As families search for senior living, Louisiana should stand out for those seeking a tropical climate and a cultural mix unlike anywhere else in the United States.
Louisiana’s positioning at the mouth of the Mississippi River made it a key point of trade throughout Colonial North America, and today in “The Pelican State” you’ll find traditions, cuisine, music, and architecture rooted in African, Haitian, French, Spanish, Italian, and Native American heritages. The geography of Louisiana is also defined by water, as the swamps and wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta — combined with sea-level rise and man-made canals — create an ever-changing coastline where the state’s land borders meet the Gulf of Mexico. The result is a truly unique place, with generations of residents at once embodying a fierce devotion to historical customs and a fluent understanding of new ideas and practices.
There are more than 45 nursing homes in Louisiana. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Louisiana 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 Louisiana is about $5,700, 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 Louisiana.
In Louisiana, 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 Louisiana 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 16% of Louisiana’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Louisiana leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like the New Orleans area, tend to be more progressive.
Louisiana’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, meaning the state has long, hot summers and short, mild winters that resemble an extended autumn. Humidity is high throughout the year. The state receives plenty of rainfall, but snow is rare. Located on the north end of the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes during late spring and summer months, and flooding is common due to the state’s low elevation and proximity to the Mississippi River.