Located just south of the St. Lawrence River, Massena, New York, is a small village of about 10,000 residents. Nearly 20% of its population is made up of seniors aged 65 and older, some of whom require long-term residential care in a nursing facility. Massena seniors can take comfort in knowing that the area is home to Massena Hospital, which offers 24-hour emergency care and features several specialty clinics. According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, nursing care in Massena is expensive when compared to the national average. Those living here can expect to pay an average of $11,589 per month for nursing home care, while seniors in the average U.S. city pay just $7,756.

Nursing homes provide seniors with a higher level of care than other types of long-term care. They typically offer around-the-clock supervision by skilled nurses and health care aides. As such, nursing home care typically costs more than other senior living options. Those who don’t need such a high level of care may want to consider other options, such as assisted living or home health care.

This guide covers the cost of nursing home care in Massena and compares it with costs in nearby cities. It also provides information about local resources that are available for Massena’s older adults.

Note: Data for Massena was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Watertown, was used instead.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Massena, NY

St Regis Nursing Home Inc

89 Grove Street, Massena, NY, 13662

My mom has been at St. Regis for probably two months now. It is a very good facility. If you are planning on having someone you know or a loved one go to a nursing home, I would suggest this would be … (read more)
My mom has been at St. Regis for probably two months now. It is a very good facility. If you are planning on having someone you know or a loved one go to a nursing home, I would suggest this would be … (read more)

Highland Nursing Home

182 HIGHLAND ROAD, Massena, NY, 13662

My sister works at Highland and when I go in there, there is a bad odor when I walk in; that is the first impression I get. I wouldn’t recommend it to others because it has wells in it and they are li … (read more)
My sister works at Highland and when I go in there, there is a bad odor when I walk in; that is the first impression I get. I wouldn’t recommend it to others because it has wells in it and they are li … (read more)

Valhaven Home For Adults

10 Woodlawn Ave, Massena, NY, 13662


Nursing Home Costs in Massena, NY

A semiprivate room in a nursing home costs an average of $11,589 in Massena, while the cost of a private room is $12,167.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Using the monthly average costs of semiprivate rooms to compare Massena with nearby cities, it’s clear to see that while the cost of local nursing care is expensive, it’s not the highest in the state. When compared with New York’s average cost of $12,319, Massena is $730 less per month.

When looking at nearby cities, Massena’s nursing home care costs are among the lowest in the area. Only Utica is lower at $9,581 per month. Other cities, including Syracuse, Rochester and Glens falls are all priced quite a bit higher at $12,890, $12,380 and $14,068, respectively.

$11589

Massena

$12319

New York

$7756

The United States

$12890

Syracuse

$9581

Utica

$12380

Rochester

$14068

Glens Falls

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

It can be helpful to compare nursing home prices with the costs of other senior living options, especially if family members aren’t sure which level of care is best suited to their loved one. 

The least expensive option for Massena seniors is to remain in their own homes. Home care and home health care have average costs of $4,553 and $4,934 per month, respectively, while assisted living costs an average of $6,034. As is the case in most U.S. cities, nursing home care is the most expensive option, with semiprivate rooms costing $11,589 monthly and private rooms costing an average of $12,167. The Genworth Survey doesn’t include costs for adult day care, but it’s typically the cheapest care type. 

$4553

Home care

$4934

Home health care

$6034

Assisted living

$11589

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$12167

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Massena, 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 Resources for Seniors in Massena, NY

The resources listed below exist to help seniors in the Massena area. Some offer help for those who continue to live at home, while others are intended to help those who need to transition into nursing home care or obtain the level of care they need.

ResourceContact Service
St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging(315) 386-4730The St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging helps seniors aged 60 and older access a variety of services, including home-delivered meals, home care services, nutrition help and health insurance information. It also provides advocacy services for those in or searching for long-term care.
Massena Community Center(315) 769-3588
The Massena Senior Center offers several programs that are exclusively available to seniors, including health screenings, hot lunches and social activities.
Meals on Wheels St. Lawrence County(315) 386-4739
Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals to seniors in Massena and throughout its surrounding towns and villages. This organization also provides hot lunches and dinners in senior centers throughout the county. Meals are free for those in need, but small donations are accepted.