Looking for assisted living facilities in Nebraska? Well, you’re in the right place! Unless you’ve lived your life in Nebraska, it might not seem the obvious first choice for retirees, but it certainly has its benefits.
The Cornhusker State doesn’t have the lowest tax burden out there. However, the cost of living is 11% below the U.S. average, so your dollars will stretch further. Plus, the warm sense of community will appeal to those who’ll miss the social aspects of work.
But, how do you find the perfect place to live out your retirement? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten assisted living facilities in Nebraska. You’ll find them below, listed in no particular order.
1. Riverside Lodge
404 Woodland Drive
Grand Island, NE 68801
Locally owned and operated, Riverside Lodge has the personal touch that some facilities lack. It offers both independent living and assisted living. The former is perfect for those who want to live chore-free in a community with other retirees but still do their own thing, and the latter for those who need help with personal care and/or day to day tasks. Choose from a range of private suites and apartments, where pets are welcome. Make friends and have fun in the game room, enjoy a sweet treat in the ice cream parlor, or swing the iron on the putting green — the choice is yours. Plus, with a packed calendar of daily activities, you’ll never be short of options to keep yourself entertained.
12301 N 149th Cir
Bennington, NE 68007
The mission at the center of Ridgewood is to infuse happiness into all aspects of residents’ lives. There’s a busy schedule of activities designed to keep you happy and fulfilled. The focus being on living with purpose, community, and volunteering. Select from a range of one and two bedroom apartments, all of which are pet-friendly (though there are some limits on size and amount of pets). Both independent living and assisted living options are available, depending on your specific needs.
3. Brookdale Kearney Northridge
5410 17th Ave
Kearney, NE 68845
Care at Brookdale Kearney Northridge is tailored to the individual. So, whether you want to live independently or you need some assistance in your day to day life, you’ll be offered as much or as little help as you need. You’ll find some excellent facilities onsite. Highlights include a greenhouse and garden for those with a green thumb, an ice cream parlor, a library for all those avid readers out there, a movie theater, fitness center, and a well-stocked arts and crafts center. If you prefer organized fun, there are activities and events happening morning ’til night, such knitting groups, exercise classes, coffee mornings, card games, and much more.
4. Stone Hearth Estates
110 20th Street, Suite 400
Offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care, Stone Hearth Estates is somewhere you can age in place, no matter what the future brings. As a faith-based facility, you’ll find opportunities for daily bible study, plus regular services. However, there are plenty more activities on the calendar, from bingo and other games, to exercise classes, to social events, there’s always something going on. With just 14 private apartments from independent and assisted living, plus a small memory care wing, this is a close-knit community where you won’t get lost in the crowd. On-site facilities include an ice cream parlor, a beauty salon and barbershop, a library, a card room, and a covered picnic area.
5. Elk Ridge Village on the Lake
19303 Seward Plaza
Elkhorn NE 68022
Located on the shore of a stunning lake, Elk Ridge Village has a true community environment, with enjoyable activities happening all day long. Fitness classes, card games, day trips, sing-alongs, and coffee mornings are just a few of the options available. Choose between independent living, assisted living, and memory care, according to your current needs, but know there’s always the option to get additional help should your circumstances change. You get your own private studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom apartment, so you have your own space, too, when you need to relax away from the bustle and activity of life at Elk Ridge Village on the Lake.
6. The Kensington Hastings
233 North Hastings
Hastings, NE 68901
Located in the old Clarke Hotel building — built in 1914 — The Kensington Hastings is a striking and elegant place to live, especially for any history buffs out there. It was renovated to the highest standards back in 1987, preserving the original tiled floors, marble pillars, murals painted by an Italian artist in 1916, and polished brass rails on the grand staircase. What’s great about this facility — especially for more able residents — is that it’s right in the center of things, close to shops, banks, and eateries. Enjoy your own pet-friendly suite with private bathroom, plus a range of excellent facilities, like the game room, covered patio, beauty parlor, and baby grand piano, to name but a few.
7. Brighton Gardens of Omaha
9220 Western Avenue
Omaha NE 68114
Despite feeling like you’re in some secluded spot, Brighton Gardens is located in central Omaha, close to a range of shops, restaurants, and other facilities. Highly trained staff are available 24-hours a day, with both assisted living and memory care available. Days here are truly jam-packed with activities, often with several options available to you at any one time — walking club, bingo, manicures, baking, and movie night are just a handful of the choices on the program. Delicious meals are cooked from scratch and served restaurant-style, so dinner feels like an occasion, rather than an afterthought.
8. Gramercy Hill
6800 A Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
Community life is central to the philosophy of Gramercy Hill. Residents are encouraged to get together to enjoy a range of activities, events, and outings. A welcome committee even helps new residents feel at home in this warm community. Choose between assisted living or independent living in your own private studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom apartment. Most residents spend little time there, anyway, with so much much else going on elsewhere. Amenities include an onsite beauty salon/barbershop, an exercise room, a store, and a well-stocked library.
9. Centennial Park Retirement Village
510 Centennial Circle
North Platte, NE 69101
Centennial Park Retirement Village is a full-service community for assisted living and independent living. That means everything’s taken care of and you’ll never have to worry about chores, home maintenance, or hidden charges. Just some of its excellent amenities include a beauty salon and barbershop that offers manicures and spa services, a community kitchen, well-appointed gardens, an exercise room, and a library with computer lounge to help stay in touch. Enjoy a range of community activities from day trips to happy hour to talks from guest speakers.
10. Westgate Assisted Living
3030 South 80th Street
Omaha, NE 68124
Named the “Best Assisted Living Facility” by Omaha Magazine for seven of the last eight years, you can expect a high level of care at Westgate Assisted Living. Meals are served restaurant style and created in partnership with celebrity chef Brad Miller — so you can be sure they’re of the highest quality. Plus, special requirements — such as vegetarian and vegan diets — are catered for. The gorgeous covered patio is suitable for picnics and cookouts, and residents can also enjoy use of the library, computer lounge, salon with spa treatments, gardens, and game room. You’ll find plenty of scheduled activities and day trips happening so you’ll always have lots to do.