Sheridan is the seat of Sheridan County and was previously listed as a top retirement destination. The rural community is on the small side, with less than 19,000 residents, including more than 3,500 seniors aged 65 or older. Sheridan lies in northern Wyoming on the Montana border and in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains. Seniors who enjoy the tranquility of the great outdoors can take advantage of hiking trails, bird-watching, fly-fishing and the nearby national park. Sheridan is also a golfer’s haven with four championship golf courses, and its Old West-style downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Seniors who require limited assistance with daily activities but want to remain as independent as possible often find what they need in an assisted living setting. The average cost of assisted living in Sheridan is $4,100, which is just slightly lower than the state average. It’s also less than the national average by several hundred dollars.

This guide provides an overview of assisted living in Sheridan, including cost comparisons of other nearby cities and other senior care options. It also offers some benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Sheridan and free aging-related resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Sheridan, WY

Willow Creek of Sheridan

561 Avoca Avenue, Sheridan, WY, 82801


Sugarland Ridge

1551 Sugarland Drive, Sheridan, WY, 82801

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Heritage Towers

428 N. Jefferson St., Sheridan, WY, 82801


Sheridan Square Apartments

200 Smith Street, Sheridan, WY, 82801


Western Apartments

875 Dunnick Street, Sheridan, WY, 82801


Westview Health Care Center

1990 WEST LOUCKS STREET, Sheridan, WY, 82801


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Sheridan

Assisted living facilities in Sheridan and throughout the state fall under the administration of the Department of Health, Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys. The HLS office makes sure these facilities comply with all licensing requirements and follow set criteria to ensure quality care. Licenses may be denied, revoked or suspended for noncompliance with any licensure rules.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Sheridan

  • Sheridan is a tax-friendly environment for seniors because Wyoming doesn’t have a state income tax. Therefore, retirees won’t pay income tax on any form of retirement income, including Social Security benefits, military pensions and withdrawals from 401(k)s.
  • Seniors also benefit from lower-than-average state sales taxes, with the average combined state and local tax rate of 5.39%, the eighth-lowest in the nation. While the combined sales tax rate in Sheridan is a bit higher than the state average, it’s still low compared to the national average. In Sheridan, residents pay 4% for state taxes and 2% for Sheridan County taxes. The combined total of 6% is higher than 100% of Wyoming’s other cities and counties, but groceries and prescription drugs are tax-exempt.
  • Seniors benefit from having a local hospital with 88 licensed beds. Sheridan Memorial Hospital is a progressive, state-of-the-art medical facility with a 24/7 emergency department. It also has a specialized cardiology center, a cutting-edge cancer treatment center, orthopedics experts and a full range of surgical and rehabilitation services. Veterans in Sheridan can also receive primary care at the Sheridan Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Less violent crime is a major plus for Sheridan residents. On a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being ideal, Sheridan is rated a 10.6 for violent crime, less than half the national average of 22.7 and lower than the state average of 15.7. Sheridan’s property crime rate is 32.4, lower than the national average of 35.4 but higher than the state average of 28.5.
  • Sheridan receives more snow than the national average, and winters can be frigid. It gets about 35 inches of snow compared to 28 inches nationally and has about 189 days each year with overnight lows below freezing. The coldest nighttime low in December is just under 10 degrees. On the flip side, summers tend to be pleasant, with low humidity and a July high around 87 degrees.

Paying for Assisted Living in Sheridan

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Sheridan is $4,100. This monthly cost is lower than the state average, but only by $75, and lower than the national average by $200.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Sheridan’s average cost of assisted living is lower than Cheyenne’s cost by $488 per month and substantially lower than Casper’s, by $1,450. Compared to neighboring cities just over the border in Idaho, it’s higher than Idaho Falls’ cost by $427 per month but lower than Pocatello’s by $325.

$4100

Sheridan

$4175

Wyoming

$4300

The United States

$4588

Cheyenne

$5550

Casper

$3673

Idaho Falls, ID

$4425

Pocatello, ID

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Depending on their level of care needs, seniors may want to compare assisted living costs with other types of senior care. The least amount of care is provided through adult day health care, which has the lowest monthly cost, at $2,080. Seniors wanting care at home pay a bit more, with an average cost of $5,139 for either homemaker services or home health aides. Nursing homes offer extensive care and higher price tags at about $7,756 per month for semiprivate rooms or $8,060 for private rooms.

$5139

Homemaker Services

$5139

Home Health Aide

$2080

Adult Day Health Care

$4100

Assisted Living Facility

$7756

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8060

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Sheridan was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Billings, MT, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sheridan

Residents of assisted living facilities in Wyoming can apply for Medicaid to help pay for the cost of services under the Assisted Living Facility Home and Community-Based Services 1915(c) waiver program.

The state does not have a policy that caps room and board costs for Medicaid-eligible residents and does not provide an optional supplement to Supplemental Security Income. Family supplementation is permitted.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Wyoming page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Wyoming

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Wyoming page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Sheridan

Seniors in Sheridan can find free resources offering extra assistance through an array of supportive services. Whether locally or at a county or state level, government entities and nonprofit organizations strive to provide aging-related services to seniors in assisted living or other types of senior living options.

Resource

Contact 

Services

(307) 672-2240

The Hub on Smith, Sheridan’s Senior Center, has various activities to keep seniors active and social. These include a variety of games, health and fitness classes and recreational activities like hiking or tennis. The Hub provides a range of supportive services to help local seniors get what they need, including information and referral services, transportation programs, meal services and general support. It also operates a loan closet to offer adaptive equipment to those who need it, such as mobility devices.

(877) 634-1006

WSCI strives to meet the needs of older adults across the state and help them retain their independence. This statewide nonprofit offers an array of services, including a senior companion program, foster grandparent program and family caregiver support. The Casper office services seniors throughout Sheridan County.

(800) 442-2766

The Wyoming ADRC assists seniors throughout the state by connecting them with helpful information and referrals to a variety of services. Seniors can search its online resources to find the exact type of services they require.

(800) 442-2766

The Wyoming Department of Health’s Community Living Section administers programs required by the state’s Older Americans Act. These programs offer supportive services to residents statewide aged 60 or older. Services include transportation, nutrition, health and socialization programs. Information and referrals, disease prevention and health promotion, and the National Senior Corps are other available services.

(307) 235-5959 or

(877) 634-1006

The regional office of the LTC ombudsman program in Casper serves the Sheridan County area, acting as an advocate for residents of long-term care facilities, including assisted living centers. Regional LTCOP staff provides information and referrals for long-term care programs and answers LTC-related questions. However, their primary job is to investigate complaints against LTC facilities on behalf of residents and attempt to resolve these complaints.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sheridan

Sheridan-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Wyoming are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Wyoming page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Wyoming