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Nursing Home Costs in Suffolk County, New York

Nursing homes in Suffolk County charge $12,395 per month for semiprivate rooms and $13,357 per month for private rooms, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Seniors in Suffolk County pay a substantial premium for nursing home care when compared to residents in other parts of the country. Average rates of $12,395 per month are just $76 higher than the state median, but they’re 60% higher than the national average of $7,756. However, rates are typical for the region. Seniors in New York City pay $11,771 per month, a savings of $624. Rates climb to $13,748 in Poughkeepsie, followed by Bridgeport, Connecticut, at $14,113. Just a few hours away, seniors in Kingston pay $14,797, about $2,400 more.

Suffolk County

$12,395

New York

$12,319

The United States

$7,756

New York City

$11,771

Poughkeepsie

$13,748

Kingston

$14,797

Bridgeport

$14,113

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Skilled nursing is the most intensive form of long-term care, and consequently, it’s the most expensive with a median cost of $12,395-$13,357. Assisted living in Suffolk County costs almost half as much at $6,445. Prices for in-home care drop to $4,767 per month or $4,948 with added medical services. Adult day health care programs that include meals, recreational activities and personal care cost $1,110 per month, which is lower than the national average.

Home care

$4,767

Home health care

$4,948

Adult day health care

$1,110

Assisted living

$6,445

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$12,395

Nursing home (private room)

$13,357

Note: Data for Suffolk County was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, New Haven, CT, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Suffolk County, New York

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 Suffolk County, New York

If you live in Suffolk County, various local organizations can help you apply for in-home care or make the transition to a nursing home. Many of these services are free thanks to Medicare, Medicaid and government funding.

ResourceContactService
Suffolk County Office for the Aging(631) 853-8200Seniors aged 60 or older can contact the Suffolk County Office for the Aging for help accessing long-term care and various government-sponsored programs. This agency offers utility bill assistance, farmers market vouchers and healthy aging courses. It can also help you qualify for in-home care and personal assistance through Medicare or Medicaid.
Suffolk County Accessible Transportation Services(631) 738-1150SCAT is an ADA-compliant curb-to-curb transit service available in areas served by Suffolk County Transit bus lines. The service operates seven days a week, and rides can be scheduled one to five days in advance. Disabled residents and their companions pay $4 each way, and personal care attendants ride for free. You may request curb-to-building assistance or help with wheelchairs when you make your reservation.
Catholic Charities of Long Island(516) 733-7045Catholic Charities of Long Island works with the Nassau County Office for the Aging to provide supportive services to seniors who want to age independently in the community. The state-sponsored Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program provides personalized supports, including transportation, meals and home care. Most services are free or available for a nominal share of cost.
Jewish Association Serving the Aging(212) 273-5272JASA’s professionally staffed help center handles more than 3,000 calls annually. It provides information about affordable housing, legal questions, volunteer opportunities and local senior centers. JASACare offers Medicaid-funded in-home assistance while giving seniors access to a multidisciplinary team specializing in counseling, caregiver supports and advocacy.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Kathleen

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of St Catherine of Siena

My mom was a resident of St. Catherine of Siena Nursing And Rehabilitation Care Center. It's a very happy, bright place. The nursing staff is excellent. They take the time to explain things to the...

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Linda

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Smithtown Center For Rehab & Nursing Care

When my father first arrived at the Smithtown center two years ago everything was going well. These past three months have been a nite mare with laundry. Clothing missing, a new replacement outfit...

Provider response

Hello Linda. We take your feedback very seriously, and are deeply troubled by your review. The experience recounted here does not align with the quality care we aim to provide to each of our...

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Kathy

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Affinity Skilled Living and Rehabilitation Center

My dad has been in Affinity Skilled Living and Rehabilitation Center for a couple of months now. He is getting physical therapy. He is there for rehab. I'm up here and they're down there, and it's...

Provider response

Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear your dad is improving and happy with his rehabilitation. We apologize for the communication issues you say you have experienced, as they do not...

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