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Cost of South Dakota Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in South Dakota is $3,023 per month.

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

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

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

South Dakota$3,023
North Dakota$3,239

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

Researching South Dakota Assisted Living? Ask these questions:

  • What terms does South Dakota require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
    South Dakota 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 South Dakota. 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 South Dakota. 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?
    South Dakota 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 South Dakota - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
  • Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by South Dakota?
    South Dakota 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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota.
  • Are Medicaid waivers available for South Dakota for this specific facility?
    If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a South Dakota Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at

Helpful South Dakota Assisted Living Resources

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in South Dakota? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the South Dakota licensing and regulatory agency at:
Department of Health, Office of Health Care Facilities Licensure and Certification
(605) 773-3356
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in South Dakota? Your local South Dakota long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
Senior Health Information & Insurance Education (SHIINE)
Local: (605) 773-3656
Tollfree: (866) 854-5465
Are you aware of all the South Dakota health-based programs available to you? Your South Dakota Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
South Dakota Department of Health
Local: (605) 773-3361
Tollfree: (800) 738-2301

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