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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $3,393 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 3 assisted living facilities in Shreveport and 4 in surrounding areas.
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When families are seeking assisted living services for a loved one, they look no further than Azalea Estates is Shreveport because we offer a family-like setting.
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Azalea Estates of Shreveport is a smaller community offering a bed and breakfast type feel. The staff was pleasant and helpful. I witnessed one of the staff members helping one of the residents using walker to one of the common areas and I thought that was very kind. The activity plan seemed well thought out offering s...Read more Azalea Estates of Shreveport reviews
Azalea Estates of Shreveport’s best feature is its warm environment. This facility has a very warm, family-like feel to it. The atmosphere of this facility is very much like being in your own home. This facility is smaller, with more of a cozy cottage feel to it. Azalea Estates of Shreveport certainly has plenty of st...Read more Azalea Estates of Shreveport reviews
Brookdale Shreveport is a spacious community. When visiting I was able to see that the rooms were spacious and the common areas were designed to provide a comfortable relaxed environment. A few of the staff members didn't seem as welcoming as others because they seemed to to have the time to talk to me or answer my que...Read more Brookdale Shreveport reviews
Brookdale Shreveport is a facility with excellent landscaping. Brookdale Shreveport has a very comfortable, airy vibe to it that makes it feel as if you’re walking into your own home. The facility is very large with plenty of open spaces and no lack of interesting décor. There are plenty of perks and amenities here a...Read more Brookdale Shreveport reviews
According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study, at $3,393, Shreveport’s average monthly cost for assisted living is moderately lower than the national average of $4,000 and slightly lower than the state average of $3,500. Shreveport falls midway on Louisiana’s assisted living cost spectrum for cities, which include Monroe ($2,950) and Hammond ($3,075) on the one end and Baton Rouge ($4,000) and Huma ($4,325) on the other.
Cost of Assisted Living Comparison Chart
Cost for senior care is dependent on a number of factors, including degree of care and location. In Shreveport, nursing home care ($5,241) in a semiprivate room is much more expensive than the cost of assisted living. Home health aides are $300 less per month than assisted living, and homemaker services are even lower at $500 less per month. When deciding on level of care, it’s important to remember that home services do not include rent, utilities, food and other living expenses, which may be included in assisted living or nursing home care.
Medicaid, a nationwide supplemental health insurance program, is available to low-income residents of all ages in Louisiana. Coverage includes inpatient/outpatient hospital services, durable medical equipment, home health, nursing home facility, dental coverage and hospice. If an individual already receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), then they automatically qualify for Medicaid.
To qualify for Louisiana Medicaid and long-term care services, seniors must be 65 or older, be a permanent resident of Louisiana, earn less than 3 times the SSI benefit rate ($2,313 individual or $4,626 couple) and possess $2,000 or less in resources (single) or $3,000 (couple). Exempt assets include:
Medicaid takes all other assets into consideration when determining eligibility, including investments, retirement savings, pensions, wages, IRAs and savings bonds. For a complete list, see the Applying for Medicaid Long Term Care Services Checklist.
The “Spend-Down” program is available for those whose income exceeds allowed amounts. Excess income and assets may be used to pay for health-related costs, such as medical bills, home modifications or debt, until the applicant meets Medicaid income and asset limits, at which point Medicaid will kick in and begin to cover the cost of care. It’s important to be aware that income and assets cannot be given away or sold for less than the market value during this period, as Louisiana has a “Look Back” period of 5 years. If an applicant is found in violation, a delay in Medicaid benefits may result. To learn more, contact Louisiana’s Department of Health Medicaid division at (877) 523-2987 or visit your local Shreveport Medicaid Office.
Community Choices Waiver Program
Louisiana’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), which offers in-home and community services, are available to individuals who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, meal prep and grooming. Those who meet Medicaid eligibility, are 21 years and older and meet nursing home level of care, can apply for the Community Choices Waiver Program. Its services are designed to keep seniors in their homes and communities and delay transfer to a nursing home facility.
Services that may be available through HCBS:
There is a waiting list for this program.
For more information about Louisiana’s Medicaid options for either long-term facility care or the Community Choices Waiver Program, call the LDH Office of Aging and Adult Services at (877) 456-1146.
Residential Options Waiver
Seniors who are receiving Medicaid and live at home or in an assisted living facility may be eligible for the Residential Options Waiver (ROW). This program is designed for individuals who are developmentally disabled prior to the age of 22 and also meet Intermediate Care Facility-Intellectual Disability (ICF-ID) level of care. An assessment is required to determine eligibility. ROW covers services such as companion care, transition services, medical equipment and nursing services. For a complete list of services covered and general ROW information, visit Louisiana’s DOH ROW page. To apply for ROW, contact the Northwest Louisiana Human Services District either in person or by phone at (318) 741-7455.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
SSI is a federally funded program available for seniors who are either under age 65 and disabled or age 65 and older with limited income and assets ($2,000 for individuals, $3,000 for couples). Income (from any source) that is above the allowed amount is subtracted from the SSI federal benefit rate of $771 (individual) or $1,157 (couple) a month . To learn more or to apply, visit Social Security’s SSI page or call (800) 772-1213.
Aid & Attendance and Housebound VA Pensions
Louisiana veterans who receive a VA pension and are in need of assistance from another person for daily living or are housebound, may be eligible for payments in excess of their current pensions. Individuals who do not qualify for the VA pension because of excessive income may still qualify.
To qualify for the Aid & Attendance monthly pension amount, seniors must meet one of the following:
To qualify for the Housebound pension, seniors must be largely housebound due to a permanent disability; the disability doesn’t have to be service related.
There are 10 senior centers located throughout the Shreveport area. Offerings include free fitness programs, nutrition education, arts and crafts, games, choirs and hot meals.
Caddo Council on Aging
1700 Buckner Street, Suite 240, Shreveport, LA 71104
Volunteers of America, North Louisiana
360 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
Eligible veterans may qualify for health care, pensions and other benefits by visiting the Shreveport US Veterans Celt Center or Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. VA health care is available at Overton Brooks, the local VA medical center.
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
510 East Stoner Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71101
US Veterans Affairs Department
2800 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71104
Bossier Parish Department of Veterans Affairs
2292 Barksdale Boulevard A, Shreveport, LA 71112
The Caddo Council on Aging offers seniors a variety of services, including Meals on Wheels, legal services, medical and housekeeping services. It also provides ongoing advocacy and support for the Shreveport senior population.
Caddo Council on Aging
1700 Buckner Street, Suite 240, Shreveport, LA 71101
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