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The 10 Best Nursing Homes in Independence, MO for 2024

Located just 10 miles from downtown Kansas City, Independence is an ideal suburban town for seniors. In fact, out of its more than 116,000 residents, 17.8% are aged 65 and over. Seniors have access to some of the state’s premier medical facilities, including the Centerpoint Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital. Nursing home costs in Independence are lower than the national average. According to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost for a semiprivate room in Independence is $6,844 compared to the national average of $7,756.

Nursing home services are ideal for seniors who require 24/7 skilled nursing supervision and monitoring. The skilled care teams at nursing homes handle everything from medication management to frequent wellness checks. Nursing home costs tend to be higher than many other senior care options. Seniors who don’t require around-the-clock care may want to consider more affordable options, including home health care and assisted living.

This guide compares nursing home costs in Independence with those in nearby cities. It also looks at the costs of other types of senior care in Independence and provides a list of resources that may be helpful to area seniors and their loved ones.

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Nursing Home Costs in Independence, Missouri

Monthly nursing home costs in Independence range from $6,844 for a semiprivate room to $7,452 for a private room.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

When comparing monthly costs for semiprivate rooms in nursing homes, costs in Independence at $6,844 are $912 lower than the national average of $7,756 and $1,764 higher than the state average of $5,080. In fact, the Independence area has some of the highest nursing home costs in the state. Rates in Independence are $1,278 higher than the monthly costs in Joplin ($5,566) and $1,673 higher than costs in Springfield ($5,171). As you travel northeast, the difference is even more significant. For example, monthly nursing home costs in Independence are $1,904 higher than Columbia’s costs of $4,940.

Independence

$6,844

Missouri

$5,080

The United States

$7,756

Joplin

$5,566

Springfield

$5,171

Columbia

$4,940

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

When determining which type of senior care is right for you, it’s important to compare costs. Adult daycare is the cheapest service level available, averaging just $1,625 per month. Seniors requiring more personalized care may want to consider home care or home health care services, which have average monthly costs of $4,576. If 24/7 supervision is necessary, assisted living is a viable option at $4,460 per month. A private room in a nursing home in Independence costs $7,452 per month, while a semiprivate room costs $6,844.

Home care

$4,576

Home health care

$4,576

Adult day care

$1,625

Assisted living

$4,460

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$6,844

Nursing home (private room)

$7,452

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Independence, Missouri

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 Independence, Missouri

Below is a list of resources available to seniors living in the Independence area. Support from these agencies may enable seniors to delay the need for nursing home services and allow them to remain in their homes longer. These supportive services can also help seniors as they transition into a nursing home setting.

ResourceContactService
Mid-America Regional Council – Department of Aging and Adult Services(816) 421-4980The Mid-America Regional Council- Department of Aging and Adult Services offers support to seniors through its Managed Services Network. This program helps to connect seniors with medical providers, insurance companies and community organizations to ensure they receive the services they need to maintain physical and mental well-being. It also operates the county’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.
Palmer Center(813) 325-6200The Palmer Center caters specifically to seniors aged 60 and over. It hosts a variety of events throughout the year that promote mental, social and physical well-being. The center also offers nutritional meals in its main dining hall.
OATS Transit(888) 875-6287OATS Transit offers ride-share transportation in 87 Missouri counties, including Jackson. Seniors can arrange transportation to and from medical appointments, shopping trips and other necessary errands. Transportation is available Monday to Friday, and rides must be booked 24 hours in advance. Most rides are covered by Medicaid and the area’s Agency on Aging.
Independence Meals on Wheels(816) 254-9566The Independence Meals on Wheels program provides home-delivered meals to seniors living in the greater Independence area. Volunteers deliver hot meals to seniors’ homes Monday through Friday.

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