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About Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

Complete guide to assisted living
About Care Homes

Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.

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Veterans Resources

VA benefits for long-term care, such as Aid and Attendance benefits, can help eligible veterans and their surviving spouses pay for senior care.

Guide to VA benefits for long-term care
About Home Care

Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.

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About Independent Living

Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

Complete guide to independent living
About Memory Care

Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.

Complete guide to memory care
About Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.

Complete guide to nursing homes
About Senior Apartments

Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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Memory Care in West Virginia

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Memory Care in West Virginia

West Virginia has earned its nickname of “The Mountain State” by being the only state located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain Range. The state is considered to be one of the most scenic in the country, with its rolling hills and stunning mountain views, and has the highest average elevation east of the Mississippi River. Aside from its natural beauty, West Virginia has a number of unique cities, such as West Virginia University’s home of Morgantown, and the state capital of Charleston. Between its natural beauty and quaint charm, as well as its convenient proximity to other major cities in the Midwest, the South, and the Mid-Atlantic, West Virginia has something to offer everyone and is an ideal place to retire.

When it comes to finding care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, West Virginia has many great options. Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 10 senior living communities in West Virginia that provide memory care.

The median monthly cost of memory care in West Virginia is about $4,700.

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West Virginia Memory Care Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because memory care is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate memory care within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in West Virginia.

In West Virginia, memory care communities — sometimes called Alzheimer’s care or dementia care facilities — provide specialized care for seniors who have Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory loss. These communities offer personalized cognitive rehabilitation programs alongside assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Memory care usually includes 24-hour supervision and unique design elements, like outdoor gardens and color-coded walls, to help ease anxiety, agitation, and other symptoms of dementia.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in West Virginia is considered to be more affordable than the national average. West Virginia is below the national average for every price index, making it an extremely affordable option. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 95
  • Groceries: 93
  • Housing: 80
  • Utilities: 89
  • Transportation: 94

Demographics

About 16% of West Virginia’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, West Virginia leaned strongly conservative. The state’s economy is primarily based around the logging and mining industries.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 26%
  • Voted Republican: 69%
  • Voted third party: 5%

Population

  • Median age: 43
  • Over the age of 55: 34%
  • 2018 population: 1,805,832
  • 2020 population: 1,783,607
  • Estimated 2025 population: 1,729,235

Miscellaneous

  • 46% regularly attend a religious service
  • 23% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 4,413 congregations
  • There are 164 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Most of West Virginia has either a humid subtropical or oceanic climate. These regions experience hot and muggy summers with above average precipitation year round. The more mountainous regions tend to get lots of snowfall during the winter, while the lower elevations often experience winters that are relatively short and mild.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 70%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 7” (July)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 30 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 38 in May (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 52°F
  • Average summer temperature: 70°F
  • Typical summer high: 89°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 50°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 32°F
  • Typical winter high: 49°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 13°F (January)

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