As families search for assisted living, Louisiana should stand out for those seeking a tropical climate and a cultural mix unlike anywhere else in the United States.
Louisiana’s positioning at the mouth of the Mississippi River made it a key point of trade throughout Colonial North America, and today in “The Pelican State” you’ll find traditions, cuisine, music, and architecture rooted in African, Haitian, French, Spanish, Italian, and Native American heritages. The geography of Louisiana is also defined by water, as the swamps and wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta — combined with sea-level rise and man-made canals — create an ever-changing coastline where the state’s land borders meet the Gulf of Mexico. The result is a truly unique place, with generations of residents at once embodying a fierce devotion to historical customs and a fluent understanding of new ideas and practices.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with 70 senior living communities in Louisiana that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Louisiana is about $3,500.
Assisted living communities in the state are regulated by the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals Health Standards Section. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Louisiana is rated as basic. You can use the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator to find resources that can help provide information on the violation history of Louisiana assisted living communities.
In Louisiana, an assisted living home/facility is a community which provides room, board, and personal services — such as assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) — to two or more residents who reside in individual living units which contain, at a minimum, one room with a kitchenette and a private bathroom. ADLs include but are not limited to: bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer, giving medications, or helping residents give themselves medications.
Overall, the cost of living in Louisiana 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 Louisiana’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Louisiana leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like the New Orleans area, tend to be more progressive.
Louisiana’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, meaning the state has long, hot summers and short, mild winters that resemble an extended autumn. Humidity is high throughout the year. The state receives plenty of rainfall, but snow is rare. Located on the north end of the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes during late spring and summer months, and flooding is common due to the state’s low elevation and proximity to the Mississippi River.