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Whether you are looking for an urban or suburban feel, Omaha, Nebraska, offers a seamless combination of both. While it’s a big city, the culture feels like a small town. Seniors in Omaha will feel at home with a variety of retirement options, including independent living communities. A Place for Mom partners with 13 independent living communities within 10 miles of the Omaha City Hall. This radius includes surrounding suburbs and part of Iowa, including Council Bluffs.

Similar to senior apartments, independent living communities offer senior-only living where older adults can maintain independence while enjoying services, such as meals, that help them live conveniently in a safe environment. There are many independent living communities in Omaha that even offer senior care options, so residents can age in place if their needs ever change.

A Place for Mom has collected information from our partner Omaha independent living communities to create this guide. It includes real resident reviews, the service options you can expect to find, and cost data. You can learn how residents tend to pay, what the Omaha regulations are for senior communities, as well as what tenant and landlord laws are in place. Find helpful, local senior resources in each section, as well as the area’s senior-friendly activities and transportation options.

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Recent reviews of Independent Living in Omaha, NE
Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs, IA

We have no problem with the community, they people there are very nice. Our only issues would be the communication regarding our loved one. Sometimes it is hard to get information and updates but we think that could be because of covid. We would definitely recommend this community to others.

Bailey Pointe at Miracle Hills in Omaha, NE

We've utilized The Waterford for respite stays, and we loved it. We would have put my loved one there long-term except they don't have memory care. Even though the building is old, the people were so nice. The care was great. And the food was good.

Cedarhurst of La Vista

The staff at Cedarhurst of La Vista was all very friendly and kind to my dad. Several of them contacted me after he moved out to check on him and to ask about his health. The facility and rooms were always clean. The food was great. My dad often complimented the dessert offerings. I would recommend this facility to family and friends (based on past ownership, I can't speak to the new ownership).

Maple Ridge Retirement Community

3525 North 167th Circle, Omaha, NE 68116

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
23 Photos available
11 Floor plans available
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60 reviews

I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a very friendly, family oriented place to live. Staff is always there to help; have activities and outings to fit every need. Dining staff is always there...

Provides: Independent Living
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Maple Ridge Retirement is Omaha, NE’s Premier independent living community. Maple Ridge Retirement comprises apartments for adults 55 and over — including studio apartments, one, two, and three bedroom suites and a variety of floor plans. Maple Ridge Retirement is an all-inclusive retirement...

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Crown Pointe Retirement Community

2820 S 80th St, Omaha, NE 68124

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
18 Photos available
3 Floor plans available
Review Score
46 reviews

Of course, A Place For Mom was so helpful during this difficult transition and I felt 100% supported by the organization. Crown Pointe has thus far exceeded our expectations and Donna's needs have been well...

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Discover the good life at Crown Pointe, where the most sought after Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care services in Omaha, Nebraska, can be found in abundance. Our warm and inviting community is filled with potential friends and comforts to help residents enjoy every moment of...

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Walnut Grove Retirement Community

4901 South 153rd Street, Omaha, NE 68137

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
13 Photos available
12 Floor plans available
Review Score
24 reviews

If you have the I good fortune to secure a spot in this community, you will never regret it, it has a community/family feeling!Superior in all aspects!!

Provides: Independent Living
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Walnut Grove Retirement is Omaha's Premier independent living community. Walnut Grove Retirement Resort comprises 129 apartments for adults 55 and over — including studio apartments, one,  two, and three bedroom suites and a variety of floor plans. Walnut Grove Retirement is an...

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Remington Heights Retirement

12606 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE 68154

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3 Floor plans available
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18 reviews

I think in the beginning it took some time to familiarize my mom's needs with the staff. No matter what you have to be an advocate for your loved ones and stay on top of the staff to insure the needs are...

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Remington Heights Retirement in Omaha, Nebraska, is the ideal community for seniors seeking an active and rewarding retirement.Offering both independent living and assisted living, Remington Heights focuses on providing each resident with an enriching lifestyle.With delicious meal options, an...

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Holiday Rolling Hills Ranch

4324 North 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68164

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
16 Photos available
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62 reviews

We had a short experience at the community. The staff are good to work with. We really liked the residents in the community. The staff communication was good; however, the staff member that we were...

Provides: Independent Living
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Rolling Hills Ranch provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Built on beautifully landscaped grounds in a quiet suburb of Omaha, you'll love the elegance of our facilities, friendly staff and the convenience of being close to the amenities of the nearby city....

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Via Christe Assisted Living and Memory Care

3636 California St, Omaha, NE 68131

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28 reviews

Love Via Christie!! The Via Christie staff all go way beyond what is expected to make their residents feel at home and safe at all times. Very comforting to know my dad is being well cared for. Thank you to...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

Aksarben Village Senior Living Community

1330 South 70th Street, Omaha, NE 68106

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
17 Photos available
23 Floor plans available
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5 reviews

This center is the place that all families dream about for their loved one who needs the care they can no longer give. I visited my great aunt and was so pleased to see her so happy and well cared for by an...

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Bickford of Omaha Blondo

11308 Blondo St, Omaha, NE 68164

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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25 reviews

If you have an individual that is starting to have problems with dementia, it's a very good place to go. We feel very comfortable with them. It's a small community, and they really try to get the residents...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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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...

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Westgate Assisted Living

3030 South 80th Street, Omaha, NE 68124

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11 reviews

My mom was a resident at Westgate Assisted Living for a short time and they were fantastic. My mom loved it here and they took very good care of her. The staff was very nice. The food was really good. I...

Provides: Assisted Living
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10-Time Winner of 'Omaha's Best Assisted Living' Award from Omaha Magazine, Westgate Assisted Living has a sparkling reputation! We are also a 4-Time winner of The Reader's Choice Award and a Bronze National Quality Award winner! Westgate is Certified A+ by the BBB. We are nestled in a quiet,...

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St. Joseph Tower Assisted Living

2205 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68108

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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1 review

What we like a lot about the St Joseph Tower community is all the different activities they have going on for the residents, like cards and bingo nights. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would...

Provides: Assisted Living

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Richmont Senior Living

702 Fort Crook Rd S, Bellevue, NE 68005

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
1 Photos available
9 Floor plans available
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32 reviews

My loved one was a resident at Richmont Senior Living. This is a very nice facility, everything was great and we were very happy with it. The care, the cleanliness, the friendliness were all great. I would...

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Proudly serving the Bellevue community for over 13 years,we have genuine affection for our residents. Come see why Richmont Village is the best and most affordable Independent Living in he area. There is no reason to spend your retirement years alone and inactive. If you are an active senior...

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Cedarhurst of La Vista

8140 S 97th Plaza, La Vista, NE 68128

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
15 Photos available
10 Floor plans available
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14 reviews

My loved one was a resident at Cedarhurst of La Vista and everything about his experience at this facility was great. The staff was very helpful and I could call with any questions and get a prompt answer....

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Home is more than just a building or an address, it’s a feeling. Of comfort, security, happiness and joy. At The Meriwether, our goal is to make you feel right at home.The Meriwether is home to individuals with varying levels of support needs. We offer three levels of residency: Carefree Living,...

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Connect55 Plus La Vista

7544 Gertrude Street, La Vista, NE 68128

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
6 Photos available
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10 reviews

My mother-in-law is currently a resident at Connect55 Plus La Vista. The move in process was really good and they were very accommodating. The staff is very helpful. The facility is always very clean and...

Provides: Senior Apartments
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Active Senior Living Community in La VistaConnect55+ La Vista, located in La Vista, Nebraska, offers spacious, pet-friendly apartment homes for active adults over age 55. Connect55+ communities feature thoughtful amenities, maintenance-free living, and a full range of events and activities for...

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Astoria Senior Living Omaha

9220 Western Avenue, Omaha, NE 68114

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
6 Photos available
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42 reviews

I chose Astoria because I had a great tour and they assured me they would be accommodating to my mom's needs. I like the fact that they have a separate memory care unit. Besides the above I would tell a...

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Brighton Gardens provides assisted living in an apartment-style setting that offers the simple pleasures - nutritious food, comfortable surroundings, and the support of a warm, caring and competent staff. Our Skilled Nursing Center emphasizes resident care and dignity in private or shared...

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Bailey Pointe at Miracle Hills

11909 Miracle Hills Dr, Omaha, NE 68154

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
11 Photos available
Review Score
39 reviews

The food was always important to [name removed] when he stayed in respite care and he liked it there. The head staff people are so amazing! We have experienced the staff at [community name removed] and now...

Provides: Assisted Living
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WELCOME TO BAILEY POINTE ASSISTED LIVING AT MIRACLE HILLSBailey Pointe Assisted Living at Miracle Hills provides expert, compassionate care in a home-like environment tucked away in picturesque West Omaha. At our community, you can enjoy the best of the Omaha area while receiving comfortable,...

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The Arboretum an Immanuel Community

8141 Farnam Drive, Omaha, NE 68114

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
4 Photos available
Review Score
11 reviews

I do not recommend moving during a pandemic, but moving to a place as well-run, friendly and helpful as The Arboretum Village was an excellent decision for me. I suggest starting a search as early as...

Provides: Independent Living
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FREE Enhanced Cable: The Arboretum provides free cable with up to 104 channels including the Big Ten Network, ESPN and Hallmark channels. Each resident also receive two mini cable boxes. Additional boxes are available for a small fee from the cable provider.

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Bickford of Omaha Hickory

7337 Hickory Street, Omaha, NE 68124

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
16 Photos available

I can not say enough about our exceptional experience working with Bickford. My mother in law is doing well at this community. The staff are welcoming, supportive and have a high level of encouragement. ...

Provides: Assisted Living
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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...

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Hickory Villa

7315 Hickory Street, Omaha, NE 68124

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
4 Photos available
1 Floor plans available

We chose Hickory Villa because we had a referral from a friend who had a great experience. Also the location was centrally located for family. The room sizes here are great and perfect for his needs. The...

Provides: Assisted Living
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Hickory Villa offers intimate assisted living apartments in a bright, airy neighborhood with spacious grounds and warm caregivers. Hickory Villa is a faith-based nonprofit organization. Across all our communities, faith is a cornerstone of how we operate, which means everything we do is in...

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Keystone Villas Senior Living

7300 Graceland Dr, Omaha, NE 68134

43 Photos available

My Mom loves Keystone Villas. She said the people are beautiful. She really enjoying the meals and being able to socialize with people her age. Thank for giving us peace of mind!

Provides: Independent Living, Senior Apartments
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At Skyline Assisted and Independent Living, you will discover more than our well-appointed community and extensive range of services. You will find a warm dedicated staff committed to creating a place you will be delighted to call home. From nutritious healthy meals, fun interactive activities,...

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Ovation Heartwood Preserve

470 Maxwell Plz, Omaha, NE 68154

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
11 Photos available
Review Score
1 review

I've had a difficult time getting information on her care points. However, based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend Ovation Heartwood Preserve to other families who are looking for a...

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Ovation Heartwood Preserve is now open!Upscale Senior Living In Omaha, NebraskaA month-to-month rental community with no entrance fee or buy-in.A lifetime of hard work and service is worth a standing ovation and the chance to engage at your own pace.Re-energize and explore surrounded by an urban...

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Avidor Omaha, 55+ Active Adult Apartment Homes

13110 Sterling Ridge Drive, Omaha, NE 68144

28 Photos available

We love it here. Everybody is so nice - all the other people that live here, as well as the staff. I feel very safe here, which I think is especially important as a senior. I can't believe all the fun...

Provides: Independent Living
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This premier 55+ active adult community features extensive amenities, designer finishes and daily events & activities. From the pool with sun deck, the fitness club to stainless steel appliances and custom flooring & cabinetry, our designers have thought of everything to make your next adventure...

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Fountain View

5710 S 108th St, Omaha, NE 68137

1 Photos available

My mom has lived here for 5 years and has loved every moment of it. She started in independent living and has since transitioned to the assisted living area of the building. She loves being under the same...

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care
See all Omega Senior Living communities

The Right Senior Living Solution Independent Living Our Independent Living community is designed for seniors who want their own space, but still have access to meals, social activities and recreation. Assisted Living In Assisted Living, our trained caregivers provide medication management, fun...

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Woodbridge Senior Village

7205 North 73 Plaza Circle, Omaha, NE 68104

1 Photos available

Staff is useful and friendly, although not always available or there when my mother needs them. You can ring the front desk but sometimes it can take some time to get assistance. Other than that great...

Provides: Senior Apartments

Our senior apartments bring a whole new concept to senior living to Omaha! Woodbridge Senior Village is an independent living senior apartment campus for people 55+ years young that is neither a government sponsored program, nor a Buy-In retirement community. Comfortable & spacious, Woodbridge is...

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Bailey Pointe at Roxbury Park

5728 S 108th St, Omaha, NE 68137

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
6 Photos available
Review Score
23 reviews

My mom absolutely loved it here. The staff were exceptional and the food was excellent. It is a very nice facility, everything is clean, they did her laundry, cleaned her apartment, etc. Staff were always...

Provides: Assisted Living
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WELCOME TO BAILEY POINTE ASSISTED LIVING AT ROXBURY PARKBailey Pointe Assisted Living at Roxbury Park provides expert, compassionate care in a home-like environment tucked away in picturesque Southwest Omaha. At our community, you can enjoy the best of the Omaha area while receiving comfortable,...

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Parsons House on Eagle Run

14325 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha, NE 68164

2 Photos available

We chose Parsons House because they were the only ones who were willing to accept my son. They have been great to work with and very accommodating. I would recommend them to others who are looking

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

Nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Champions Run, directly across the street from St. Vincent de Paul parish, Parsons House on Eagle Run is Omaha’s leading assisted living and memory care facility. We are a family owned property with long ties to the Omaha community. Kim Reeves and her husband,...

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Costs of independent living in the Omaha area

The average monthly rate for an independent living community in the Omaha area is approximately $3,822, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.[01] This cost is an average of what seniors actually paid per month and includes add-on fees and services. The actual cost of an independent living community can vary depending on the floor plan, location, amenities, and services.

For example, the starting median price for a one bedroom in the Omaha area is $3,334 and $4,100 monthly for a two bedroom. While many independent living communities are all-inclusive without buy-in fees, some have a community fee, monthly parking fee, and/or monthly pet fee.[01]

A breakdown of independent living costs

The average cost for independent living typically includes rent, as well as some services and amenities. Common area amenities depend on the independent living community, but the following are some you may find on-site, according to our partners:

  • TV lounge
  • Library
  • Movie theater
  • Beauty salon
  • Barber shop
  • Fitness center
  • Computer center
  • Raised garden beds
  • Game room
  • Billiards lounge
  • Outdoor walking paths
  • Arts and crafts center[01]

However, some of our independent living partners add onto these common amenities with even more special features like the following:

  • Golf course or putting green
  • Pool
  • Jacuzzi[01]

Independent living facilities include a variety of services to help seniors maintain independence while living in convenience. Per our independent living partners in Omaha, below are some on-site services ranked from most common to less common:

  • Dining services
  • Complimentary transportation
  • On-site and off-site activities
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry services
  • Grocery shopping/errand services
  • Concierge services
  • Pet-care services[01]

The following numbers show the average baseline costs for independent living facilities in the Omaha area. These costs do not include common add-on service costs, like our proprietary data above.

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How people pay for independent living in Omaha

Most seniors pay for independent living privately, through their retirement income and assets. For seniors who grow to require care services at home, Medicaid, Medicare, and long-term care insurance may help eligible seniors cover costs related to in-home health care services.

In this section, you will find the different ways seniors pay for their costs of living. The following payment tabs also include suggestions on how eligible seniors can receive local assistance, including housing assistance, VA benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Private pay methods in Omaha

Seniors often pay privately for independent living, since independent senior living communities are not considered care facilities. So, monthly rental costs are usually paid for with options like savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns. Depending on your resources, the following options may also be available to you:

Understand Omaha laws and regulations for independent living communities

All 13 of our independent living partners in Omaha have a minimum age requirement of 55+ or 62+, depending on the community. Independent living communities in Nebraska are not considered care facilities, so, aside from an age limit, they do not have specific facility requirements — like those of assisted living facilities. However, a handful of our independent living partners also have assisted living on the same campus. Those communities with multi-tier care types must follow assisted living regulations, as well.

Both Nebraska and Iowa assisted living communities must be licensed. In Nebraska, assisted living communities are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services, while Iowa requires an Assisted Living Program license. These licenses require inspections, which can be found online at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services database or the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals database. Depending on the state, these facilities must meet certain requirements, including but not limited to:

  • Providing resident care/personal care services
  • Hiring a sufficient number of staff
  • Hiring a registered nurse to meet medication administration policies

Additionally, Nebraska and Iowa have their own requirements for assisted living buildings, which can be found in our guide to assisted living in Omaha.

Otherwise, independent living communities are generally rental properties and typically are required to follow the state apartment regulations and requirements. Read on to learn about some of the rental regulations in Nebraska and Iowa.

Apartment requirements in Nebraska and Iowa

Nebraska and Iowa require property owners to provide a habitable living environment. This means the apartment building common areas must be a safe environment and kept clean, as well as meet the following requirements for the apartment complex:

  • Address rental unit repairs in a timely manner
  • Offer safe facilities, working appliances, and utilities, including the following:
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Heating
    • Sanitation and garbage
    • Ventilation
    • Air conditioning
    • Elevators
    • A stove and refrigerator
    • Running and hot water

Additionally, a tenant must help maintain a clean and safe apartment that complies with housing and building codes. Compliance means the following:

  • Tenant will not overuse facilities and appliances.
  • Tenant will not deliberately destroy or damage the apartment.
  • Tenant will not disturb the neighbors.

To learn more about your rights as a tenant visit the Nebraska’s Landlord and Tenant Handbook or the Iowa Landlord and Tenant Law Legislative Guide.

Accommodations for seniors with disabilities

In addition to following apartment regulations, independent living communities must provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Changing a rule or service can help provide an equal opportunity to those with disabilities. These type of accommodations may include the following:

  • Accessible parking options
  • Ground-floor units
  • Adjusted rental payments to meet the income assistance schedule
  • Allowing service animals

Additionally, a facility may be required to make modifications to the design of the building to make it easily accessible. Such modifications may include installing the following:

  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Grab bars
  • Accessible entryways

If you have a disability and need accommodations, contact the Omaha Housing Authority, which can help you request accommodations.

Below you will find contacts for filing a complaint against your landlord if they have ignored your written requests. For a structural complaint, contact the Housing Enforcement department at the local City of Omaha Planning Department. If your landlord has not responded to your written requests and you need to file a rental complaint, you can contact the Council Bluffs Rental Housing department for guidance. It is advised to not file a complaint against your landlord until you have submitted multiple written requests to your landlord about the changes on safety issues.

Omaha Housing Authority

Request form for accommodation of disability.

1823 Harney St.
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: 402-444-6900

City of Omaha Planning Department

Find your local contact agency.

1819 Farnam St., Suite 1100
Omaha, NE 68183-1100
Phone: 402-444-5350

Council Bluffs Rental Housing

Learn more about filing a rental housing complaint form.

209 Pearl St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone: 712-890-5283

COVID-19 regulations for Omaha independent living communities

Since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines, Nebraska and Iowa have followed their lead. However, Nebraska Department of Health still recommends isolating after you have tested positive for COVID-19 infection. The following are the recommended steps after isolating for five days:

  • If you did not have any symptoms, end isolation.
  • If you did have symptoms and have been fever-free for 24 hours, end isolation and continue wearing a mask.

After testing negative twice on a COVID-19 antigen test, taken 48 hours apart, you can stop wearing a mask. Or, if you are symptom free for 11 days, you can stop wearing a mask. Nebraska also encourages eligible people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 through the official vaccination campaign, Finish Strong Nebraska.

Nebraska independent living facilities do not have any specific COVID-19 requirements. Though, many of our Omaha independent living partners with assisted living available on the same campus do. To learn more about those assisted living COVID-19 regulations, read our Omaha assisted living page.

Learn more about CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

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Learn more about Iowa COVID-19 guidelines.

Get to know independent living in Omaha


Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market

4.0/5.0 average in-network rating
92% of our independent living partners offer pet-friendly services
84% of our independent living partners have a 24-hour awake staff
100% of our independent living partners offer dining services
76% of our independent living partners have wheelchair-accessible showers
61% of our independent living partners have an on-site home care agency


Number of people we referred in market


Average age of resident we referred in Omaha
Gender split: 61% female, 27% male

Types of independent living in Omaha

If you’re looking for all-inclusive senior living with multiple services on one campus and an active living lifestyle, Omaha has a variety of options. Read on for an outline of what you can expect from independent living communities in Omaha.

All-inclusive facilities

Seniors in Omaha don’t have to worry about managing all their bills thanks to all-inclusive rates. This means all costs are wrapped in one monthly payment instead of paying for each service individually. Many of our independent living partners in Omaha are all-inclusive and don’t have buy-in fees. The services and fees included in this all-inclusive flat rate depends on the community. However, this fee generally includes the apartment, utilities, and community amenities and activities. Additionally, all of our independent living partners provide meals and may include them in the all-inclusive rate.

Active independent living communities

All of our independent living partners offer planned on-site and off-site activities for residents. These types of activities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Art classes
  • Brain fitness games
  • Cooking classes
  • Day trips or outings
  • Happy hours
  • Forever fit classes
  • Live performances
  • Pet-focused programs
  • Stretching classes
  • Wii Bowling
  • Yoga
  • Trivia
  • Tai chi

Additionally, independent living communities offer clubs and groups to encourage socialization. Depending on the community, you may be able to participate in interest clubs and groups like the following:

  • Bible study group
  • Book club
  • Choir club
  • Card club
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening club
  • Men’s club
  • Walking club
  • Quilting or sewing club

Independent living with additional care types

Five of our 13 partner independent living communities in Omaha are stand-alone independent living communities. The others have additional care types — including assisted living and memory care — on the same campus. These types of communities help seniors age in place. Since care needs can evolve, there is a possibility you may need additional care in the future. Therefore, these types of communities are beneficial and extremely popular in Omaha. If you believe you may eventually need assistance with activities of daily living or dementia care, there are memory care facilities and assisted living facilities in Omaha, some on the same campuses as our partner independent living communities.

Additionally, approximately 84% of our Omaha independent living partners have at least one of the following visiting medical professionals:

  • Visiting nurse
  • Visiting podiatrist
  • Visiting physical therapist
  • Visiting occupational therapist
  • Visiting speech therapist
  • Visiting dentist

Some facilities also have an on-call doctor and on-site nursing services. On-site nursing services can provide the following:

  • Round-the-clock nursing supervision
  • Hospice care
  • Rehabilitative care after surgery or illness

If you grow to need even more advanced nursing care, many facilities also provide access to a third-party skilled nursing agency. The majority of our partner independent living communities give residents access to an on-site home health care agency.

Independent living in the surrounding Omaha suburbs

Omaha is a hub for independent living communities. And between Jan. 1, 2022 and Feb. 14, 2023, approximately 66% of the seniors A Place for Mom referred were looking for a facility located in Omaha. However, many seniors gravitated toward the suburbs, with 11% desiring a facility in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The rest of our seniors looked for independent living in the following suburban areas:

  • Bellevue
  • Papillion
  • La Vista
  • Gretna
  • Elkhorn

Our independent living partners in these areas offer multiple care types — including independent living, assisted living, and memory care — on the same campus. And one of our partner communities in Council Bluffs is a faith-led continuing care retirement community (also known as a CCRC), meaning you can age in place. CCRCs typically provide unlimited on-site care services, but they come with a hefty admission fee. Some admission fees for CCRCs can be upward of $100,000, as this fee is used to offset future on-site nursing care costs. Many seniors opt to cover this fee with the proceeds from the sale of a home, or by digging into retirement resources.

In these suburban areas, you’ll find independent living communities that offer the same kinds of amenities and services as the Omaha area communities. The main difference is the space — as the suburbs are spread more openly across beautifully landscaped greenery and have a charming ambiance. Some of these independent living communities also have more spacious floor plans than their city counterparts. Suburban communities can also include larger villa options.

Unfamiliar with Omaha? Highlights for seniors


Number of seniors over the age of 55 currently living in Omaha, according to U.S. Census Bureau

Percentage of seniors 55 and older within the Omaha population, according to U.S. Census Bureau


Average annual income for Omaha seniors 65 and older, according to U.S. Census Bureau

Health care for seniors in Omaha

Omaha seniors have access to multiple geriatric programs and clinics provided through high performing hospitals. Here you’ll find highly ranked hospitals in the Omaha region.

Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center

Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center offers top-notch care with a regional ranking of No. 1, according to U.S. News and World Report.[21] The hospital receives high performance ratings for four adult specialties, including cancer and pulmonology/lung surgery. Seniors can find additional care at the on-site geriatric clinic, Home Instead Center for Successful Aging.

Nebraska Methodist Hospital

Nebraska Methodist Hospital provides extraordinary care with a regional ranking of No. 2 in Omaha and No. 3 in Nebraska, according to U.S. News and World Report.[21] Seniors can receive care tailored to their needs with a Geriatric Assessment Clinic, Acute Care for Elders Unit, and four geriatric programs. The programs have specially trained nurses who provide care for seniors during their hospital stay, as well as offer educational information on geriatric medicine.

CHI Health Immanuel

CHI Health Immanuel offers typical services and specialty services with a cancer center, rehabilitation center, and specialty spine hospital located in North Omaha. Seniors can also use CHI Health at Home, the home health care services offered by the hospital. The hospital system has other nearby locations, including CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs.

Transportation for seniors in Omaha

While Omaha is a large city, the area does not have many public transportation options available. Luckily, all of our independent living partners in Omaha have complimentary transportation available. And if you have your own means of transportation, our Omaha independent living partners have resident parking options available. Plus, some independent living communities offer covered parking options to help protect the vehicle from severe weather.

However, if you need additional means of transportation, Omaha Metro has three different bus systems available:

  • Local daily service is the bus system in Omaha with over 2,500 bus stops.
  • Orbt rapid bus transit provides faster and more frequent trips along eight miles between downtown Omaha and Westroads Mall. This bus travels on Dodge and Douglas streets.
  • MOBY is an ADA paratransit service. This complementary service helps people with disabilities who cannot access other bus stations.

The local bus system and Orbt rapid bus transit offer a Metro fare discount for seniors aged 62+ and those with disabilities.

The following scores, out of 100, are based off transportation accessibility in the Omaha area, including Council Bluffs, Iowa, per Walk Score.


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Transit Score


Bike Score

Senior activities in Omaha

Most of our independent living partners offer planned off-site activities, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data. Community transportation services enable residents to visit a variety of local hotspots and participate in group outings and activities. A well-known and recommended area is The Old Market — a local spot with plenty of arts, entertainment, dining, and shopping options.

The area has many senior-friendly activity options to help you live an active lifestyle. Below is an outline of popular area activities, some of which may be located in The Old Market.

Omaha active living

There are many Omaha senior activity centers that host multiple activities. If you reserve ahead by at least 24 hours, you can even get a meal. Besides senior centers, the City of Omaha Parks schedule a variety of senior-friendly activities like the following:

  • Fishing
  • Pickleball
  • Tai chi
  • Bingo
  • Puzzles
  • Walking

Additionally, there is a 55+ club where seniors have free access to a weight room and the indoor gym.

Council Bluffs active living

Seniors age 62+ can live an active lifestyle with a discounted membership to the YMCA Healthy Living Center in Council Bluffs. The local YMCA has amenities like the following:

  • Indoor pool
  • Exercise classes
  • Wellness center
  • Health programs
  • Clubs
  • Social groups

Gaming and entertainment

Whether you’re looking for lively performing arts or gambling, the Omaha area has multiple options for both. The Omaha area is known for having a large arts and music scene, thanks to the Omaha Performing Arts center. The center hosts live music, dance performances, Broadway shows, and comedy shows, with three difference venues in one area, including:

On the other side of the state line, Council Bluffs has a handful of casinos with options like slots, virtual games, table games, and sports betting. Enjoy these local casinos:


Your family will love coming to visit thanks to the area’s finest museums, like:

Outdoor areas

If you love the outdoors, you’ll find endless opportunities in Omaha with over 250 parks throughout the area. Whether you visit the park by yourself or with friends, there are many comfortable amenities for activities, like tennis courts, swimming pools, community centers, and picnic areas. You can also enjoy a day of swimming or fishing at one of the many local lakes. Besides outdoor parks and lakes, the area offers the well-known Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, where seniors aged 65+ receive a slightly discounted rate.

Frequently asked questions

Bailey Pointe on Van Dorn, Maple Ridge Retirement Community and Crown Pointe Retirement Community are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Omaha, NE. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Independent Living in Omaha is 3,238 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

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