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The 3 Best Nursing Homes in Ithaca, NY for 2024

Home to the prestigious Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, is a college town that still has a modest senior population. Roughly 6.6% of the city’s 32,108 residents are 65 or older. Seniors needing medical care can choose between several excellent facilities, including Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca and Schuyler Hospital in nearby Montour Falls. According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, nursing home costs in Ithaca, at $9,885 per month on average for a semiprivate room, are higher than the national average of $7,756 but significantly lower than the New York State average of $12,775.

Nursing homes provide the highest level of care available for seniors who can no longer live independently. Most facilities have skilled nurses and aides who provide around-the-clock care to residents. If assistance with activities of daily living rather than extensive medical is needed, other care options for seniors, such as assisted living facilities, home health care and in-home care, are available.

This guide covers the cost of nursing homes and other senior care options in Ithaca and nearby cities in New York. It also lists several organizations that help Ithaca seniors locate and pay for medical care and other services.

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Nursing Home Costs in Ithaca, NY

The average monthly cost for a semiprivate room in an Ithaca nursing home is $9,885, and a private room averages only slightly more at $10,190 per month.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Ithaca has much higher nursing home care costs than the national average, but it is one of the cheapest cities in New York State to find care. A semiprivate nursing home room in Ithaca averages $9,885 — almost right in the middle of the national average of $7,756 and the New York State average of $12,775.

Ithaca’s average nursing home costs of $9,885 per month are significantly lower than the average costs found in the other major cities of Upstate New York, including Syracuse ($12,994), Rochester ($12,471) and Buffalo ($12,994).

Ithaca

$9,885

New York State

$12,775

The United States

$7,908

Syracuse

$12,994

Rochester

$12,471

Buffalo

$12,994

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

A nursing home is one of several senior care options available in Ithaca. Depending on budgetary constraints and the level of care needed, a senior might choose to receive care in a nursing home, an assisted living facility or at home. Seniors wanting to save money and needing minimal care might choose adult day health care, which averages only $1,625 per month. Home care and home health care, both at $6,101 per month, provide greater care but allow seniors to remain at home. An assisted living facility averages $8,075 monthly, while nursing homes are the most expensive option at $9,885 for a semiprivate room and $10,190 for a private room.

In-Home Care

$6,101

Home Health Care

$6,101

Adult Day Health Care

$1,625

Assisted Living Facility

$8,075

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$9,885

Nursing Home (private room)

$10,190

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Ithaca, NY

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 & Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Ithaca, NY

Several resources are available in the Ithaca area to help seniors live independently in their homes for as long as possible. For seniors considering transitioning to a nursing or assisted living home, resources exist to help them locate high-quality facilities that they can afford.

ResourceContactService
Tompkins County Office for the Aging(607) 274-5482The Tompkins County Office for the Aging helps seniors in the Ithaca area live comfortably and with dignity at home and in assisted living communities. It contracts with other local agencies to offer home repairs, legal aid and transportation services.
Foodnet Meals on Wheels Ithaca(607) 266-9553Foodnet Meals on Wheels delivers fresh-cooked meals and provides other nutritional services to senior residents of Ithaca and the surrounding communities, making it easier for them to live independently in their homes.
Lifelong Ithaca(607) 273-1511Lifelong Ithaca is a community center for area residents aged 50 and older. Its mission is to enhance the lives of older adults by providing amenities such as health insurance counseling, health and nutrition programs, and community building.
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS)(607) 277-4500Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) connects residents of Ithaca and neighboring communities with help finding and buying affordable homes, as well as with financial assistance for home repairs and home improvements.
Gadabout Transportation Services(607) 273-1878Gadabout provides transportation assistance to get to doctor appointments, grocery shopping and other errands for residents of Tompkins County who are either over the age of 55, disabled or on Medicaid.

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Review of Beechtree Care Center

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