As the capital city of Nebraska, Lincoln can be a great place to retire for seniors seeking affordable metropolitan living. It’s home to 291,082 people, and 13% of them are 65 and up. Residents pay less overall for necessities like housing, and the city has an impressive selection of cutting-edge hospitals and clinics offering specialty care. Additionally, Lincoln has a wide range of services to support the city’s older adults. These include assistance programs for low-income people, door-to-door transportation and counseling that can help seniors make decisions about long-term care.

Assisted living provides personal care, housekeeping, meals and other supportive services in a community-based setting. It’s ideal for seniors who don’t want to maintain a home or are no longer able to safely live on their own. In Lincoln, assisted living costs an average of $4,715 per month, which is higher than the national average of $4,500 and Nebraska average of $4,076.

This guide covers benefits and drawbacks of assisted living in Lincoln, the cost compared to other cities, free local resources and financial assistance options that can help pay for care.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Lincoln, NE

2016

The Windcrest on Van Dorn

7208 Van Dorn St, Lincoln, NE, 68506

The Windcrest on Van Dorn, on the east side of Lincoln, Nebraska, is surrounded by scenic parks and is close to numerous medical buildings and shopping centers. Visitors and residents compliment the l … (read more)
The Windcrest on Van Dorn, on the east side of Lincoln, Nebraska, is surrounded by scenic parks and is close to numerous medical buildings and shopping centers. Visitors and residents compliment the l … (read more)

The Residence at Gramercy

6800 A Street, Lincoln, NE, 68510

Gramercy Hill combines a small-town feel with big city conveniences due to its central location in Lincoln, Nebraska. The professional, well-trained staff includes a registered nurse and encourages in … (read more)
Gramercy Hill combines a small-town feel with big city conveniences due to its central location in Lincoln, Nebraska. The professional, well-trained staff includes a registered nurse and encourages in … (read more)

Independence House at Northview

2355 Superior Street, Lincoln, NE, 68521

Independence House at Northview, situated in the north end of Lincoln, Nebraska, is close to many shopping centers and restaurants. Visitors to the facility compliment its well-decorated companion sui … (read more)
Independence House at Northview, situated in the north end of Lincoln, Nebraska, is close to many shopping centers and restaurants. Visitors to the facility compliment its well-decorated companion sui … (read more)

Havelock Manor

6330 Platte Ave, Lincoln, NE, 68507

Havelock Manor is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, right next door to the senior center and within three blocks of a movie theater, grocery store, bank, churches, beauty salons and barber shops. Resident … (read more)
Havelock Manor is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, right next door to the senior center and within three blocks of a movie theater, grocery store, bank, churches, beauty salons and barber shops. Resident … (read more)

Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care

6600 Juliet Court, Lincoln, NE, 68521

Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care was nice, clean and very cheerful. They were a little more money than the place we chose. They didn’t have the therapy facilities. The staff who gave me the t … (read more)
Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care was nice, clean and very cheerful. They were a little more money than the place we chose. They didn’t have the therapy facilities. The staff who gave me the t … (read more)

Bickford of Lincoln

4451 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, NE, 68516

Bickford of Lincoln knew that we were coming. The place was very nice, clean, and very lovely. It’s an older building, but they had it decorated nicely. The director was very, very friendly but a tad … (read more)
Bickford of Lincoln knew that we were coming. The place was very nice, clean, and very lovely. It’s an older building, but they had it decorated nicely. The director was very, very friendly but a tad … (read more)

AVIVA Woodlands

9421 Gable Pines Road, Lincoln, NE, 68520

The Woodlands at Hillcrest has been fine so far and the place is very nice. Everybody was very friendly. The accommodations are very nice. My parents-in-law think the food is very good. The place is v … (read more)
The Woodlands at Hillcrest has been fine so far and the place is very nice. Everybody was very friendly. The accommodations are very nice. My parents-in-law think the food is very good. The place is v … (read more)

The Knolls Retirement Community

5801 Norman Road, Lincoln, NE, 68512

My dad has moved into The Knolls. It’s good. They provide activities and meals. They also offer help if he needs it. Since everything is shut down because of COVID there’s not really a lot of activiti … (read more)
My dad has moved into The Knolls. It’s good. They provide activities and meals. They also offer help if he needs it. Since everything is shut down because of COVID there’s not really a lot of activiti … (read more)

Legacy Terrace Retirement Community

5700 Fremont Street, Lincoln, NE, 68507

Legacy Terrace Retirement Community is conveniently located near U.S. Route 6 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Visitors to the community praise its facilities, which they describe as first-class and fit for roya … (read more)
Legacy Terrace Retirement Community is conveniently located near U.S. Route 6 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Visitors to the community praise its facilities, which they describe as first-class and fit for roya … (read more)

Yankee Hill Village Home

8401 S. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE, 68516

Residents enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere of Lincoln, Nebraska’s centrally located Clark Jeary assisted living community. The facility offers private, well-equipped apartments with spaciou … (read more)
Residents enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere of Lincoln, Nebraska’s centrally located Clark Jeary assisted living community. The facility offers private, well-equipped apartments with spaciou … (read more)

Landing At Williamsburg Village

3500 Faulkner Drive, Lincoln, NE, 68516

We chose The Landing at Williamsburg Village because my mom liked it. It was the cleanest and nicest of the four that we looked at. It had more amenities and bigger apartments for the cost. They have … (read more)
We chose The Landing at Williamsburg Village because my mom liked it. It was the cleanest and nicest of the four that we looked at. It had more amenities and bigger apartments for the cost. They have … (read more)

The Legacy

5600 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln, NE, 68506

I’m now in assisted living at The Legacy. I was independent and I just moved two floors down. It’s very nice. They have a corner with birds that you can watch and they have tables where you can do jig … (read more)
I’m now in assisted living at The Legacy. I was independent and I just moved two floors down. It’s very nice. They have a corner with birds that you can watch and they have tables where you can do jig … (read more)

The Waterford at College View

4848 South 48th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68516

The Waterford at College View is located in Lincoln, approximately five miles from the University of Nebraska. Residential opportunities at this assisted living facility include one-bedroom apartments … (read more)
The Waterford at College View is located in Lincoln, approximately five miles from the University of Nebraska. Residential opportunities at this assisted living facility include one-bedroom apartments … (read more)

GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care

4620 Randolph, Lincoln, NE, 68510

GracePointe Assisted Living and Memory Care in Lincoln, Nebraska, is located a few blocks away from Highway 34 near the Bryan Medical Center East Campus. Visitors and residents give the facility high … (read more)
GracePointe Assisted Living and Memory Care in Lincoln, Nebraska, is located a few blocks away from Highway 34 near the Bryan Medical Center East Campus. Visitors and residents give the facility high … (read more)

Gateway Vista

225 N 56th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68504

I was visiting and the resident needed to use the facilities after a couple hours and needed assistance. The staff assisting her shamed her and I was saddened and disgusted. Needing to use the restroo … (read more)
I was visiting and the resident needed to use the facilities after a couple hours and needed assistance. The staff assisting her shamed her and I was saddened and disgusted. Needing to use the restroo … (read more)

The Waterford at Williamsburg

3940 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE, 68516

The Waterford at Williamsburg is a premier assisted living community located in the south end of Lincoln, Nebraska, just across the street from the Bryan Pine Lake Campus medical center. Visitors to t … (read more)
The Waterford at Williamsburg is a premier assisted living community located in the south end of Lincoln, Nebraska, just across the street from the Bryan Pine Lake Campus medical center. Visitors to t … (read more)

The Lexington Assisted Living Center

5550 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln, NE, 68506

My father is at Lexington right now in a bedroom with a bathroom, living room, and kitchenette, and seems to like it. He says the food is pretty good. They have different activities, like exercises in … (read more)
My father is at Lexington right now in a bedroom with a bathroom, living room, and kitchenette, and seems to like it. He says the food is pretty good. They have different activities, like exercises in … (read more)

Orchard Park

3110 S 48th St, Lincoln, NE, 68506

My friends mom lived there and would go with her somtimes to visit and to tour facilities. The facility is small but that was nice. The rooms were decent size compared to some of the other assisted li … (read more)
My friends mom lived there and would go with her somtimes to visit and to tour facilities. The facility is small but that was nice. The rooms were decent size compared to some of the other assisted li … (read more)

The Arbors Memory Care

3777 N 58th St, Lincoln, NE, 68507


The Monarch by Eastmont

4201 S 78th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68506


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Lincoln

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 Nebraska. 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 Lincoln

In Nebraska, assisted living facilities are licensed and regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health. Residents can contact DHHS to learn about licensing requirements, facility inspection reports and state laws that facilities are required to follow.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Lincoln

  • Some of the top hospitals in Lincoln include CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln Surgical Hospital and Bryan Medical Center, which was rated as the second-best hospital in Nebraska by U.S. News and World Report. The hospital was also ranked as “High Performing” in 14 conditions, including five cardiac procedures, orthopedics, diabetes treatment and several types of surgeries.
  • Nebraska has high income and property tax rates, and most kinds of retirement income are taxed, including pensions, 401(k) funds and IRA withdrawals. A portion of Social Security benefits are taxed as well. However, low-income homeowners may be eligible for a homestead exemption that can reduce or eliminate what they pay for property taxes.
  • Lincoln offers several transportation programs for seniors. One of these is the StarTran Paratransit Bus Service, which provides curb-to-curb transportation to residents who can’t ride the regular bus system due to disability. People 62 and up qualify for reduced-fare passes to ride the regular bus. Medicaid recipients can get free transportation via Mike’s HandyVan, Madonna Medical Transportation and Nebraska Total Care.
  • Lincoln’s property and violent crime rates are somewhat higher than average, but it’s still safer than 13% of U.S. cities. The southern and eastern parts of the city tend to be the safest.
  • Lincoln’s cost of living index is 89.8 compared to the U.S. average index of 100. Groceries (97.4), utilities (92.3), housing (78.1) and transportation (76) are more affordable than the norm, but health care costs are higher (124.5).
  • Lincoln has air quality that’s a bit better than average with an index of 64 (the national average is 58), which can make the city a decent option for people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The Air Quality Index is based on a measure of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA.
  • Lincoln typically has very cold winters, with an average low of 14 degrees in January and an average annual snowfall level of 26 inches. Summers can be fairly comfortable, however, with an average high temperature of 89 degrees in July. Lincoln also gets approximately 214 sunny days per year compared to the U.S. average of 205.

Paying for Assisted Living in Lincoln

According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost for assisted living in Lincoln is $4,715 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $4,715, assisted living in Lincoln is pricier than the Nebraska average of $4,076 and the U.S. average of $4,500. Seniors can find slightly cheaper rates in Omaha, where the average price for care is $4,652. Prices are much cheaper in Grand Island, located about 94 miles to the west of Lincoln. There, residents pay just $2,906 — $1,809 less than average rates in Lincoln. Across the Iowa border in Sioux City, assisted living costs approximately $4,148. Prices are higher in Kansas City, Missouri, averaging $4,585.

$4715

Lincoln

$4076

Nebraska

$4500

The United States

$4652

Omaha

$2906

Grand Island

$4148

Sioux City, IA

$4585

Kansas City, MO

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Lincoln might want to consider other kinds of senior care that might be a better fit for their budget and needs. Both regular home care and home health care cost $5,148. Both services provide personal care and help with activities of daily living, but home health care also includes medical services, like physical therapy and medication administration. Adult day care is far cheaper at just $576, but it only provides supervision during the daytime hours. A semiprivate room in a nursing home costs $7,908.

$5148

Home care

$5148

Home health care

$576

Adult Day Health Care

$4715

Assisted Living Facility

$7908

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8745

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lincoln

Seniors looking for financial assistance for assisted living in Lincoln can seek supplemental funding through the Nebraska Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD) program. This programs helps seniors receive financial aid for room and board, food, clothing and home supplies. 

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

Paying for Assisted Living 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 Lincoln

The city of Lincoln and Lancaster County provide a wide range of services, resources and programs for older adults. The following free resources are offered by nonprofit organizations and government agencies and include health insurance counseling, financial assistance for low-income people, veterans affairs and more.

Resource

Contact

Service

(402) 441-7070

Aging Partners serves as the Area Agency on Aging for seniors of Lincoln. It provides case management, legal aid, future planning advice and wellness education that can help seniors live healthier lives. The Aging Partners website has information about upcoming local events, support group meetings and the state's long-term care Medicaid Waiver program.

(800) 942-7830

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman helps assisted living residents and their families with issues such as elder neglect, exploitation, facility safety concerns and general quality of care. The ombudsmen inform seniors of their rights and can help resolve complaints on their behalf. On its website, seniors can find a guide about what to look for when visiting assisted living facilities, including questions to ask staff and tips for choosing a community that meets their needs.

(800) 827-1000

Lincoln veterans can contact this office to request information about VA benefits, including pensions and service-connected disabilities. Seniors can also get help with filing compensation and pension claims. Service officers can give veterans information about the city's VA outpatient clinic, which provides primary and specialty care, lab services, mental health treatment and more.

(531) 207-2226

The Assistive Technology Partnership's ReUse Network provides durable medical equipment loans for Lincoln seniors who can't afford to buy needed equipment themselves. Eligible seniors can request walkers, wheelchairs, magnifying devices and other equipment to help them with their activities of daily living. ATP also coordinates iCanConnect (ICC), a program that provides special telecommunication equipment for people with significant hearing and vision loss.

(402) 441-7154

The Downtown Senior Center offers a variety of recreational activities and assistance programs for the city's older adults. Seniors can enjoy exercise and art classes, writing groups, live music and games. Services available at the center include income tax filing assistance, health programs, a computer lab and referrals to volunteer opportunities through Lancaster County.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Lincoln

Lincoln 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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Nebraska