Assisted Living in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus is Ohio’s largest city, a fast-growing center that has added 13.9% to its population in the decade since 2010. A tenth of its citizens are seniors aged 65 and over, and there are plenty of reasons for retirees to find the city an attractive destination. It has a large selection of long-term care facilities, including over 60 assisted living facilities, sports state-of-the-art medical facilities, active and enjoyable senior centers, an affordable cost of living and a vibrant cultural and sporting scene, which includes the famous Shore North Arts District.
The real prices of assisted living in the city vary depending on the specifics of services, amenities and location; its overall monthly average cost is $3,945.
Paying for Assisted Living in Columbus, Ohio
The Cost of Assisted Living in Columbus
According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Columbus averages a monthly cost of $3,945. This is cheaper than both the state average of $4,339 per month and the national monthly average of $4,051. The nearby states of Indiana and Michigan track closely with the national average at $4,100 per month each. Several neighboring states range from slightly cheaper — such as Pennsylvania’s monthly average of $3,913 — to considerably cheaper, such as West Virginia ($3,750) and Kentucky ($3,497).
Assisted living in Columbus is cheaper than almost every other major urban center in Ohio. The sole exception is Cleveland at a $3,575 monthly average. Cincinatti is close to the state’s average monthly expense at $4,245 per month. Other centers are progressively more expensive: Dayton averages $4,455 per month, Akron averages $4,625 per month and Toledo averages $,5036 per month.
Columbus Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Ohio’s Department of Aging provides the Assisted Living Waiver program through Medicaid, covering a full suite of assisted living services, including personal care and support for daily living. A pilot program called the MyCare Ohio Plan (MCOP) is available in 29 counties, including Franklin County. Free of waiting lists, it provides extensive coverage for case management, medications and medical appointments. MCOP is a mandatory managed care plan for dual-eligible participants in Medicare and Medicaid, with eligibility for specific income and asset levels.
Learn more about these programs, plus who is eligible, on our Assisted Living in Ohio page.
Columbus Assisted Living Resources
|Ohio Area Agency on Aging||(866) 243-5678||Ohio’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA) office provides information and support for seniors, helping them to access both home and community-based long-term care, including Residential Care Facilities for Assisted Living. A complete directory of regional offices can be accessed at its website.|
|Golden Buckeye Program||(800) 266-4346||The Golden Buckeye card offers discounts at more than 20,000 businesses across Ohio and is estimated to have saved users over $2 billion since the program was established in 1976. It’s available for free to all Ohioans who are 60 or older and to adults with disabilities as defined by Social Security.|
|Eldercare Locator||(800) 677-1116||The Eldercare Locator is a service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, created to connect seniors with information, resources and supports relating to long-term care. This includes education resources on rights, insurance and benefits, healthy lifestyles and transportation services. Information Specialists run an online chat and call center available from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST from Monday to Friday.|
|Ohio Department of Veterans Services||(567) 998-3300||Veterans Affairs offices in Ohio are run by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, which also provides information and support to veterans and their families as they seek to access their benefits, further education and seek volunteer opportunities. Its supports include a pension program for disabled veterans over the age of 65.|
|Columbus Legal Aid Society||(614) 224-8374||The Legal Aid Society of Columbus provides legal services for low-income seniors in a variety of areas of the law, including help with navigating and claiming benefits under Medicaid and Medicare. It also provides information and advice on elder care, including personal and respite care and resident rights.|
|The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging||(800) 589-7277||The Central Ohio AAA provides a wide range of services and information for seniors who need help and support for aging-in-place at home or for personal care services like assisted living. This includes guidance with navigating Medicare and applying for benefits like the Assisted Living Waiver.|
Columbus Assisted Living Rules and Regulations
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regulates and inspects Residential Care Facilities for Assisted Living in the state. It defines assisted living as the provision of personal care, including limited skilled nursing care, for more than three unrelated people who need such care as the result of age or physical or mental impairment. Visit our Assisted Living in Ohio page for more information about these regulations.
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