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The average cost of assisted living in the county is $3,500 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 13 assisted living facilities in Jefferson County and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Jefferson County, MO
According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care study, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Jefferson County is $3,500, which is $500 cheaper than the national average. However, this area is expensive when compared to Missouri as a whole. In Springfield, the cost is much lower at $2,215 a month, followed by Joplin at $2,650.
Jefferson City has a monthly cost that is just $45 a month higher than Jefferson County, and the most expensive area in the state for assisted living is Kansas City, with a monthly average of $4,050.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Jefferson County, so data for the wider St. Louis area was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
The monthly cost in Jefferson County for assisted living is an average of $3,500. This is $500 cheaper than the national average, which makes it quite affordable compared to other levels of care. In-home care services are around $800 more expensive in this area compared to assisted living, which makes the latter even more affordable when considering the regular household bills, such as utilities, maintenance and repair and property taxes, that are included in the cost of assisted living.
Care in a nursing facility is much more expensive than all other options, although the level of care is higher, and it’s also easier to receive financial assistance to pay for this type of facility.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Each part of Missouri is served by its own Area Agency on Aging. In Jefferson County, the AAA is Aging Ahead, which also operates multiple senior centers. Seniors can benefit from regular activities such as light exercise, arts and crafts, guest presentations and general socialization. Specialists also advise seniors and their families on services available locally and can answer questions about Medicaid, the health insurance marketplace and long-term care needs.
Aging Ahead – Arnold
1695 Missouri State Road, Arnold, MO 63010
Aging Ahead – DeSoto
13227 State Highway E, DeSoto, MO 63020
Aging Ahead – House Springs
6180 Highway MM, House Springs, MO 63051
Aging Ahead – Quad Cities
221 Bailey Road, Crystal City, MO 63019
Veterans in Jefferson County and their dependents should contact a VA benefits office to find out whether they’re eligible for any additional benefits or service, such as the Aid and Attendance program. Staff can assist with the application process for various VA services and help submit an appeal if the application is denied. The VA Hospital in St. Louis provides health care to veterans in the area.
St. Louis Regional VA Benefits Office
9700 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132
John Cochran Veterans Hospital
915 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63106
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