Families searching for senior living in Alabama will be welcomed by a mild climate and a variety of lifestyle options. In the state’s northern counties, the Tennessee River and Appalachian Mountains pass through and provide an abundance of beautiful scenery and opportunities for outdoor activities. Temperatures rise gradually as you head south toward the coast, where the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores attract millions of visitors throughout the year. Cities like Biloxi and Birmingham have been experiencing a recent population growth due to their Southern charm, pleasant weather, and relatively low costs of living, all factors which help make Alabama an ideal retirement destination.
There are more than 50 nursing homes in Alabama. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Alabama to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget.
The median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Alabama is about $6,800, according to Genworth.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Alabama.
In Alabama, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
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.
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.
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.