In the search for senior care, Wyoming should be at the top of the list for anyone seeking a quiet retirement surrounded by spectacular scenery and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
“Big Wyoming” is actually the least populous U.S. state, with roughly the same amount of total residents as the country’s 30th most populous city — the metro area of Wyoming’s capital and largest city, Cheyenne, has only around 86,000 people. It’s the vastness of the state’s landscape, rather, that earns Wyoming its nickname and draws millions of tourists every year. Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 and known for both its wildlife and its size, is the country’s first national park and Wyoming’s most prominent attraction. Also in the state’s popular northwestern region are the jagged peaks of Grand Teton National Park and the valley known as Jackson Hole. Wyoming’s other natural wonders include the national monuments Devils Tower and Fossil Butte, along with several subranges of the Rockies such as the Granite Mountains, Bighorn Mountains, and Laramie Mountains.
A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Wyoming 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 Wyoming is about $8,000, 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 Wyoming.
In Wyoming, 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 Wyoming 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.
About 17% of Wyoming’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Wyoming leaned strongly conservative.
With significant changes in elevation throughout the state, Wyoming has several different climate classifications. In the grasslands of the state’s eastern region — which is part of the Great Plains — the climate is largely classified as cold semi-arid or warm-summer humid continental, with a potential for extreme temperature swings in both summer and winter, and not much precipitation. In the many mountain ranges spread across Wyoming’s central and western regions, temperatures become much cooler, with climate classifications including subarctic and tundra in the higher elevations. Some mountainous areas receive abundant snowfall throughout the 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.