Nestled between mountains and the Great Salt Lake, Utah’s capital city has an estimated senior population of 22,262. Despite an overall cost of living nearly 19% higher than the United States average, the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020 found that Salt Lake City’s median monthly cost of nursing home care is $6,996, more than 10% below the national figure. 

Around-the-clock emergency medical care with continuous supervision from physicians and registered nurses is part of what distinguishes nursing homes from other types of long-term care. In a nursing facility, diabetes management, vital signs monitoring, skilled nursing and wound care are routine services in addition to assistance with daily living activities. If the provided medical care is not necessary, seniors may be able retain more autonomy with home care or assisted living

An overview of the cost of senior care in Salt Lake City as well as resources that can help seniors pay for nursing home care, or similar in-home services, are included in this guide. Additionally, we touch on programs that may help seniors reduce their expenses and services that can investigate their concerns about a long-term care facility. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in Salt Lake City, UT

St. Joseph Senior Living Apartments

425 E Bishop Federal Ln, Salt Lake City, UT, 84115

My mom is currently staying at St. Joseph Villa. We have been pleased with them. I wish they would have small refrigerators, but the room is small. It’s nice and clean. She’s enjoyed bingo, live mus … (read more)
My mom is currently staying at St. Joseph Villa. We have been pleased with them. I wish they would have small refrigerators, but the room is small. It’s nice and clean. She’s enjoyed bingo, live mus … (read more)

Rocky Mountain Care Clinic

4088 West 1820 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84104

I was very satisfied to see how the place was. My sister was the one that actually selected Rocky Mountain Care since she is in Utah. It is new, clean, and well designed. The staff was very accepting … (read more)
I was very satisfied to see how the place was. My sister was the one that actually selected Rocky Mountain Care since she is in Utah. It is new, clean, and well designed. The staff was very accepting … (read more)

Trinity Care Center

3094 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT, 84115

Clean, Great Food, Good Freinds, Small so patients are well cared for. I would not have my dad anywhere else.
Clean, Great Food, Good Freinds, Small so patients are well cared for. I would not have my dad anywhere else.

Utah State Veterans Nursing

700 FOOTHILL BOULEVARD, Salt Lake City, UT, 84113

My father was on hospice when he moved into the VA Nursing Home. Just a few short months later, he was off hospice and going fishing, to movies, plays, dinners, even horse back riding. The facility … (read more)
My father was on hospice when he moved into the VA Nursing Home. Just a few short months later, he was off hospice and going fishing, to movies, plays, dinners, even horse back riding. The facility … (read more)

William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home

700 Foothill Dr. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84113

This is a fantastic facility. It accepts medicare but none of the stigmas that seem to come with it. It also has a fantastic hospital close by. I know a gentleman who is a resident here and he love … (read more)
This is a fantastic facility. It accepts medicare but none of the stigmas that seem to come with it. It also has a fantastic hospital close by. I know a gentleman who is a resident here and he love … (read more)

Aspen Ridge Transitional Rehab

963 East 6600 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84121

My dad lived at Aspen Ridge. The atmosphere was good and the place was clean. The staff was good, knowledgeable, and attentive. The food was good.
My dad lived at Aspen Ridge. The atmosphere was good and the place was clean. The staff was good, knowledgeable, and attentive. The food was good.

Holladay Healthcare Center

4782 SOUTH HOLLADAY BOULEVARD, Salt Lake City, UT, 84117

Rooms are boring. TV did not work. Temp of the room was uncomfortably hot. Day shift was great. They were polite, helpful, and responded quickly to the calls. They often just stopped by to check if … (read more)
Rooms are boring. TV did not work. Temp of the room was uncomfortably hot. Day shift was great. They were polite, helpful, and responded quickly to the calls. They often just stopped by to check if … (read more)

Willow Wood Care Center

1205 EAST 4725 SOUTH, Salt Lake City, UT, 84117

I was working to help get a friend admitted to Willow Wood. Ultimately, said friend’s family changed their mind about where/how to care for their mother. My interactions with both the administrato … (read more)
I was working to help get a friend admitted to Willow Wood. Ultimately, said friend’s family changed their mind about where/how to care for their mother. My interactions with both the administrato … (read more)

Mt Olympus Rehabilitation Center

2200 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84109

My dad stayed in this facility for over 2 months. I would not recommend letting anyone you know stay here. The facility if filthy. The rooms are very small and not taken care of. All the patients look … (read more)
My dad stayed in this facility for over 2 months. I would not recommend letting anyone you know stay here. The facility if filthy. The rooms are very small and not taken care of. All the patients look … (read more)

Meadow Brook Rehab and Nursing

433 East 2700 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84115

This facility has many functions, along with rehabilitation and hospice, it also caters to residents with Alzheimer’s. I’m intimately acquainted with a family who has a grandfather with Alzheimer’s a … (read more)
This facility has many functions, along with rehabilitation and hospice, it also caters to residents with Alzheimer’s. I’m intimately acquainted with a family who has a grandfather with Alzheimer’s a … (read more)

Paramount Health and Rehabilitation

4035 SOUTH 500 EAST, Salt Lake City, UT, 84107

My mom just moved in to Paramount and it had a good location. It’s very clean, well-organized and the staff is out of this world nice.
My mom just moved in to Paramount and it had a good location. It’s very clean, well-organized and the staff is out of this world nice.

Life Care Center of Salt Lake City

1201 East 4500 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84117

I chose The Life Care Center for grandpas rehab stay, following a total knee replacement. Within 5 minutes of walking in to the facility, I knew it was going to be difficult. Someone did help us get h … (read more)
I chose The Life Care Center for grandpas rehab stay, following a total knee replacement. Within 5 minutes of walking in to the facility, I knew it was going to be difficult. Someone did help us get h … (read more)

Highland Care Center

4285 SOUTH HIGHLAND DRIVE, Salt Lake City, UT, 84124

I was here from August to October 2021. Physical therapist are very good. After that not good. Temperature in the rooms in the hallways where 80 degrees to 90 degrees or even hotter. That was a regula … (read more)
I was here from August to October 2021. Physical therapist are very good. After that not good. Temperature in the rooms in the hallways where 80 degrees to 90 degrees or even hotter. That was a regula … (read more)

Canyon Rim Care Center

2730 EAST 3300 SOUTH, Salt Lake City, UT, 84109

My son was hit by a car going 40 mph and suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken arm. He is 38 years old and is schizophrenic. He was placed there because he is a flight risk and had already r … (read more)
My son was hit by a car going 40 mph and suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken arm. He is 38 years old and is schizophrenic. He was placed there because he is a flight risk and had already r … (read more)

Hillside Rehabilitation Center

1216 EAST 1300 SOUTH, Salt Lake City, UT, 84105

When my husband went from the hospital to Hillside Rehab, he was withdrawn, bedfast and hardly eating anything. Within two weeks, Hillside staff had him talking, sitting up, walking, bathing and eatin … (read more)
When my husband went from the hospital to Hillside Rehab, he was withdrawn, bedfast and hardly eating anything. Within two weeks, Hillside staff had him talking, sitting up, walking, bathing and eatin … (read more)

City Creek Post Acute

165 South 1000 East, Salt Lake City, UT, 84102

Some employees are attentive while others can care less, the food is disgusting the rooms smell, they need a complete overhaul, once that the owner could do is listen to complaints.
Some employees are attentive while others can care less, the food is disgusting the rooms smell, they need a complete overhaul, once that the owner could do is listen to complaints.

Federal Heights Rehabilitation And Nursing Center

41 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT, 84102

The staff really tries! But they are understaffed and always running to try to keep up. The food is bland and unappealing. The outdoor areas are depressing. The property is old, with low ceilings. … (read more)
The staff really tries! But they are understaffed and always running to try to keep up. The food is bland and unappealing. The outdoor areas are depressing. The property is old, with low ceilings. … (read more)

Avalon Valley Rehabilitation Center

2472 SOUTH 300 EAST, Salt Lake City, UT, 84115

They don’t answer the call button in a timely manner. My husband waited 30 minutes for them to answer the call, and ended up having an accident in the bed. Two different aides came in and neither on … (read more)
They don’t answer the call button in a timely manner. My husband waited 30 minutes for them to answer the call, and ended up having an accident in the bed. Two different aides came in and neither on … (read more)

Midtown Manor

125 SOUTH 900 WEST, Salt Lake City, UT, 84104

There are many conflicting things with this facility. The staff seem very kind and say all the right words, but they all seem to say the same words, as if they’re rehearsed. I have a friend who used … (read more)
There are many conflicting things with this facility. The staff seem very kind and say all the right words, but they all seem to say the same words, as if they’re rehearsed. I have a friend who used … (read more)

Bennion Care Center

6246 SOUTH REDWOOD ROAD, Salt Lake City, UT, 84123

We were told that our father would be moved in 3 days to their new rooms. After 3 weeks he was still in the old room. He said the food was terrible. He lost 10 pounds in the 3 weeks he was there. W … (read more)
We were told that our father would be moved in 3 days to their new rooms. After 3 weeks he was still in the old room. He said the food was terrible. He lost 10 pounds in the 3 weeks he was there. W … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Salt Lake City, Utah

Seniors in Salt Lake City spend $6,996 for nursing home care with a semiprivate room and $9,125 a month for nursing home care with a private room.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

For a semiprivate room, the median cost for a month of nursing home care in Salt Lake City is $608 above the statewide average and $760 below the national figure. Logan is the most affordable city in the state with an average monthly cost of $5,627, while Ogden’s $7,254 average makes it the most expensive. In Provo, the majority of seniors are spending the same amount on nursing home care as older adults across the state, $6,388 a month. 

$6996

Salt Lake City

$6388

Utah

$7756

The United States

$7254

Ogden

$5627

Logan

$6388

Provo

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

It may be helpful to compare the cost of nursing home care in Salt Lake City to other types of care. The cost of senior care in Salt Lake City begins at around $1,127 a month for adult day health care and continues upwards of $9,125 a month for nursing home care with a private room. Home care and home health care have the same median cost of $5,100, and a month of care in an assisted living facility averages $3,700. 

$5100

Home care

$5100

Home health care

$1127

Adult day health care

$3700

Assisted living

$6996

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$9125

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Salt Lake City, Utah

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 Salt Lake City, Utah

Resources that may help seniors pay for nursing home care or delay moving into a nursing facility are included in the list below. We’ve also mentioned programs that can help seniors resolve issues at their long-term care facility. 

ResourceContactDescription
Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services(385) 468-3200As the official Area Agency on Aging for Salt Lake County, the Aging & Adult Services division helps seniors access programs and services designed to help them stay healthy throughout their golden years. Seniors have access to Medicare counseling, a home-delivered meal program and homemaker services as well as free legal assistance and transportation for traveling to medical appointments. 
Long Term Care Ombudsman(385) 468-3255During a conflict at a nursing home, the Long Term Care Ombudsman is available to help seniors find solutions that serve their best interests. Complaints can be filed by long-term care facility residents or their family members. From a resident’s right to privacy and confidentiality to their right to complain and make independent choices, workers in the Ombudsman program are knowledgeable about the freedoms granted to seniors living in nursing homes. 
Aging Waiver (801) 538-3910Through the Aging Waiver, seniors may be able to put off a nursing facility by receiving the care and assistance they need at home. Depending on need, seniors may receive homemaker services, help with chores, nonmedical transportation and case management. It can also provide respite care in a nursing home, which could be an especially beneficial experience for seniors preparing to transition into a nursing facility. To enroll, seniors must be at least 65 years of age and meet Medicaid financial requirements.  
Utah Department of Health Medicaid Division(801) 536-8978The Utah Department of Health Medicaid Division is the best place for Salt Lake City’s low-income seniors to apply for government assistance. Workers at the agency help seniors understand how Medicaid covers long-term care, and they can advise of other potential benefits such as food or financial assistance. Additionally, seniors can apply for waiver programs that may help them delay moving into a nursing facility.