As families consider options for assisted living, Idaho should be at the top of the list for those looking for a unique geographic blend of dry, desert-like conditions and rugged, snowy wilderness — along with a relatively low cost of living.
Sandwiched between the lush, temperate Pacific Northwest and the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Idaho truly is truly a hidden gem of the United States. The aptly nicknamed “Gem State” features scenic wonders and untamed natural lands including Craters of the Moon National Monument, City of Rocks National Reserve, and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. Even part of Yellowstone — the country’s first and most well-known national park — spills over from neighboring Wyoming into Idaho’s northeast corner, just below the state’s jagged, mountainous border with Montana. Rivers and waterfalls are also distinguishing features of Idaho, and the Snake River Plain through the state’s central region is home to its most populous cities, like Boise.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 80 senior living communities in Idaho that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Idaho is about $3,500.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Idaho is rated as exceptional. You can use the state’s facility licensing database to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Idaho, an assisted living facility or residential care facility provides necessary supervision, personal assistance, meals, and lodging to three or more elderly adults not related to the owner. Personal assistance includes help with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer, giving medications, or helping residents give themselves medications.
Overall, the cost of living in Idaho is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Idaho’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Idaho leaned conservative.
As both a Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain state, Idaho has many different climate types. There’s a somewhat-neutralizing oceanic effect in the western and central regions of the state, which creates a warm-summer Mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons, and milder temperatures than elevations would suggest. Much of south-central Idaho has a cold semi-arid climate with desert-like conditions, with extreme temperature swings, cold winters, hot summers, and not much precipitation. Along Idaho’s mountainous eastern border with Montana, higher elevations lead to a range of colder climates including warm-summer humid continental, subarctic, dry-summer subarctic, and tundra.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.