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Housing for the Elderly in Nebraska

Finding the right kind of housing arrangements for a loved one can be a challenge. Whether it's aging spouses, parents, dear friends, or elderly neighbors, everyone wants to keep their independence. As a caregiver, you are close enough to provide the older person with information on housing options in their best interests. This page is designed to show the variety of housing options available.

  • Retirement Living Apartments - Apartments specifically for retired people. Common elements include: age limits; design elements for physical disabilities; common areas; security services, and other services such as meals, transportation, and recreation.
    • Subsidized Living - A federal program designed to reduce the rental housing costs for low-income individuals and families. The government pays a portion of the rent to the landlord for eligible households.
    • Assisted Living Facilities - This type of facility provides accommodation, meals, and an array of services which may include personal care, ambulation, exercise, eating, self administration of medication, noncomplex nursing interventions, and other supportive services. Assisted living promotes resident self-direction and participation in decisions which emphasize independence, individuality, privacy, dignity, and residential surroundings. You may also wish to visit our Assisted Living Section .
  • Respite Care - Respite is temporary, short-term care for families in crisis, foster parents, caregivers of adults/children with disabilities or special needs, persons with Alzheimer's, frail elderly, or simply families needing a break. By enabling the individual to remain in his/her own home, the need for out-of-home or institutional placement is reduced.
  • Adult Family Homes - Adult Family Homes provide a living arrangement for individuals age 18 or older to remain in their community. The homes are certified by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as meeting specific standards. The Adult Family Home provides minimum supervision and assistance to no more than three individuals. Individuals who live in Adult Family Homes may require supervision and assistance with bathing, shaving, and dressing. They don't require on-going medical treatment and are able to self-administer medications. Contact: 1-800-358-8802 or (402) 471-9289 in Lincoln, or e-mail: elaine.westergren@dhhs.ne.gov
  • Long-Term Care Management - Area Agencies on Aging provide care managers to assist elderly people with the goal of remaining in their own homes. The care managers help with identification, coordination, and facilitation of community services. They conduct a complete assessment of each individual to identify needs, develop and recommend a plan of care, help arrange for appropriate community resources, and provide regular follow-up to assure satisfaction and to identify changing needs. This program does not provide skilled nursing services.
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities - Also called nursing homes and long-term care facilities, these facilities are for residents who can no longer live on their own at home. Room and board are provided and nursing staff can offer assistance with bathing, shaving, dressing, and medications.

For Nebraskan's who are currently living in a Nursing Facility and are in need of assistance in finding the resources to move back into a community setting, please call (888) 585-8778 toll-free. This phone number will automatically route the caller from any county in Nebraska to their appropriate AAA.

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