Georgia is nicknamed the “Peach State” because the warm, sunny climate is an ideal place to grow its namesake fruit. The combination of pleasant weather and southern hospitality make Georgia an excellent place for you or your loved one to retire.
There are more than 310 nursing homes in Georgia. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of the best nursing homes in Georgia. According to Genworth, the median monthly cost for care in a nursing home in Georgia is about $7,150 for a private room and $6,700 for a semi-private room.
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 Georgia.
In Georgia, 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 Georgia is considered to be more affordable than the national average. The cost ratings are well below average in every category and the housing cost in particular is one of the lowest in the country. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
Nearly one-fifth of Georgia’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Georgia leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like the Atlanta area, tend to be more progressive.
Georgia’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, which means the state has hot and muggy summers and short, mild winters. The average humidity level is 70%, and humidity levels are often highest during August at about 75%. The state receives some of the most rainfall in the entire United States. The mountainous regions in the northeast receive upwards of 80” of rain per year, and the city of Atltanta receives on average 50” of rain.