South Bend, IN is a small sized city with a population just over 100,000. Located in St. Joseph County, Indiana, South Bend is most notably the proximate city of the University of Notre Dame. There are many different South Bend assisted living facilities for seniors with different levels of income. There are modest senior apartments, nursing homes, and in home residential care services. Finding the right assisted living accommodation can be hard, but SeniorLiving.org tries to cut through the confusing information and giving you the vital information needed to make a decision. The cost of living and modest Midwest community of South Bend make it a comfortable place to settle down.
South Bend assisted living costs more than the national average. For a private bedroom in an ALF, the average cost is about $3,782 per month. A bedroom in a nursing home runs $7,800 per month. Both these costs are quite a bit higher than the Indiana state median. These costs are somewhat offset by South Bend’s low cost of living. The March 2012 cost of living index rated South Bend at 86.6, which is well under the national average benchmark of 100. SeniorLiving.org can help with a cost analysis of various facilities.
The city’s main health care facility is the Memorial Hospital of South Bend, a leading national hospital that provides quality health care. Three other hospitals are located within 15 miles of the city; Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, the Unity Medical and Surgical Hospital, and Elkhart General Hospital.
South Bend has many attractions to entertain seniors. Football fans would, of course, be drawn to Notre Dame Stadium and the Fighting Irish’s large national following. Other attractions include the Potawatomi Zoo, the oldest zoo in Indiana, the Snite Museum, which houses art from all over the world, and the College Football Hall of Fame. Retirees who enjoy the arts and entertainment would be suited for South Bend. The South Bend Museum of Art, the Studebaker National Museum, the Morris Performing Arts Center, and the South Bend Civic Theatre are all prominent parts of the community. The Potawatomi Zoo is run by the South Bend Parks and Recreation Department, who also maintain and operate over 50 golf courses and parks in the area. Nature lovers will be drawn to the Potawatomi Greenhouses and the Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatories.
In South Bend, Real Services is an area organization that provides invaluable services for senior lifestyles. They offer classes to educate seniors about medical insurance and legal problems. Real Services also runs a Senior Farmers’ Market. Outdoors enthusiasts will love the 160-acre Rum Village Nature Center, which is filled with walking trails and spots to enjoy nature. There is no shortage of shopping in South Bend too; the city has all the major chains as well as small independent boutiques that seniors will ant to visit on day trips from their assisted living facility.