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.
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 Rhode Island.
In Rhode Island, 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 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.