Assisted Living

Cost of Assisted Living

The cost of assisted living will obviously vary depending on the location, the size of the residential unit and the optional services selected by the individual.

The majority of residents in assisted living pay privately. South Dakota is able to assist with payment for assisted living in the following situations:

  1. An individual would have to make application for long-term care for Medical Assistance and have the facility willing to accept the payment for care of the resident.

  2. Certain assisted living centers have met criteria to provide waiver services to individuals age 65 years of age and older and who have been determined to meet financial eligibility and have a condition which would prevent them from self-administration of medications.

Not all facilities have chosen to participate in these programs. Check with the facility administrator or the Department of Social Services to determine if the facility participates.

If a person enters an assisted living center paying privately and at some point needs assistance to pay for their care, they need to apply with the Department of Social Services for long-term care Medical Assistance. Through this process, financial eligibility for the program would be determined as well as an assessment to determine the need for this type of care. The application process may take up to 45 days so the individual would need to make arrangements for payment during this time.