Indiana is a charming, Midwestern state located off the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Its nickname of “The Hoosier State” is one of the country’s oldest state nicknames, and although there are many theories as to where it came from, there is no definitive answer. What is known is that residents of the state embrace the “Hoosier” title with a strong sense of local pride. Indiana’s central location – just a short distance from Chicago and many other major cities of the Midwest – combined with the all-American appeal of its own cities like Indianapolis and Bloomington and its vast expanses of rural farmland, make Indiana a convenient place to live and a beautiful state to retire in.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 200 senior living facilities in Indiana that provide assisted living. The median monthly cost of assisted living in Indiana is $3,750.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Long Term Care. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Indiana is rated as exceptional. You can use the state’s Health Care Providers Consumer Reports to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Indiana, a Residential Care Facility is a state-licensed provider of assisted living services. Residential Care Facility means a healthcare facility that provides residential nursing care. This popular option allows individuals to live on their own in a licensed residential care facility within a single building or planned complex. Depending on personal choice an individual may decide to reside independently or with a roommate. Various levels of service are available to an individual and can be adjusted as needed. A full range of meal plans and nutritious snacks, as well as social activities are provided. With 24-hour on-site response staff and an on-call nurse, there is immediate access to help should the need arise. Qualifications require that individuals must: be eighteen (18) years of age or older; meet financial guidelines for Medicaid; meet nursing facility level of care; and meet a level of service rating as determined by a case manager.
Overall, the cost of living in Indiana is considered to be more affordable than the national average. The state’s costs are lower than the national average in every index category. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Indiana’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Indiana leaned considerably conservative. Indiana has a large manufacturing industry and many people in the state pride themselves on their blue-collar background and strong work ethic. Indiana is the largest producer of steel in the United States, and the country’s second largest automotive manufacturer.
Indiana’s climate varies between the northern and southern parts of the state. In the north, Indiana has a humid continental type of climate. This means that this region experiences four distinct seasons including hot, humid summers and cold winters. The northern part of the state borders the edge of Lake Michigan and is located within the north-central Snowbelt. This region receives upwards of 75” of snow per year. The southern portion of the state has a humid subtropical climate with extremely hot and humid summers. Indiana has a high average relative humidity level of 70%. July is the peak month for humidity, and portions of the state can see relative humidity levels rise above 90%.
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.