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  • Nursing Home Facilities in Salem, Oregon
  • Nursing Home Costs in Salem, OR
  • Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Salem, OR
  • Free Resources for Seniors in Salem, OR
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Nursing Home Costs in Salem, OR

Salem seniors pay a monthly average of $10,646 for semiprivate rooms in nursing homes. The average monthly cost for private rooms is $11,482.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Using the average monthly costs for semiprivate rooms as a comparison point, Salem’s nursing home care costs are some of the highest in the state. Salem’s average of $10,646 is about $500 more than the state average of $10,114. Salem tops the larger city of Portland by $563; Eugene, which is about the same size as Salem, is also less expensive by $411. In the smaller city of Medford, average costs are even lower at $9,475. However, in Bend, the largest city in central Oregon, the cost is highest at $11,650. 

Salem

$10,646

Oregon

$10,114

The United States

$7,756

Portland

$10,083

Eugene

$10,235

Bend

$11,650

Medford

$9,475

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Other types of senior care are available in Salem, and families can explore these options to find the one that best serves their needs and suits their finances. According to Genworth’s 2020 data, the least expensive choice is assisted living in a community setting at $4,398 per month. In-home care is also more affordable, with services of homemakers and home health aides costing $5,291 and $5,472 respectively. Nursing home care is much more expensive than any of these options, with semiprivate and private rooms both in the low five digits.

Assisted living

$4,398

Home care

$5,291

Home health care

$5,472

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$10,646

Nursing home (private room)

$11,482

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Salem, OR

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 Salem, OR

Government and nonprofit organizations provide various types of helpful resources to Salem’s elderly population. This list is useful for seniors who may need access to in-home support or for those seeking guidance before deciding to move into nursing homes. 

ResourceContactService
Northwest Senior and Disability Services(866) 206-4799This local intergovernmental agency helps promote dignity, independence and health among Salem’s senior population. Funded by government agencies, individuals and community groups, NWSDS supports seniors through meal programs, wellness services, assistance in finding long-term care solutions, money management and protection from abuse.
Marion Polk Food Share(503) 364-2856Serving seniors in Marion and Polk counties, this independent nonprofit organization works with partner agencies to distribute meals to seniors and disabled adults. Meal preparations follow guidelines from registered dietitians and the American Diabetic and Heart Association to ensure that recipients have access to healthy diet options.
Center 50+(503) 588-6303Salem residents 50 years and older benefit from a variety of services offered through the Center 50+, a non-membership community center created by the city government and Friends of Center 50+. Programs include help with meals and home repairs, online classes and activities, transportation services and wellness visits.
Legal Aid Services of Oregon(503) 581-5265LASO is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal aid to low-income and elderly residents. It handles cases involving physical safety, housing, government benefits, domestic violence and senior law issues. Funds come from government sources. The Salem Regional Office of LASO serves residents from Marion and Polk Counties.
Library Homebound Services(503) 588-6315Salem Public Library’s Operation Bookshelf lends and delivers reading materials to homebound seniors who are unable to visit local libraries due to disability or illness. Senior living communities also receive reading materials through the Pop-Up Library program.

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Catherine

I am/was a resident of this facility

Review of Salem Transitional Care

I was at Salem Transitional Care for rehab. It was an excellent facility. I was in a double room, but there was no other person in there, so I was by myself. It was well kept, they kept it clean...

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Charlie

I am/was a resident of this facility

Review of Salem Transitional Care

I'm in Salem Transitional Care for rehab. My favorite is they have PT and OT services. I go to them every day. I get three meals a day. It's a pretty place to be. It really uplifts you. It's the...

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I visited this facility

Review of Salem Transitional Care

Mom has been at Salem Transitional Care twice for rehab. The facility itself was recently built and is located just off Hwy 5 at Cordon Rd - making access very easy. Each room is large, with an...

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