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Page Reviewed / Updated – August 07, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Metairie, LA

Metairie is a medium-sized city in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Approximately 53,000 of its 391,000 residents are seniors over the age of 65, and about 4% of the population are veterans. 

While the summer’s heat and humidity may be uncomfortable for some, the picnic weather days Metairie receives during the north’s frigid winters are the envy of many. And with year-round festivals, conferences and cultural events, seniors have plenty of reasons to venture out, and family members always have an excuse to visit. Not to mention the myriad of world-renowned Cajun and Creole restaurants minutes away from residents’ doorsteps. It’s also  beneficial to know that Metairie has roughly 50% more physicians per capita than the U.S. average.

Note: Data for the city of Metairie itself was not available, so information for Metairie and New Orleans combined was used. 

Check out what we determined are the best assisted living facilities in Metairie, and see which one is right for your retirement.  Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Metairie and what financial assistance programs are available.

Sunrise of Metairie

Blocks away from Lake Pontchartrain and the Causeway Bridge is assisted living and memory care community Sunrise of Metairie. The daily event calendar typically includes a variety of physical and social activities as well as outings to explore local culture such as going on steamboat rides and taking Cajun dance classes. Due to the facility's proximity to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico, fresh seafood and regional favorites such as gumbo and jambalaya appear regularly in the restaurant-style dining room, where the chef-led culinary team serves residents three meals a day. An on-site licensed nurse performs wellness checks every month, and staff members provide housekeeping service each week in addition to daily trash removal. 

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Fidelis Residential Care Homes

Fidelis Residential Care Homes is an assisted living facility offering 24-hour care with a high caregiver-to-resident ratio. Private and semiprivate rooms are available and include housekeeping services and essential furnishings. Three meals and snacks are served daily, and staff members regularly launder residents' clothing and linens. Because of the community's small setting and event calendar filled with entertainment and group activities, socialization occurs organically, enabling residents to build meaningful connections with their neighbors.   

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Beau Maison

The robust event calendar, 24-hour supervision and range of on-site therapy services at Beau Maison ensure seniors can spend their golden years as active as they wish, with compassionate assistance moments away. Pet therapy has a regular presence on the activities schedule, and residents can participate in music therapy activities daily. Physicians, podiatrists and nurse practitioners are among the visiting health care professionals, and on-site hospice and home health are also available. In addition to all meals and snacks, residents' monthly fees cover housekeeping and laundry services. 

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Metairie Heights

Metairie Heights is an assisted living facility where seniors can spend their days planting in the outdoor garden, socializing during the weekly games and activities and connecting with like-minded neighbors during meals in the family-style kitchen. In addition to entertainment and recreational activities, the event calendar includes spiritual services and pet therapy. Because of its convenient location near Veterans Boulevard and I-10, Metairie Heights places seniors a short drive away from the city's shopping and dining as well as the endless cultural attractions in New Orleans. 

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Features
  • 24-hour certified caregivers trained in assisting seniors with dementia
  • Daily music therapy

Lake Louise

Conveniently located across the street from East Jefferson General Hospital, Lake Louise is an assisted living community offering seniors well-appointed accommodations in a secure, home-like atmosphere. Healthy, freshly-prepared meals and snacks are served throughout the day in the community dining room, and residents have around-the-clock access to the compassionate caregiving staff for help with activities of daily living. With card games, fitness classes, social events and worship services, the activities calendar is designed to enhance all aspects of well-being. 

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Richland House

Surrounded by pine and magnolia trees, assisted living facility Richland House provides seniors with a park-like setting where they can take group strolls down the landscaped walking path and relax in the shade while admiring the garden's azaleas. Inside, residents find a spacious dining area and a large living room where many of the daily physical, social and recreational activities take place. On-site worship services help residents maintain their spirituality, while housekeeping and laundry services ensure everyone's rooms and clothes are clean and tidy. Richland House made our list of Metairie's best assisted living facilities because of its serene, natural setting.  

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Features
  • Private and semiprivate rooms, furnished and unfurnished
  • Assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing

Henican House

Henican House is an assisted living community offering seniors private or shared accommodations in a small residential property. Whether it's the front porch, sunroom or conversation room next to the dining area, residents are always steps away from a comfortable seat where they can relax and socialize with their neighbors. Specially trained caregivers provide assistance with tasks of daily living, and licensed nurses oversee the administration of medication. Music therapy, pet therapy, worship services and card games are just a few of the ways residents stay busy. 

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HomeLife in the Gardens

We included HomeLife in the Gardens in our top 10 list because of its friendly and professional staff members. While care plans are tailored to the individuals' needs, all residents receive daily meals and snacks, housekeeping service and scheduled transportation. The community event calendar is designed to engage seniors across a variety of interests and includes activities such as puzzles, movies, fitness classes and local outings. Having a nurse on-call 24/7 ensures urgent medical situations are promptly addressed, while the on-site salon makes it easy for seniors to look their best. 

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Features
  • Common areas include a library, game room and outdoor walking paths
  • One- and two-bedroom apartments with private bathrooms and individual climate controls

Ville Ste. Marie

Nestled in the heart of the crescent city, Ville Ste. Marie is a senior living community offering independent living and assisted living. Assisted living services are provided as a package and may include medication reminders, emergency call pendants, laundry service and additional meals. With the holiday parties, card games, crawfish boils and exercise classes, Ville St. Marie has something to pique every seniors' interest. 

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Features
  • Shopping and restaurant outings
  • All apartments include full kitchens and private bathrooms

Inspired Living Kenner

Inspired Living Kenner is an assisted living and memory care community that provides around-the-clock care, luxurious amenities and enriching activities to help seniors thrive during their retirement. The community is less than 3 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport, making it easy for out-of-state friends and family to visit. This facility earned a spot on our top 10 list because of its exciting community areas such as the swimming pool, tiki bar, putting greens and on-site beauty and barbershop. In addition to being pet friendly, Inspired Living Kenner has its own dog park.

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Metairie

The cost of senior living and care services is very affordable in Metairie. According to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, senior care costs are well below the national average. Seniors can expect to pay nearly $400 less per month for assisted living and more than $1,800 less for nursing home care. Compared to the rest of the state, Metairie pricing is fairly average, with the exception of nursing home care on the high end and adult day care on the low end.

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Metairie, so the data for the closest city, New Orleans, was used.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Metairie?

In Metairie, the cost of assisted living is $60 higher than the state average at $3,610 per month. That makes Metairie a middle of the road option for this type of senior living arrangement. In Houma, seniors can expect to pay $4,325 – $715 more per month than in Metairie. Baton Rouge is the second most expensive area at $4,000 per month, with Metairie taking a distant third place.

Monroe, the most affordable option for assisted living, averages $2,950, which is $660 lower than Metairie. Most cities in Louisiana fall between $3,000 – $4,000 per month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Metairie?

For home health care, Metairie is spot on average for the state at $3,051. It ties with Lafayette and Monroe for third least expensive statewide. The most expensive area, Baton Rouge, is $3,432, which is $381 more than in Metairie. Houma and Hammond take the second and third spots for most expensive at $3,337 and $3,241, respectively.

Shreveport comes in as the least expensive at $2,860, with Lake Charles just a bit higher at $2,955. Both are within $200 of the cost in Metairie.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Metairie?

While Metairie is not the least expensive for adult day care, it’s close at $1,235 per month. Only Lafayette is less expensive with an average of $1,083, which is $152 less than in Metairie. Baton Rouge is the most expensive by a wide margin at $2,340 – $1,105 more than in Metairie. Shreveport takes the runner up spot at $1,842, which is $607 more than Metairie. Generally, cities in Louisiana fall between $1,100 – $1,900.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Metairie?

Nursing home care in Metairie is some of the most expensive in the state at $5,637. The state average is $5,232 – $405 less than in Metairie. Other major cities tend to fall between $5,000-$5,300. Monroe is an affordable outlier at $1,074 less than Metairie, while most fall within $500. Houma is the closest at $5,293, which is $344 less. Lafayette and Lake Charles are in the mid-range at $466 less than Metairie.

Financial Assistance Programs in Metairie

Medicaid Program in Metairie

Medicaid, an entitlement program jointly funded by the state and federal governments, offers a variety of health-based services to low-income seniors in Louisiana. Both seniors and the disabled can receive health care, nursing home care and limited personal care through the state-run Medicaid program. This is a brief list of the available coverage:

  • Prescription medication
  • Primary care visits
  • Hospital admissions
  • Behavioral health
  • Outpatient services
  • Physical/Speech/Occupational therapy
  • Long term personal care services

Some coverage is only available to seniors and the disabled, but most health services are generally offered to all participants. As an entitlement program, all qualified applicants gain access to services.

The long-term personal care services offer seniors who need a nursing home level of care the option to enter an institutional facility or receive support at home. Some options include:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living or ADLs, such as grooming, bathing, toiletry, eating
  • Help with instrumental activities of daily living or IADLs, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, chores
  • Transportation assistance

Those who qualify for these services are guaranteed to receive the needed care. This program is an entitlement program, so there is no waiting list for enrollment.

Louisiana also has two Home and Community-Based Services Medicaid Waivers. These waivers offer long-term care in a senior’s home or community, delaying or preventing institutional placements. HCBS waivers offer many of the same services provided in a nursing home in a home-like setting. This can help reduce the cost of providing services and allow seniors to age at home.

Eligibility for Medicaid is nuanced and complex. In Louisiana, the income and asset restrictions apply to general Medicaid with additional functional limitations in place for some services. Income requirements may vary depending on the program. Long-term in-home care services and nursing home services may have different requirements than general Medicaid eligibility. In addition, all waivers may have specific financial requirements for qualification.

For general Medicaid, seniors in Metairie muse earn no more than $771 per month. At this level, seniors qualify for in-home care services. To qualify for financial assistance with nursing home care, seniors must earn no more than $2,313 per month.

Asset restrictions apply to all Medicaid plans, including waivers. To qualify for any Medicaid-funded assistance, seniors must have no more than $2,000 in cash or liquid assets. Not all assets are considered during the application process. Some of the exclusions include:

  • A personal home valued at under $585,000, if it’s the primary residence for the applicant or a spouse
  • One vehicle for personal use
  • Personal effects, such as clothes, accessories, grooming tools
  • Home furnishings

Those financial and asset guidelines apply to single seniors. Married couples with one or both spouses applying have different income and asset limitations.

Medicaid Waivers in Metairie

Adult Day Health Care Medicaid Waiver

Seniors who might otherwise face an indefinite stay in a nursing home may be eligible for the Adult Day Health Care Waiver. This waiver helps pay the costs associated with daytime care provided at a registered facility. Some of the services offered include:

  • Personal care assistance with ADLs like grooming, bathing, eating and toileting
  • Nursing services
  • Medication management
  • Meal preparation
  • Social activities
  • Transportation to and from care facilities

To qualify for the ADHC waiver, seniors must demonstrate a functional need for a nursing home level of care. Seniors must be at least 65 years old or under 65 with a legally recognized disability. This waiver is only available to Louisiana residents who meet the income guidelines for nursing home level care, which works out to $2,313 per month in income. Each applicant is considered individually, so a married couple applying jointly may earn up to $4,616 per month. When only one spouse is applying for the ADHC waiver, only the applicant’s income is considered. If the applicant earns more than the maximum, there may be deductions that can help reduce their income total. For example, if the applicant spouse is the primary earner, up to $3,160.50 may be transferred to a spouse to meet the Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance. For more information about eligibility and benefits, check out our guide to the ADHC waiver.

Community Choices Waiver

The Community Choices waiver is designed to extend a senior’s stay in the community. To reach that goal, it provides a variety of in-home supports and assistance programs. Some options include:

  • Adult day care
  • In-home personal assistance with ADLs and IADLs
  • Respite care
  • Meal delivery
  • Assistive technology like Personal Emergency Response Systems
  • Home modifications to improve mobility
  • Temporary skilled nursing care
  • Monitored in-home caregiving

For those seniors who choose monitored in-home caregiving, assistance with adult day care, personal assistance and meal delivery are excluded from benefits. Monitored in-home care allows a senior to have a live-in caregiver of their choice, including a family member or spouse. This live-in caregiver is compensated for their time according to program guidelines. All caregivers must meet Department of Health and Hospitals standards and gain approval from MIHC program. To qualify for the Community Choices waiver, seniors must meet the same financial guidelines for nursing-home-level Medicaid and have a demonstrated functional need. This is not an entitlement program and waiting lists are often quite long. Cases are considered in order of need, not on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the program and applying, click here.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Metairie

Louisiana Permanent Supportive Housing Program

The Louisiana Permanent Supportive Housing program offers very low-income seniors assistance finding rental homes that fit their budgets. In most cases, qualified seniors – anyone over 55 with a chronic disability – pay no more than 30% of their monthly household income on rent. While this program is not only for the elderly, four managed properties are specifically designated for those over age 55. Some locations may include additional assistance like medication management or transportation assistance.

To qualify for this program, seniors must have a diagnosed disability, even one related to aging, and be already enrolled in Medicaid assistance. Applicants must also need housing assistance and earn no more than 50% of the local median income. That works out to $22,167 for individuals living in Jefferson Parish, including Metairie. For more information about eligibility and benefits, check out our guide to the PSH program.

SeniorRX Program

Metairie seniors may be eligible to get low-cost or free prescription medication. To qualify, seniors must not have voluntarily canceled a prescription drug plan within six months of enrollment. In addition, seniors must be at least 60 years old, have a legal disability and earn no more than 300% of the federal poverty level, which works out to $3,122.50 in 2019.

More Senior Living Resources in Metairie

Resource

Phone Number

Description

Metairie Manor (504) 456-1467 Available to seniors 62 and older, Metairie Manor offers a variety of senior services, including transportation, and low-income housing that costs no more than 30% of a resident’s adjusted gross income. Water is included in the rent, and pets are welcome.
Cascades Apartments (504) 835-2998 Cascades Apartments offers affordable living solutions to seniors, adults and families in Metairie. Studio and one-bedroom apartments start at $600 or less per month, and the central location is near the downtown area and the Lakeside Mall.
Jefferson Community Action Programs (504) 736-6900 JEFFCAP is a Metairie nonprofit organization that provides emergency rent or mortgage assistance to prevent evictions or foreclosures.
Direct financial assistance can help with rent or mortgage payments in arrears and the program offers financial counseling to help avoid repetitive financial emergencies.


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