Located just west of the Rocky Mountains, Utah is ripe with natural beauty and charming towns and cities. Known as “The Beehive State” for the industrious nature of the people who have called it home, Utah’s state’s motto is simply the word “Industry.” The state was settled by Mormons in the 19th century and roughly 60% of the state's current population are Mormon. Aside from being home to the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, Utah is very mountainous, and is known for having some of the world’s best skiing slopes. Salt Lake City, the state’s largest city, is a major metropolitan area with plenty of world-class amenities to offer. Between the region’s beautiful natural landscape and the welcoming appeal of cities like Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah is a wonderful place to retire.
There are more than 60 nursing homes in Utah. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Utah 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 Utah is about $7,600, according to Genworth. The median monthly cost for a semi-private room is around $6,400.
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 Utah.
In Utah, 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 Utah is considered to be more affordable than the national average. Utah is rated below the national average in all index categories except transportation, likely due to the fact that public transit options in the state are limited to a small number of bus lines in a few cities. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Utah’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Utah leaned very conservative, and over a quarter of the voters voted for a third party candidate. Utah has the largest Mormon community in the world, and over 60% of the state’s population identifies as Mormon.
Most of Utah has a dry, semi-arid climate with warm summers, cool winters, and below average rainfall. The more mountainous regions in the state have subarctic climates, consisting of cold winters, short summers, and lots of snowfall. The mountainous region just outside of Salt Lake City receives over 500 inches of snowfall every year.
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.