As families search for senior 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.
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 Louisiana.
In Louisiana, 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 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.