Steps away from Mexico along Texas’s southern border, McAllen is a city of 142,210 residents with 18,771 over the age of 65. In addition to excellent winter weather, McAllen’s low cost of living helps make it an attractive retirement destination. For nursing home care, McAllen’s seniors spend an average of $5,217 a month — over 30% less than what seniors pay nationally. McAllen’s seniors can choose from several hospitals, including South Texas Health System – McAllen, an award-winning health care facility recognized as one of the country’s best 50 hospitals for heart surgery.
In McAllen’s nursing homes, physicians, caregivers and registered nurses remain on-site 24/7 monitoring residents’ vital signs, caring for wounds, managing medications and assisting with daily activities. Many facilities also offer physical and occupational therapy. Older adults with more minor health conditions may prefer assisted living or home care. They won’t receive constant medical supervision, but they could save money and live more independently.
In this guide, we cover the cost of nursing home care and how to pay for it. The list at the end includes resources that could help seniors postpone moving to a nursing home by receiving in-home services.