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The 5 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Grand Island, NE for 2024

 

Grand Island, NE, which is home to about 52,500 people, offers museums, art galleries and nature centers that may interest seniors seeking a relaxing place to spend their later years. The senior community makes up 14.4% of the city's population, and these residents benefit from Grand Island's low cost of living, comfortable summer weather and good air quality. Furthermore, seniors have access to a variety of medical care options, with two major hospitals right in the city.

As seniors age, some might find themselves struggling to maintain their homes and health on their own. In that case, they may want to consider moving into an assisted living community. Assisted living offers help with personal care, medication, meals and housekeeping along with social activities, physical exercise and continual support as they age. Seniors in Grand Island pay about $2,906 per month for assisted living services, a figure much lower than both the national and state averages.

Using this guide, seniors and their families can learn more about assisted living in Grand Island and about the city itself. The guide will also provide information on payment options, financial assistance and free and low-cost resources that support seniors.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Grand Island

 

Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services oversees the state's assisted living communities. Each facility must be properly licensed and regularly inspected to make sure residents receive the proper care. Seniors can search for facilities online to learn about their current license status, features and recent inspection reports. This information can help seniors make better care decisions.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Grand Island

 

  • Grand Island's cost of living is quite low compared to the state and national averages. On a scale with the U.S. average at 100, Grand Island comes in at 82.8 and Nebraska at 87.8. Most subcategories of expenses also fall below average, including housing at 58.9 and transportation at 63.5. This cost savings can trickle down to seniors in assisted living through lower rents and care fees.
  • Summers in Grand Island are beautiful, with the summer comfort index standing at 8.7 out of 10. June, August and September are pleasant months, and the area boasts an above-average number of sunny days each year. Winters can be more difficult with cold temperatures and significant snow. However, seniors who live in assisted living communities can often snuggle in during the winter because most of what they need is available right on-site.
  • Grand Island's crime rates are mixed. Property crime is higher than the national average, scoring 53.5 on a 100-point scale compared to 35.4. Violent crime, however, falls below average at 17.3 compared to 22.7. Fortunately, senior living communities in Grand Island offer extra security features so that seniors don't have to worry about safety.
  • Air quality is well above average in Grand Island. At 76 on a 100-point scale, the city's score is much higher than the national score of 58. This can lead to easier breathing and fewer respiratory illnesses for seniors and other Grand Island residents.
  • Two major medical centers serve the Grand Island area. Grand Island Regional Medical Center provides emergency services, acute stroke care, surgery and a wide range of specialties including cardiology and cancer treatment. CHI Health St. Francis also offers many services, including neurosurgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation.

Paying for Assisted Living in Grand Island

 

Grand Island's assisted living communities typically charge around $2,906 for services, but this can vary greatly based on the level of care residents require.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living costs in Grand Island are inexpensive compared to rates in other locations. Grand Island's prices are $1,170 lower than the Nebraska average and nearly $1,600 below the U.S. average. Other Nebraska cities show higher costs as well, with Lincoln coming in at $4,715 and Omaha at $4,652. Even cities in neighboring states have higher assisted living prices. Costs in Sioux City, IA, top those in Grand Island by over $1,200, and rates in Manhattan, KS, are higher yet at $5,398.

Grand Island

$2,906

Nebraska

$4,076

United States

$4,500

Lincoln

$4,715

Omaha

$4,652

Sioux City, IA

$4,148

Manhattan, KS

$5,398

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Grand Island may choose assisted living or nursing home care according to their needs. Nursing home facilities charge an average of $4,242 more than assisted living communities, but nursing homes provide many more services. While assisted living staff members help with personal care and housekeeping, nursing homes offer comprehensive care for complex medical conditions, warranting a higher cost.

Assisted Living Facility

$2,906

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7,148

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Grand Island

Seniors eligible for Nebraska's Medicaid system may benefit from the Aged and Disabled Medicaid Wavier which can help pay for homemaker services, assistive technology and independence training within an assisted living facility. Outside Medicaid, The Assistance to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) Program can pay for room and board, food and other expenses at an assisted living facility. 

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

Financial Assistance in Nebraska

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 Nebraska page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Grand Island

Grand Island and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

To see a list of free assisted living resources in Grand Island, please visit our Assisted Living in Nebraska page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Grand Island

 

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

Laws and Regulations in Nebraska

Reviews of Communities Nearby

Assisted Living

Elizabeth

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Primrose Retirement Community of Grand Island

Mom is at Primrose Retirement Community of Grand Island. She had a friend that lived there before so she was just familiar with it and comfortable with the idea of going there. They have options...

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Assisted Living

Elizabeth

I visited this facility

Review of Bickford of Grand Island

Bickford of Grand Island seemed nice. It's got a very cozy and very homey environment. The people were very kind, caring, and very helpful. We had a good tour experience. The rooms were...

Provider response

Hi, Elizabeth. We are delighted to hear you are considering Bickford of Grand Island for yourself or your loved one! We appreciate your feedback on your visit with us and want to thank you for...

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Assisted Living

Beckie

I visited this facility

Review of Tabitha at Prairie Commons

We are choosing Tabitha at Prairie Commons for my mother. I just was impressed with the people that were working there and the care that they could provide. I was also impressed with all of the...

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