Known for its large fields of blue-tinged grass, Kentucky is often referred to as “The Bluegrass State.” The state is also famous for its role in horse breeding and equestrian sports. One of the most popular events in the state is the Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs, nicknamed “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” Cities like Louisville and Lexington have a welcoming charm, with plenty of historic sites and tons of world-class amenities to offer. The state is also in close proximity to other nearby major cities, such as Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Nashville, making it a convenient place to call home and an ideal place to retire.
There are more than 50 nursing homes in Kentucky. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Kentucky 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 Kentucky is about $7,600, according to Genworth. The median monthly cost for a semi-private room in a Kentucky nursing home is around $6,900.
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 Kentucky.
In Kentucky, 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 Kentucky is considered to be more affordable than the national average. Kentucky is rated as more affordable than the average rating in every index category, especially in housing costs. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Kentucky's population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Kentucky leaned very conservative.
Kentucky has a humid subtropical climate, which means that the state experiences hot and muggy summers and mild to cold winters. Kentucky summers can be particularly intense, with many days over 95 degrees.