More than 18% of Dothan city’s 71,000 residents are seniors aged 65 and over and extensive local senior care resources are available to help older adults remain independent at home. Seniors can easily access medical care at SouthEast Health and Flowers Hospital, which maintains a dedicated stroke care unit for seniors with neurological care needs. Nursing home care in Dothan costs an average of $6,995 a month, according to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey

Nursing homes offer medically oriented services for seniors who need 24-hour monitoring and skilled nursing assistance. Staff include registered nurses and nurses’ aides who provide professional-level medication management and rehab services. Costs at nursing homes tend to be higher than other levels of care. Alternatives may include assisted living or home health care for seniors who live more independently.

This guide goes over the costs associated with nursing home care in Dothan as well as other types of senior care. It also lists free resources that can help seniors age in place or transition into full-time nursing care.

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Nursing Home Costs in Dothan, AL

Semiprivate nursing home care in Dothan costs an average of $6,995. This is more than the $6,676 seniors pay elsewhere in Alabama but $913 less than the national average of $7,908.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

The average cost of a semi-private room in a Dothan nursing home is $6,995 a month. Seniors in other Alabama cities can expect to pay an average of $6,676 for similar care services, while the national average is $7,908. Within Alabama, Dothan’s numbers are closest to Huntsville, where nursing homes average $6,844 a month for a semi-private room. Birmingham seniors pay an average of $6,768 a month, while average costs in Mobile are $6,692. Costs in Tuscaloosa are $683 a month lower than in Dothan, at just $6,312 a month.

$6995

Dothan

$6676

Alabama

$7908

The United States

$6844

Huntsville

$6768

Birmingham

$6692

Mobile

$6312

Tuscaloosa

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

A semiprivate room in a nursing home costs an average of $6,995 in Dothan while private rooms cost more, at an average monthly cost of $7,299. Although home care only provides assistance with daily living tasks and home health  care adds a medical care component, both cost $4,004 a month in Dothan. However, care in an assisted living facility averages $2,154 a month. Adult day health care, offered weekdays at facilities outside the home, can be a very affordable option at just $542 a month. 

$4004

Home Care

$4004

Home Health Care

$542

Adult Day Health Care

$2154

Assisted Living

$6995

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$7299

Nursing Home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Dothan, AL

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Dothan, AL

Below is a list of free resources for seniors in Dothan, Alabama. Some of these organizations provide no-cost support for seniors looking to age in place and remain independent in their own homes. Information and referral services are also available to local seniors to make their transition to out-of-home facilities easier to understand and organize.

Resource

Contact 

Service

(334) 712-1542

The Saliba Center for Families provides social services and senior support for older adults at no cost. Services include injury and illness prevention, abuse and neglect intervention, caregiver training and other informational services. Working with more than 30 local partners, the center provides referrals for transportation, nutritional support, companion and respite care and public benefits assistance.

(800) 239-3507

SARCOA serves older adults in Dothan with a wide range of senior-focused programs and resources for healthy living. Nutrition support and companionship programs are open to all residents aged 60 and over at no cost. Other programs include bill payment assistance, home utility support and emergency rent. SARCOA offers free referrals to seniors who need legal assistance and help getting insurance.

(205) 519-5402

The Grace Place is a Bessemer-based church ministry that provides seniors and those with limited means with food and household goods, operating a food and clothing pantry service and Christmas assistance center for families. Volunteers with the ministry deliver meals on wheels and provide daily check-in service for seniors at risk of isolation in their homes.

(205) 328-2420

Project SHARE is a home utility and energy assistance program offered by the Salvation Army of Birmingham. Applications are accepted on an emergency basis, and services include application help for LIHEAP rate reductions and one-time bill payment assistance. Funds are distributed as available and are open to seniors aged 60 and over.

(334) 242-1700

AESAP is a project of the Alabama Department of Human Resources that fights hunger and poor nutrition among seniors aged 60 and over. The program offers free nutrition support for households where all residents are 60 and over, with a 3-year certification period and no face-to-face meeting requirements for intake.