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8 Assisted Living Communities in Shelby County, Alabama

The average cost of assisted living in the county is $2,958 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 8 Assisted Living Communities in Shelby County and several in surrounding areas. The Cost of Senior Care in Shelby County, AL

  • Assisted Living: $2,958
  • Nursing Home Care: $6,159
  • In-home Care: $3,432
  • Adult Day Health Services: $758

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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Shelby County

Joan

5

February 22, 2021

I visited this facility

I went to Somerby At St. Vincent's. It was a wonderful reception. The lady that I had planned to meet got tied up, but apparently they were two there who did tours, and the other staff was great. He and I had a lot in common; we've been into a lot of the same places. That made me feel real at home. The rooms were well done, they were very open. It's also a newer place. It is more expensive, but it is very lovely. Everything was lovely there. Everything was great. I had a meal there. They were thoughtful enough to do that, and that tells me that they really care about everybody. It was fresh fruits and it was their recipe for chicken salad. It was very good, but the cheesecake was not good. They have all of the amenities and a free membership to what's like a health club. They are also across the street from St. Vincent Hospital, which means if you ever have an emergency you'd be right there at the hospital. I like the way the rooms are arranged circularly. I can look out and see the street on one side and something else on another. I didn't feel at all shut in. They have a lot of interesting activities that I might like.

Cynthia

5

May 1, 2018

I visited this facility

Danberry at Inverness was like a gorgeous castle. We couldn't afford it, but it was fabulous. The staff was very knowledgeable of the facility and what it offers. The amenities and activities were endless. They had a pool, a card room, and a theater room. They had everything.

Wanda

5

August 22, 2017

I visited this facility

The apartments at Somerby at St. Vincent's One Nineteen were nice. I saw a big TV room with nice chairs. It was a very expensive place, but you get what you pay for. The two dining areas were nice and served different types of food.

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Assisted Living Costs in Shelby County

According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care study, assisted living in Shelby County costs $2,958 per month. This is considerably less than Alabama cities such as Daphne ($3,850), Auburn ($3,700) and Montgomery ($3,992). It’s also below both the state ($3,271) and national averages ($4,000). Less expensive assisted living can be found in Dothan ($2,663) and Gadsden, which has the lowest average monthly cost in Alabama at $2,075.

Note: Specific senior care cost data isn’t available for Shelby County. Data for the nearest major city, Birmingham, has been used instead.

Shelby County/Birmingham Area

$2,958

National Average

$4,000

State Average

$3,271

Auburn Area

$3,700

Daphne Area

$3,850

Decatur

$3,404

Dothan

$2,663

Mobile

$3,424

Montgomery

$3,992

Care Cost Comparison

Senior care costs in Shelby County differ depending on the type of care needed. Adult day health services cost an average of $758 per month, while assisted living rates are much higher at $2,958. Nursing home care is more than double the cost of assisted living, and home care services are close to $500 more expensive. The cost gap with in-home care widens when household expenses are factored in, such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, food and general upkeep, which are usually included in the cost of assisted living. 

Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart

Assisted Living

$2,958

Homemaker Services

$3,432

Home Health Aide

$3,432

Adult Day Health Services

$758

Nursing Home Care

$6,159

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Shelby County

Medicaid in Alabama

Medicaid in Alabama covers a range of health care services for low-income families and individuals. The program covers physician care, hospitalization, laboratory tests, prescription medications and emergency transportation. Medicaid is administered by the state of Alabama and operates within parameters set forth by the federal government. 

To be eligible for the state Medicaid plan, Alabama seniors must be age 65 or older and meet the following financial requirements:

Single applicants

 

 

  • An income of $791 or less per month
  • No more than $2,000 in countable assets

 


Married applicants applying together

 

 

 

 

  • An income of $1,177 or less per month
  • No more than $3,000 in countable assets

 


Medicaid counts income from all sources. Some assets don’t count, such as a home, personal effects, furniture and one vehicle. 

To apply, seniors can visit the Birmingham Medicaid office at 468 Palisades Boulevard or call (866) 371-4073.

Alabama Community Transition Waiver

The ACT waiver helps seniors and those with disabilities transition out of a nursing facility and back into their home or an assisted living facility with the goal of reducing the cost of care. The program covers the cost of transitional assistance, as well as various other services such as skilled nursing care, assisted living and personal care services, personal emergency response systems, medical equipment and case management.

There’s no age requirement for this program. However, applicants must currently reside in a nursing care facility and be physically and cognitively capable of safely transitioning back into the community. Applicants must undergo a comprehensive assessment to determine their eligibility. To qualify, applicants must have a monthly income below $2,313 and no more than $2,000 in countable assets. 

To apply, seniors can contact the Alabama Department of Senior Services at (800) 243-5463.

 

 

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

Optional State Supplementation

Low-income seniors who require long-term care may be eligible for an SSI top-up benefit through the Alabama OSS program. This money is added to an SSI recipient’s monthly benefit and can be used to pay for assisted living expenses not covered by Medicaid. Eligibility and the exact monthly benefit amount are determined by an applicant’s living situation and income but may be up to $60 per person or $120 for married couples. 

Seniors can apply by contacting the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213. 

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance can help cover the costs associated with assisted living and nursing home care. Most insurance providers require that applicants are in reasonably good health; therefore, it’s important to consider purchasing insurance before the need for long-term care arises. 

While the coverage and terms differ depending on the specific provider and plan, most long-term care policies have copay and deductible requirements. The provider may then pay the remaining cost for covered services directly or reimburse the policyholder. 

Elderlife Financial Services works with seniors to help them understand and manage long-term care policies and claims. To learn more, seniors can call (888) 228-4500.

Senior Centers

Senior centers in Shelby County provide enriching and entertaining activities for local residents. Individual centers offer a variety of free programs including bingo and card games, craft circles and lunches, as well as special activities such as day trips that may require a nominal fee. 

Hoover Senior Center
400 Municipal Dr, Birmingham, AL 35216
(205) 739-6700

Columbiana Senior Center
110 Mildred St, Columbiana, AL 35051
(205) 669-3969

Alabaster Senior Activity Center
1097 7th St SW, Alabaster, AL 35007
(205) 663-1307

Pelham Seniors Center
50 Racquet Club Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124
(205) 620-6064

Area Agency on Aging

The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging offers assistance to seniors seeking aging-related resources and programs in Shelby County. The agency provides Medicaid, Medicare and long-term care counseling, legal services and access to nutritional and prescription assistance programs. Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging
209 Cloverdale Cir, Alabaster, AL 35007
(205) 670-5770

Veteran’s Services

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs provides a variety of benefits to military veterans and their families including medical care and financial assistance. Seniors living in Shelby County can inquire about available benefits by contacting the Shelby County Veteran Affairs office, and health care services can be obtained at the Birmingham VA Medical Center or community outpatient clinic. 

Shelby County Veteran Affairs
54 Kelly Ln, Columbiana, AL 35051
(205) 669-3835

VA Community Outpatient Clinic
2415 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 933-8101

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