization that offers multiple resources for seniors living at home and in community care facilities. In addition to managing the Mexico Senior Center and other centers in Audrain County, the agency can refer seniors to counselors who specialize in Medicare and Medicaid and attorneys who can provide free legal services. It can also arrange non-emergency transportation for some seniors and various resources for the disabled.
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a state-funded resource focused on enhancing the lives of seniors in Missouri's residential care facilities. In Mexico, duties are performed by Aging Best, the local Area Agency on Aging. The ombudsman's role is to advocate for seniors in disputes with their care providers, investigate complaints made by residents, their families and third parties, and pursue resolutions favorable to seniors. The ombudsman can also supply copies of inspection reports to seniors comparing assisted living facilities for their long-term care.
The Laura Miller George Help Center is a local charity that supports low-income citizens in the community. It relies on the help of volunteers, including able-bodied seniors. Volunteers can offer as much time as they have to spare to deliver fresh meals to homebound seniors, prepare emergency food baskets in the food pantry or serve customers in the charity's thrift shop. The Laura Miller George Help Center is affiliated with The Salvation Army. Volunteers may be asked to help raise funds in the community for both organizations.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Mexico
Mexico-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Missouri are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Missouri page for more information about these laws.