Located in the Rio Grande Valley in Cameron County, Harlingen is a city just 30 miles from Gulf Coast beaches. Approximately 72,000 people call the city home, with 15% categorized as aged 65 and older. Harlingen Medical Center, Valley Baptist Medical Center and Solara Specialty Hospital are located near the city’s center. The Solara Specialty Hospital provides treatment for patients who need a longer treatment and recovery period. Treatment is available for pulmonary medicine, physical rehabilitation, neurology and wound care.

Nursing homes are available for the elderly and disabled who require a comprehensive level of care. Also referred to as custodial care, nursing home care includes skilled nursing that is usually available 24 hours a day. Occupational and physical therapists may also be available to provide care that wouldn’t be possible in independent housing. In Harlingen, a semiprivate room in a nursing home costs around $6,350 per month. Seniors who may not require this highest level of care may choose home health or an assisted living community instead.

This guide covers the cost of nursing home care in Harlingen and the surrounding area. It also covers other types of care and their costs and provides a list of available resources for seniors.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Harlingen, TX

La Hacienda Healthcare

2204 PEASE ST, Harlingen, TX, 78550

We had a good experience at La Hacienda. My mother is physically totally dependent on others for her care, even though her mind is still sharp. She was at La Hacienda for rehab & then stayed for … (read more)
We had a good experience at La Hacienda. My mother is physically totally dependent on others for her care, even though her mind is still sharp. She was at La Hacienda for rehab & then stayed for … (read more)

Golden Palms

2101 Treasure Hills Blvd, Harlingen, TX, 78550

My mother found the food to be unacceptable. She came in needing wound and left in worse shape than she started. Worst of all the general cleanliness was poor to the point roaches were seem regularly … (read more)
My mother found the food to be unacceptable. She came in needing wound and left in worse shape than she started. Worst of all the general cleanliness was poor to the point roaches were seem regularly … (read more)

Retama Manor Nursing Center/harlingen

820 CAMELOT, Harlingen, TX, 78550

My mom was there and wound care was not good. The food was bad and there were roaches
My mom was there and wound care was not good. The food was bad and there were roaches


Veranda Rehabilitation And Healthcare

4301 S Expressway 83, Harlingen, TX, 78550


Windsor Atrium

1814 Atrium Place, Harlingen, TX, 78550


Nursing Home Costs in Harlingen, TX

Semiprivate rooms in nursing homes in Harlingen cost approximately $6,350 per month. Private rooms in the same types of facilities cost around $10,950 per month.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

At $6,350 per month for a semiprivate room, Harlingen’s average monthly cost of nursing home care is $1,333 more than the state average and $1,406 less than the national average. Regardless of where you are located within the state, nursing home costs tend to be much less than in Harlingen. In the southeast in Houston, nursing homes cost around $5,627 per month and to the north in Dallas, the average cost is $5,171. El Paso and Abilene have corresponding costs of $5,232 and $4,380 respectively, according to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey.

$6350

Harlingen

$5019

Texas

$7756

The United States

$5627

Houston

$5232

El Paso

$4380

Abilene

$5171

Dallas

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

It’s important to explore the costs of other types of care. Those who wish to remain in their homes as long as possible may choose homemaker services, which cost $2,860 on average, or a home health aide, which costs $3,051 on average. Adult day health is the least expensive, at $624. An assisted living facility costs around $3,433, and a nursing home is the most expensive at $6,350 for a semiprivate room.

$2860

Homemaker services

$3051

Home health aide

$624

Adult day health care

$3433

Assisted living facility

$6350

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$10950

Nursing home (private room)

Note: Data for Harlingen was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Brownsville, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Harlingen, TX

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 Harlingen, TX

Harlingen offers a variety of services and programs for seniors in long-term care. These services help improve the quality of life and may delay entry into a nursing home for as long as possible.

Resource

Contact

Service

(956) 682-3481

The local Area Agency on Aging coordinates, plans and delivers programs and services to seniors aged 60 and older and their family members. These services include case management, caregiver support, intervention and legal assistance.

(512) 424-6500

The Department of Aging and Disability helps seniors in the area receive the services they need to remain healthy and active for as long as possible. Some of these services include assistance with finding and accessing community resources, coordinating short-term services, caregiver support and meals.

(800) 252-2412

The long-term care ombudsman works to advocate for the lives of seniors in the area. The ombudsman listens to concerns and issues and investigates in hopes of resolving the problem. The ombudsman also provides education on senior’s rights and provides information on how to receive financial assistance for nursing homes.

(512) 477-6000

Texas Legal Services assists low-income seniors by educating, empowering and representing them and by trying to reshape the area legal justice system. The agency investigates complaints of abuse and works to seek a resolution.

(956) 423-4710

Valley Transit offers low-costs rides to local points for medical appointments, errands, outings and shopping.