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The 10 Best Nursing Homes in New Orleans, LA for 2024

New Orleans is a charming city in Louisiana with a population of 390,144, 14.1% of whom are seniors over the age of 65. The city is home to the University Medical Center New Orleans, which is the only Level I trauma hospital in the region. As a teaching hospital, it provides the latest medical technologies to patients. Other notable medical facilities in the city include the New Orleans East Hospital and the Lafayette General Medical Center. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, nursing homes in New Orleans are relatively affordable at an average monthly cost of $5,931 for a semiprivate room and $6,388 for a private room.

Nursing homes provide a high level of medical care and supervision. Licensed nursing staff and certified caregivers are always on hand to offer compassionate care and assistance. This may be a higher level of care than is needed by some seniors, and family members may want to look into alternatives, such as home care and assisted living in New Orleans.

This guide looks at the cost of senior living options in New Orleans and resources that may be of interest.

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Nursing Home Costs in New Orleans, LA

The average monthly cost of nursing home care in New Orleans is $5,931 for a semiprivate room and $6,388 for a private room.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

The average cost of nursing home care in New Orleans is about $1,800 less than the national average of $7,756. However, it’s similar to the statewide average in Louisiana of $5,536. Neighboring cities are all closely aligned in price with the least expensive being Shreveport at $5,536 and the most expensive being Jackson, Mississippi, at $6,388. The average nursing home resident pays $5,597 in Baton Rouge and $5,627 in Houston across the border in Texas.

New Orleans

$5,931

Louisiana

$5,536

The United States

$7,756

Baton Rouge

$5,597

Shreveport

$5,536

Jackson, MS

$6,388

Houston, TX

$5,627

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

It may be useful for family members to look at the costs of other types of senior care in New Orleans that may better suit their loved one. The cheapest option is adult day care at an average cost of $1,235 per month. Homemaker services and home health aide services both cost an average of $3,909 per month. Assisted living facilities in the area cost an average of $4,163 per month. Nursing home care is the most expensive option at $5,931 for a semiprivate room and $6,388 for a private room.

Homemaker Services

$3,909

Home Health Aides

$3,909

Assisted Living

$4,163

Adult Health Care

$1,235

Nursing Home (Semiprivate)

$5,931

Nursing Home (Private)

$6,388

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in New Orleans, LA

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 New Orleans, LA

The following resources may be of assistance to seniors living in New Orleans and may help them to age in place in their individual homes for a longer period of time.

ResourceContactService
Catholic Charities(504) 245-7207Catholic Charities operates adult day health care centers throughout the city. These centers provide meals, social and physical activities, counseling and medication management. Additional services provided by the organization include a nutrition program for seniors and a foster grandparent program to encourage intergenerational communication. Its PACE program aims to help frail seniors to remain in their own homes for as long as it’s physically and financially possible by providing a range of health care services.
Senior Centers(504) 821-4121 ext. 111The New Orleans Council on Aging runs a number of senior centers located around the city. A variety of activities are offered, including exercise classes, field trips, educational lectures and intergenerational programs. A nutritious meal is provided at midday. There’s no charge for the meal or for taking part in the activities. Transport can be arranged to the centers.
Nutrition Program(504) 821-4121The New Orleans Council on Aging operates a two-part nutrition program in the city. It provides daily hot meals at senior centers and congregate sites located throughout the city. These meals are available to seniors who are 60 or older.  The second part of the program delivers meals to homebound seniors who are unable to cook for themselves and have nobody to assist them. Volunteer drivers carry out social wellness checks on seniors while delivering meals. There’s no charge for the meals, and the program runs on donations.

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