Louisiana Senior Living
One of the richest and most diverse states in the South, Louisiana is still home to a sizeable Creole population, particularly in its largest cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. This rich culture makes it a fascinating choice for Louisiana senior living, ensuring that no senior will ever have an excuse to be bored there.
Even the rural parts of Louisiana feature a plethora of things to do, including exploring bio-diverse parklands and woods, taking advantage of multilingual classes in French and English, and Native American landmarks throughout the state. Home to many assisted living facilities, finding senior living in Louisiana won't be difficult and those who choose to retire there won’t be disappointed in their experiences.
Louisiana Assisted Living Costs
In Louisiana, the state’s Aging and Adult Services Office (OAAS) regulates assisted living facilities and ensures that all care meets state standards.
The average monthly cost of independent living in Louisiana is $2,769 although the actual cost is different for every case depending on the location of the facility, demand for space, and the specific care needs of the individual receiving assisted living services. The cost can be as low as $1,695 or as high as $3,968, dependent upon these factors.*From the SeniorHomes.com 2012 Independent Living Cost Survey. (http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/independent-living-costs/)
In the past, these fees were paid out-of-pocket by the senior or their families, but in the near future, Medicaid support will make assisted living more affordable for seniors who need services and can’t afford them.
Retirement in Louisiana
Louisiana is a relatively inexpensive place to retire, even in the state’s bustling cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Taxes in Louisiana are reasonable, making it a financially viable place to retire and still save money. This will be especially true for seniors who are eligible for Medicare assistance and will have part of their assisted living cost subsidized.
Did you know…?
- Sales tax in Louisiana is considerably lower than in many states, at just 4%. *The Tax Foundation
- Individual income tax in Louisiana is conducted in three brackets, with the highest bracket topping out at 6%.*The Tax Foundation
- Tax Freedom Day in Louisiana is April 1, the date when working Louisianans have worked long enough to pay off their tax bill for the entire year. *The Tax Foundation
Best Cities for Retirement in Louisiana
The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, is considered one of the most livable and affordable cities for retirement in the state. The median cost of assisted living care per month in Baton Rouge is just $2,650, compared to Alexandria’s median rate of $4,213. The cost of care in Baton Rouge can range from $1,950 to $4,500, although it depends on the nature of the care. Assisted living plans always vary in cost depending on the services that the senior needs.
The benefits of retiring in Baton Rouge are significant, with plenty of cultural and political interest for seniors who are interested in always having something to do. The city has a booming film industry, plenty of scientific and medical research emerging via the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital system, and an expansive theater and arts scene.
New Orleans, the biggest city in Louisiana, is also affordable compared to Alexandria, with a median cost of $3,583. This city offers many of the same benefits as retirement in Baton Rouge does, but on a larger scale for seniors who prefer to live in a larger city environment.
Health Care in Louisiana
Louisiana has an extensive map of hospitals and health centers across the state, making it possible to choose an assisted living facility near the right health care provider. As of 2011, Medicaid coverage in Louisiana did not pay for assisted living costs, although this is expected to change in the near future.
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Activities for Seniors in Louisiana
Plenty of sightseeing and activities await seniors who choose to retire in Louisiana. In and around Baton Rouge exists a rich architectural culture, with neo-gothic, art-deco and antebellum-era buildings scattered throughout the area, including historically important buildings such as the Magnolia Mound Plantation House. For information-minded seniors, the Louisiana State Museum and the Louisiana Archive and Research Library offer a host of knowledge, while the Mall of Louisiana offers top-notch shopping and cuisine.
The weather in Louisiana is a perfect example of a humid subtropical climate, with summers that are very long and hot with high humidity. Winters are brief and warm, and seasons in Louisiana are indistinct, with summer-like weather taking up much of the year into the fall. See the latest weather in Louisiana.
Sharp Seniors has 11 Senior Living Facilities in Louisiana
- 11 of them offer Senior Living
- 7 of them offer Respite
- 7 of them offer Assisted Living
- 3 of them offer Alzheimer's Care