Rhode Island is known as “The Ocean State” because a large portion of the state borders the Atlantic Ocean. While it may be the smallest state in the union – with a total area of only 1,045 square miles – “Little Rhody” still has plenty to offer. Rhode Island’s vibrant cities like Providence and Pawtucket, along with its pristine beaches and proximity to the Boston metropolitan area make it one of the Northeast’s ideal retirement destinations.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 30 senior living communities in Rhode Island that provide assisted living. The median monthly cost of assisted living in Rhode Island is about $4,700.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Regulation Division. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Rhode Island is rated as high. You can use the state’s Disciplinary Actions and Orders database to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Rhode Island, an Assisted Living Residence (ALR) is “a publicly or privately operated residence that provides directly or indirectly by means of contracts or arrangements personal assistance to meet the resident’s changing needs and preferences, lodging, and meals to two or more adults. ALRs include sheltered care homes, board and care residences, or any other entity by any other name providing the above services which meet the definition of ALR.” There are levels of licensure for residential care facilities and assisted living facilities based on fire code requirements and need for assistance with medications. A residence may have areas within the facility that are licensed separately.
Overall, the cost of living in Rhode Island is considered to be less affordable than the national average. Rhode Island is rated as more expensive than average in every index category. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 17% of Rhode Island's population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Rhode Island leaned considerably liberal. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation in terms of land mass and ranked 43rd by population.
Rhode Island's climate ranges from oceanic in the south along the coast, to humid continental in the northern part of the state, and humid subtropical in the eastern portion. Overall, Rhode Island has hot summers and above average precipitation.
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.