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Cost of Missouri Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Missouri is $2,525 per month.

The monthly base rate for Missouri assisted living is typically lower when compared to neighboring states. Missouri is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Missouri. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

Missouri$2,525
Arkansas$3,063
Oklahoma$3,345
Kentucky$3,350
Tennessee$3,395
Iowa$3,500
U.S.$3,600
Nebraska$3,628
Illinois$4,050
Kansas$4,188

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

Researching Missouri Assisted Living? Ask these questions:

  • What terms does Missouri require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
    Missouri may require the base price, payment schedule, services included in that rate and other items to be disclosed in writing - be sure to find out.
  • What is the Scope of Care offered?
    Find out the minimum services the facility MUST provide to you, as required by Missouri. These may include 24-hour supervision, types of meals, medical attention, etc.
  • What are the admission requirements to live at the facility?
    Each state is different; find out what the age and physical health requirements are for this specific facility as well as facilities in Missouri. Determine if the type of care you need is offered by the individual facility.
  • Will the facility complete an assessment and create a care plan for the resident?
    Missouri probably requires an initial evaluation and the creation of a care plan - be sure to find out exactly what the facility offers.
  • Ask about the handling of medication in the facility?
    There are sure to be specific requirements in Missouri - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
  • Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by Missouri?
    Missouri will have a minimum size of rooms, a limit to number of people per room, and even requirements as to privacy of available bathrooms - make sure you ask.
  • Does the facility offer the available required staff?
    Make sure the facility staffs the proper professionals, as Missouri requires. These may include an administrator and caregivers, as well as round-the-clock staff.
  • Is memory care offered?
    Find out of the facility is licensed to be able to handle dementia or Alzheimer's care in Missouri.
  • Are Medicaid waivers available for Missouri for this specific facility?
    If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a Missouri Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at dss.mo.gov.

Helpful Missouri Assisted Living Resources

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in Missouri? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the Missouri licensing and regulatory agency at:
Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Regulation and Licensure, Section for Long-Term Care Regulation
health.mo.gov
(573) 526-8524
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in Missouri? Your local Missouri long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
Long Term Care Ombudsman of Missouri
health.mo.gov
Local: (573) 526-0727
Tollfree: (800) 309-3282
Are you aware of all the Missouri health-based programs available to you? Your Missouri Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
dhss.mo.gov
Local: (573) 751-6400
Are you familiar with the Missouri Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

The Missouri AAAs (Area Agency for the Aging) are very helpful. These offices can provide guidance to those 60+ in Missouri regarding elder abuse, caregiver support, insurance counseling, transportation and much more.

Find your local Missouri AAA below:

Senior Age Area Agency on Aging
Springfield, MO
(417) 862-0762
Aging Matters- Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging
Cape Girardeau, MO
(573) 335-3331
Care Connection for Aging Services
Warrensburg, MO
(660) 747-3107
Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging
Albany, MO
(660) 726-3800
Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging
Kirksville, MO
(660) 665-4682
Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging
Columbia, MO
(573) 443-5823
Mid-America Regional Council
Kansas City, MO
(816) 474-4240
Mid-East Area Agency on Aging
Manchester, MO
(636) 207-0847
Saint Louis Area Agency on Aging
Saint Louis, MO
(314) 612-5918
Area Agency on Aging- Region X
Joplin, MO
(417) 781-7562

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