Louisiana’s Orleans Parish is best known as the home of the iconic “Big Easy,” the City of New Orleans. With a population of just over 390,000, 15.6% of whom are seniors, it’s a popular destination for those seeking an affordable place to retire that offers high-quality health care and a unique cultural environment. State-of-the-art local medical support includes Tulane Medical Center, St. Charles Surgical Hospital, and facilities in the Ochsner and St. Thomas care networks. Nursing home care is relatively affordable according to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care survey, with a semiprivate room averaging $5,931 per month, which is well under the national average of $7,756.

Nursing home care is defined by a high level of monitoring, supervision and medical support with aides and skilled nurses available around the clock. This level of support isn’t feasible for most people using in-home care providers. This often makes nursing homes a more expensive form of long-term care than other common options such as assisted living or home health care, which might prove more attractive for those who don’t need elevated levels of care. 

This guide covers the varying costs of care types in greater detail, along with other useful elder resources in Orleans Parish.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Orleans Parish, LA

Woldenberg Village

3701 Behrman Place, New Orleans, LA, 70114

The Azaleas Assisted Living at Woldenberg Village is located in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. The community receives high marks from residents and visitors for its friendly and knowledgeable st … (read more)
The Azaleas Assisted Living at Woldenberg Village is located in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. The community receives high marks from residents and visitors for its friendly and knowledgeable st … (read more)

St. Bernard Nursing & Rehab

4021 Cadillac Street, New Orleans, LA, 70122

The reviews listed on this site are very old and are out of date. The facility is named St. Bernard Nursing and Rehab and the care is great! My aunt just completed her therapy and is back home a … (read more)
The reviews listed on this site are very old and are out of date. The facility is named St. Bernard Nursing and Rehab and the care is great! My aunt just completed her therapy and is back home a … (read more)

Covenant Home

5919 MAGAZINE STREET, New Orleans, LA, 70115

Excellent. They look after my mother very well
Excellent. They look after my mother very well

Lafon Nursing Facility of the Holy Family

6900 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans, LA, 70126

The rooms are clean The residents has been taken care of due this pandemic. Family members can call and speak with their family members too. You are allowed to see them from the window. My family se … (read more)
The rooms are clean The residents has been taken care of due this pandemic. Family members can call and speak with their family members too. You are allowed to see them from the window. My family se … (read more)

Chateau De Notre Dame

2832 BURDETTE STREET, New Orleans, LA, 70125

Chateau De Notre Dame is nestled in the heart of beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana. The central location makes it easily accessible for families to visit. The facility is always clean, neat, organized … (read more)
Chateau De Notre Dame is nestled in the heart of beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana. The central location makes it easily accessible for families to visit. The facility is always clean, neat, organized … (read more)

Jo Ellen Smith Living Center

4502 GENERAL MEYERS AVENUE, New Orleans, LA, 70131


St. Luke’s

4201 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA, 70131

The atmoshpere at St. Lukes is very apeasing. When I walked in, I was greeted by the receptionist who asked if I needed any assistance in finding who I was there for. The food is better than most lo … (read more)
The atmoshpere at St. Lukes is very apeasing. When I walked in, I was greeted by the receptionist who asked if I needed any assistance in finding who I was there for. The food is better than most lo … (read more)

St Margaret’s at Mercy

3525 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA, 70119

We had a great experience at St Margaret’s. My mom loved the staff and the food. Therapy team is the best! She was there during the height of the pandemic and I felt like she was safe. She also fe … (read more)
We had a great experience at St Margaret’s. My mom loved the staff and the food. Therapy team is the best! She was there during the height of the pandemic and I felt like she was safe. She also fe … (read more)

Unity Nursing and Rehab Center

1539 Delachaise St, New Orleans, LA, 70115

My mom was at Unity Nursing Home. The facility was not clean. Their first floor airconditioning unit was broken. We have to bring her fan. After I complained about the heat, she was transferred to the … (read more)
My mom was at Unity Nursing Home. The facility was not clean. Their first floor airconditioning unit was broken. We have to bring her fan. After I complained about the heat, she was transferred to the … (read more)

Ferncrest Manor Living Center

14500 HAYNES BLVD., New Orleans, LA, 70128



Our Lady Of Wisdom Health Care Center

5600 General Degaulle Dr, New Orleans, LA, 70131




Nursing Home Costs in Orleans Parish, LA

A semiprivate room in nursing home care averages $5,931 monthly in Orleans Parish. A private room averages $6,388 monthly. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Comparing the monthly cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home, Orleans Parish runs $1,825 cheaper than the average American city, though it’s slightly over the Louisiana state average of $5,536. 

Orleans Parish nursing home care is slightly more expensive on a monthly average than neighboring cities such as Lafayette ($5,627), Baton Rouge ($5,597), and Hammond ($5,019). Rates in some neighboring cities are slightly pricier, such as Houma at $6,068.

$5931

Orleans Parish (New Orleans)

$5536

Louisiana

$7756

United States

$5597

Baton Rouge

$5019

Hammond

$6068

Houma

$5627

Lafayette

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

When thinking through the right placement for a loved one, it’s worth comparing nursing home prices in Orleans Parish to other forms of care. Easily the least expensive option is adult day health care at a monthly average cost of $1,235. Home care and home health care both average $3,909 monthly, while assisted living averages $4,163 per month. As is the case in most of America, nursing homes are on the high end of the spectrum at $5,931 monthly for a semiprivate room and $6,388 per month for a private room.

$3909

Home care

$3909

Home health care

$1235

Adult day health care

$4163

Assisted living

$5931

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$6388

Nursing home (private room)

Note: Data for Orleans Parish was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, New Orleans Area, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Orleans Parish, 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 Orleans Parish, LA

Orleans Parish provides free resources to seniors to make it easier to remain at home for longer before transitioning to nursing home care, along with making care more attainable when the time comes. 

Resource

Contact 

Service

(504) 245-7207

This program provides nutritional food boxes each month for seniors 60 and older who meet federal income guidelines. It also provides low-income seniors with nutritional education about healthy diets, easy meal prep using commodity foods, caloric intake, and grocery budgeting. 

(504) 821-4121


The NOCA provides seniors 55 and older in Orleans Parish with information on Medicare, Medicaid, emergency preparedness, and resources related to disasters or public health threats such as major weather events or the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency offers home-delivered meals, runs community programs at over a dozen Senior Centers, and provides caregiver support, medication and utility assistance, and legal aid. 

(866) 758-5035

Part of the state's Department of Health, this office provides a one-stop portal for information on all long-term care services for seniors and adults with early-onset disabilities. It offers information and support for home and facility-based long-term care, provides guides to nursing facilities and pre-admission screening throughout Louisiana, and supports Medicaid waivers for nursing care, adult day health care and personal care. The office also offers a locator tool for Medicaid providers.