Gainesville is a Georgia city of some 43,232 residents, of whom over 14% are seniors 65 years of age and older. For emergency care and myriad specialty services, seniors can visit the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville. Additionally, Gainesville has nursing homes that are more affordable than average. A typical facility charges $6,388 per month for a semiprivate room, while the national average for such a room is $7,756, per the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey.

In a nursing home, residents can expect to receive high levels of care. Typical services include skilled nursing, orthopedic attention and physical, speech and occupational therapy. Accordingly, nursing homes also charge costlier rates than other senior care providers. Seniors on the higher end of the capability spectrum may find that assisted living or home health care is a more appropriate, less costly arrangement.

This guide details the costs seniors pay for care, including at nursing homes, in Gainesville. It also provides some resources for older adults in the area.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Gainesville, GA

Lanier Village Estates

4000 Village View Dr, Gainesville, GA, 30506

Minutes from shopping and dining experiences and surrounded by wooded fields, Oakbridge Terrace at Lanier Village Estates is an assisted living and nursing home facility in Gainesville, Georgia. Visit … (read more)
Minutes from shopping and dining experiences and surrounded by wooded fields, Oakbridge Terrace at Lanier Village Estates is an assisted living and nursing home facility in Gainesville, Georgia. Visit … (read more)

The Oaks at Limestone

2560 Flintridge Road, Gainesville, GA, 30501

The Admin totally drops the ball. The ration of caregiver to patient is very low. Pressing the call button may get you help in am hour, but in some instances that’s too late. The phones ring off t … (read more)
The Admin totally drops the ball. The ration of caregiver to patient is very low. Pressing the call button may get you help in am hour, but in some instances that’s too late. The phones ring off t … (read more)

The Bell Minor Home

2200 OLD HAMILTON PLACE NE, Gainesville, GA, 30507

I put my Mom in this place thinking they were one of the better places, well come to find out I had made a very bad mistake. When she was there the first night she asked for her medicine. They told he … (read more)
I put my Mom in this place thinking they were one of the better places, well come to find out I had made a very bad mistake. When she was there the first night she asked for her medicine. They told he … (read more)

New Horizons North

2020 BEVERLY ROAD NE, Gainesville, GA, 30501

This was my first time entering this facility. When I entered the facility I was instantly taken back by the smell. Im not sure why it smelled so sour but it was not pleasant. A lot of the workers see … (read more)
This was my first time entering this facility. When I entered the facility I was instantly taken back by the smell. Im not sure why it smelled so sour but it was not pleasant. A lot of the workers see … (read more)

PruittHealth – Lanier

2451 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Buford, GA, 30518

This is the worst facility I have ever seen. The facility itself is old, dirty, cluttered and completely in disarray. The staff make continent patients use adult diapers if they cannot get to the bath … (read more)
This is the worst facility I have ever seen. The facility itself is old, dirty, cluttered and completely in disarray. The staff make continent patients use adult diapers if they cannot get to the bath … (read more)

Willowwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare

4595 Cantrell Road, Flowery Branch, GA, 30542

My mom is in Willowwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare. They just called me and said that COVID is starting to get out there again. There are some really good employees there, and some that are very d … (read more)
My mom is in Willowwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare. They just called me and said that COVID is starting to get out there again. There are some really good employees there, and some that are very d … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Gainesville, GA

Monthly, Gainesville’s nursing homes charge an average of $6,388 for a semiprivate room and $6,692 for a private room.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Gainesville’s median semiprivate room rate of $6,388 is several hundred dollars lower than the statewide figure of $6,722 per month. Gainesville’s average looks even more affordable when compared to the national median rate of $7,756.

Gainesville also performs fairly well when compared to several nearby cities, with the exception of Athens, where the average rate of $6,266 is less expensive than Gainesville’s. Otherwise, Gainesville offers somewhat lower costs than Rome and Atlanta, where the averages are $6,692 and $6,950, respectively. Dalton is much more expensive, coming in at $7,513, or $1,125 higher than Gainesville.

$6388

Gainesville

$6722

Georgia

$7756

United States

$7513

Dalton

$6692

Rome

$6950

Atlanta

$6266

Athens

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Gainesville, nursing homes are the priciest type of senior care provider. On average, each month, nursing homes charge $6,388 for semiprivate rooms and $6,692 for private rooms. Home care and home health care have an identical median rate of $4,385, making them more affordable options than nursing homes. Assisted living is cheaper still, at $4,263. Gainesville-specific data for adult day health care is not available, but the statewide average is $1,355, which makes it the most affordable option in Gainesville.

$4385

Home care

$4385

Home health care

$

Adult day health care

$4263

Assisted living

$6388

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$6692

Nursing home (private room)

6 Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Gainesville, GA

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 Gainesville, GA

Thanks to resources like those listed below, seniors and their loved ones don’t have to face the aging process alone. Some of these resources assist older adults by making it easier to safely age in place at home. Others step in to help before, during and after transitions to different levels of care.

Resource

Contact 

Service

(855) 266-4283

At Legacy Link's Aging and Disability Resource Connection, seniors and their families can access referrals, information and various services, including a program that helps seniors return from nursing homes to their communities. The organization conducts care consultations, and Medicare counseling is available as well. Additionally, Legacy Link's Community Care Services Program helps seniors remain at home.

(770) 503-3330

Meals on Wheels delivers hot lunches on weekdays to frail seniors. The drivers' visits additionally give seniors a chance for social interactions. Volunteers also make referrals on behalf of clients they suspect may need social services, and they ensure meal recipients have proper mailboxes and smoke detectors.

(866) 552-4464

The LTC Ombudsman Program trains ombudsmen to boost the quality of life for residents of nursing homes and other facility types. The ombudsmen listen to residents' concerns and intervene when appropriate. Additionally, the program provides useful resources and information regarding relocations, residents' rights, admissions and other relevant matters.

(888) 987-5187

Good Pill Pharmacy is a nonprofit organization that makes prescription medication more accessible for Georgians. It assists certain clients who are uninsured or face high copays or deductibles by delivering medications to clients' homes in exchange for low fees. The organization does not carry test strips, insulin or controlled substances such as opioids, but many other medications may be available.

(770) 531-6060

At the DVS's Gainesville field office, seniors who served in the military can find help accessing their veterans' benefits. The office can also assist seniors who need to access military records and medals, and it aids veterans' survivors who are eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation as well.