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As the second-largest city in Nebraska, Lincoln has a thriving group of seniors who enjoy the unhurried, community-focused culture. Lincoln is best known as the home of the University of Nebraska’s flagship campus and their beloved Huskers. As a mid-sized Midwestern city, Lincoln has a lower cost of living compared to most metropolitan areas in the United States. Lincoln’s cost of living is 8% lower than other cities the United States. The relative sense of safety in the city, which has a lower crime rate than the national average, is also why many seniors choose to stay instead of moving to a Sunbelt state for their retirement years.
A Place for Mom partners with several assisted living facilities within 10 miles of downtown Lincoln. Assisted living facilities are appropriate for seniors who need help throughout the day with basic activities of daily living. Caregivers at these facilities provide mobility assistance, medication management, and grooming services. Lincoln’s assisted living facilities offer these services and more, often at prices lower than the national average. Many of the local assisted living facilities also offer memory care to support seniors with dementia.
This guide has everything you need to know about assisted living in Lincoln, Nebraska. It includes data about the cost, and suggestions for how to pay for assisted living using private funds, veterans benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare. It also has an in-depth look into the laws and regulations for Nebraska’s assisted living facilities, as well as senior-friendly activities and transportation options in the area.
Types of care available in Lincoln, NE
The interaction with the staff is good. They offer good activites, but my loved one has not engaged in them yet. We picked this community, because of the availability, and they got back to us right away. I was impressed with the facility. They are doing good. They def got to know, my loved one right way. They were able to meet our needs. I would recommend to other families.
When you can no longer provide care for family or friend, and you want them to be cared for in a personal, respectful, and loving manner Bailey Pointe/Windcrest is the place. Environment is clean, warm and safe.
The meals could be better. I would say it's a good place with good staff. It's more affordable than some and in particular their nursing staff is better at working with the residents. They don't force extra charges which was our experience at another community.
7208 Van Dorn St, Lincoln, NE 68506
I would really give Bailey Pointe on Van Dorn a five on all those categories some of the staff are more likable than others but overall everyone is very friendly and very very helpful the food is excellent...
WELCOME TO BAILEY POINTE ASSISTED LIVING AT VAN DORNBailey Pointe Assisted Living at Van Dorn provides expert, compassionate care in a friendly environment tucked away in picturesque South Lincoln. Enjoy the best of the Lincoln area while receiving comfortable care from our tenured team...
5601 S 84th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516
The staff at High Plains Senior Living go above and beyond to work with my husband who has trouble communicating. They keep me informed about the activities that he participates in, even sending me photos....
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska is home not just to the privately owned High Plains Alzheimer's Special Care Center, but to friendly neighbors, nature trails, golf courses, breath taking parks, a lively music scene, artistic treasures, and fine culinary experiences. This assisted living...
8401 S 33rd St., Lincoln, NE 68516
Many things about Yankee Hill Village were wonderful during our experience there. But in crisis, they were not well functioning. Communications from the staff to the family were not clear and timely as they...
With a perfect location, Immanuel’s Yankee Hill Village is your answer for retirement living in south Lincoln. Yankee Hill Village's care options include independent living, assisted living and for those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, compassionate memory support. Offering one-level with...
2355 Superior St, Lincoln, NE 68521
Can't say enough great things about them. My mom just passed in January. But yeah they were wonderful. The staff at Independence House was incredibly kind and caring to mom as if she were their own mother...
Welcome Home! Looking for Alzheimer's Memory Care in Lincoln, Nebraska? When you visit one of our Four Independence House locations, we know you will experience the difference. Our homes are secure, welcoming and more home-like in size. Our smaller resident population allows us to create a warm,...
6330 Platte Ave, Lincoln, NE 68507
We cannot thank them enough for all the wonderful care you have given to our Dad over the past two years. He was very happy living there and it was always comforting for us to know how well he was being...
9421 Gable Pines Rd, Lincoln, NE 68527
They are very good addressing any issues you might have. They are very friendly and let us know is if they see anything different in your loved one they will let you know immediately. They could take her the...
Aviva Woodlands (Formerly The Woodlands at Hillcrest) is an Assisted Living and Memory Care Senior Living Community in Lincoln, Nebraska. Adjacent to the beautiful Hillcrest Country Club, Aviva Woodlands is a vibrant senior living community that offers an outstanding, nationally recognized...
240 So. 70th St., Lincoln, NE 68510
We had a great experience with Country House. We picked this community, because of the nice room, proximity to my work, and hospitality. There was good reviews by people I know as well. They were all very...
CountryHouse in Lincoln (70th and O Street location) was designed and is staffed specifically to benefit individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. From our many years of experience working with those needing memory care and their families, we know that consistency,...
5720 S 25th St, Lincoln, NE 68512
our experience with CountryHouse has been so far so good. they offer a lot of activities, such as: making cookies, floral arrangements, trips out and about outside of community, and morning exercise classes...
CountryHouse in Lincoln (Old Cheney Road location) was designed and is staffed specifically for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. From our many years of experience working with those needing memory care and their families, we know that consistency, security,...
5801 Norman Rd, Lincoln, NE 68512
As trouble placing [name removed] as we had to moved him to monitored assisted living for 2.5 month. Then, all of his nurses decided he needed to go back to Memory Care. The community is neat and tidy. The...
225 N 56th St, Lincoln, NE 68504
Overall, it’s a good nice place for them to be my mom the only complaint I have is that they seem understaffed the stuff that is there are very caring and care about their jobs the care they give each person...
Gateway Vista’s rich history and deep roots are fundamental to the vibrant social and active senior living, health and rehabilitation community that exists today. From delicious meals to individualized clinical and therapy services, Gateway Vista is dedicated to providing the highest standards of...
6800 A St, Lincoln, NE 68510
Dad liked that they offered him to have a respite stay while I was away. He was able to meet with other residents and see how they run the facility. It is in a great location and easy for me to stop by....
Stop and smell the flowers at Gramercy Hill, offering Independent Living and Assisted Living services in Lincoln, Nebraska. Located on 6 acres of luscious gardens and floral walking paths, our community invites residents to enjoy comfort and relaxation while taking advantage of exceptional...
4800 S 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516
The experience with the community is fine. We picked this community because of the location mainly. I would maybe recommend this community to other families.
With over 30 combined years of service, The Waterford at College View is an Assisted Living community committed to using our God-given talents and strengths to serve the needs of each resident. Each person at The Waterford at College View is cared for with respect and dignity. As a resident you...
4451 Old Cheney Rd., Lincoln, NE 68516
The value for cost is quite pricey but it is a smaller facility and all on one level so it is easily accessible for everyone. The meals and dining service according to our loved one is excellent, and the...
We began our quest into senior living because of our love for our beloved mother, Mary Bickford, whose needs became too great for us to manage. As we researched senior living options, we were shocked at our findings. The options offered too much or too little — none met her...
3940 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, NE 68516
This community is like a family and they treat everyone like a family including my loved one and us. My loved ones loved being here and it made everything a lot better. Everyone here was fantastic with my...
Experience the elegance and comfort of The Waterford at Williamsburg, Lincoln's Premier Assisted Living nestled in the beautiful Williamsburg neighborhood. You will enter a world of spacious beauty filled with a shimmering waterfall, natural light and lofty heights. The waterfall in the foyer...
6616 S 84th St, Lincoln, NE 68516
I liked the community and it seemed like a really nice place. It was a little quiet and not as open. The staff were great and I feel like we would have been happy here also.
CountryHouse in Lincoln (S. 84th Street location) was designed and is staffed specifically to benefit individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. From our many years of experience working with those needing memory care and their families, we know that consistency,...
8939 Keystone Drive, Lincoln, NE 68516
Out of all the places that my husband and I looked, we were very happy with Wilderness Hills. The staff take very good care of my mother who had a stroke last Feb 2015. They are very caring workers for all...
The Waterford at Wilderness Hills is a family centered Memory Care community which specializes in Alzheimer's and Dementia related needs. We offer surroundings that feel like home. Our staff is committed to using their God given talents to serve the needs of your loved one. We value their life...
2501 Q St, Lincoln, NE 68503
2445 R St # 1, Lincoln, NE 68503
2144 Washington St, Lincoln, NE 68502
4620 Randolph St, Lincoln, NE 68510
841 S 47th St, Lincoln, NE 68510
841 S 47th St, Lincoln, NE 68510
1000 O St # 102, Lincoln, NE 68508
6315 O St, Lincoln, NE 68510
Seasons has 32 apartments. There are community residents. It is part an non-profit Life Care Community. Sessions has dedicated exercise, hobby, dining and entertainment rooms. Often if one spouse needs...
3110 S 48th St, Lincoln, NE 68506
The average cost for assisted living in Lincoln is $5,352 a month, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data. This monthly fee typically includes the following:
Assisted living facilities in Lincoln may also offer other services or amenities included in the monthly fee or for an additional fee. These services or amenities may include the following:
Lincoln has a lower overall cost of living than the national average. This means groceries, gas, and housing are all more affordable in Lincoln than in much of the U.S. However, at our partner assisted living communities in Lincoln, costs lie right at or slightly above the national average, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.
Additionally, Nebraska doesn’t offer the same tax benefits for seniors as Sunbelt states like Florida or Arizona. In Nebraska, seniors can expect to pay slightly higher income and property taxes, and be taxed on their retirement accounts, including pensions, 401(k) accounts, and IRA accounts. Some Social Security benefits are also taxed in Nebraska. The tradeoff for many seniors is a city with high-quality assisted living facilities, low crime, exceptional infrastructure, and close proximity to family.
The chart below highlights the baseline costs of assisted living in Lincoln before any additional fees are added. It’s best read as a comparison between Lincoln’s assisted living costs and those of nearby areas, and not as a description of the actual cost of assisted living in Lincoln.
Seniors and their families typically use multiple resources to pay for assisted living. The most common include savings accounts, insurance policies, and retirement income. Many seniors also take advantage of federal and state programs, such as veterans benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare.
This section provides an in-depth look at how to use private payment options, veterans benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare to keep your dream assisted living facility within reach.
Private funds tend to be where seniors and their families start when reviewing payment options for assisted living. While retirement accounts may be the most common private payment method, seniors can leverage all of their income, assets, pensions, and investment returns. Other effective options include the sale of a house, or the use of a Health Savings Account. You can find a thorough explanation of how to use these private payment methods in the following articles:
Lincoln’s assisted living facilities pride themselves on offering safe, secure, and compassionate care. All assisted living facilities in Lincoln are licensed through the Department of Health and Human Services. This department uses licensure, inspections, and report cards to ensure that all assisted living facilities in Nebraska provide ethically upstanding, high-quality care to every resident.
Any individual or facility that provides assisted living services to at least four residents must be licensed as an “ALF,” or Assisted Living Facility, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. ALFs provide meals, housing, and personal assistance, but can’t provide skilled nursing care. If a facility provides skilled nursing care or memory care in addition to assisted living care, the facility must receive a separate license through the state.
Before a facility receives licensure, they undergo an initial inspection. Inspections are then conducted every year. All ALF inspection results can be viewed on the License Information System Search. Before signing a contract with a community, it’s a good idea to look at their most recent inspection results.
All assisted living facilities in Nebraska follow building and safety codes, as well as additional senior-specific requirements, such as the following:
All Nebraska assisted living facility residents have the right to safety, autonomy, and dignity. In assisted living facilities, residents have the following rights:
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Nebraska doesn’t have any COVID-19 mandates for assisted living facilities. However, it does follow CDC guidance, and all assisted living facilities in the state are also expected to follow CDC guidance. Assisted living facilities are free to determine how to mitigate COVID-19 through quarantine measures or by asking staff to mask. Facilities are not allowed to regulate when and who can visit. All visitors are allowed into Nebraska assisted living facilities at any time, regardless of vaccination status.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services keeps the updated COVID-19 guidance, vaccine, and treatment information on their COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents page. The department also keeps a Respiratory Illness Dashboard with information about the spread of influenza throughout the state.
Vaccinations. There are no vaccination requirements mandated by the state of Nebraska for assisted living facilities.
Masking. Facilities may request staff members to wear masks, but this cannot be a mandate.
Facility cleanliness. Facilities are expected to be kept clean and hygienic at all times.
Social distancing. All visitors are allowed into Nebraska’s assisted living facilities.
CDC guidelines. Nebraska asks all assisted living facilities to follow CDC guidelines.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
Gender split: 63% female
While Lincoln, Nebraska, may be the state’s capital and home to the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska, it’s ultimately the quiet, community-oriented culture that appeals to seniors. Many seniors have lived in Lincoln or the surrounding communities their entire lives. When it’s time for assisted living, most seniors find no reason to leave. The city has a population of 292,627 and is growing at about 0.25% each year, fueled by the city’s low cost of living, low crime, and the friendliness of its people. The median gross rent in Lincoln is $1,208, which is 34% below the national average. The average cost of assisted living in Lincoln is $5,352 a month, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.
Assisted living facilities in Lincoln offer residents a comfortable living situation and nonmedical help. Facilities in Lincoln provide home-cooked meals, snacks, daily social activities, and attentive care from professional caregivers. Assisted living is a good option for seniors who need regular supervision to make sure they take their medications, stay groomed and hygienic, or need help moving about. Seniors who simply need or want more socialization or planned activities may also benefit from the community structure of assisted living facilities. Seniors with dementia or medical needs, however, may be a better fit for Lincoln’s memory care facilities or nursing homes.
A Place for Mom partners with a handful of assisted living communities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Lincoln. All of A Place for Mom’s partnering assisted living facilities in Lincoln are on the east side of the city. About one third of the communities offer assisted living services, and one third offer assisted living and memory care. The remaining third offer assisted living, memory care, and independent living. All facilities offering assisted living in Lincoln have room for between 25 and 75 residents. This means each senior receives personalized care from a group of dedicated caregivers. It also means that seniors can get to know staff members and fellow residents a bit more easily.
All our partner assisted living facilities in Lincoln are either in buildings built no more than 20 years ago or have undergone extensive renovations. As a result, residents can expect state-of-the-art security systems, insulation, amenities, and stylish interiors from any assisted living partner in Lincoln. Rooms are spacious and tend to have excellent natural light. It’s more common for residents to have a private room in a Lincoln assisted living facility than in other cities.
Community is king in Lincoln, and it’s one of the first things residents note when they visit Lincoln’s assisted living facilities. While all of the assisted living facilities in Lincoln offer on-site activities, most facilities also have grassroots clubs reflecting the interests of their residents, such as gardening, birding, and billiards.
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Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Lincoln population
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Lincoln offers a few different options for seniors in need of more health care than is provided at an assisted living community. Read on for more information about local options.
Pine Lake Health LLC is a privately owned, M.D.-operated primary care facility. It provides care for all ages, including seniors. This clinic has established partnerships with local hospitals and specialized health care providers to ensure that its patients have access to in-patient care and specialty medical services when needed. The doctors are able to see patients with acute care needs on a same-day basis.
Bryan Medical Center is a nonprofit health care organization that offers a wide range of primary and specialty services. It’s locally owned and operated, and has 640 beds. There are two campuses in Lincoln. Patients can expect exceptional care, whether it’s inpatient or outpatient care at this center. Bryan Medical Center received the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Founded in 1889, CHI Health St. Elizabeth is one of the most established health care providers in Nebraska. It offers a full range of specialty and primary services, including geriatrics, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, and nephrology. With 260 beds, this nonprofit organization is based on the east side of Lincoln within minutes of most of A Place for Mom’s partnering assisted living facilities.
Most seniors in assisted living facilities in Lincoln typically don’t worry about transportation, as it’s often a complimentary service or available for a fee through the community. Seniors often need transportation for visiting physicians or going to events, which can be covered by the community’s transportation services. Visiting family and friends are also free to take residents to appointments, outings, and trips. Residents who prefer to drive are allowed to keep their own car on the premises, but there may be a parking fee.
For seniors who don’t drive and would like to travel around Lincoln independently, the StarTran Bus Service is a good option. The bus is an affordable and reliable way to get around Lincoln. You can find routes, updates, and other information on the StarTran webpage. Seniors can use their Senior Saver status to get a 50% reduction in their bus fees. Ride sharing services and car rentals are also widely available in Lincoln.
Family and friends visiting from out of state will be pleasantly surprised by the lack of traffic in Lincoln. While rush hour can be busy, it generally takes no more than 45 minutes to drive across the city through downtown Lincoln.
Seniors living in Lincoln’s assisted living facilities don’t need to go far to find something to do. All of A Place for Mom’s partnering assisted living facilities offer on-site activities and classes, according to our proprietary data. Game nights, visiting performers, social hours, and dances are common activities. Physical activities, such as chair yoga, tai chi, and walking clubs are also popular. Outside of the assisted living communities, Lincoln offers a host of local senior-friendly activities.
As the state capital, Lincoln has a number of exceptional museums. Seniors receive discounted admission to all museums in Lincoln.
The average cost of Assisted Living in Lincoln is 4,204 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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United States Census Bureau. (2023). Mean income in the past 12 months (S1902): Lincoln city [Data set]. American Community Survey.
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