Officially nicknamed “The Mount Rushmore State” for its top tourist attraction, South Dakota stands out geographically from other states in the Great Plains. It has its share of wide-open grasslands, particularly in the central and eastern areas of the state. But the farther west you go, South Dakota starts to look more like the American West. Badlands National Park resembles a miniature desert mountain range with peaks you can traverse in just a few minutes. In the southwestern corner of the state are the more wooded Black Hills — a small, isolated mountain range that’s home to the gigantic granite monuments of Mount Rushmore and the work-in-progress Crazy Horse Memorial. South Dakota’s cities like Sioux Falls and Rapid City are quaint and inviting with a rustic charm. Between its natural beauty, wide-open spaces, and relatively inexpensive living costs, South Dakota is an ideal retirement destination.
The median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in South Dakota is about $7,200, according to Genworth. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in South Dakota to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget.
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 South Dakota.
In South Dakota, 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 South Dakota is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. The following index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 17% of South Dakota’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, South Dakota leaned conservative.
South Dakota is a northern Great Plains state and has a range of climate types, but most of the state’s climate is considered humid continental. This means South Dakota has four seasons, including hot summers and cold, mostly dry winters. However, the state often has extreme temperatures in both summer and winter, and during spring and autumn, the temperature can swing wildly within a single day. Some northern areas of the state experience a subarctic climate, whereas the southwestern portion of the state has a more desert-like, semi-arid climate.