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The 3 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Wooster, OH for 2024

 

Situated in the northeastern region of Ohio, Wooster offers convenient access to parks, diverse shopping and dining options and high-quality medical and senior care solutions. It has a large senior community that makes up nearly a fifth of its 27,000 residents and may be an attractive long-term care option for those seeking retiree-friendly income tax laws, a low cost of living and seasonal weather.

Wooster also has several assisted living facilities, further making it a viable retirement option. These facilities promote a maintenance-free lifestyle through convenient services, such as housekeeping and meal preparation, as well as individualized care plans. They’re ideal for older adults who don’t have extensive medical needs but have challenges with daily activities related to personal care and home maintenance. On average, seniors in Wooster pay $4,798 per month for assisted living, which exceeds the Ohio average of $4,635 and the national norm of $4,500.

Through this guide, readers can learn more about how assisted living costs in Wooster stack up against rates in nearby cities, such as Columbus and Canton. The guide also outlines some of the licensing rules all facilities in the city follow and highlights resources for current and prospective assisted living residents. 

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Wooster

The Ohio Department of Health oversees all assisted living facilities, officially called residential care facilities, in Wooster and enforces rules for housing, care planning and services. It also investigates complaints, which individuals can report by calling (800) 342-0553 or submitting an online complaint form.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Wooster

 

  • Seniors in Ohio don’t pay state income taxes on their Social Security benefits, which provides significant savings for those who mainly rely on their benefits. While other types of retirement income are taxable at rates of up to 3.99%, qualified individuals may be able to reduce their tax bill by claiming certain credits.
  • Seniors in Wooster have access to award-winning medical care through Wooster Community Hospital. This 173-bed hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including urgent and emergency care, cardiac rehabilitation and diabetic services. 
  • Wooster residents who are veterans or aged 62 and over may qualify to receive transportation through the Wooster Transportation program. Through this program, individuals can get transportation services for nonemergency medical appointments, errands and recreational outings without relying on a private vehicle. This can help supplement paid transportation services available through assisted living facilities.
  • Wooster experiences a full range of seasons, with comfortably warm summers and manageable cold winters, ideal for seniors who enjoy variety. The temperatures typically stay above 3 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and below 89 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, avoiding the extremes found in many other regions. To help residents stay comfortable, many assisted living facilities have individually controlled thermostats in residents’ apartments and host indoor events and activities.
  • Wooster’s overall cost of living is about 19% lower than the national norm and consistent with what’s typical for the state, which may make it a financially viable option for those with limited resources. While transportation and utility expenses are low here compared to the rest of Ohio, residents spend more than the Ohio average on housing, health care and groceries. Fortunately, choosing assisted living may allow seniors to have greater control over their monthly expenses.
  • Property crime is a little more common in Wooster than in a typical U.S. community, but violent crime is relatively unusual. On a 100-point index, the city scores 47.2 for property crime, about 12 points higher than the national average. However, its violent crime score of 18.4 is modest compared to 22.7 nationally, which may give assisted living residents peace of mind.

Paying for Assisted Living in Wooster

 

In Wooster, assisted living facilities charge $4,798 per month to cover care and housing costs.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living facilities in Wooster charge monthly median rates of $4,798 for care, which is a little higher than Ohio’s average of $4,635 and the national norm of $4,500. While local care costs are competitive compared to rates in nearby Canton, where monthly fees exceed Wooster’s norm by about 2%, other cities in the region may offer more economically priced care. In Lima, for example, rates are lower than in Wooster at $4,603, and in Columbus, seniors pay $4,085 for services. Springfield is even more affordable, with monthly assisted living costs that are 24% below Wooster’s average.

Wooster

$4,798

Ohio

$4,635

United States

$4,500

Canton

$4,905

Lima

$4,603

Columbus

$4,085

Springfield

$3,660

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

At $4,798 per month, assisted living is moderately priced compared to senior care options in Wooster. Seniors who obtain personal care or skilled nursing services at home pay about $4,576 per month for services, although this option doesn’t include housing and meals. On the other hand, assisted living is a cost-effective alternative to nursing home care, which starts at $6,631 per month for semi-private accommodations.

In-Home Care

$4,576

Home Health Care

$4,576

Assisted Living Facility

$4,798

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6,631

Note: Data for Wooster was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Mansfield, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Wooster

Ohio covers assisted living services in Wooster through the 1915(c) Assisted Living Program and the 1915 (b)(c) Managed Care Demonstration Waiver. Qualifying seniors may also pay for their care using the Residential State Supplement

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

Financial Assistance in Ohio

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 Wooster

Wooster 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 Wooster, please visit our Assisted Living in Ohio page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Wooster

 

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

Laws and Regulations in Ohio

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Michele Filous

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

Review of Danbury Wooster

Our family member loved the care she received at Danbury in Wooster. Our family was always greeted with a smile and warm welcome by the staff.

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HJIM

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

Review of Danbury Wooster

Our mother has been living at Danbury Wooster for 6 years and enjoying all aspects of her experience. Facilites are nicely planned, well maintained and very clean. The meals are first-rate, with...

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MichieB

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

Review of Danbury Wooster

My father-in-law is currently a resident at Danbury-Wooster. He has enjoyed the bus outings and the staff is very caring and we know they are doing the very best for him. He enjoys visiting with...

Provider response

Hello, We are so happy to hear that your father-in-law is enjoying the community and the team! We encourage you or your loved one to reach out to the Executive Chef regarding culinary preferences...

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