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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $3,798 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 5 assisted living facilities in Massillon and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Massillon, OH
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The average monthly price of assisted living in Massillon in $3,798, which is more affordable than the state ($4,278) and national ($4,000) averages. Prices are similar in Youngstown ($3,600) but much higher in neighboring Akron ($4,560)
Statewide, assisted living prices start at $3,093 in Springfield and go up to $5,300 in Dayton. Except for Youngstown, prices in the northeast region of Ohio are below $4,000, while prices are notably higher in cities to the southwest, such as Cincinnati ($4,998).
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Massillon, so data for the closest city, Canton, was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
The cost of senior care largely depends on the type of care needed, and that’s especially true in Massillon, where nursing home care costs $3,320 more than assisted living, although both provide room and board, nursing home care provides around-the-clock skilled nursing to seniors who need more intensive care.
Homemaker services cost $80 less per month than assisted living, while a home health aide costs $301. When calculating the total cost of each in-home care option, it’s important to include all the day-to-day living expenses involved with maintaining a home in the community, such as groceries, landscape maintenance and utilities.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Medicaid is a national government health plan for needy Americans and qualified immigrants. It provides mandatory health benefits, such as physician services, hospitalization and long-term care, using funds from the federal and state governments.
In Ohio, seniors must meet specific financial requirements to qualify for long-term Medicaid coverage. The income limit is $2,313 a month ($4,626 per couple) and asset limits are $2,000 per person and $3,000 per couple.
Income from all sources is considered, although some assets are exempt. Most notably, a home owned by an applicant may be exempt if the applicant and/or their spouse live in the home, and the property is assessed at $585,000 or less.
If only one spouse in a married couple requires long-term Medicaid services, any income earned by the non-applicant spouse is disregarded, and they’re subject to a $126,420 asset limit.
For more information on Ohio Medicaid, contact the consumer hotline at (800) 324-8680.
Ohio Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver
Seniors in Massillon who meet the Medicaid enrollment criteria and require assistance with at least two activities of daily living may be eligible for services through the Ohio Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver program.
This Medicaid home and community-based waiver provides eligible seniors with supplemental supports and services, such as personal care, housekeeping, skilled nursing, medical equipment and medication management. ALW services are assigned on a case-by-case basis and delivered in an assisted living setting.
Note: The ALW covers the cost of enhanced care while seniors remain responsible for the room-and-board portion of their assisted living expenses.
Ohio PASSPORT Medicaid Waiver
The Preadmission Screening System Providing Options and Resources Today program, or PASSPORT, is a nursing home diversion program designed to help seniors aged 60 and older age in place in a noninstitutional setting, such as an assisted living facility.
To qualify, seniors must meet the financial criteria for Medicaid enrollment and require the level of care normally provided in a nursing home. Applicants must also have physician certification that the senior can remain in the community safely with supports available through PASSPORT.
PASSPORT benefits may include:
The PASSPORT waiver allows seniors to self-direct their services by selecting and hiring care providers. The waiver also lets seniors hire family members, including spouses, to perform non-skilled care services, such as personal care and housekeeping.
Screening and pre-enrollment assessments for both Medicaid waiver programs are administered by the Area Agency on Aging at no cost to applicants. Seniors who are deemed eligible for a Medicaid waiver are assigned a care manager and services provided according to each participant’s individual care plan.
For more information on the ALW or the PASSPORT waiver, call Direction Home, the Akron-Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities at (800) 421-7277.
Optional State Supplementation
The Optional State Supplementation program provides eligible seniors with state-sponsored cash benefits to help cover assisted living costs.
To qualify, applicants must be aged 65 and older, on Supplemental Security Income and reside in an assisted living facility because they are unable to live on their own.
The OSS provides seniors with up to $1,180 a month ($2,170 per couple) in combined SSI/OSS benefits.
For more information, call the US Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213.
VA Enhanced Monthly Pension Programs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides two benefit programs that eligible veterans and survivors can use to pay for assisted living costs.
VA Aid and Attendance and VA Housebound are special monthly pensions that pay more than the regular VA pension amount. To qualify, claimants must be eligible for a VA pension or eligible under the increased income limits for the enhanced pension.
For Housebound, claimants must also:
For Aid and Attendance, claimants must also:
Qualifying disabilities or illnesses don’t need to be service related. Qualified claimants may only collect benefits from one of these two special pension programs.
For more information, contact the Stark County Veterans Services Commission at (330) 451-7457.
The Massillon Senior Center provides seniors with a variety of free activities and classes designed to promote community engagement, health and wellness. Membership costs $10 per year and includes access to daily fitness classes, monthly movie screenings, noontime euchre games and regular blood pressure screening clinics.
Massillon Senior Center
39 Lincoln Way W., Massillon, OH 44647
Outpatient VA health services, including primary, mental health and women’s health care, are provided at the nearby Canton VA Clinic. Comprehensive VA hospital services are available at the Cleveland VA Medical Center.
The Stark County Veterans Service Commission helps veterans and dependents apply for local, state and federal benefits, such as VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound. The Commission also provides free transportation to VA health appointments in Canton and Cleveland.
Canton VA Clinic
733 Market Ave. S., Canton, OH 44702-1018
Stark County Veterans Service Commission
2955 Wise Ave. N.W., Canton, OH 44708
Faith in Action of Western Stark County provides free, volunteer-operated companion and nonmedical transportation services to homebound seniors.
The Massillon Salvation Army operates a food pantry by appointment weekdays and serves free, hot meals every Friday at noon.
Faith In Action of Western Stark County
412 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646
The Salvation Army
315 Sixth St. N.E., Massillon, OH 44646
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