Located in the southwest portion of the United States, Nevada offers year-round sunshine, casinos, golf courses, outdoor recreation and a low cost of living. Compared to the national average, seniors in Nevada can expect to pay less for healthcare and utilities. The state also has some of the best tax benefits for retirees, including no income tax and no tax on 401Ks and IRAs. Nevada is also home to the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon and the Bellagio Conservatory. With approximately 252 sunny days per year, the state offers plenty of sunshine for active seniors to explore the local sites.

Seniors who want to live independently in a community without worrying about landscaping and home upkeep. Housekeeping, laundry and meals typically aren’t included in the monthly rent but may be available for additional costs. Independent living communities are those for older adults 55 and older that provide convenient access to medical care, dining and entertainment while allowing them to socialize with others of the same age. Independent living in Nevada costs around $2,337 per month. 

This guide covers the cost of surrounding cities and provides a list of resources available for seniors in the state. 

The Cost of Independent Living in Nevada

Note: Official data on the cost of Independent Living arrangements in the United States is not available. However, Independent Living is generally 30% to 40% less expensive than Assisted Living. Therefore, to arrive at Independent Living costs, we have reduced the Assisted Living rates found in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey by 35%.

Nevada residents pay an average of $2,438 per month for Independent Living accommodations, which is several hundred dollars lower than the national average of $2,925. Neighboring Utah has a slightly lower median rate at $2,275, but otherwise, the surrounding states are pricier than Nevada. Idaho’s average monthly rate is $2,495, Arizona’s is $2,600 and Oregon’s is $3,280. California is the priciest of Nevada’s bordering states, with a median cost of $3,413 for Independent Living.

$2438

Nevada

$2925

The United States

$3413

California

$3280

Oregon

$2495

Idaho

$2275

Utah

$2600

Arizona

Among Nevadan cities, Las Vegas is affordable for Independent Living. There, the average resident pays $2,373 per month. Reno is more expensive, with a typical monthly rate of $2,763. Carson City falls between the two, coming in at $2,483 on average. Across Nevada’s eastern border in Utah, St. George has a lower average cost at $2,275. To the west, the average Independent Living resident in Fresno, CA, pays $2,535, which is fairly comparable to the prices found in the aforementioned Nevadan cities.

$2483

Carson City

$2373

Las Vegas

$2763

Reno

$2275

St. George, UT

$2535

Fresno, CA

In Nevada, Adult Day Care is the most affordable arrangement for senior care. It has a median monthly cost of $1,788. Independent Living, with its average rate of $2,438, is the next cheapest. Assisted Living facilities charge an average of $3,750 per month. Meanwhile, the services of both Homemaker Care and Home Health Care providers cost $5,148 on average. Because Nursing Home Care’s median monthly rate is $9,216 for semiprivate and $10,007 for private accommodations, it’s the most expensive type of senior care in Nevada.

$5148

Homemaker Care

$5148

Home Health Care

$1788

Adult Day Care

$2438

Independent Living

$3750

Assisted Living Facility

$9216

Nursing Home Care (semiprivate room)

$10007

Nursing Home Care (private room)

Can You Use Medicare or Medicaid to Pay for Independent Living in Nevada?

Unfortunately, you cannot use Medicaid and Medicare to help pay the monthly fee for residing in an Independent Living community. For seniors who need help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), there may be financial assistance programs available to help cover the cost of care in Independent Living. For more information about financial assistance for those who need a higher level of care, read our guide to Assisted Living in Nevada.

Read on for more information about using alternative means to make Independent Living more affordable, such as retirement funds, the sale of a home, etc.

Paying for Independent Living in Nevada

The majority of seniors pay for independent living out of pocket. Aside from personal savings, there are multiple options to help older adults afford housing. Some prefer to sell their previous homes, while others opt for reverse mortgages. Social Security benefits and pensions may help cover some independent living expenses, while those with disabilities may use part of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also offers several programs, including housing choice vouchers, to help seniors locate safe and affordable living arrangements.

Independent Living Resources in Nevada

There are multiple agencies and programs within the state of Nevada that help seniors age in place and with dignity. 

Resource
Contact
Service
(702) 486-6930
Aging and Disability Services serves as an advocate for older adults and those with disabilities within the state. Some of the programs include adult protective services, the long-term care ombudsman, home and community-based services and the taxi assistance program.
(702) 301-4197
The Nevada Senior Guide is a comprehensive publication of programs and services available to older adults. The guide gives contact information on assisted living, adult day care, apartments, health and home care and support services. The guide also gives information on current events, volunteer opportunities and jobs for seniors.
(702) 633-7264
Helping Hands of Vegas Valley is a non-profit agency that seeks to improve the lives of seniors and their families throughout Nevada. Some of the services the agency offers include a senior transportation program, a food pantry, home maintenance and minor repair and respite care. 
(702) 660-2755
Medicare Advocates helps counsel seniors on their available insurance choices, including Medigap and supplemental insurance, and assists in navigating the available prescription drug plans that are available. They can also help locate assistance in paying for out-of-pocket medical costs.
(702) 224-6025
The Nevada Department of Veterans Services helps prior military receive benefits and sign up for available services. The department assists with housing, legal issues, health and wellness, education, employment and transitions from military life to civilian life. The agency can also assist families in locating military burial locations and signing up for survivors benefits.

COVID-19 Rules for Independent Living in Nevada

The following information is based on research done on several government websites, including nvhealthresponse.nv.gov. These rules apply to Independent Living Communities and other types of senior living facilities. We’ve most recently updated this data on 2/10/2022, but since COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving pandemic, contact your local senior living facility or Area Agency on Aging for more specific and up-to-date information.

Visitation Policies

Rules for Nevada Communities

Are loved ones allowed to visit to provide emotional support?

Yes (Conditions Apply)

Are relatives allowed to visit for end-of-life care?

Yes

Are residents required to quarantine after visiting with a loved one?

No

Are visitors required to wear PPE (including masks) in order to visit residents?

Yes

Are non-medical contractors (such as hairdressers and entertainers) allowed in senior living facilities?

Yes

Are visitors checked for elevated temperatures?

Yes

Are visitors required to answer questions about health, travel, and potential virus contact?

Yes

Outings & Social Activities

Rules for Nevada Communities

Are residents allowed to leave (errands, visiting family, etc.) for non-medical reasons?

Yes

Are residents who leave required to quarantine when they return?

No (Conditions Apply)

Are senior living communities required to cancel all group outings?

No

Are residents allowed to eat meals together in a common area?

Yes (Conditions Apply)

Are residents allowed to gather in common areas for group activites?

Yes (Conditions Apply)

COVID-19 Safety Measures for Staff and Residents

Rules for Nevada Communities

Are staff members regularly required to do a temperature check?

Yes

Are staff members regularly tested for COVID-19?

Yes (Conditions Apply)

Are staff members members regularly required to do a health and safety screening, including questions about travel, contact with positive cases, etc?

Yes

Are residents regularly screened for COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes

Are residents regularly checked for elevated temperatures?

Yes

Are residents regularly tested for COVID-19?

Yes (Conditions Apply)

Find Independent Living Communities in Nevada

Use the tool below to find Independent Living Communities near you – if you’d like to search in a specific city in Nevada, simply put that in the search bar below.

2017, 2018

Holiday Sky Peaks

1520 Sky Valley Dr., Reno, NV, 89523

I went out and looked at Holiday Sky Peaks. It was a nice place. The tour went well. The people were friendly and helpful. However, the rooms were bigger at the other facility. The staff was really go … (read more)
I went out and looked at Holiday Sky Peaks. It was a nice place. The tour went well. The people were friendly and helpful. However, the rooms were bigger at the other facility. The staff was really go … (read more)

2015, 2016, 2018, 2019

Atria Summit Ridge

4880 Summit Ridge Drive, Reno, NV, 89523

Atria Summit Ridge, a premier assisted living community on Reno, Nevada’s west side, is conveniently located near I-80, NV-659 and many shopping centers and restaurants. Visitors to the facility prais … (read more)
Atria Summit Ridge, a premier assisted living community on Reno, Nevada’s west side, is conveniently located near I-80, NV-659 and many shopping centers and restaurants. Visitors to the facility prais … (read more)

Lakeside Manor

855 Brinkby Ave, Reno, NV, 89509

My sister will be moving into Lakeside Manor. It’s a lower-income place and old, but it was very nice. The staff is great, so my sister decided to go there. The staff was incredibly friendly. It was v … (read more)
My sister will be moving into Lakeside Manor. It’s a lower-income place and old, but it was very nice. The staff is great, so my sister decided to go there. The staff was incredibly friendly. It was v … (read more)

Revel Rancharrah

5315 Kietzke Ln, Reno, NV, 89511

Revel Rancharrah was nice, it had so many things to do that looks like a lot of fun. They have a pool, they do weekly community events, puzzles, cards, and movies. The staff was very, very kind and we … (read more)
Revel Rancharrah was nice, it had so many things to do that looks like a lot of fun. They have a pool, they do weekly community events, puzzles, cards, and movies. The staff was very, very kind and we … (read more)

Mountain Lakes Estates

765 South Meadows Parkway, Reno, NV, 89521

I found a place and it’s called Mountain Lakes Estates and that was the one I was most interested in. The tour went well. I went out there a couple of times. The staff was really friendly and really h … (read more)
I found a place and it’s called Mountain Lakes Estates and that was the one I was most interested in. The tour went well. I went out there a couple of times. The staff was really friendly and really h … (read more)

2015, 2017

Five Star Premier Residences of Reno

3201 Plumas Street, Reno, NV, 89509

Five Star Premier Residences of Reno, in the heart of Reno, Nevada, is surrounded by scenic golf courses, lakes and parks. Visitors give high marks to the facility’s well-maintained grounds and note t … (read more)
Five Star Premier Residences of Reno, in the heart of Reno, Nevada, is surrounded by scenic golf courses, lakes and parks. Visitors give high marks to the facility’s well-maintained grounds and note t … (read more)

Promenade on the River

525 Court Street, Reno, NV, 89501

I’m going to the Promenade on the River. I chose it because it is very close to the Riverwalk. There are multiple activities around there. It’s a nice neighborhood. The facilities are very nice and it … (read more)
I’m going to the Promenade on the River. I chose it because it is very close to the Riverwalk. There are multiple activities around there. It’s a nice neighborhood. The facilities are very nice and it … (read more)

The Fountains Senior Care

1920 Harvard Way, Reno, NV, 89502

Located in Reno, Nevada, The Fountains Senior Care offers several room types, including studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, giving residents the flexibility to choose the right space for thei … (read more)
Located in Reno, Nevada, The Fountains Senior Care offers several room types, including studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, giving residents the flexibility to choose the right space for thei … (read more)

Vintage Hills Senior Apartments

4195 West 7th Street, Reno, NV, 89523

I was a long time resident but, forced to move because rent increases totaling over $100 per month. Current management increased rents to the maximum allowed by Nevada Housing Authority. New labor, ma … (read more)
I was a long time resident but, forced to move because rent increases totaling over $100 per month. Current management increased rents to the maximum allowed by Nevada Housing Authority. New labor, ma … (read more)

2017

Brookdale Sparks

1900 East Prater Way, Sparks, NV, 89434

The staff of Brookdale Sparks was friendly. We got a really nice tour of the property and the amenities that they offer. The facility was clean, and they have scheduled activities (like exercise class … (read more)
The staff of Brookdale Sparks was friendly. We got a really nice tour of the property and the amenities that they offer. The facility was clean, and they have scheduled activities (like exercise class … (read more)

2016, 2020

MorningStar Senior Living of Sparks

2360 Wingfield Hills Drive, Sparks, NV, 89436

Conveniently located near Vista Boulevard and Pyramid Highway, MorningStar of Sparks, Nevada offers easy access to Golden Eagle Regional Park, Golden Eagle Sports Complex and Red Hawk Golf and Resort. … (read more)
Conveniently located near Vista Boulevard and Pyramid Highway, MorningStar of Sparks, Nevada offers easy access to Golden Eagle Regional Park, Golden Eagle Sports Complex and Red Hawk Golf and Resort. … (read more)

Cascades of the Sierra

275 Neighborhood Way,, Sparks, NV, 89441

Cascades of the Sierra provides independent and assisted living in a residential neighborhood in Sparks, Nevada, that enjoys easy access to Red Hawk Golf and Resort and Sun Valley Regional Park. Posit … (read more)
Cascades of the Sierra provides independent and assisted living in a residential neighborhood in Sparks, Nevada, that enjoys easy access to Red Hawk Golf and Resort and Sun Valley Regional Park. Posit … (read more)