Located in the heart of the Southwest, Nevada is nicknamed “The Silver State” for the silver rush that occurred during the mid 1800s which helped put the state on the map. Nevada is perhaps best known for its largest city, Las Vegas – a prime entertainment capital and the setting for countless books and movies. While the city’s popularity is undeniable and its tourism and casino industries play a massive part in the state’s economy, there’s much more to Nevada than gambling. The natural beauty of the state is awe-inspiring, ranging from snow-capped peaks to expansive deserts, and even Las Vegas itself, with its warm temperatures and Southwestern charm, can be a great place to retire and call home.
There are more than 40 nursing homes in Nevada. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Nevada to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget. According to Genworth, the median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Nevada is about $9,300. The median monthly cost for a semi-private room is around $7,600.
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 Nevada.
In Nevada, 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 Nevada is considered to be less affordable than the national average. The state has a high overall housing cost, mainly because the Las Vegas metropolitan area is one of the country’s premiere vacation and retirement spots. Nevada also has a high cost of transportation, mostly due to a lack of public transit in some areas and a dependence on personal vehicles. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
In Nevada, 16% of the state's population are over the age of 65. In the 2016 presidential election, Nevada leaned slightly liberal. The larger cities in Nevada, such as Las Vegas, tend to lean liberal, while the rural areas of the state are often more conservative. The state of Nevada has a very large Hispanic population which contributes to a notable cultural presence in the area.
The majority of Nevada has a semi-arid or cold desert climate with hot summers, cold winters, and below average precipitation levels. The southern tip of the state has a warm desert climate that gets extremely hot in the summer. Portions of Death Valley, one of the hottest places on the planet, are located in this region of the state, along its border with California. Nevada has an extremely low humidity level and below average precipitation levels, which have earned it the title of “driest state in the U.S.” This dry desert climate, in addition to countless opportunities for entertainment, make Nevada one of the most popular destinations in the country to retire.
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.