West Virginia has earned its nickname of “The Mountain State” by being the only state located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain Range. The state is considered to be one of the most scenic in the country, with its rolling hills and stunning mountain views, and has the highest average elevation east of the Mississippi River. Aside from its natural beauty, West Virginia has a number of unique cities, such as West Virginia University’s home of Morgantown, and the state capital of Charleston. Between its natural beauty and quaint charm, as well as its convenient proximity to other major cities in the Midwest, the South, and the Mid-Atlantic, West Virginia has something to offer everyone and is an ideal place to retire.
There are more than 10 nursing homes in West Virginia. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in West Virginia 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 West Virginia is about $11,500 according to Genworth. The median monthly cost for a semi-private room in a West Virginia nursing home is around $10,700.
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 West Virginia.
In West Virginia 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 West Virginia is considered to be more affordable than the national average. West Virginia is below the national average for every price index, making it an extremely affordable option. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of West Virginia’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, West Virginia leaned strongly conservative. The state’s economy is primarily based around the logging and mining industries.
Most of West Virginia has either a humid subtropical or oceanic climate. These regions experience hot and muggy summers with above average precipitation year round. The more mountainous regions tend to get lots of snowfall during the winter, while the lower elevations often experience winters that are relatively short and mild.