Indiana is a charming, Midwestern state located off the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Its nickname of “The Hoosier State” is one of the country’s oldest state nicknames, and although there are many theories as to where it came from, there is no definitive answer. What is known is that residents of the state embrace the “Hoosier” title with a strong sense of local pride. Indiana’s central location – just a short distance from Chicago and many other major cities of the Midwest – combined with the all-American appeal of its own cities like Indianapolis and Bloomington and its vast expanses of rural farmland, make Indiana a convenient place to live and a beautiful state to retire in.
There are more than 115 nursing homes in Indiana. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Indiana 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 Indiana is about $8,500, 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 Indiana.
In Indiana, 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 Indiana is considered to be more affordable than the national average. The state’s costs are lower than the national average in every index category. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Indiana’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Indiana leaned considerably conservative. Indiana has a large manufacturing industry and many people in the state pride themselves on their blue-collar background and strong work ethic. Indiana is the largest producer of steel in the United States, and the country’s second largest automotive manufacturer.
Indiana’s climate varies between the northern and southern parts of the state. In the north, Indiana has a humid continental type of climate. This means that this region experiences four distinct seasons including hot, humid summers and cold winters. The northern part of the state borders the edge of Lake Michigan and is located within the north-central Snowbelt. This region receives upwards of 75” of snow per year. The southern portion of the state has a humid subtropical climate with extremely hot and humid summers. Indiana has a high average relative humidity level of 70%. July is the peak month for humidity, and portions of the state can see relative humidity levels rise above 90%.
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.