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Nursing Home Costs in Columbia, MO

Semiprivate rooms in a Columbia nursing home costs an average of $4,940 a month. A private nursing home room averages $5,870 monthly. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

When comparing the average monthly costs of semiprivate rooms in nursing homes in nearby cities in Missouri, Columbia’s costs are more than $2,800 cheaper than the average US city. Columbia’s average costs of $4,940 are close to the average nursing home costs within the state of Missouri, which are $5,080 per month. Some of the nursing home costs for a semiprivate room in Columbia’s larger neighboring cities, however, are much more expensive, with rates averaging $5,931 in Springfield and $6,844 in Kansas City.

Columbia

$4,940

Missouri

$5,080

The United States

$7,756

Jefferson City

$5,019

Springfield

$5,931

Kansas City

$6,844

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

If a nursing home placement isn’t the correct placement at the moment for a loved one, it’s helpful to compare those prices to the cost of other kinds of elderly care in Columbia. Going with the Missouri state average, adult day health care is the cheapest at $1,788. After that, comparing costs in Columbia, the least expensive choice is an assisted living facility with an average monthly cost of $2,900. Home care and home health care both cost $4,576 per month on average. Nursing homes are not much more expensive than home care options, with a semiprivate room averaging just $364 a month more. A private room in a Columbia nursing home costs an average of $5,870 monthly, which is $1,294 more expensive than home care options and double the cost of assisted living.

Home care

$4,576

Home health aide

$4,576

Assisted living

$2,900

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$4,940

Nursing home (private room)

$5,870

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Columbia, MO

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 Columbia, MO

Some useful resources are available to seniors living in Columbia that can make it easier to continue aging in place at home and hopefully delay the transition to a nursing home. These resources can also help make nursing home care simpler to obtain and understand what’s involved once that level of care is needed.

ResourceContactService
Aging Best800-369-5211Aging Best is Boone County’s Area Agency on Aging resources for seniors in Columbia. Some of their support services include home-delivered meals, legal services, transportation, caregiver respite, disability resources and application assistance for Medicaid and Medicare and other benefits or service providers.
Adult Day Care Programs573-526-8524Two community-based adult day care programs are located in Columbia. They support seniors with supervision, social and therapeutic activities, transportation, meals, snacks, community outings, exercise and health screenings.
Columbia Senior Activity Center573-874-2050This senior center is open Monday through Friday, offering seniors a schedule of activities, including crafts, billiards, dancing, card games, exercise classes and karaoke. An affordably priced lunch menu is available, and a gift shop is located on-site. In addition, special events are sometimes held, such as garage sales and ice cream socials. 

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