Lake Charles is located in southeast Louisiana about 30 miles from the Texas border. Official census estimates place the city’s senior population at 12,856, representing 16.4% of its 78,396 residents. Lake Charles’s seniors have access to several quality medical centers including Christus Ochsner Lake Area Hospital, Avail Hospital and the Lake Charles Memorial System. They also benefit from a cost of living that’s more than 16% below the national average which is reflected in the city’s median costs for long term care. On average, seniors in Lake Charles spend $5,880 a month for a semiprivate room in a nursing home, roughly 24% less than the national figure.  

The majority of nursing home residents are older adults who need around-the-clock medical supervision. Common care services in nursing homes include wound care, vital signs and diabetes monitoring and intravenous therapy, and physicians and registered nursing are almost always on-site. For seniors with less severe medical needs, assisted living or home health care may be a better option. 

This guide offers seniors a high-level overview of the costs for senior care in Lake Charles as well as a few programs that can help seniors pay for care and reduce expenses. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in Lake Charles, LA

Grand Cove Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

1525 W MCNEESE ST., Lake Charles, LA, 70605

The staff were always nice to me whenever I came to visit my grandmother, and she constantly still tells me some stories of the nice things they did for her. The only time I heard her complain about G … (read more)
The staff were always nice to me whenever I came to visit my grandmother, and she constantly still tells me some stories of the nice things they did for her. The only time I heard her complain about G … (read more)

Landmark Of Lake Charles

2335 Oak Park Blvd, Lake Charles, LA, 70601

My mom has been a resident here since August and I must say I am very pleased and thankful she was accepted here compared to where she was previously. I appreciate this facility as well as the staff. … (read more)
My mom has been a resident here since August and I must say I am very pleased and thankful she was accepted here compared to where she was previously. I appreciate this facility as well as the staff. … (read more)

Resthaven Nursing & Rehab Center, LLC

1103 W McNeese St, Lake Charles, LA, 70605

My mother was admitted to Resthaven in June 2020. Two days after admission to the quarantine floor her personal cell phone went missing and was never recovered. No compensation was offered. The pati … (read more)
My mother was admitted to Resthaven in June 2020. Two days after admission to the quarantine floor her personal cell phone went missing and was never recovered. No compensation was offered. The pati … (read more)

Lake Charles Care Center

2701 ERNEST STREET, Lake Charles, LA, 70601

They lost my fathers clothing, and remotero his tv. While visiting, thw nurse tried to give his 8pm meds at 3pm. They could not even find his release papers when we checked out.
They lost my fathers clothing, and remotero his tv. While visiting, thw nurse tried to give his 8pm meds at 3pm. They could not even find his release papers when we checked out.

Rosewood Nursing Center

534 15TH STREET, Lake Charles, LA, 70601



Holly Hill House

100 KINGSTON ROAD, Sulphur, LA, 70663

Well to start off , this place is horrible. Done used a tank of gas in one week, having to go back and forth because the nurses treat my mom like a rag doll/dog.They DO NOT WANT TO HELP HER. SHE FELL … (read more)
Well to start off , this place is horrible. Done used a tank of gas in one week, having to go back and forth because the nurses treat my mom like a rag doll/dog.They DO NOT WANT TO HELP HER. SHE FELL … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Lake Charles, Louisiana

The median cost of a private room in a Lake Charles nursing home is $6,143 a month. Semiprivate rooms average $5,880 a month. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

At $5,880 a month, nursing home care in Lake Charles is more expensive than most cities in Louisiana. The city’s seniors spend about $253 more than seniors in nearby Lafayette and $344 more than seniors in Alexandria. Across the border in Beaumont, Texans spend about $618 less per month than older adults in Lake Charles. In New Orleans, the median cost of nursing home care is $5,931 a month, one of a few above Lake Charles’. While Lake Charles is relatively expensive in Louisiana, it’s still $1,876 less than the national average. 

$5880

Lake Charles

$5536

Louisiana

$7756

The United States

$5536

Alexandria

$5931

New Orleans

$5262

Beaumont, TX

$5627

Lafayette

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

For long-term care, nursing homes are the most expensive option in Lake Charles. On average, the city’s seniors spend $3,432 a month for both in-home care and home health care, and the city’s median cost of assisted living is $4,725 a month. A semiprivate room in a nursing home costs $1,155 more per month than assisted living, and for private accommodations in a nursing home, seniors spend about $263 more than a semiprivate room. Although the data wasn’t available, adult day health care is often the most affordable type of care. 

$3432

Home care

$3432

Home health care

$4725

Assisted living

$5880

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$6143

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Lake Charles, Louisiana

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 Lake Charles, Louisiana

The list below outlines agencies and services that may help seniors pay for nursing home care, resolve issues in care facilities and save money on living expenses before moving into a nursing home. 

ResourceContactDescription
Calcasieu Council on Aging(337) 474-2583At the Calcasieu Council on Aging, seniors have access to free transportation for their medical appointments, home-delivered meals and personal assistance understanding the state’s Medicaid and Medicare programs. The C.C.O.A. also runs the local Aging and Disability Resource Center, which connects seniors with a variety of services and programs to help them find and finance their care at an ideal nursing facility. 
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(225) 342-7100The long-term care ombudsman is tasked with ensuring seniors in Louisiana’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are treated with fairness and decency and that their rights are always upheld. When nursing home residents have a problem with care quality, finances, food or other matters, the long-term care ombudsman investigates the situation at hand and, when necessary, takes action to support the resident’s quality of life. 
Louisiana Department of Health(225) 342-9500The Louisiana Department of Health is responsible for handling enrollment in the state’s government assistance programs. Workers at the agency assist seniors with completing Medicaid applications and understanding the benefits they may receive including nursing home care and other supportive services.