Nebraska, known primarily for its expansive cornfields, is appropriately referred to as “The Cornhusker State.” The term is a common nickname for Nebraska locals, and is also the name of the University of Nebraska football team. While the state may be most famous for its role in the agriculture industry, there’s more to Nebraska than just farms. Cities like Omaha and the college town of Lincoln are vibrant cultural hubs with enough activity to rival cities twice their size. Nebraska’s calm, quiet atmosphere, relatively low cost of living, and convenient proximity to major cities like Minneapolis, Denver, and Kansas City make the state an ideal location to retire.
There are more than 25 nursing homes in Nebraska. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Nebraska 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 Nebraska is about $7,700, according to Genworth. The median monthly cost for a semi-private room in a Nebraska nursing home is around $7,000.
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 Nebraska.
In Nebraska, 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 Nebraska is considered to be more affordable than the national average. Nebraska has a very low housing index and relatively low real estate costs. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Nebraska’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Nebraska leaned conservative. Nebraska is one of the biggest producers of corn, soybeans, and beef, and many people in the state are employed in the agriculture industry.
Nebraska has a humid continental type of climate in the east and semi-arid in the west. Eastern Nebraska experiences four distinct seasons, with widely varying temperatures and consistent precipitation year round. The western part of the state is known as the Sandhills, and consists of a semi-arid desert-like climate that gets very hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter.