Families searching for assisted living in New Hampshire will be greeted by natural beauty in just about every direction. The Granite State remains a popular spot for seniors, largely for its outstanding scenery, but also for its easy access to the Atlantic Coast and nearby New England destinations. New Hampshire’s main metropolitan area, Manchester, is located in the south-central region, but most of the state is defined by its winding rivers, natural bodies of water, and conifer-covered landscape. Lake Winnipesaukee is a large glacial lake in central New Hampshire at the foothills of the White Mountains. This rugged subrange of the Appalachians stretches into the state’s Great North Woods region and attracts millions of tourists every year with its ski slopes, hiking trails, and climbing walls. New Hampshire may be small in area, but it offers countless opportunities for an active yet peaceful retirement.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 35 senior living communities in New Hampshire that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in New Hampshire is about $6,200.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in New Hampshire is rated as basic. You can use the state’s facility search form to find licensed providers and the dates of inspections. While the dates of recent inspections are listed, the text of these reports is not accessible online. You can visit the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator to find the appropriate long-term care ombudsman who can provide information about a community you are exploring.
In New Hampshire, an assisted living facility — or a residential care home facility — provides residents assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), which include but are not limited to assistance with bathing, personal hygiene, dressing, eating, and walking. Other services provided include preparation of special diets, supervision of taking medication, and observation of physical and emotional health. These facilities are operated on a 24-hour basis to provide residential accommodations, personal care, social, occupational, and recreational services. A supported residential care facility offers these same services plus care for residents with greater medical needs. This means that a supported residential care facility offers nursing intervention for residents who need nursing services but do not need the 24-hour services of a more expensive nursing home.
Overall, the cost of living in New Hampshire is considered to be less affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 19% of New Hampshire’s population are seniors, which is higher than the national average. In the 2016 presidential election, New Hampshire leaned slightly liberal.
New Hampshire’s climate is classified as humid continental, which means the state has four distinct seasons including typically mild summers and long, quite cold winters. New Hampshire’s southeastern region has a short Atlantic coastline with moderate temperatures, whereas winter weather is often extreme in the mountainous northern parts of the state. Severe weather like thunderstorms and tornadoes is somewhat rare, although the state experiences winter storms with lots of snowfall and — given its location near the Atlantic Ocean — is prone to nor’easters with extreme amounts of snow. Tropical storms and hurricanes usually weaken in the North Atlantic’s cooler waters before reaching New Hampshire, or they divert eastward and miss the state.