Though “The Volunteer State” earned its nickname for sending generous amounts of volunteer troops to battles during multiple American wars in the early 1800s, Tennessee today is known for its natural beauty and musical roots. On the eastern end of the state is the college town of Knoxville, as well as Gatlinburg, the popular resort village that serves as a gateway to the majestic Great Smoky Mountains. Music fans from across the world flock to Tennessee’s two largest cities: Nashville and Memphis. Whether it’s blues, rock ‘n’ roll, or country, the history of American music runs deep through these two cities. Tennessee also shares the most borders with other U.S. states (tied with Missouri at eight), so its central location — along with a lower-than-average cost of living — makes Tennessee an ideal retirement destination.
There are more than 115 nursing homes in Tennessee. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of communities to find the Tennessee nursing home that fits your needs and budget.
The median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Tennessee is about $7,300, 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 Tennessee.
In Tennessee, 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 Tennessee 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.
Around 15% of Tennessee’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Tennessee leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, such as Memphis and Nashville, tend to be more progressive.
Tennessee’s climate is divided into two sections, with almost all of the state classified as humid subtropical, and the far eastern area with higher elevations classified as the subtropical highland variety of oceanic climate. This means the state has four distinct seasons including warm summers and cold winters, although temperatures tend to be mild throughout the year and less extreme compared to most of the country. The Appalachian Mountain region in the eastern part of the state brings slightly cooler temperatures and drier weather compared to the rest of Tennessee.