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Cost of Assisted Living in Columbus, Ohio

Page Reviewed / Updated - May 19, 2019

This guide details the cost of senior care in Columbus and includes information about financial assistance and other resources available for low-income seniors. Our guide to paying for senior care in Ohio has information on costs and financial assistance options in the state.

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Columbus

The cost of senior living in Columbus is generally close to the state average, although in almost all categories it's slightly above the Ohio median. The Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey shows that senior living costs in Columbus are between $190-$238 more expensive than the Ohio averages. The only exception is for assisted living, where Columbus seniors pay $108 less than the state average.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Columbus?

The average cost of assisted living in Columbus is $4,170 per month. Although this isn't the least expensive in the state, it is more affordable than other big cities. Assisted living in Cincinnati is $828 more expensive and in Dayton, which has the most expensive assisted living in the state, seniors pay $1,130 more than in Columbus.

The nearby city of Springfield has the least expensive assisted living in the state, at a cost of $3,093 a month, $1,077 less than in Columbus. Cleveland and Canton are also affordable options, coming in at $3,400 and $3,798, respectively.

How much does Home Care Cost in Columbus?

Home care costs are calculated assuming 44 hours of care each week. In Columbus, home care averages $4,195 a month, or $22 an hour. It's among the most expensive home care in the state and is equal to the cost in Cincinnati and the Cleveland area.

Dayton is the only city in Ohio with higher home care prices, coming in at $4,385 a month, or $23 an hour. Nearby Mansfield has the most affordable home care in the state at a cost of $3,623 a month, or $19 an hour, $3 an hour less than in Columbus

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Columbus?

Adult day care in Columbus costs around $1,560 a month, $238 more than the state average. This costs the same as adult day care in Cincinnati and is the most expensive in the state. The most affordable option in Ohio is Canton, which costs $585 less at just $975 a month. Less expensive options nearby include Springfield, where seniors pay $314 less a month, and Mansfield, which is $477 less each month.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Columbus?

The cost of nursing home care in Columbus is more expensive than the state average, but not the most expensive in the state. A semi-private room in Columbus costs $7,330 a month, $212 more than the state average. Some major cities, including Cincinnati and Cleveland, are slightly more expensive. Dayton has the most expensive nursing home care in the state, costing $396 a month more than in Columbus.

Nearby Mansfield and Springfield are both less expensive options. Springfield is $730 a month less expensive. Mansfield has the most affordable nursing home care in the state at $6,357 a month, $973 less than Columbus

Financial Assistance Programs in Columbus

Medicaid Program in Columbus

Medicaid in Columbus, and all of Ohio, is administered by the Ohio Department of Medicaid. It provides insurance for low-income residents, including older adults. Medicaid is an entitlement for people who meet the eligibility requirements.

There are a number of eligible categories for Medicaid in Ohio, including older adults. All Medicaid recipients must be Ohio residents. They must have a Social Security Number and be a U.S. citizen or meet Medicaid citizenship requirements.

There are also financial requirements that must be met.

  • Single applicants
    • Income limit: $771 per month
    • Asset limit: $2,000
  • Married couples, both spouses applying
    • Income limit: $1,057 per month
    • Asset limit: $3,000
  • Married, one spouse applying
    • Income limit: $771 per month
    • Asset limit: $2,000 for the applicant

The Ohio Department of Medicaid recommends that residents apply, even if they are not sure they meet the requirements. Seniors can check their eligibility on the Ohio Benefits website.

Individuals who receive Medicaid and are in a nursing home can receive payments towards their care. The amount available will depend on their income and if they have a spouse or dependents living in the community.Seniors can apply for Medicaid on the Ohio Benefits website.

Medicaid Waivers in Columbus


The Pre-Admission Screening System Providing Options & Resources Today, or PASSPORT waiver program is designed to help older adults who require a nursing level of care to stay in their homes or the homes of family members.

To be eligible, applicants must be aged 60 or older, be financially eligible, require a certain level of care and be able to safely remain at home with the consent of their physician. To meet the financial eligibility, singles must have an income less than $2,313 a month and assets of less than $2,000. For married couples the income limit is $4,626 and the asset limit is $3,000.

After an applicant is deemed eligible, they are paired with a case manager who helps develop a package of in-home services to be provided. PASSPORT also has a consumer-directed option, where the senior can hire their own service providers. This can allow friends and certain family members, including adult children, to be hired to perform some caregiver tasks.

The types of care paid for by the program include personal care, housekeeping, meals, laundry, transportation, medical equipment and disposable supplies. The amount of money paid for seniors in the program is capped at 60 % of the cost for the same care provided in a nursing home.

PASSPORT is administered by local Area Agencies on Aging. Columbus seniors wishing to apply can contact the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.

Assisted Living Waiver

The Assisted Living Waiver program pays for the cost of care in assisted living facilities for certain Medicaid recipients. This allows residents to use their own income for the cost of room and board. To be eligible, applicants must meet certain financial criteria and require help with some activities of daily living.. Financial eligibility for the assisted living waiver is the same as the financial criteria for PASSPORT. Applications can be made through the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Columbus

Ohio Residential State Supplement Program

The Residential State Supplement Program provides financial assistance to people who are eligible to receive Medicaid in Ohio. It is provided to help pay for adult foster care, adult group homes and residential care in an assisted living facility. To be eligible, applicants must meet age, income and asset requirements, as well as have a need for care. More information on eligibility and applying for the program can be found on our Residential State Supplement page.

More Senior Living Resources in Columbus


Phone Number


Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (614) 421-6000 The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority provides housing assistance for residents in need. The Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs both provide housing for older adults.
Congregate Housing Services (614) 645-7250 The Congregate Housing Services Program is provided to senior residents of high-rises and provides clustered, in-home care to people in the housing complexes and helps seniors to age in place. To be eligible, applicants must need help with at least three activities of daily living. There is a co-pay based on the services provided.
Franklin County Senior Options (614) 525-6200 Franklin County Senior Options provides in-home help to people with an unmet need for service. This can include medical equipment, homemaker services, transport and personal care assistance. Services are provided on a sliding scale fee and applicants must demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible.
Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP) (800) 282-0880 This energy assistance program helps Ohioans in need to pay for their energy bills year-round. Participants pay a certain percentage of their income towards energy and the state pays the balance of their bill. Eligibility is based on household income and the number of people in the household.
Homestead Exemption (614) 525-3240 The Homestead Exemption is a property tax rebate for low-income seniors and those with a disability in Franklin County. All applicants must own and occupy the home, and for seniors, must be aged 65 or turn 65 in the year they applied.