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The 10 Best Nursing Homes in San Antonio, TX for 2024

The warm Texas city of San Antonio has over 1.5 million residents, of whom 12% are seniors 65 years of age or older. Seniors may be interested in San Antonio’s robust medical facilities, including UT Health San Antonio, which features a dedicated program that cares for older adults. Other notable facilities include the Baptist Medical Center and Methodist Hospital. Nursing home costs in San Antonio are relatively low, according to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey. A semiprivate room in San Antonio has an average monthly cost of $5,338, but in the nation as a whole, that cost is $7,756.

Nursing homes provide high levels of supervision, monitoring and medical care that are not feasible for individuals still living in their residences. Typical features include aides and skilled nurses who are on hand around the clock. Accordingly, nursing homes tend to be expensive compared to other senior living arrangements. Individuals who do not need high levels of care may find assisted living or home health care more affordable and appropriate.

This guide covers the costs of different care types in more detail. It also lists some resources that aid San Antonio’s elders.

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Nursing Home Costs in San Antonio, TX

Nursing home semiprivate rooms cost an average of $5,338 in San Antonio. The corresponding cost for private rooms is $6,737.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Using monthly average costs of semiprivate rooms in nursing homes as comparison points, San Antonio’s costs are over $2,000 cheaper than the average American city. However, San Antonio is more expensive than the Texas state average, which is $5,019.

San Antonio aligns closely with Victoria and its $5,353 monthly average. San Antonio is nearly $300 less expensive than Houston, and the gap between San Antonio and the pricier city of Laredo is even larger at over $600 more per month. The average nursing home resident pays less in Austin ($5,201) than in San Antonio, though.

San Antonio

$5,338

Texas

$5,019

The United States

$7,756

Houston

$5,627

Austin

$5,201

Laredo

$5,962

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

It is also useful to compare nursing home prices to costs for other types of care in San Antonio, especially if family members aren’t sure if it’s the right placement for their loved one. Adult day health care is the least expensive option, carrying an average monthly cost of $795. Home care and home health care run an average of $4,290 and $4,385, respectively, while the average cost of assisted living is $3,599 per month. Nursing homes are on the high end of the spectrum. Semiprivate rooms cost an estimated $5,338 per month, and the matching figure for private rooms is $6,737.

Home care

$4,290

Home health care

$4,385

Adult day health care

$795

Assisted living

$3,599

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$5,338

Nursing home (private room)

$6,737

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in San Antonio, 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 San Antonio, TX

The following resources are often of use to San Antonio’s seniors. They may make it easier to remain at home, thus delaying the transition to nursing home care. They may also make nursing home care more attainable and easier to understand once it is needed.

ResourceContactService
Senior Services(210) 207-8198
San Antonio’s Senior Services assist city residents who are 60 years of age or older. The city operates several senior cities, a nutrition program and a transportation service. Other offerings include online classes and Project Cool, through which seniors can request a box fan for relief during the hotter months of the year.
Bexar Area Agency on Aging (BAAA)(210) 477-3275
The BAAA serves San Antonio with different divisions that focus on areas including benefits counseling, caregiver support and care coordination. The agency also provides home-delivered meals, transportation and referrals to other service providers. Additionally, it oversees the Alamo Service Connection, which acts as a link to more resources. The BAAA helps individuals who are 60 years of age and up. 
Meals on Wheels San Antonio(210) 735-5115
Meals on Wheels San Antonio delivers meals to homebound seniors each weekday. It also provides pet and emergency meals, nutrition education and dietary consultations. Additional offerings include a visitation program and a home safety service that assists with home repairs and temperature control.
Northeast Senior Assistance (NESA)(210) 967-6372
NESA is a nonprofit that helps seniors at no charge. To be eligible, an individual must have limited or no capacity to find car transportation on their own, be 60 years of age or older, and live in northeast San Antonio. NESA handles tasks such as grocery shopping and delivery and small home repairs. It also transports seniors to appointments and facilitates socialization events.
Jefferson Outreach(210) 734-5016
Another senior-focused nonprofit organization, Jefferson Outreach provides information on different living arrangements, rehabilitation centers, hospice companies and elder law attorneys. Transportation and telephone calls to mitigate feelings of isolation among the elderly are among its other offerings. 

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