Home Care in West Virginia

West Virginia has earned its nickname of “The Mountain State” by being the only state located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain Range. The state is considered to be one of the most scenic in the country, with its rolling hills and stunning mountain views, and has the highest average elevation east of the Mississippi River. Aside from its natural beauty, West Virginia has a number of unique cities, such as West Virginia University’s home of Morgantown, and the state capital of Charleston. Between its natural beauty and quaint charm, as well as its convenient proximity to other major cities in the Midwest, the South, and the Mid-Atlantic, West Virginia has something to offer everyone and is an ideal place to retire.

The median monthly cost of a home-health aide in West Virginia is about $3,400, according to Genworth. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of home care services in West Virginia to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.

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West Virginia 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 West Virginia.

In West Virginia, 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 West Virginia is considered to be more affordable than the national average. West Virginia is below the national average for every price index, making it an extremely affordable option. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 95
  • Groceries: 93
  • Housing: 80
  • Utilities: 89
  • Transportation: 94

Demographics

About 16% of West Virginia’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, West Virginia leaned strongly conservative. The state’s economy is primarily based around the logging and mining industries.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 26%
  • Voted Republican: 69%
  • Voted third party: 5%

Population

  • Median age: 43
  • Over the age of 55: 34%
  • 2018 population: 1,805,832
  • 2020 population: 1,783,607
  • Estimated 2025 population: 1,729,235

Miscellaneous

  • 46% regularly attend a religious service
  • 23% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 4,413 congregations
  • There are 164 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Most of West Virginia has either a humid subtropical or oceanic climate. These regions experience hot and muggy summers with above average precipitation year round. The more mountainous regions tend to get lots of snowfall during the winter, while the lower elevations often experience winters that are relatively short and mild.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 70%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 7” (July)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 30 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 38 in May (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 52°F
  • Average summer temperature: 70°F
  • Typical summer high: 89°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 50°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 32°F
  • Typical winter high: 49°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 13°F (January)

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