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10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Omaha, NE for 2024

Located on the Missouri River not far from the Iowa border, the city of Omaha, Nebraska, is famous for its nationally known zoo and many cultural attractions. The city is home to 487,300 people, and 13.3% of the population is 65 and over. Omaha’s varied climate and many things to do make it a popular choice among Nebraska’s retirees.

Assisted living communities in Nebraska provide seniors with options to live fairly independently while also giving them a little extra help with their daily living needs. The average cost for assisted living each month in Omaha is $4,652, which is quite a bit higher than the state’s average.

This guide introduces the assisted living options in Omaha as well as more details about the costs of this type of care and how seniors can get help paying for it. It will also give older adults and their family members a list of resources that can help seniors live comfortably after making the move to assisted living. Finally, it will show the benefits and drawbacks of assisted living in the city.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Omaha

Assisted living communities in Omaha and the rest of the state are overseen by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. This office provides licensing for these facilities, while also ensuring they adhere to all of the state’s rules and regulations regarding long-term care facilities for seniors.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Omaha

  • Omaha’s cost of living is significantly lower than the national average, which helps seniors make the most out of their retirement savings. Transportation and housing costs are particularly low, but groceries also cost slightly less than in a typical U.S. city.
  • Nebraska does not tax Social Security benefits for seniors who make under a set income threshold, but overall its tax laws are not very senior-friendly. The state sales tax rate is 5.5%, putting it in the middle of the pack nationally, and Omaha’s local sales taxes add another 1.4% on average. However, seniors do have the perk of no taxes on groceries or prescription medications. The low cost of living in Omaha helps offset the taxes.
  • Both violent and property crime rates are higher than average in Omaha, but seniors can feel safe in their retirement by carefully choosing their assisted living community. Most local communities have security features, which may include video monitoring and restricted entry.
  • Nebraska has all four seasons, and the warm summers help offset the harsh winters. Spring and fall in Omaha often bring moderate temperatures and low precipitation.
  • Omaha’s public transit system has several reduced cost options for seniors, as well as accessible transportation choices that help seniors get around town efficiently.
  • Though none of its health care options are high ranking for senior care specifically, there are several choices in Omaha for health care needs, including Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Methodist Hospital.

Paying for Assisted Living in Omaha, NE

When trying to decide how to pay for assisted living, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of assisted living in Omaha and 10 other cities in Nebraska.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Assisted Living in Omaha, NE

As inflation continues to drive living costs up, seniors may worry about the cost of assisted living in Omaha. From 2022 prices ($4,626), assisted living is projected to cost $5,458 in 2024, an increase of 17.98%. This is in line with the expected 17.99% increase expected nationwide as well as across Nebraska, where the statewide projected average will increase 18.4% to $5,304. Similar price increases of 17.9% can be expected in Grand Island (from $3,921 to $4,626), La Vista (from $3,147 to $3,713) and South Sioux City (from $5,741 to $6,774).

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Omaha$4,626$5,068$5,458
U.S. Average$4,070$4,459$4,802
Nebraska$4,480$5,043$5,304
Grand Island$3,921$4,296$4,626
La Vista$3,147$3,448$3,713
South Sioux City$5,741$6,290$6,774

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

With a monthly cost of $4,652 for assisted living care, Omaha is one of the higher-cost options in the state. Only Lincoln has a higher cost at $4,715 a month, and Grand Island’s cost is much lower at $2,906. Across the border and to the north in Sioux City, Iowa, the cost is $4,148.

Omaha

$4,652

Nebraska

$4,076

The United States

$4,500

Lincoln

$4,715

Grand Island

$2,906

Rochester

$4,148

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

In Omaha, the cost of senior living varies based on several factors, ranging from the type of care to the amenities offered. On average, assisted living provides nonmedical personal care assistance for $5,068. Those with dementia may require memory care, which averages $5,998. The most affordable option for care in Omaha is independent living for $3,800, though it doesn't include the personal care provided in the other types.

Assisted Living

$5,068

Memory Care

$5,998

Independent Living

$3,800

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Omaha

While Nebraska’s financial assistance is limited to standard Medicare programs like SSDI and Medicare part D, the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program has been established to help seniors and people who need health insurance to understand the funding options that are available through Medicare.

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 and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Omaha,NE

There are many resources in Omaha,NE that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s Nebraska state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA)402-444-6536There are eight Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) throughout Nebraska. Help typically falls under one of five areas: nutritional services, access to services, elder rights, in-home services and community-based services. Seniors can receive assistance if they are aged 60+. Contact information for each AAA is available via the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Omaha seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Heartland Hope Mission402-733-1904Heartland Hope Mission in Omaha, NE, hosts a weekly drive-through pantry for low-income seniors in the West O region. The pantry opens every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and provides a week's supply of food. Volunteers at the pantry help to ensure seniors have access to SNAP applications, clothing and assistance with work applications. As a faith-based organization, Heartland Hope Mission offers prayer and Bible studies to all who enter.
The Faith Works Pantry402-895-3394Run by Faith Westwood United Methodist Church, the FaithWorks Pantry provides food assistance for seniors and hungry residents of Omaha. No ID or paperwork is required, though participants are asked to verbally confirm financial need and household size. The pantry is open twice monthly: the second Thursday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m. and the fourth Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Blue Valley Community Action, Inc402-587-0050Based in Omaha, Blue Valley Community Action is a distributor for many food banks across nine Nebraska counties. The nonprofit organization works in conjunction with the Lincoln Food Bank, helping low-income seniors find locations where they can pick up free food, personal hygiene products and basic household goods. BVCA staff can also connect seniors with other assistance programs, including the federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Supportive Services for Veterans Families programs.
City Sprouts Free Fridge 402-504-1910 Pantry402-504-1910City Sprouts Free Fridge + Pantry is a locally owned and operated food distribution site that serves all hungry and food-insecure people in Omaha. Partnering with Catholic Charities - Omaha, Panera Bread (Doughnations), Whispering Roots and several private donors, the pantry acts as a food library, with an unattended refrigerator stocked with free fresh food anyone can access or donate to. The pantry requires no ID, income verification or other background check. Seniors or caregivers can access the pantry for free.
Catholic Charities (CC) Juan Diego Center402-731-5413Catholic Charities operates the Juan Diego Center food pantry located at 5211 South 31st Street, Omaha. Walk-in and drive-through services are available at the center, which is open 5 days a week for seniors and low-income families experiencing food insecurity. Nutritional support from the center is free, though participants must register online or in person. Caregivers and family members can collect food for seniors who have trouble leaving home or reaching the center.
Clair Cares Food Pantry402-451-8322Clair Cares Food Pantry is a project of the Clair Memorial United Methodist Church in Omaha, NE. It serves people of all ages and backgrounds, including those of different faiths, with in-person and drive-through services. Participation in the program is free, and the food pantry is available to all visitors needing help. Seniors or their caregivers can access the pantry's services monthly on the Thursday and Friday before the third Saturday of the month.
Food Bank for the Heartland402-331-1213Food Bank for the Heartland is an umbrella organization that serves 93 counties across Nebraska and parts of Iowa. Nebraska seniors in need can access one of this food bank's many subsidiary food pantries to receive free canned goods, fresh produce and shelf-stable goods. Requirements vary by location, with some food pantries requiring proof of citizenship, local residence or current income. Food Bank for the Heartland volunteers can help seniors apply for SNAP and similar federal assistance programs.
James Phillip Foster (JPF) Hope Resource Center402-733-0594The James Phillip Foster Hope Resource Center operates a free food pantry on the second and fourth Saturday of each month in Omaha, NE. This ministry of New Hope Apostolic Temple offers no-cost food pickups for seniors, adults with disabilities and low-income families with children. Participants can receive service on a drive-up basis. They don't need to register to get a parcel of groceries, but at pick-up, they must provide ID and the names of household members.
Meals on Wheels Eastern Nebraska402-444-6536Meals on Wheels Eastern Nebraska provides affordable, wholesome lunches to homebound seniors who can't prepare their own meals and don't have anyone to cook for them. Hot meals are delivered on weekdays and can be specially prepared for participants with dietary restrictions. To qualify, recipients must be aged 60 and older and live in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass or Washington counties. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services may cover the cost of this program for low-income seniors.
Bethesda Temple Food PantryThe Bethesda Temple Food Pantry in Omaha, NE, provides families and the elderly with regular access to wholesome food. The food pantry is open on Saturdays from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. by appointment. Eligible applicants must be Philadelphia residents who are homebound due to an accident, temporary disability or setback.

Free Used Medical Equipment

Due to the high cost of purchasing new medical equipment, several organizations in Omaha collect lightly used medical devices such as wheelchairs, ramps and walkers and distribute them to local seniors and residents in need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Methodist's Equipment Loan Program402-354-1320The Equipment Loan Program, offered by Methodist Health Partners, accepts donated used medical equipment, inspects and sanitizes it according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and offers it for free or on loan to Nebraskans who need the equipment but cannot afford it or get it covered by their public or private health insurance plan.

Home Repair and Modifications

Seniors and those with disabilities can access a variety of local resources to help them pay for home repairs and modifications. Programs in Omaha have different eligibility criteria and often assist retirees by providing grants or loans.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Project Houseworks Senior Repair Programs402-965-9201Project Houseworks' Senior Repair Programs provide home repair assistance to senior homeowners ages 60+ who live in Douglas and Sarpy counties and meet income requirements. The Home Repair Program focuses on immediate repairs that need to be done to keep the home safe and may include plumbing issues, roof repairs and gas leaks. Seniors with mobility issues might benefit from the Home Modification Program, which helps make modifications to the home to improve safety, security and independence.

Senior Centers

Senior centers in Omaha bring together residents through recreational activities and events. Many also offer advice and support on senior issues, run wellness and nutrition programs, and connect older adults with other resources in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Intercultural Senior Center402-444-6529Designed for residents ages 50 and older, the Intercultural Senior Center offers support and activities for older adults. Staff members who speak a variety of languages, including Spanish, Burmese, Swahili and Ukrainian, are available to assist. Senior advocacy services include health care coordination, enrollment in benefit programs and connecting to other resources. Seniors can enjoy a light breakfast and lunch at the senior center, and they can participate in various activities, including education, exercise and cultural events.
Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging402-444-6536This organization serves select counties in Nebraska, including Douglas County, where Omaha is located. For most programs, participants must be aged 65 and older or have a physical or mental health condition. Its Senior Care Options program evaluates the living conditions, safety and memory-related needs of participants to determine the type of services they require. Seniors and their families can then receive personalized counseling about the available care options and potential funding sources to help pay care.

Senior Engagement

Senior engagement resources and programs in Omaha help older adults remain active and ensure they contribute to the community. Resources include wellness programs, volunteer opportunities, support groups and organizations that help residents connect with the community to live fulfilling lives.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Alzheimer's Association of Nebraska Chapter - Omaha402-502-4300The Nebraska chapter of the Alzheimer's Association helps individuals with dementia-related impairments. Seniors and their caregivers have access to early-stage services, such as care consultations, safety programs and social engagement activities. In-person and online workshops are offered, and there are support groups available for those impacted by cognitive conditions.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Omaha help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Omaha Social Security Office 68154800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Transportation Assistance

Assistance is available for seniors unable to access or use private transportation. These community resources help elderly and disabled residents make journeys in and around Omaha, allowing them to run errands and attend appointments in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
MOBY Paratransit402-341-0800MOBY provides low-cost alternative transportation for individuals who can't use conventional fixed-route services due to a mental or physical disability. Rides are free for personal care attendants who accompany seniors. Trips must be scheduled in advance, and all vehicles can accommodate mobility devices and wheelchairs. Seniors or their family members must complete an application and meet the program's eligibility criteria to qualify.

Veteran's Services

Omaha retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Omaha Vet Center402-346-6735At the Omaha Vet Center in Omaha, NE, veterans and service members receive confidential counseling services free of charge. Along with counseling for grief and bereavement, couples and family issues and mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, stress and trauma, the center hosts support groups to help veterans connect. These include groups for Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf War veterans plus a mixed-era group and groups for hiking and walking. Specialty PTSD and military sexual trauma care are available.
Omaha VA Medical Center402-346-8800The Omaha VA Medical Center in Nebraska provides help to veterans and their families. Its Omaha Fisher House consists of 16 furnished suites for patients receiving treatment and/or their loved ones. Clients have access to health services that include getting hearing aids, learning how to manage anxiety and obtaining cognitive rehabilitation. Visitors can get something to eat or drink at the cafe or coffee shop or browse the retail store.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Omaha

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Nebraska

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