Lincoln is the capital city of Nebraska. It has a population of 289,102, according to the 2019 U.S. Census, and 13 percent of its residents are older adults. Seven hospitals serve the city, including Bryan Medical Center, which is ranked high-performing in seven major procedures. The city’s Aging Partners department provides several services to help older adults enjoy a good quality of life in the city.

Some seniors find themselves in need of extensive medical care in their retirement years. Nursing homes are a good place to receive that care, thanks to the around-the-clock skilled nursing staff presence. The level of hands-on care offered at nursing homes comes with a significant price premium, however, costing an average of $7,254 per month. Seniors who are generally mobile and healthy but simply require some assistance with day-to-day tasks may find care options such as homemaker services or assisted living more suitable with these services costing $4,957 and $4,755 per month, respectively.

In this guide, we discuss the cost of nursing home services in Lincoln, as well as some of the free resources available to residents to help them cover the cost of care.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Lincoln, NE

Old Cheney Rehabilitation

5431 S 16th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68512

Old Cheney was far and away a better facility than where my mother was before. It was bright and cheerful. The staff and the nurses got to know her personally and the caseworker went above and beyond … (read more)
Old Cheney was far and away a better facility than where my mother was before. It was bright and cheerful. The staff and the nurses got to know her personally and the caseworker went above and beyond … (read more)

Eastmont

6315 O St, Lincoln, NE, 68510


Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

5401 South Street, Lincoln, NE, 68506

My brother stayed for a few months at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. It’s an excellent place and they took my brother to another level in his transformation. The staff that we have worked with have … (read more)
My brother stayed for a few months at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. It’s an excellent place and they took my brother to another level in his transformation. The staff that we have worked with have … (read more)

Lancaster Manor

1001 SOUTH STREET, Lincoln, NE, 68502

My wife lives in Lancaster Manor. It is not too bad, but it has gone downhill. It used to be a city owned and now it is privately owned, and they don’t run it very well. My wife doesn’t like it, b … (read more)
My wife lives in Lancaster Manor. It is not too bad, but it has gone downhill. It used to be a city owned and now it is privately owned, and they don’t run it very well. My wife doesn’t like it, b … (read more)

Hillcrest Firethorn

8601 Firethorn Lane, Lincoln, NE, 68520

I had to wait several hours to get Tylenol. On Friday January 29 at approximately 7:40pm I received a call from Omaha Liver Transplant team member. They had a liver for me and I need to leave as soon … (read more)
I had to wait several hours to get Tylenol. On Friday January 29 at approximately 7:40pm I received a call from Omaha Liver Transplant team member. They had a liver for me and I need to leave as soon … (read more)

Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

4720 Randolph Street, Lincoln, NE, 68510

The administration stuff lied to us repeatedly the patient’s care and condition. They avoid communicating with power of attorney and personal representative about finances, medical and ever legal acti … (read more)
The administration stuff lied to us repeatedly the patient’s care and condition. They avoid communicating with power of attorney and personal representative about finances, medical and ever legal acti … (read more)

Milder Manor

1750 SOUTH 20TH STREET, Lincoln, NE, 68502

This nursing home had a great, caring staff who really showed that they appreciated my visit to the facility. All of the staff seemed very knowledgable and well-versed in how they handle every day aff … (read more)
This nursing home had a great, caring staff who really showed that they appreciated my visit to the facility. All of the staff seemed very knowledgable and well-versed in how they handle every day aff … (read more)

Holmes Lake Manor

6101 NORMAL BLVD, Lincoln, NE, 68506

Holmes Lake Rehabilitation & Care Center’s rooms were very nice. The staff was all very nice, but they were not staffed adequately for my father’s condition, so he was not able to stay there t … (read more)
Holmes Lake Rehabilitation & Care Center’s rooms were very nice. The staff was all very nice, but they were not staffed adequately for my father’s condition, so he was not able to stay there t … (read more)

Ambassador Health of Lincoln

4405 Normal Blvd, Lincoln, NE, 68506

My grandmother went there for rehab after her hip replacement and she got wonderful care. She is back home and fully independent at 90!! So thankful for their wonderful care! The therapists were fanta … (read more)
My grandmother went there for rehab after her hip replacement and she got wonderful care. She is back home and fully independent at 90!! So thankful for their wonderful care! The therapists were fanta … (read more)

Homestead Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

4735 SOUTH 54TH STREET, Lincoln, NE, 68516

I had a family member there before i had them moved to a different facilitie this place is horrible its filthy they treated my family member horrible things went missing nurses did not care and cna s. … (read more)
I had a family member there before i had them moved to a different facilitie this place is horrible its filthy they treated my family member horrible things went missing nurses did not care and cna s. … (read more)

Southlake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center

9401 Andermatt Dr, Lincoln, NE, 68526

I don’t even know where to start. All’s I can really say is if you have a family member needing rehab, please look else where and make sure you really look into places before making a decision. My … (read more)
I don’t even know where to start. All’s I can really say is if you have a family member needing rehab, please look else where and make sure you really look into places before making a decision. My … (read more)


Tabitha Residence – Cove House

6120 South 34 Th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68516


Pioneer Memorial Community Hospital

4TH & LINCOLN STREET, PO BOX 578, Mullen, NE, 69152


Nursing Home Costs in Lincoln, NE

A semiprivate room in a Lincoln nursing home costs $7,254 per month. A private room costs slightly more, at $8,076.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

The cost of nursing home care varies from city to city. Fees in Lincoln are slightly higher than the state average of $7,194 but relatively affordable compared to the national average of $7,756. Nearby Omaha is the most expensive city in the state, with fees of $8,182. Nursing home care is more affordable in Grand Island, at just $6,608. Across the border to the south in Manhattan, Kansas, nursing home care costs just $5,753. Meanwhile, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, seniors can expect to pay $7,650 per month for nursing home care.

$7254

Lincoln

$7194

Nebraska

$7756

The United States

$8182

Omaha

$6608

Grand Island

$5753

Manhattan, KS

$7650

Sioux Falls, SD

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Nursing home care is the most expensive type of senior care, costing $7,254 per month. Adult day care, which is delivered during daytime hours to groups of seniors at a community center, is the most affordable at $814. Assisted living and homemaker services are also more affordable, costing $4,755 and $4,957 respectively for help with the activities of daily living. In the case of assisted living, the price also covers room and board. Home health care services cost slightly more at $5,529, with the extra fee covering the provision of more hands-on medical care.

$4957

Homemaker Services

$5529

Home Health Care

$814

Adult Day Care

$4755

Assisted Living

$7254

Nursing Home Care

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Lincoln, NE

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 Lincoln, NE

Seniors in Lincoln may find the following services and resources useful, either for reducing the cost of nursing home care or for helping them age in place.

ResourceContact Service
Senior Services(704) 732-9053The North Carolina Department of Senior Services runs a number of programs for older adults including in-home services, nutrition programs, benefits advice and caregiver support. Services, which are provided free of charge or for a nominal fee, are open to all older adults residing in Nebraska.
Aging Partners(402) 441-7070
Aging Partners is the Area Agency on Aging for Lincoln. The agency offers a number of services for those aged 60 and over, including the NeighborLNK program, which connects homebound older adults with support in their local community. It also offers a number of wellness programs and services to help seniors age in place.
Tabitha Meals on Wheels

(402) 486-8520
Tabitha Meals on Wheels serves hot meals on a daily basis to hundreds of clients in the city. It accepts all seniors who need the service, regardless of their current income or circumstances. Unlike many similar services, it delivers meals 365 days a year and has no cap on the number of seniors who can enroll.
Senior Transportation(402) 441-7070
The City of Lincoln runs a number of senior transportation services to help older adults attend senior centers, get to medical appointments and visit friends. It also provides additional services for those in rural areas. These services use flat-fee pricing and are open to all older adults.