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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $4,250 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 2 assisted living facilities in Staunton and 8 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Staunton, VA
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The average monthly cost for assisted living in Staunton is $4,250, which is about $200 lower than the state median rate ($4,451) but $250 higher than the national average of $4,000. This puts the Staunton area about midrange on the price spectrum of surrounding Virginia cities.
Assisted living is more affordable in Roanoke ($4,138), Harrisonburg ($4,100) and Lynchburg ($3,695), but it’s more expensive in Charlottesville ($4,577), Blacksburg ($4,695) and Richmond, which has the state’s highest assisted living rate at $5,049.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
The available senior care options in Staunton span a $5,600 price range, from $1,733 for adult day health services up to $7,330 for nursing home care. The lowest-priced option only provides care in a group center on weekdays, while the most expensive offers round-the-clock skilled nursing care, medication administration, accommodations and meals.
Homemaker and home health aide services cost an average of $4,004 per month, while the rate for assisted living is $4,250. These figures make in-home care seem a better bargain than assisted living, but this comparison is deceiving. In-home rates only include the hours of services provided, so meals and household costs are additional expenses. The fee for assisted living covers room and board, so the cost of food and housing is included.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Funded by individual states and the federal government, Medicaid is a health insurance program that spans the country. It provides coverage to over 65 million people, including expectant mothers, parents and their dependent children, the elderly and the blind and disabled.
In Virginia, the program is administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services. It provides approximately 1 million of the state’s most vulnerable residents with access to essential health care services, including hospital and emergency room care, doctor and specialist visits, prescription medications, X-rays and lab tests, emergency medical transportation and institutional nursing home care.
Qualifying for Virginia Medicaid for Long-Term Care
To qualify for long-term care through Virginia Medicaid, residents of Staunton must be American citizens or have legal immigrant status. They must meet the program’s financial criteria of $2,313 or less in monthly income and $2,000 or less in countable assets as an individual. These limits are doubled to $4,626 and $4,000, respectively, for couples who apply jointly.
The state considers income from all sources when determining eligibility including:
Most assets count toward the limit as well including:
A few assets are automatically excluded, such as:
Qualifying With a Medicaid Spend-Down
Those who meet the other requirements but have excess monthly income may qualify for a spend-down to reach the eligibility threshold. Medicaid determines the necessary spend-down figure based on an applicant’s over-limit income level. When this figure has been spent for certain medical expenses, the applicant becomes eligible for coverage for a six-month period. Allowable expenses may include:
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus Waiver
Institutional nursing home care is the only entitlement for long-term care with Virginia Medicaid. The state does offer the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus waiver as an alternative for seniors who wish to receive care at home or in a community setting. This waiver allows seniors a less restrictive lifestyle and helps lower the state’s costs for long-term care.
Seniors who meet the requirements for Medicaid and are assessed as needing the level of care provided in a nursing facility are enrolled automatically in the CCC Plus program. Participants receive all-inclusive care through Medicaid-approved managed care providers. Along with medical care, participants receive case management and other support services deemed necessary to meet their care needs, which may include:
For more information about the CCC Plus waiver or to begin the application process, Staunton residents can contact the program’s enrollment helpline at (844) 374-9159.
Staunton homeowners who need additional income to help pay assisted living costs for one spouse may opt for a reverse mortgage as an alternative to selling the property. These mortgages provide homeowners with a monthly equity-based payment from a lender that may be used for any purpose. The payment amount varies based on an applicant’s credit profile, and they must be prepared to repay the balance when both spouses move out or the home is sold.
For more information about reverse mortgages, Staunton seniors can call Elderlife Financial Services at (888) 228-4500.
Virginia Auxiliary Grant
Seniors who need assistance retaining their independence but have limited income and resources may qualify for monthly benefits from the Auxiliary Grant program. Administered by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the program is available to Staunton residents aged 65 or older who are moving to or currently residing in a participating, state-approved facility. To qualify for assistance, applicants must be an American citizen or legal immigrant and:
Approved applicants receive a monthly personal needs allowance, and a payment is sent directly to their care facility to cover provided services that may include:
To learn more about the Auxiliary Grant program or apply, Staunton residents can contact Shenandoah Valley Social Services at (540) 245-5800.
The Valley Program for Aging Services is the Area Agency on Aging serving Staunton and the surrounding communities. The agency plans, coordinates and implements programs and services that promote a high quality of life and continued independence for area seniors. The various resources the agency provides access to include health and wellness programs, long-term care advocacy, Medicare counseling, transportation and nutrition programs as well as information, referrals and assessments.
Valley Program for Aging Services
325 Pine Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980
VPAS operates Staunton’s thriving senior center that welcomes area residents aged 60 and over with an array of life-enriching programs and activities. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and it offers seniors a healthy, hot lunch and opportunities to enjoy games, crafts, exercise classes, music and special social events. There are also seminars with guest speakers, health-related programs, educational classes as well as group outings and field trips. Membership is free and limited transportation is available.
Staunton Senior Center (Gypsy Hill Place)
300 Churchville Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
Blue Ridge Legal Services offers no-cost assistance with civil legal matters to qualified Staunton residents aged 60 and older. The nonprofit organization can help solve issues related to government benefits, concerns with nursing home care and elder abuse or exploitation, and assist with the preparation of wills and powers of attorney.
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204 N. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22803
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