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The 5 Best Nursing Homes in Rapid City, SD for 2024

Rapid City, South Dakota, has over 77,000 residents, of whom 18.2% are ages 65 and older. Various medical services are available to these seniors here at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital and Black Hills Surgical Hospital. According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, Rapid City’s nursing home costs are about average compared with costs in the average American city. A semiprivate room in this city comes with a median cost of $7,452 per month, while the national average is $7,756.

Nursing homes are designed to accommodate the long-term care personal and medical needs of older individuals who can longer be cared for at home. These facilities feature 24/7 skilled nursing and aides, therapies and social programming. The high level of support nursing homes offer make them cost more than other senior living arrangements. Home health care or assisted living may provide more suitable and affordable services for those who do not require institutional-level care.

This guide discusses the costs of senior care options in Rapid City. It also covers some local resources designed to support older residents and their families.

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Nursing Home Costs in Rapid City, SD

In Rapid City, a semiprivate room costs an average of $7,452 per month. A private room costs an average of $8,851 per month.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Comparing the average monthly rate of nursing homes, Rapid City’s costs run about $300 below the national median of $7,756. However, this city exceeds the South Dakota statewide average of $7,011 by $440.

Rapid City is $200 cheaper than Sioux Falls, the only other South Dakota city for which data is available. Here, seniors save $3,190 per month compared to residents in Bismarck in northern neighboring state North Dakota. Nursing home care is cheaper here than in Casper, Wyoming, to the west as well, where the average cost is $1,000 higher.

Rapid City

$7,452

South Dakota

$7,011

The United States

$7,756

Sioux Falls

$7,650

Bismarck, ND

$10,646

Casper, WY

$8,456

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Understanding and comparing the prices of nursing home care and other senior living options can help families in Rapid City determine the most feasible placement for their aging loved ones. Assisted living carries the lowest cost at $4,300 per month on average. Home care and home health care share the same average rate of $5,720 per month. Nursing homes are the priciest arrangement, with average monthly fees of $7,452 for a semiprivate room and $8,851 for a private room.

Assisted living

$4,300

Home care

$5,720

Home health care

$5,720

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$7,452

Nursing home (private room)

$8,851

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Rapid City, SD

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 Rapid City, SD

Rapid City’s seniors can turn to a variety of free or low-cost aging-related services. Some agencies help delay entry into a nursing home, and other programs help individuals transition into a facility if that becomes necessary.

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Dakota at Home(833) 663-9673Dakota at Home is South Dakota’s Aging and Disability Resource Center. This free online and phone referral service connects seniors and their caregivers with locating long-term supports for aging at home. Options Planning helps prepare individuals and family members for long-term care needs at home. Seniors can also learn more about programs offered through the state’s Department of Human Services.
Canyon Lake Activity Center(605) 721-8710Canyon Lake Activity Center holds a full schedule of activities to foster engagement, physical movement and a sense of purpose. This minimizes the risk of isolation, depression and cognitive decline for many adults. Seniors can participate in congregate meals, dancing, recreational opportunities and holiday events. They can also learn about local transportation services, community education and veterans’ benefits. The Center charges a nominal fee.
Dakota Plains Legal Services (DPLS)(800) 742-8602DPLS provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals in civil matters. Eligibility depends on income and residence. DPLS prioritizes cases involving health, income maintenance, individual rights, wills and estates. As cases warrant, the agency can offer advice, investigation, document preparation and appearance as counsel of record.

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My mother was a patient here for a few weeks and the staff made her feel at home. They were attentive to her needs and at no time did she feel like a burden. The PT/OT staff were completely...

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Linda

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Review of Fountain Springs Healthcare Center

Fountain Springs Healthcare Center is close to me, so I'm able to visit my mom every day. We don't have too many places in this area that's close. I liked it because it was very clean and the staff...

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Roy222

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

Review of Fountain Springs Healthcare Center

Rooms are never clean. My father fell almost every day. Most of the staff seemed defeated. I have no idea how their online rating is this high, terrible place. They really don't seem to care for...

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