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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $4,350 per 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 Mesquite and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Mesquite, TX
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Compared to the $4,000 national average and $3,795 state median, assisted living is fairly expensive in Mesquite at $4,350 per month. The average local cost is also notably higher than what seniors pay in several cities in this region of Texas, including Sherman ($3,694), Waco ($3,695), Tyler ($3,899) and Abilene ($3,868). Assisted living is much less expensive in Wichita Falls ($3,312) and Longview ($3,100).
Note: Cost data for senior care in Mesquite wasn’t available, so data for the metropolitan Dallas area was used instead.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Texas has some of the most consistent prices for senior care in the country, and this extends to options available in the Mesquite area. Adult day health services are the least expensive type of care available at $1,408, whereas semiprivate rooms in nursing homes average $5,064 per month. The average rate for assisted living is $4,350 per month, which is closer to the high end of the cost scale.
In-home services provided by homemakers ($4,004) and home health aides ($4,040) seem to offer some savings compared to assisted living. However, these rates don’t include an allowance for food and accommodations. Seniors who choose to receive care at home must pay for their own groceries, utilities, upkeep, property taxes and insurance. These additional monthly expenses can make in-home care more costly than assisted living, which includes room and board.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Americans who can’t afford health insurance may be eligible for coverage through Medicaid. This national health care program provides coverage to over 65 million low-income families with children, pregnant women, the elderly and adults with disabilities.
Close to 4.5 million Texans are enrolled in the state program, including over 1 million blind and disabled individuals and the elderly. Enrollees receive health care services via managed care plans that provide a wide range of benefits, including:
Qualifying for Texas Medicaid for Long-Term Care
American citizens and legal immigrants residing in Mesquite who meet the Medicaid eligibility guidelines can receive help covering the cost of long-term care. They must be aged 65 or older or have a disability enduring one year or longer if aged 64 or younger. Individuals who qualify for Supplemental Security Income benefits receive Texas Medicaid coverage automatically, but other applicants must have:
While Medicaid considers income from all sources, it disregards certain assets, such as one automobile, personal and household effects, a primary home worth up to $585,000 and irrevocable burial trusts.
Ways to Qualify When Over the Limits
The state offers a couple of options for those who meet most eligibility requirements but exceed the income or asset limits:
The STAR+PLUS waiver program gives Medicaid-eligible seniors an alternative to receiving comprehensive medical and long-term care services in the community, such as an assisted living facility, instead of a nursing home.
To qualify for the waiver, applicants must be assessed as needing the level of care provided in a nursing home and meet other program requirements. Once enrolled, seniors receive care coordination and supports and services through their choice of Dallas County managed care providers. Depending on a person’s needs, these services may include:
To learn more about the STAR+PLUS waiver program or apply, Mesquite residents can contact the Dallas Area Agency on Aging at (214) 871-5065.
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance
Veterans and their spouses receiving a standard VA pension who are housebound or need daily assistance due to mental impairment, physical disability or chronic illness may qualify for a higher benefit amount through the Aid and Attendance Benefits or Housebound Allowance programs.
These two VA top-up programs aren’t available to those receiving a disability pension, and they’re only offered to veterans with a minimum 90-day active duty service record with at least one day during an active war and an honorable discharge.
Seniors can’t receive benefits from the two concurrently and must meet program-specific requirements to qualify:
To learn more about these two VA benefit programs or obtain help completing and filing an application, Mesquite veterans should contact the Dallas County Veterans Services office at (972) 692-4939.
Community Care for the Aged and Disabled
The Community Care for the Aged and Disabled program can provide Mesquite residents at risk of nursing home placement with support services to help them retain their independence. To qualify, applicants must have a disability or functional impairment, be aged 18 or older and have:
Approved seniors in assisted living facilities may receive help with activities of daily living and 24-hour supervision, but they must pay their own room and board.
Seniors in Mesquite can learn more or apply for the CCAD program by contacting the Dallas Area Agency on Aging at (214) 871-5065.
STAR Transit provides ADA-compliant bus rides to any destination in the agency’s service area, which includes Mesquite and the surrounding communities. Anyone can ride for a nominal $1 fee, and there’s no fare charged for qualified seniors aged 60 and older, veterans and those with disabilities. Destinations include medical appointments, senior centers, shopping and personal errands.
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Legal Aid of Northwest Texas offers free civil legal advice and representation to Mesquite seniors who have a yearly income below 125% of the federal poverty level and $16,000 or less in assets for a single-person household.
Seniors can contact any one of the organization’s six locations in Dallas to request assistance with a wide range of legal concerns, including those related to public benefits, nursing home conditions or evictions, medical insurance issues, home foreclosure, bankruptcy, end-of-life planning and document preparation.
The City of Mesquite’s Active Adults 50+ program provides services and activities that keep older residents engaged and enjoying a high quality of life. The city’s three community centers welcome seniors for nutritious hot lunches; a variety of sports and exercise classes; bingo, bridge and table games; special social events as well as support services and wellness screenings. Staff also organize fun outings for meals, movies, shopping, day trips to area attractions and senior dances with live entertainment.
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