Known for its large fields of blue-tinged grass, Kentucky is often referred to as “The Bluegrass State.” The state is also famous for its role in horse breeding and equestrian sports. One of the most popular events in the state is the Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs, nicknamed “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” Cities like Louisville and Lexington have a welcoming charm, with plenty of historic sites and tons of world-class amenities to offer. The state is also in close proximity to other nearby major cities, such as Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Nashville, making it a convenient place to call home and an ideal place to retire.
The median monthly cost of a care home in Kentucky is about $2,200. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Kentucky.
In Kentucky, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or fewer. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
Overall, the cost of living in Kentucky is considered to be more affordable than the national average. Kentucky is rated as more affordable than the average rating in every index category, especially in housing costs. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Kentucky's population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Kentucky leaned very conservative.
Kentucky has a humid subtropical climate, which means that the state experiences hot and muggy summers and mild to cold winters. Kentucky summers can be particularly intense, with many days over 95 degrees.