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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $4,530 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 Marion and 22 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Marion, OH
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Marion’s average cost of assisted living, as shown in Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study, is among the highest in Ohio at $4,530 per month. This is over $250 more than the $4,278 state average, and over $500 more per month than the $4,000 national average. Of the nearby cities, Toledo ($4,300) and Columbus ($4,170) are the closest in price. Seniors in the surrounding areas of Cleveland ($3,400) and Springfield ($3,093) enjoy significantly lower assisted living costs.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Marion, so data for the closest city, Mansfield, was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Marion’s average cost of assisted living is nearly $2,000 less per month than skilled, full-time nursing home care. While the cost of assisted living typically provides an intermediate level of care compared to more expensive nursing home care, services included are often more extensive than those received in home health care.
These upfront home health costs, while appearing at first to be lower than assisted living, do not include the often significant expenses included with assisted living fees such as room, board and maintenance. Adult day health services, where services are limited to daytime hours and provided outside the home, are the least expensive type of senior care in Marion.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Ohio Medicaid is primarily administered to eligible low-income children, pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities through managed care plans that provide medically necessary health care services. While specific services and benefits vary slightly by MCP, they may include:
Ohio residents who are aged 65 and older, blind or have a disability may qualify for Medicaid if they meet certain income and asset requirements:
Additionally, certain seniors and people with disabilities may be eligible to receive long-term Medicaid care services provided at home or in an adult day care, assisted living facility or nursing home. For seniors to qualify for long-term care, they must meet the following financial criteria:
For married couples with only one spouse applying, the non-applicant spouse may retain up to $126,420 in assets.
Seniors who meet the above long-term care financial criteria and require a nursing home level of care are entitled to receive care in a nursing facility. Some who meet the criteria, however, may also qualify for a Medicaid waiver program to receive services outside of a nursing home. Seniors should note that waivers are not an entitlement and that participants may be placed on a wait list before receiving services.
To apply for Medicaid, Marion seniors should visit the Ohio Benefits webpage to complete the application online.
Assisted Living Waiver
Marion seniors who meet the above long-term care Medicaid criteria and who wish to live in a participating assisted living home may be eligible to enroll in the Assisted Living Waiver. To qualify, seniors should be able to pay rent at the established waiver rate and require a caregiver’s assistance for at least two activities of daily living such as eating, bathing or dressing.
ALW services include:
To apply for ALW services, interested Marion seniors should call (866) 243-5678 or contact their Area Agency on Aging at (419) 524-4144 to begin the application and assessment process.
Residential State Supplement
Through Ohio’s Residential State Supplement program, qualifying seniors may be eligible to receive financial assistance to help pay for residence and care in a Class Two Residential Facility. These facilities provide up to 16 unrelated residents with accommodations, personal care services and supervision. While assisted living homes with a capacity for 17 or more individuals do not generally qualify, they may be approved by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on an individual basis if they exist in an area where there are no other eligible facilities.
Senior residents may qualify for RSS if they meet the following conditions:
Elderlife Bridge Loans
Elderlife Financial bridge loans offer eligible seniors throughout the United States a short-term financial solution to paying for assisted living. These loans are available for terms of up to 12 months. Seniors of all ages can use them to pay for costs such as rent and move-in fees at an assisted living facility of their choice. Amounts distributed for expenses can be easily requested and sent directly to a facility as needed.
To qualify for a bridge loan, seniors need to complete a short online application and include financial information such as income, assets and credit scores. While Elderlife uses this information to determine an applicant’s eligibility, those with low credit scores may still qualify if they use family members with higher scores to serve as co-applicants on the loan.
Seniors who would prefer to apply over the phone may do so by calling (888) 228-4500.
The Marion Senior Center offers local seniors engaging, skill-building woodworking, dance and exercise classes along with social meals and outings. At the Marion County Council on Aging and Area Agency on Aging, seniors can find informational resources and programs such as home-delivered meals, transportation services and errands assistance
Marion Senior Center
2375 Harding Hwy. E., Marion, OH 43302
Marion County Council on Aging
125 Executive Dr., #102, Marion, OH 43302
Area Agency on Aging
2131 Park Ave. W., Ontario, OH 44906
Marion County Veterans Services provides vets and their family members with benefits assistance, counseling services and emergency financial assistance for residents of at least three months. The American Legion provides similar benefits assistance services and a community for members who join for a $30 annual fee. The VA Clinic provides free and low-cost mental health, specialty and primary health care to local veterans.
Marion County Veterans Services
220 E. Fairground St., #101, Marion, OH 43302
531 Bellefontaine Ave., Marion, OH 43302
Marion VA Clinic
1203 Delaware Ave., Marion, OH 43302
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