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Page Reviewed / Updated – November 28, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Lincoln, NE

With a rapidly growing economy, Lincoln has much to draw new residents, and the population has grown to 258,379 people. That large size means medical care, entertainment and assisted living communities are abundant in the city. It’s ranked as one of the best mid-sized cities to live in for safety and security, which makes it a great place to consider for retirement.

When seniors make the move to Lincoln, one of the things they notice is that they breathe a little freer because the community has a very high air quality ranking. As the state’s capital city, Lincoln has much to offer active seniors who make the move to this city. When they want to take an afternoon stroll, the Sunken Gardens around the Nebraska State Capital are a popular and beautiful location, especially in the spring. Several museums provide a chance to explore the people and culture of the area.

Check out this list of the top 10 assisted living communities in Lincoln. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Lincoln and what financial assistance programs are available.

The Woodlands at Hillcrest

Located next to the Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln, Woodlands at Hillcrest makes our list of the top assisted living communities because of the relaxed environment and beautiful views it offers. The environment has a strong emphasis on security, with carefully designed common areas that provide freedom while keeping residents safe. It also takes advantage of its proximity to the golf club, and it even has its own putting green for on-site practice. Chef-inspired meals are served daily in a community dining room, and residents also have a casual cafe they can eat at if they wish.

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Independence House at Northview

Independence Houses has four separate assisted living houses throughout Lincoln. Because each home has a smaller number of residents, the community is able to provide a homelike environment with personal attention to each one. Residents live in their own private rooms but spend their days in comfortable community living spaces. A cozy TV room gives a place to enjoy movies with friends, a demonstration kitchen provides a place to learn new cooking skills and secure outdoor gardens and walking paths give an option to spend time safely outdoors.

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The Windcrest on Van Dorn

The Windcrest on Van Dorn sits in a quiet residential section of Lincoln. Here, residents live in their own private apartments complete with kitchens, giving them a measure of independence while still providing help with activities of daily living. The staff strives to provide meaningful experiences for residents each week. It's not uncommon to find the on-site chef hosting a bake-off, allowing residents to bring their own recipes to the kitchen for everyone to try, or a number of residents coming together in the game room for a game of cards.

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Gramercy Hill

The goal of life at Gramercy Hill is to encourage independence whenever possible for each resident. The community is just blocks from Lincoln's Seacrest Park, which provides a place for an evening stroll. Caring staff members are on hand at all times to assist with daily living activities, and they also provide housekeeping and laundry service. It boasts a resident garden and patio, so residents can spend time outdoors when they wish. It even has a barbershop and beauty parlor on-site to help with personal grooming needs.

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Havelock Manor

Pets are welcome at this full-service retirement community where assisted living residents receive individual service plans specially tailored to their needs. Caregivers create an individual life history to identify each resident’s interests and preferences to help them design a purposeful daily life filled with meaning. On-site amenities at Westmont of Brentwood include a fitness center, hair salon and spa, craft and activity room and a library. Weekly light housekeeping and linen services are included in the month-to-month fee for the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and individually controlled thermostats.

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Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care

Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care is tucked away just off Highway 34 close to dining and grocery shopping options. Here, all of the daily living concerns residents have are carefully met, so they are free to spend their days how they wish. They never have to worry about housekeeping, making the bed or cooking dinner, because all of these services are included in their care. There's even a coffee shop where residents can grab a cup of their favorite hot beverage in the morning. A theater on-site provides a space for live events, lecture series and movie nights.

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Bickford of Lincoln

At Bickford of Lincoln, a robust life enrichment program provides plenty of ways to spend the day. This community is directly on Old Cheney Road, so dining and shopping are close at hand. This community's signature Bed Basket Scratch Kitchen serves up made-from-scratch meals daily. Residents have access to fresh baked bread daily, and meals feature high quality and local ingredients. Daily activities focus on meeting the intellectual, physical, social, creative and spiritual needs of residents. Themed days, like a Winter Wonderland day or Western Day, add variety to the weeks.

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Gateway Vista

A beautiful tree-lined driveway welcomes guests when they visit Gateway Vista in Lincoln. This community is adjacent to the Gateway Manor Health Center, which means quality care is always close at hand. It also means access to additional services when they are needed is available. Residents of this community can bring their pets with them when they move into one of the apartment homes, which helps make the space feel even more like home. Every day, carefully planned social and recreational programs provide a way for residents to explore new hobbies or interact with their neighbors.

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The Waterford at Williamsburg

The Waterford at Williamsburg has a specially trained team that follows a specific company culture focused on compassionate, dignified care. This sets the community apart because residents' needs are carefully met. Whether they are providing weekly housekeeping, arranging transportation or assisting residents with activities of daily living, the staff does so with the needs and wishes of the individual in mind. Each apartment home has its own emergency call system, Wi-Fi and cable TV access, giving residents comfort and security at home. Planned activities, areas for gardening, religious services and game nights are all available for residents.

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The Waterford at College View

A wide front porch welcomes people when they visit Waterford at College View. This assisted living community made our list because of its homelike environment. Residents reside in spacious apartments with their own kitchenettes. A low staff-to-resident ratio means each resident is able to get the attention they deserve. Many health services are offered on-site, including physical therapy and psychiatric care. Residents are free to enjoy the many planned activities because cleaning, linens and laundry are taken care of by the staff.

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Lincoln

Lincoln seniors pay more than the state average for care in most categories included in the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey. Adult day care is a notable exception, at an affordable price point more than $500 below the state average. While Lincoln is on the high end compared to other areas in Nebraska, senior care is generally affordable statewide compared to national averages. Only home health services cost more in Lincoln than nationwide.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Lincoln?

Lincoln seniors pay the most for assisted living at an average of $5,429 per month, nearly $1,600 less than the state average of $3,844. Grand Island is at the low end for assisted living at just $3,240, while cities in neighboring states like Kansas City and Wichita fall between $4,000 and $4,750. Omaha, the other major metropolitan area in Nebraska, falls solidly in the middle between Lincoln and Grand Island at $4,285 per month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Lincoln?

Home health services cost an average of $4,671 per month in Lincoln, just $190 more than the state average. While Lincoln seniors pay more than other areas in Nebraska, services are comparable in other cities. In Omaha, the average is $4,338 – just $333 less than in Lincoln. Kansas City, which is only 160 miles away, averages $4,004, a substantial savings compared to Lincoln. Grand Island is the closest in price at $4,576.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Lincoln?

For adult day care services, Lincoln seniors can expect to pay $1,026 per month — well below the state average of $1,555. While the cost is highest in rural areas, Lincoln seniors pay the least for adult day care. The average in Omaha is $1,354, which is $328 more than in Lincoln. Grand Island seniors can expect a comparable price at an average of $1,064. Kansas City and Wichita both exceed the Nebraska state average at $1,733 and $1,934, respectively, putting them at the higher end.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Lincoln?

Nursing homes offer the highest level of care for seniors, and the price reflects that at an average of $7,756 in Lincoln. Grand Island seniors pay substantially less for nursing home costs at an average of $5,779. When looking for affordable nursing home options, it may be best to look across state lines, since the Kansas City average is $5,582. That’s $2,174 less than in Lincoln. Compared to the rest of the state, Lincoln is at the high end — costs run $851 more than the state average.

Financial Assistance Programs in Lincoln

Medicaid Program in Lincoln

Medicaid, jointly funded by federal and state governments, offers low-income residents access to health insurance. Each state administers the program and determines the type and scope of covered services. For Lincoln residents, Medicaid covers a variety of general health services and care specifically for seniors. Some examples of covered services include:

  • Doctor’s visits
  • Nursing home care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Medical transportation
  • Hospital admissions
  • Home health services
  • Dental care

To qualify for Medicaid services, seniors must meet asset and income guidelines for the state. In Lincoln, seniors can earn more than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is $1,041 per month for individuals or $1,409 for a married couple.

For asset qualification, it’s important to remember that seniors can’t give away countable assets at below market value. Medicaid has a 60-month look back period and may deny anyone who used gifts in an attempt to avoid the asset limitation. Currently, a senior’s assets are capped at $4,000, though a home valued at $585,000 or less, personal belongings, home furnishings, a vehicle and a few other types of assets are excluded from the total.

The medically needy pathway to Medicaid is also an option for those who earn in excess of the current income limit. A Medicaid expert can help with this process, which can be complicated. To apply, visit ACCESSNebraska.

Medicaid Waivers in Lincoln

Aged and Disabled Medicaid Waiver

The Nebraska Aged and Disabled Medicaid Waiver is a Home and Community-Based Services Waiver designed for the frail, elderly or disabled. This waiver program helps seniors live at home or in an assisted living facility, delaying or avoiding long-term nursing home placements. Some services covered under this waiver include:

  • Adult day care
  • In-home personal care services
  • Home modifications to improve accessibility
  • Meal delivery options
  • Medical transportation
  • Respite care

Qualified Lincoln applicants are seniors who are at least 65 years old, would otherwise need a nursing home placement, and meet the financial guidelines for full Medicaid eligibility. This is a waiver program, not an entitlement, so spending limits may create a waiting list. Currently, all accepted applicants are able to receive services, but that may change.

To apply, seniors can contact the Lincoln Aging Partners agency at 402-441-7070. For more information about the program, read our guide to this waiver.

Personal Assistance Services Program

The Personal Assistance Services (PAS) program is for seniors with a chronic medical condition or disability. It’s intended to assist those who need care levels similar to those offered in an assisted living or nursing home facility. Services provided are designed to help seniors continue living at home and may include help with:

  • Medication management
  • Homemaker assistance
  • Adult day care
  • Personal care assistance for ADLs, such as grooming, dressing and eating.

PAS is an entitlement program, and any eligible senior may receive services through this program. Part of the program is the ability to self-direct care. This means that seniors may choose a primary caregiver and pay them using PAS funds for the service. Even some family members may qualify as a paid assistant. Seniors must choose a family member who is not their legal guardian and who is not a minor.

To qualify, Lincoln seniors must:

  • Have a diagnosed medical condition or legal disability the requires caregiver assistance
  • Meet all Medicaid income and asset restrictions
  • Maintain Nebraska as their legal state of residence

Applicants can visit any Health and Human Services office to meet with a social worker and get help with the application process. For more information about the PAS program, check out our guide.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Lincoln

Assistance to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) Program

For those experiencing a temporary disability or limited time of low-income, Nebraska offers Assistance to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) Program. Under this program, seniors may receive both cash assistance and medical care services. Seniors must be at least 65 years old and income eligible. AABD income limitations can be difficult to understand, so seniors are encouraged to apply if they have been denied Supplemental Security Income due to lack of duration.

For more information about the income eligibility requirements, check out our AABD guide. If approved for this program, seniors can use the provided funds on services that include room and board, clothing, utilities, transportation, and other daily living expenses.

Disabled Persons and Family Support (DPFS) Program

The Disabled Persons and Family Support (DPFS) program offers seniors with disabilities the option to choose their own caregiver using state-provided funds. Family members are eligible to provide paid care, though the amount caps at $300 per month, with an hourly rate negotiated directly between the senior and their chosen care provider. Some covered services include:

  • Home meal delivery
  • Personal assistance care
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Light housekeeping
  • Nonmedical transportation

This program may also cover some home modifications like the installation of handrails, wheelchair ramps or creating walk-in showers.

Eligible seniors must have a legally recognized disability and live in their own home or in the home of a friend or family member. Residents at assisted living facilities or nursing homes do not qualify. The financial limits for this program are somewhat flexible. While individuals cannot earn more than $1,364 and married couples are limited to $1,784, medical deductions are allowed. It’s not uncommon for recipients to earn as much as 50% more than the guidelines, before deductions.

This program is not an entitlement program, and waiting lists may apply. For more information about this option, read our guide.

Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program

The Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program is geared toward helping a senior’s loved ones manage the burden of being a full-time caregiver. This program helps by providing respite care through hiring a temporary caregiver. The maximum monthly subsidy is $125. Respite care may be provided in the senior’s home or at an adult day care facility.

To qualify for this program, seniors must:

  • Be a legal Nebraska resident
  • Live at home under the care of an unpaid provider
  • Have a diagnosis of a chronic condition or demonstrate the need for assistance with activities of daily living
  • Earn a maximum of $3,157 for individuals or $4,280 for married couples

This program is only available to seniors living in a residential setting, not those currently residing in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Also, participation in any other federal or state respite programs automatically renders seniors ineligible for the Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services administers the program, and seniors may apply at any local office. Learn more about this program through our Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program guide.

Social Services for Aged and Disabled Adults (SSAD) Program

The Social Services for Aged and Disabled Adults (SSAD) program aims to delay institutional placements by helping Lincoln seniors age in place. The services provided may cover everything from adult day care to chores and laundry services. Meal delivery, personal care, transportation for doctor’s appointments and house cleaning may all be covered under the SSAD program.

Lincoln seniors may be eligible for the SSAD program is they are at least 60 years old, living at home or with an intent to return home after a rehab stay, and meet the monthly income limits of $1,148 for individuals and $1,288 for a married couple.

Lincoln residents can apply for this program at any local Health and Human Services office. For more information about eligibility and benefits, take a look at our guide.

More Senior Living Resources in Lincoln

Resource

Phone Number

Description 

Lincoln Housing Authority

(402) 441-7070

The Lincoln Housing Authority manages Housing Choice Vouchers and HUD-subsidized apartment rentals. Qualified applicants typically pay no more than 30% of gross income for rent and utilities may be included. Each apartment building may maintain a separate waiting list and wait times can be very long.

Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

(402) 471-3121

Seniors who live alone and earn an annual income of $15, 782 qualify for The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally funded program that gives seniors financial assistance for heating and cooling costs. Seniors who live with others may still qualify if the household income meets eligibility requirements. 

Home Handyman

(402) 441-7030

Coordinated by Aging Partners, the Home Handyman program offers seniors assistance with home maintenance/repair and yard work. Providers are typically volunteering their experience handling issues with plumbing, HVAC, electrical and gutter systems. Sliding scale fees are assessed based on income.



For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Nebraska.