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.

Directory of Nursing Homes in McAllen, TX

Village Healthcare And Rehabilitation

615 N Ware Rd, Mcallen, TX, 78501

My mother has been staying in the Village for her rehab going on two weeks now. The facility is very clean, I checked the room bathroom and the public access bathrooms several times over several days … (read more)
My mother has been staying in the Village for her rehab going on two weeks now. The facility is very clean, I checked the room bathroom and the public access bathrooms several times over several days … (read more)

Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home

301 E Yuma Avenue, Mcallen, TX, 78503

My father is a resident of Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home. It’s well laid out, the plans that they have for the facility. The upkeep seems well. As soon as you walk in, it’s inviting and c … (read more)
My father is a resident of Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home. It’s well laid out, the plans that they have for the facility. The upkeep seems well. As soon as you walk in, it’s inviting and c … (read more)

Las Palmas Healthcare Center

1301 E Quebec Ave, Mcallen, TX, 78503

It is a very bad place! No one calls back do not answer calls. We visited two weeks ago thru window and we were upset at what we saw. They took an 11/2 hr to feed him a cold plate. Room looked dir … (read more)
It is a very bad place! No one calls back do not answer calls. We visited two weeks ago thru window and we were upset at what we saw. They took an 11/2 hr to feed him a cold plate. Room looked dir … (read more)

Mcallen Nursing Center

600 N Cynthia St, Mcallen, TX, 78501

My father needs 24-hour assistance or regular care. He really enjoys the rehab therapists at McAllen Nursing. They’re all excellent. The CNAs and some of the nurses are very good, very caring, and nur … (read more)
My father needs 24-hour assistance or regular care. He really enjoys the rehab therapists at McAllen Nursing. They’re all excellent. The CNAs and some of the nurses are very good, very caring, and nur … (read more)

Briarcliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

3201 N WARE RD, Mcallen, TX, 78501

Briarcliff Nursing And Rehabilitation Center was a good place, but they had a very long waiting list. The room had two beds and two closets. It was fine for my parents, but I wanted something that loo … (read more)
Briarcliff Nursing And Rehabilitation Center was a good place, but they had a very long waiting list. The room had two beds and two closets. It was fine for my parents, but I wanted something that loo … (read more)

Colonial Manor

209 HACKBERRY AVE, Mcallen, TX, 78501





San Juan Nursing Home

300 N Nebraska Ave., San Juan, TX, 78589

San Juan Nursing Home is the only religious non profit in the area. I have had family members and friends live there at different times. Nursing staff really care. Although it is not required for … (read more)
San Juan Nursing Home is the only religious non profit in the area. I have had family members and friends live there at different times. Nursing staff really care. Although it is not required for … (read more)

Windsor Arbor View

218 Baltic Avenue, Edinburg, TX, 78539

Do not think twice about this nursing home. I had to take my aunt there because she couldnt go home. They knew from the start that she could not return home because there was no one to care for her. T … (read more)
Do not think twice about this nursing home. I had to take my aunt there because she couldnt go home. They knew from the start that she could not return home because there was no one to care for her. T … (read more)

Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

1013 S BRYAN RD, Mission, TX, 78572

The staff at this facility are negligent and lack the skills and judgement to care for a patient and provide a good standard of care. My family member was admitted to this facility after surgery … (read more)
The staff at this facility are negligent and lack the skills and judgement to care for a patient and provide a good standard of care. My family member was admitted to this facility after surgery … (read more)


Mcallen Transitional Care Center

2109 SOUTH K ST, Mc Allen, TX, 78503


Retama Manor Nursing Center/edinburg

1505 S Closner Blvd, Edinburg, TX, 78539


Windsor Arbor View

218 Baltic, Edinburg, TX, 78539


Senior Care Of Edinburg

4503 S Sugar Rd, Edinburg, TX, 78539


The Heights of Alamo

1214 S Alamo Rd, Alamo, TX, 78516


Nursing Home Costs in McAllen, TX

With a semiprivate room, the median monthly cost of nursing home care in McAllen is $5,217. On average, private rooms cost $10,524.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

While McAllen’s seniors do pay substantially less for nursing home care than most older Americans, they also spend about $198 more each month on their care than average nursing home residents throughout the state. Nonetheless, McAllen is still one of the most affordable cities for nursing home care in southeast Texas. In Laredo, nursing home care costs an average of $745 more each month, and in Brownsville, the median cost of care is $1,133 higher than in McAllen. In Corpus Christi and Victoria, seniors typically pay $302 and $136 a month more, respectively, for nursing home care.

$5217

McAllen

$5019

Texas

$7756

The United States

$5962

Laredo

$5519

Corpus Christi

$6350

Brownsville

$5353

Victoria

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

At $638 per month, seniors in McAllen could receive eight months of adult day health care for less than the average cost of one month of nursing home care. However, that assumes a semiprivate room, because having a private room more than doubles the monthly cost of nursing home care to $10,524. The monthly costs of home care and home health care are the same, $2,860, and assisted living averages $5,075 a month.

$2860

Home care

$2860

Home health care

$638

Adult day health care

$5075

Assisted Living

$5217

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$10524

Nursing home (private room)

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

In the following list, we describe a few programs and services that may help seniors find a nursing home, obtain financial assistance for their care or delay transitioning to a nursing home altogether by receiving the care and assistance they need at home.

Resource

Contact

Service

(956) 213-9400

Meals On Wheels is a national program striving to end hunger in the country's aging population. Volunteers with the local Meals On Wheels provider, Amigos Del Valle, deliver hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout the week. In addition to helping older adults avoid malnutrition, every delivery provides a bit of socialization and a wellness checkup. The service is free to seniors who meet income guidelines, but small donations are appreciated. 

(800) 252-2412

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman provides several free and confidential services to help the residents of McAllen's nursing homes and assisted living facilities live their best lives. Current nursing home residents and their families can file complaints about a facility's quality of care and administrative decisions that negatively affect quality of life. When the Ombudsman investigates, they seek a satisfactory resolution that protects the rights and best interests of residents. Seniors can also reach out to the Ombudsman for assistance choosing a nursing facility and finding programs that may help them pay for it.

(956) 787-3131

The Department of Health & Human Services is responsible for processing Medicaid applications. Workers at HHSC can advise seniors on their eligibility to receive government-subsidized long-term care services, check the status of applications and answer coverage questions. They can also check if seniors might qualify for food assistance and other helpful programs.

(956) 682-3481

At the Area Agency on Aging, seniors can learn about and apply for government and nonprofit programs that could help them stay healthy while living at home. The AAA works closely with the local Aging & Disability Resource Center, which helps manage several assistance programs, reviews nursing homes' ratings and maintains a directory of providers of low-cost home care and other services.