Located on the Missouri River’s east shore, Bismarck is North Dakota’s capital and second-largest city. According to the 2020 census, 17% of its 73,622 residents are aged 65 and older. Their health care is capably handled by six well-regarded hospitals, which include Sanford Medical Center, Fort Yates Hospital and Bismarck Medical Center. These facilities and others are staffed by numerous physicians registered to treat Medicare beneficiaries. They work in a diverse range of fields, such as psychiatry, family medicine, internal medicine and orthopedic surgery.

Nursing home care in Bismarck is tailored to the needs of seniors who require 24/7 long-term care and those who require short-term support to recover from a serious illness or surgery. Physicians design care plans for each resident, while daily support is administered by registered nurses assisted by licensed nurses. Costs run in the region of $10,646 per month, which is significantly below the state average of $12,167. Other types of care are available for seniors with more autonomy, such as home health care and assisted living

This guide reveals senior care costs in Bismarck and North Dakota and lists some useful resources for the city’s older residents and their loved ones.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Bismarck, ND

Missouri Slope Luth Care Center

2425 HILLVIEW AVE, Bismarck, ND, 58501

This is a very caring environment; my father was here for rehab following hospitalization. He was treated with a caring as a family member. His physical therapy was amazing. He went home in better … (read more)
This is a very caring environment; my father was here for rehab following hospitalization. He was treated with a caring as a family member. His physical therapy was amazing. He went home in better … (read more)

Missouri Slope – Hillview Campus

4916 N Washington St, Bismarck, ND, 58503

Missouri Slope is a new facility. We toured it and it’s set up for a lot of things. It has the list and everything in all the rooms. It’s just a good, well-built facility. It’s set up nice. Everything … (read more)
Missouri Slope is a new facility. We toured it and it’s set up for a lot of things. It has the list and everything in all the rooms. It’s just a good, well-built facility. It’s set up nice. Everything … (read more)

St Gabriel’S Community

4580 Coleman Street, Suite 1, Bismarck, ND, 58503

My family member when to rehap for a stroke recovery and the are was excellent. The food was great and we ate with mom many times. The place is so nice! It looks like an upscale hotel. The staff w … (read more)
My family member when to rehap for a stroke recovery and the are was excellent. The food was great and we ate with mom many times. The place is so nice! It looks like an upscale hotel. The staff w … (read more)

Medcenter One St Vincents

1021 N 26TH ST, Bismarck, ND, 58501

It had a comfortable feeling to it, but the staff was not friendly and was fairly rude. They do get the residents involved in alot of activities and try to get them out for meals and to therapy, whic … (read more)
It had a comfortable feeling to it, but the staff was not friendly and was fairly rude. They do get the residents involved in alot of activities and try to get them out for meals and to therapy, whic … (read more)

St Alexius Medical Ctr Tcu

900 E BROADWAY, Bismarck, ND, 58501

Poor physical therapy for a TCU. No motivation. Very small and dated. Depressing.
Poor physical therapy for a TCU. No motivation. Very small and dated. Depressing.

Baptist Health & Rehab

3400 Nebraska Drive, Bismarck, ND, 58503


Good Samaritan Society – Bismarck

301 LORRAIN DRIVE, Bismarck, ND, 58503


Sunset Drive – A Prospera Community

1011 Boundary St NW, Mandan, ND, 58554

There is never housekeeping so as you can imagine the floor, sinks, toilet, shower, etc. is dirty. We always came in to clean my mother’s room. Very {I MEAN VERY} few staff are personable. Several t … (read more)
There is never housekeeping so as you can imagine the floor, sinks, toilet, shower, etc. is dirty. We always came in to clean my mother’s room. Very {I MEAN VERY} few staff are personable. Several t … (read more)

Dakota Alpha

1303 27th Street NW, Mandan, ND, 58554


Mandan Living Center

1011 BOUNDARY ST NW, Mandan, ND, 58554



Nursing Home Costs in Bismarck, ND

A private room in a nursing home in Bismarck averages at $10,646 per month, while a semiprivate room typically costs $11,254.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Comparing average fees for a semiprivate room in Bismarck against the typical fees paid across the state and the country, it’s clear that the city’s seniors pay $1,521 less per month than the typical North Dakotan but $2,890 more than the typical American. However, Bismarck’s seniors don’t pay the highest fees in the state. That position belongs to the residents of Grand Forks, who pay around $11,365, followed by Fargo’s seniors, who pay $10,942. Savings can be made for those willing to relocate to Rapid City, South Dakota, where fees average $7,452.

$10646

Bismarck

$12167

North Dakota

$7756

The United States

$11365

Grand Forks

$10942

Fargo

$7452

Rapid City, SD

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in adult day care centers enjoy the most affordable fees in Bismarck, typically paying $1,756. They’re followed by seniors in assisted living, who pay around $3,470 for accommodation and care. Those able to remain at home with support can get home care for $5,339, while those who also need visits from medical professionals don’t incur any noticeable increase in their fees. Nursing home residents have the highest costs, which are around $11,254 for those with private rooms — although seniors who share rooms can save $608 per month.

$5339

Home care

$5339

Home health care

$1756

Adult day health care

$3470

Assisted living

$10646

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$11254

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Bismarck, ND

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 Bismarck, ND

Burleigh County seniors in nursing homes and those able to reside at home with some support can access numerous free and subsidized resources to aid them in their later years. These examples refer seniors to people who can help them resolve issues with their care providers, access various benefits and get freshly prepared meals five days a week. There’s support for unpaid caregivers too.

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Contact

Service

(855) 462-5465

Seniors who have concerns about their nursing home care can contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, who will investigate their complaints and seek to resolve them with the care provider — advocating at all times for the senior. Examples of common complaints include food quality and one-on-one care from named staff members. The families of residents and third parties can also contact the ombudsman if they have concerns about care or require copies of inspection reports.

(701) 222-4181

Bismarck Meals on Wheels is a well-established nonprofit organization that provides meals to needy residents of all ages. Meals are prepared under the supervision of a registered dietician in Sanford Health's kitchens and delivered Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. by volunteers. Meals come in separate containers for hot and cold foods and can be tailored to suit specific diets, such as low sodium and diabetes. Costs per meal are on a sliding scale, determined by the senior's ability to pay.

(855) 462-5465

The Aging & Disability Resource Link of North Dakota is a state-sponsored resource for unpaid caregivers. Its purpose is to provide them with the information, education, guidance and support they need to look after their loved ones. This support includes brief respite care services, providing the caregiver with time away from their duties and enabling them to get some rest or deal with personal needs neglected while they care for others. 

(701) 222-6698

U.S military veterans, their families and dependents can call on the support of the Burleigh County Veterans Services Department if they're unsure of the state, local and federal benefits available to them. In addition to providing information and advice, the department's officers can also help vets claim benefits and apply for military benefits to which they may be entitled, such as VA Aid and Attendance and the Housebound Allowance.