Guide to Independent Living in Indiana
As the Crossroads of America, Indiana is a major part of the American Midwest. Its diverse landscape, with the Great Lake Plains in the north and the Southern Plains and Lowlands in the south, makes the state a popular retirement destination for active seniors. Of Indiana’s 6.7 million inhabitants, 16.1% are Hoosiers aged 65 or older who take advantage of the state’s low property tax and low cost of living.
Seniors living in Indiana have a number of options when it comes to independent living communities. Designed for those who are physically active and require no assistance, these communities offer residents a safe environment where they have access to entertainment, dining, medical care and a range of other amenities and hospitality services.
This guide takes a look at the cost of independent living in Indiana, comparing it with the national average and the costs in neighboring states, and discusses the price of other long-term care options. It also lists a variety of free resources within the state that help Hoosier seniors remain active and independent in their retirement.
How Much Does Independent Living Cost in Indiana?
Note:There currently isn’t authoritative data on the average cost of Independent Living Facilities nationwide, so instead, we use the cost of Assisted Living to estimate it. Since the cost of Independent Living is typically 30-40% lower than the cost of Assisted Living, the numbers below were calculated by subtracting 35% from the cost of Assisted Living as reported in the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
Independent living in Indiana costs an average of $2,784 per month, slightly lower than the national average of $2,925. This cost is on a par with the neighboring state of Michigan, where seniors spend $2,763 on independent living communities. The cheapest state in the region is Kentucky ($2,241), while the most expensive states for independent living are Illinois and Ohio, where retirees pay $2,917 and $3,013, respectively.
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The Cost of Independent Living in Indiana’s Top Cities
The cost of independent living varies throughout Indiana. For example, seniors in the state capital of Indianapolis can expect to pay an average of $2,911 per month, while those slightly north in Kokomo pay just $2,113, the lowest rate in the state. North Indiana cities are more comparable to each other, with Michigan City and Fort Wayne retirees paying $2,351 and $2,265. Toward the south, Columbus seniors spend $3,030 per month. The western city of Lafayette has the highest independent living rates at $3,416.
The Cost of Independent Living vs. Other Types of Care
Different care options are available to seniors living in Indiana, and costs vary depending on the level of services they provide. The cheapest option, at $1,733 per month, is adult day health care, where seniors spend their daytime hours in a safe environment and take part in a range of activities. The next-cheapest option is independent living ($2,784). Assisted living communities charge $4,283 per month, an additional $1,499 for extra services, such as assistance with activities of daily living. Hoosiers who choose to remain in their own home can receive help from homemaker services and home health aides, both of which cost an average of $4,767. Nursing home facilities charge $7,270 for a semiprivate room and are for those who require the highest level of care.
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Does Medicare or Medicaid Cover Independent Living in Indiana?
The short answer is no, Medicaid and Medicare do not cover the cost of living in an independent living community. That being said, those who need help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), may be able to take advantage of financial assistance programs in Indiana to partially or fully cover the cost of care in Assisted Living. For more information about financial assistance for those who need help with ADLs, read our guide to Assisted Living in Indiana.
For more information about other ways to make Independent Living more affordable, such as retirement funds, the sale of a home, etc, read the section below.
How to Make Independent Living More Affordable in Indiana
Seniors choosing to retire in Indiana can take advantage of a number of services designed to help them cover the cost of independent living.
- Life Insurance: Depending on the insurance provider, seniors with life insurance policies could be allowed to cash out and receive the current value of their policy to help pay for later-in-life expenses.
- Reverse Mortgage Loans: Adults aged 62 and older can take out a reverse mortgage loan against the equity in their home. This can be used to pay for independent living without the need to sell the property first.
- Annuities: Annuities provide regular payments to help older adults fund long-term care.
- Long-Term Care Insurance: Long-term care insurance can reduce the cost of independent living by covering the expense of some community services.
Free Independent Living Resources for Seniors in Indiana
There are a number of free services and resources available to seniors in Indiana. These organizations assist and support Hoosiers on a range of senior-related issues to help them improve their quality of life.
|Area Agency on Aging in Indiana||(800) 713-9023||Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) is a network of 16 offices, each serving a different region in the state. Adults aged 60 and older can receive information on senior issues and access services, such as home-delivered meals and transportation. The AAA also connects seniors to local resources to help them maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.|
|County Veterans Service Office (CVSO)||(317) 232-3910||Hoosiers who have served their country can access help and advice from their local County Veterans Service Office (CVSO). Working closely with the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, the CVSO assists vets by helping them access the state and federal benefits they are entitled to thanks to their service in the military.|
|FSSA INConnect Alliance||(800) 713-9023||FSSA INConnect Alliance has 16 offices located throughout Indiana. It helps seniors and caregivers navigate the long-term care system, providing information on housing options and connecting seniors with resources in the local community, including Medicaid providers.|
|State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)||(800) 452-4800||Indiana’s State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) advises seniors on long-term care insurance options, including Medicare health plans. This free counseling service helps Hoosiers identify the best option for their individual situation to help pay for long-term care, including independent living.|
|Indiana Long-Term Care Ombudsman||(800) 622-4484 or (317) 232-7134||The Indiana Long-Term Care Ombudsman helps seniors living in long-term care facilities by advocating for and protecting their rights. It ensures facilities follow the state and federal rules and regulations and aims to help resolve any problems that residents may encounter.|
|Social Security Offices in Indiana||(800) 772-1213||Indiana’s Social Security Administration consists of 26 offices throughout the state. It provides seniors with information on their eligibility for Social Security and Supplemental Income benefits. Hoosiers can also receive assistance in applying for retirement benefits, disability benefits and Medicare.|
COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Indiana Independent Living Communities
The following rules and guidelines were obtained from coronavirus.in.gov, as well as other state-level government sites. Among others, these rules apply to independent living communities and assisted living facilities.
This data has been most recently updated on 2/7/2022, but keep in mind that COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving crisis, so all of the below information can change at any time. For additional questions and up-to-date information, you can contact your loved one’s senior living facility or your local Area Agency on Aging.
Visiting Loved Ones
|Can I visit my relative in person if he/she wants emotional support from me?||Yes (Conditions Apply)|
|Can I visit my relative in person for end-of-life compassion care?||Yes|
|Will my loved one be required to self-quarantine after I visit him or her?||No|
|Do I need to wear PPE and/or a cloth mask if I do visit my relative in person?||Yes|
|Are Hairdressers and other non-medical contractors still allowed in senior living facilities?||Yes|
|Does the state recommend or require that senior living facilities assist families with setting up virtual visit alternatives?||Yes|
|Are visitors being screened for elevated temperatures?||Yes|
|Are visitors being asked questions about health, travel, and potential virus contact?||Yes|
Outings and Group Activities
|Are residents allowed to leave the facility for non-medical reasons?||Yes|
|Are residents of senior living facilities who leave and return required to self-quarantine?||No (Conditions Apply)|
|Are senior living facilities required to cancel all group outings?||No|
|Are residents still eating together in the dining hall?||Yes (Conditions Apply)|
|Are facilities still allowed to host group activities within the community?||Yes (Conditions Apply)|
Safety Measures for Staff & Contractors
|Are staff members and contractors being screened for elevated temperatures?||Yes|
|Are staff members and contractors being tested for Coronavirus?||Yes (Conditions Apply)|
|Are staff members and contractors being asked questions about health, travel, and potential virus contact?||Yes|
Safety Measures for Residents
|Are staff members required to regularly screen residents for coronavirus symptoms?||Yes|
|Are residents relied on to screen themselves and self-report potential coronavirus symptoms?||No|
|Are staff members required to take residents’ temperatures?||Yes|
|Are residents being tested for coronavirus?||Yes (Conditions Apply)|