Everyone has a unique vision of growing old. Often times that vision is inextricably linked to a specific city or state—and that’s because where we choose to spend our golden years is often times just as important as how we plan to spend them.
But the decision about where to live in your later years can be daunting, especially if you’re planning to make a move from your home state. Seniors need to consider everything from affordability to quality healthcare access, long-term care options, a variety of senior care services, and overall quality of life.
Based on a comprehensive study incorporating senior living community reviews, nursing home costs, elderly well-being assessments and more, Caring.com has assembled its annual list of states that offer the best – and worst -- mixture of senior services, affordability, and overall quality of care for seniors.
Unlike many roundups of “best places” for seniors to live, our survey was designed to capture the factors that make a state a healthy, affordable environment for the elderly. Click on the links below to find out which states made this year’s top and bottom 10 lists.
Why Does This Matter?
“I think when people are looking to move they need to think long-term,” says Debbie Fins, a licensed clinical social worker, board member of the Aging Life Care Association and president of Deborah Fins Associates, a geriatric care management services organization in Worcester, MA. “They should look at what the medical care is like. Can they get a doctor? What are the support systems for aging? And can they afford to live there?”
What’s more, Fins says seniors looking to move for retirement need to figure out “where your dollar is going to go furthest with the kind of services you want to have.”
With the aging Baby Boomer population, these are questions that more and more Americans will need to confront sooner rather than later.
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About This Study
In addition to analyzing Caring.com data—which includes nearly 150,000 reviews of senior care facilities submitted by its readers in all 50 states and this year’s list of top-rated senior living facilities and in-home care agencies on Caring.com (Caring Stars)—our study also incorporated Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and the Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard, which is a joint effort between AARP, The Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation.