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CITY Lincoln
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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 20, 20022

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As the capital city of Nebraska, Lincoln offers quick access to many amenities, has some of the highest-rated hospitals in the state and can be a good choice for budget-conscious seniors. The average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,715, which is a bit higher than the national average.

However, the overall cost of living in Lincoln is low, and residents pay less than usual for groceries, transportation and other necessities. Additionally, Nebraska is set to phase out taxes on Social Security benefits over the coming years to lessen the financial burden on retirees.

This guide covers assisted living prices in cities nearby Lincoln, rates for other kinds of care and several free resources for the city’s older adults.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Lincoln, NE

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the average price for assisted living in Lincoln is $4,715 per month. Lincoln’s assisted living prices are approximately $639 higher than Nebraska’s average of $4,076 and $215 more than the U.S. average of $4,500. Grand Island is located about 100 miles west of Lincoln and has rates of just $2,906, making it one of the cheapest cities in the state for care. In Omaha, seniors can expect to pay $4,652. Across the state line in Topeka, Kansas, rates average $4,495, and in Sioux City, Iowa, prices fall to $4,148.

  • Lincoln: $4,715
  • Nebraska: $4,076
  • National: $4,500
  • Grand Island: $2,906
  • Omaha: $4,652
  • Topeka, KS: $4,495
  • Sioux City, IA: $4,148

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care in Lincoln, NE

In Lincoln, assisted living is about $433 cheaper than home care and home health care, both of which cost $5,148. These services provide personal care and help with activities of daily living. Home health care also includes skilled nursing and other medical assistance that regular home care doesn’t. Lincoln residents pay $579 for adult day health care, which is the most affordable option. For seniors who need nursing home care, a semiprivate room costs $7,908 and a private one $8,745.

  • In-Home Care: $5,148
  • Home Health Care: $5,148
  • Adult Day Health Care: $579
  • Assisted Living Facility: $4,715
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $7,908
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $8,745

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lincoln, NE

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Lincoln, NE

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

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

Free Resources for Seniors in Lincoln, NE

Lincoln’s seniors can find a wide range of free resources and programs that serve the city’s older adults. These resources provide information about public benefits, assisted living options and ways to pay for care.

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Aging Partners (402) 441-7070 Aging Partners’ staff provide benefits counseling to help seniors understand Social Security, credit issues, tax exemptions and Medicaid waivers that can be used to cover the cost of long-term care. Other services include health clinics and screenings, case management, income tax assistance and referrals to countywide senior resources.
Legal Aid of Nebraska (402) 348-1069 Through this organization, qualifying seniors may be able to get help with a variety of civil legal concerns. Cases handled by its volunteer attorneys include bankruptcy, denial of Medicaid and disability benefits, evictions, property foreclosure and more. Seniors must meet income limit requirements to qualify for free legal aid. The organization’s website also features self-help legal resources that are available to anyone regardless of income.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman

(800) 942-7830

Nebraska’s long-term care ombudsmen can help seniors choose an assisted living facility that suits their needs. The program’s website features a brochure about how to prepare for visiting facilities, questions to ask staff and things to look for when touring a community. The ombudsman is also responsible for handling complaints about poor quality of care, neglect, abuse and violation of resident rights.
Lincoln County Veterans Service Center

(308) 534-4350

This office provides information about benefits for veterans, including pensions, VA medical care, disability compensation and others that seniors may use to pay for long-term care. Staff can help with benefit eligibility questions, enrollment, denials and appeals. Other services include emergency financial aid, job-finding assistance and referrals for mental health needs.
Senior Centers

(402) 441-7158

The Lincoln-Lancaster County area has eight senior centers where residents can enjoy recreational activities, fitness classes and low-cost congregate meals. Services vary by center, but may include special interest clubs, health clinics, volunteer opportunities and day trips to local attractions.

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Lincoln, NE

Assisted Living Communities in Lincoln are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Lincoln, NE

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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