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10 Best Nursing Homes in Fall River for 2024

Known as the Scholarship City, Fall River sits on the eastern shore of Mount Hope Bay along the border with Rhode Island. The city’s estimated population is 89,500, and 16.6% of its residents are aged 65 and older. Seniors in Fall River have access to high-quality medical facilities, including Saint Anne’s Hospital, which is high-performing in COPD procedures. According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey for 2020, nursing home costs are much lower in Fall River than in most parts of Massachusetts. While the average cost for the state as a whole is $12,623, the average in Fall River is $9,733 per month.

Nursing homes provide a high level of care for seniors who require constant medical supervision. They’re staffed around the clock by skilled nurses and caretakers. They may not be appropriate for seniors who only need some help with daily activities, such as personal care, housekeeping and light medical services. Assisted living facilities and in-home care services fill those roles well.

With this guide, seniors and families can compare the cost of nursing homes in Fall River with other cities and other types of senior care options. They can also find links to valuable aging-related resources.

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Nursing Home Costs in Fall River, MA

The average monthly cost for a semiprivate room in a Fall River nursing home is $9,733. For a private room, the average is $10,646.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Fall River is the least expensive area for nursing home care in Massachusetts. The statewide average is $12,623 per month, which is high relative to the U.S. average of $7,756. Boston, which is directly to the north of Fall River, has the most expensive nursing home cost in the state at a monthly average of $13,383. Barnstable has a similar cost at $13,326 per month. Prices decrease to the west in Worcester, where the average rate for a semiprivate room is $12,486 per month.

Fall River

$9,733

Massachusetts

$12,623

The United States

$7,756

Barnstable

$13,326

Boston

$13,383

Worcester

$12,486

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The level of care provided in nursing homes makes them the most expensive form of senior care available in Fall River. For in-home care, the average monthly cost is $5,529 for homemaker services and $5,815 for home health care. At $1,636 per month, adult day health care is a more affordable option for seniors who only need supervision on weekdays. Assisted living facilities in Fall River charge an average of $4,950 per month. 

Home care

$5,529

Home health care

$5,815

Adult day care

$1,636

Assisted living

$4,950

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$9,733

Nursing home (private room)

$10,646

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Fall River, MA

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 Fall River, MA

The following free resources help low-income seniors in Fall River get the assistance they need. These government programs and nonprofit organizations offer everything from information and referrals to direct financial aid and services. 

ResourceContactService
Bristol Elder Services(508) 675-2101Bristol Elder Services operates the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, which serves seniors who live in nursing facilities in Fall River. Program representatives respond to reports of abuse and advocate for the rights of older adults. Bristol Elder Services also offers information and referrals, options counseling and supportive services for local veterans.
My Ombudsman(855) 781-9898My Ombudsman is an independent program offered by the Disability Policy Consortium (DPC), with funding from Masshealth, for seniors who need help with their state benefits. Their teams answer questions about claims, resolve complaints and connect seniors with community resources and services, including nursing facilities. Ombudsmen are empowered to represent seniors who are unable to advocate for their own interests.
Council on Aging(508) 324-2401The Fall River Council on Aging (COA) provides transportation services for seniors who may be at risk of nursing home placement. Rides are available to medical appointments throughout the city limits, and there is an SRTA medical shuttle that regularly goes to Boston area hospitals. The COA also operates four senior centers in Fall River that host a variety of programs for older residents.
South Coastal Counties Legal Services(508) 676-6265Seniors who are currently living in or transitioning to a nursing facility can turn to South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS) for legal assistance if they can't afford an attorney. The advocates who work out of the Fall River location through the Seniors Law Project can assist with government benefit disputes, eviction rights, medical issues and other civil legal matters.

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serap82

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Review of Sarah Brayton Nursing Care Center

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