Killeen is a city in Texas, and it’s known as the home of the Fort Hood military base. The city has a population of 151,666 and about 6.2% of residents are aged 65 and over. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average monthly cost of nursing home care in Killeen is $5,191, which is over $2,500 less than the national average making the city an attractive option for seniors looking at nursing home care facilities. Seniors living in Killeen have easy access to a range of medical services at AdventHealth Central Texas

Nursing home care facilities offer a variety of senior care services with a focus on medical assistance and monitoring. The care is provided by teams of registered nurses who are skilled in working with seniors with chronic illnesses and disabilities. This type of care is often the most expensive senior care option and seniors living in Killeen may be interested in looking at alternative care options such as assisted living and home care services

This guide discusses the costs of nursing home care in Killeen and surrounding cities and the average costs of alternative care options. Additionally, it lists resources for seniors. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in Killeen, TX

Killeen Nursing and Rehabilitation

5000 Thayer Dr, Killeen, TX, 76549

Killeen Nursing and Rehabilitation is a very clean and spacious facility. I’ve spoken with the director, the admission specialist, the business officer, the nursing staff, also the caregivers, and the … (read more)
Killeen Nursing and Rehabilitation is a very clean and spacious facility. I’ve spoken with the director, the admission specialist, the business officer, the nursing staff, also the caregivers, and the … (read more)

The Rosewood

5700 E Central, Killeen, TX, 76543

I found The Rosewood for my mother. She is not in there yet. They’re very kind about getting back with me. It was an open layout. I visited it three times, but I just showed up so it wasn’t like a pla … (read more)
I found The Rosewood for my mother. She is not in there yet. They’re very kind about getting back with me. It was an open layout. I visited it three times, but I just showed up so it wasn’t like a pla … (read more)

Indian Oaks Living Center

415 INDIAN OAKS DR, Harker Heights, TX, 76548

If you have a loved one in need of this type of care, I highly recommend looking elsewhere. My mother suffered a fall at home that required rehabilitation post-hospital. When looking for a facility, w … (read more)
If you have a loved one in need of this type of care, I highly recommend looking elsewhere. My mother suffered a fall at home that required rehabilitation post-hospital. When looking for a facility, w … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Killeen, TX

The average monthly cost of nursing home care in Killeen is $5,191 for a semiprivate room and $6,753 for a private room. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Seniors who have made the choice to move to a nursing home care facility may be interested in the cost of care in surrounding cities. Using the average monthly cost of a semiprivate room as a comparison point, the cost of care in Killeen is much lower than the national average of $7,756. However, it is similar to the Texas state average of $5,019.

The average monthly cost of care is similar in College Station ($5,262) and Austin ($5,201), while the cost of care is less in Tyler ($4,775) and Waco ($4,745).

$5191

Killeen

$5019

Texas

$7756

The United States

$5262

College Station

$5201

Austin

$4775

Tyler

$4745

Waco

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Killeen, the lowest cost option for senior care is assisted living, which has an average monthly cost of $3,387. Home care has a monthly average cost of $3,623, while home health care has an average monthly charge of $3,817. Nursing home care is the most expensive option in the city, with an average monthly charge of $5,191 for a semiprivate room and $6,753 for a private room. 

$3387

Assisted living

$3623

Home care

$3817

Home health care

$5191

Nursing home care semiprivate room

$6753

Nursing home care private room

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Killeen, 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 Killeen, TX

The following resources may aid seniors who are looking for services that help them continue to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. One resource assists seniors who have made the choice to move to a nursing home care facility and are looking for financial assistance information.

ResourceContactService
SHIP Texas(254) 770-2330The SHIP program in Texas provides free one-on-one counseling sessions to seniors and their loved ones, regarding the state health insurance plans and benefits. Trained counselors explain the plans and options to seniors and help them to find the best plan for their particular situation. The information provided is objective and in-depth. Counselors can assist seniors in applying for plans and any benefits they are eligible for, including financial assistance options for seniors moving to nursing home care facilities.
Meals on Wheels(512) 476-6325The Greater Austin Meals on Wheels program delivers meals to homebound seniors in Killeen at around noon each day from Monday to Friday. To be eligible for the program, seniors need to be unable to prepare a meal for themselves and not have regular assistance in their homes. Additional meal services provided by the program include congregate site meals, breakfasts for seniors and grocery delivery services. There is no fee charged for the meal options but donations are appreciated. Volunteers check on the health and safety of seniors at the same time as delivering the meals and they report any issues to staff members. 
Handy Wheels(512) 628-8171The Handy Wheels program provides a minor home repairs service to low-income seniors in Killeen. The aim of the program is to help homebound seniors continue to safely live in their own homes for as long as possible. Some of the services offered include safety modification for bathrooms, doorknob and doorbell installation, lightbulb installation and carbon monoxide detector repairs and installation. There is no charge for any of the services offered.