What to Consider About Assisted Living in Mansfield
Mansfield is known as "the fun center of Ohio," "the racing center of Ohio," and "the carousel capital" for the amusement parks that dot the entire area. The city also has 14 assisted living communities for seniors who need help with activities of daily living, such as dressing and personal care. Ohio's residential care homes are all regulated by Ohio Department of Health’s Office of Health Assurance and Licensing, which inspects sites and enforces state laws for the care of dependent seniors.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Mansfield
Mansfield's weather can get cold in winter, with December lows of 18 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause some issues for seniors whose COPD or asthma are affected by dry air. Summers are mild, with July highs of only 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Mansfield gets 44 inches of rain a year, and 51 inches of snow fall here in the chilly winters.
Mansfield's cost of living is a bit lower than is common nationally. Seniors who buy groceries in town pay an average of 96 percent the median national cost, while health care runs to 99 percent of the average national cost.
- Ohio's income tax runs from 0.495 to 4.997 percent. Local income tax adds between 0 and 3 percent to that, but Social Security income and most forms of retirement income are tax-free.
- Crime has always been higher than average in Mansfield. Rates of property crimes here run to double the national average, though assisted living communities with 24-hour staff presence are fairly safe places. Thankfully, violent crime rates are still close to national median rates.
- Mansfield's bus service is handled by Richland County Transit (RCT), which operates routes around the area and offers senior discounts to adults over 60 with valid ID. RCT also offers dial-a-ride service for adults with disabilities who need scheduled rides.
- The Mansfield area is home to world-class medical facilities, including OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Paying for Assisted Living in Mansfield
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Mansfield start around $2,976 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Mansfield and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Mansfield
Seniors in Ohio who qualify for zero-copay Medicaid coverage can use the state Assisted Living Waiver to help cover the monthly cost of assisted living. Ohio also has a residential state supplement available to all seniors in need of financial assistance.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Ohio 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 Ohio page.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Mansfield
Mansfield 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.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Mansfield
Mansfield-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Ohio are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Ohio page for more information about these laws.