Families searching for senior 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.
The median monthly cost of a care home in New Hampshire is about $3,900. 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 New Hampshire.
In New Hampshire, 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 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.