Meridian lies approximately 93 miles east of Mississippi’s state capital of Jackson and close to the border with Alabama. Home to almost 35,000 people, seniors account for approximately 16.2% of Meridian’s population. Local health facilities include Anderson Regional Health System, Regency Meridian and plentiful pharmacies. Meridian’s overall cost of living is lower than state and national norms, and Mississippi doesn’t tax Social Security income or most forms of retirement income. Per Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing home is $6,312, which is lower than the national median rate of $7,908.

Nursing homes provide the highest level of care, including skilled nursing, therapies, 24-hour supervision and various clinical services. This type of facility is appropriate for those who need medical care and monitoring. Seniors who need nonmedical assistance may find assisted living or home health care more affordable and better suited for their needs.

This guide details local care costs and lists free and affordable services that assist older adults in Meridian.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Meridian, MS

North Pointe Health & Rehabilitation

211 Windmill Drive, Meridian, MS, 39305

My mother-in-law is in an inpatient rehabilitation center right now, the North Pointe Health & Rehabilitation. She’ll be there indefinitely. The services are great. The personnel is wonderful. The … (read more)
My mother-in-law is in an inpatient rehabilitation center right now, the North Pointe Health & Rehabilitation. She’ll be there indefinitely. The services are great. The personnel is wonderful. The … (read more)

Queen City Nursing Center

1201 28TH AVENUE, Meridian, MS, 39301

My grandmother was a resident at this nursing facility. She could walk with assistance, but the felt she was as risk for falls so they put her in a wheelchair and used a belt to keep her in place. Whe … (read more)
My grandmother was a resident at this nursing facility. She could walk with assistance, but the felt she was as risk for falls so they put her in a wheelchair and used a belt to keep her in place. Whe … (read more)

James T Champion

1455 North Lakeland Drive, Meridian, MS, 39307

James T Champion is affiliated with East MS State Hospital. The rooms are semi private and some patients belonging have been stolen. Most of the staff isn’t friendly and treat patients horrible. … (read more)
James T Champion is affiliated with East MS State Hospital. The rooms are semi private and some patients belonging have been stolen. Most of the staff isn’t friendly and treat patients horrible. … (read more)

Meridian Comm Living Center

517 33RD STREET, Meridian, MS, 39305


Poplar Springs Nursing Center

6615 Poplar Springs Loop, Meridian, MS, 39305


Reginald P White Nursing Facility

1451 North Lakeland Drive, Meridian, MS, 39307




Bedford Care Center Of Marion

6434 A Dale Dr, Marion, MS, 39342

We kept our grandfather at Bedford Care Center of Marion. I didn’t like this place. They didn’t communicate well with us. His room didn’t stay very clean. We were planning on moving him to another fac … (read more)
We kept our grandfather at Bedford Care Center of Marion. I didn’t like this place. They didn’t communicate well with us. His room didn’t stay very clean. We were planning on moving him to another fac … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Meridian, MS

Meridian’s seniors can expect to pay an average of $6,312 per month for a nursing home semiprivate room and around $6,677 per month for private accommodations.   

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Using average monthly rates of nursing home semiprivate rooms to draw comparisons, nursing home care in Meridian costs less than the statewide median of $7,118. It is also more than $1,500 lower than the national average of $7,908. Meridian has some of the lowest nursing home costs in Mississippi; median monthly rates in Hattiesburg and Gulfport are $7,376 and 7,314, respectively. Comparing nearby state capitals, seniors in Jackson typically pay $7,087 per month, while nursing homes in Montgomery, Alabama, generally charge around $6,509 each month.   

$6312

Meridian

$7118

Mississippi

$7908

The United States

$7087

Jackson

$7376

Hattiesburg

$7314

Gulfport

$6509

Montgomery, AL

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult day health care is the cheapest senior care choice in Meridian, costing an average of $867 per month. Assisted living rates run around $3,150 per month. Older individuals aging at home typically pay $3,838 for home care and $4,113 for home health care. Nursing home care is the priciest option, costing more than double the price of assisted living. The median fees for semiprivate and private rooms are $6,312 and $6,677, respectively.  

$3838

Home Care

$4113

Home Health Care

$867

Adult Day Health Care

$3150

Assisted Living

$6312

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$6677

Nursing Home (private room)

Note: Data for Meridian, MS, was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Tuscaloosa, AL, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Meridian, MS

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 Meridian, MS

Meridian’s seniors have several free and low-cost resources at their disposal. Services may help delay nursing home admission by providing support for those aging at home. Some help seniors understand nursing home care and make the transition into residential care smoother, and others provide financial assistance.  

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 898-0659

Multi-County Community Service Agency serves residents of Lauderdale and surrounding counties. The organization delivers nutritious meals to housebound older adults via Meals on Wheels and low-income seniors aged at least 60 may qualify for nutritional assistance via the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program offers free tax, pension and retirement advice to older taxpayers, and the agency operates weatherization, energy assistance and disaster relief programs. 

(800) 264-2007

ECPDD operates as the local Area Agency on Aging for seniors in Lauderdale County. Programs include SHIP Medicare counseling, legal assistance, transportation, home-delivered and congregate meals and respite care. Advisors can assist seniors with applying for Medicaid waivers, and the agency is home to the long-term care ombudsman. 

(800) 498-1804

Mississippi Center for Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and seniors. Areas of law include health care, public benefits, SSI, housing, disability-related issues, consumer matters, wills, deeds, powers of attorney and living wills. The organization has several offices throughout the state, including in Meridian.

(601) 485-4992

Habitat for Humanity is a national nonprofit organization with a local branch in Meridian. Its work includes completing essential home repairs, installing safety features and making tailored need-dependent home modifications for seniors.