Alabama Home Care Regulations
Each state regulates senior living care differently. Because home care providers offer similar services to assisted living, states may regulate home care within their assisted living guidelines. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to provider records in Alabama.
In Alabama, home care — or in-home care — is a service which offers compassion and help to seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and wish to remain in their homes. Levels of care vary according to need, and can include companionship, meal prep, cleaning, transportation, and help with ADLs like bathing and dressing. Home care aides are trained to understand the nuances of senior care but generally aren’t licensed to provide medical services.
Cost of Living
Overall, the cost of living in Alabama 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.
- Cost of Living: 90
- Groceries: 97
- Housing: 72
- Utilities: 103
- Transportation: 89
About 17% of Alabama’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Alabama leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like Birmingham, tend to be more progressive.
2016 Presidential Election
- 34% voted Democratic
- 62% voted Republican
- 4% voted third party
- Median age: 39
- Over the age of 55: 30%
- 2018 population: 4,887,871
- 2020 population: 4,913,473
- Estimated 2025 population: 4,978,067
- 51% regularly attend a religious service
- 18% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
- The state has a total of 10,514 congregations
- There are 892 Masonic lodges in the state
Climate and Weather
Like most of the Deep South, Alabama has a humid subtropical climate. This means the state has long, hot summers and short, mild winters that resemble an extended autumn. Temperatures tend to be slightly cooler in Alabama’s northeastern counties, where the Appalachian Mountains extend into. Humidity is high throughout the year, particularly toward the state’s southern coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama receives plenty of rainfall and thunderstorms throughout the year, but snow is rare. The state’s north and central regions commonly experience tornadoes, with the most severe occurring during spring and fall months. Given its location on the north end of the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes during late spring and summer months when ocean water warms.
Humidity and Precipitation
- Average humidity level: 72%
- Average monthly precipitation: 5”
- Average maximum monthly precipitation: 8” (July)
- Average air quality index rating: 38 (Good)
- Average maximum air quality rating: 47 in May (Good)
- Average temperature: 63°F
- Average summer temperature: 79°F
- Typical summer high: 93°F (July)
- Typical summer low: 62°F (June)
- Average winter temperature: 46°F
- Typical winter high: 66°F (February)
- Typical winter low: 26°F (January)
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