235 assisted living facilities in Utah
Utah rates next to last as far as its senior population - 49th out of the 50 states with only 9% of older Utahans age 65 or older. However, with the increase in the senior citizen age group and the variety of activities available in Utah, is the “The Beehive State” a wise choice for those who are looking for senior living communities or assisted living in Utah? Could Utah be the next trending state for retirees?
The costs of a monthly stay in an Assisted Living Facility is costly and varies from state to state, from cities within states and even within the same city. In the state of Utah, the average cost is $2,950 – although that amount ranges from a low of $2,600 in other parts of Utah, to a high of $3,650 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The average annual cost of Assisted Living in the state of Utah is currently around $35,400. The cost of Assisted Living and Elder Care in general will only increase as the number of older and disabled people increase and this is something that our society needs to be concerned about.
One of the big concerns for elders is that they will be “put in a home” and forgotten about and therefore many people will do everything in their power to keep their loved one at home and out of a senior living facility. This often leads to people using Adult Day Health Care or hiring a Home Health Aide. Although this does allow people to stay in their homes, or at least prolong the move into a facility, it can be very costly both financially and emotionally.
The cost of Adult Day Health Care in Utah is around $1,560 per month, or $18,720 annually (based on a five-day week). A Home Health Aide is a person who comes into the individuals house and provides care in their home. The monthly expense of a Home Health Aide in the State of Utah is a bit over $4,000, or $48,048 annually. It is important to note that while many Home Health Aides are caring, talented, and very dedicated to their job and their patients, they are not licensed medical professionals. They are not trained to treat wounds or even to pass out medication. Home Health Aides are also there to take care of the individuals and not to clean the house, although many do light housekeeping. The monthly cost of a Home Health Aide is based on a 44-hour week which means that there are 124 hours weekly where there will be no one there to care for the person besides the family. The only way to get care around the clock would be to hire the equivalent of 3.8 Home Health Aides which would cost around $15,215 per month in Utah, on average.
Experts project that the cost of elder care will increase in the next five years depending on what service is required: Home Health Aides will increase 1%; Adult Day Health Care will increase by a staggering 12%, Assisted Living Care will increase 2%, and Nursing Home Care will increase by 3% in only the next five years. Currently, a semi-private room in a skilled nursing facility costs $67,525 in Utah, and a private room costs $76,650.
By the year 2030 in the state of Utah, the yearly cost of an Assisted Living is expected to be around $53,550, Adult Day Health Care - $28,316, Home Health Aide - $72,700, a semi-private room in a nursing facility will cost nearly $102,140, and a private room will cost almost $116,000 per year. The increase in these prices is why Long-Term Care Insurance is on the rise in America.
Different Prices for Assisted Living Care within the State of Utah:
There are many different options for living arrangements for seniors when looking for a place to call home during their retirement years. Many seniors chose to live in age-segregated communities where the residents must be over a certain age – usually 55.
When you live in a CCRC you are guaranteed a place to live for your lifetime, although few, if any, CCRCs will guarantee someone entry to a skilled nursing facility that is part of the CCRC. If the beds are filled then the CCRC will try to find an alternate, yet comparable, facility.
The major downside, for many, is the entry cost of the CCRC which ranges depending on the size of the unit and the geographic location as well as the location within the area. Entry fees can run from anywhere from $30,000 to $1 million as well as monthly charges that vary from less than $300 to over $4,500.
Here are some communities for seniors in the state of Utah that can show you some of the senior living options that are available. We have included Active Senior Living, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Respite Care, Memory Care, and even CCRCs. Although these specific communities may not be the right fit for you, they should help point you in the direction of where you would like to move for retirement.
Where possible, we have included the price, or at least an estimate, of the price of the facility and have provided links in case you wish to learn more.
Amenities at SunRiver St. George include:
There is a private, gated “Reflections” community which has a private clubhouse of their own and includes a multi-purpose room, an exercise room, and a resort-style pool.
Living at Heritage Village in Payson gives you access to a 7500 square-foot clubhouse, an indoor pool, an exercise room, large screen TV, a reading area, and game tables. The first phase of the community will include walking trails, pickle ball courts, and an area to play horseshoes.
Phase I is almost complete so now is a good time to get in touch with them and pick your lot and plan to move to Payson, Utah;
Floor Plans available are:
Crescent Heights is Pet-friendly, and offers a fitness room, community center, and a BBQ/Grilling Area.
The homes in the BRIO community are unique with innovative floor plans and they pride themselves on their homes being built on “quality, integrity, and customer satisfaction.” There are nine estates and four enclaves in the BRIO community. The estates range from the 1,617 square-foot “Amber” with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage, to the 2,773 square-foot “Ebony” with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a three-car garage. The enclaves range from the 1,154-square-foot, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two-car garage known as the “Jade,” to the 1,547 square-foot floor plan with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage known as the “Ruby.”
BRIO is in the mountain range of Southern Utah and allows you and your family to spend time outdoors at Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, and Snow Canyon State Park. The Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Tuacahn Amphitheater are within walking distance, as are the outlet malls and boutiques of St. George. Of course, the big box stores such as Best Buy, Costco, and Lowe’s are nearby as well.
St. George is known for the Red Rock Golf Trail and one of the 17 golf courses on the trail is adjacent to the BRIO senior living community. There are both indoor and outdoor pools with spas available to residents and guests. BRIO also has eight Pickleball courts as well as two full-sized tennis courts. “The Escape,” BRIO’s community center, has a 1,500-square-foot fitness center with any fitness machines that you can imagine – treadmills, stationary bicycles, free weights, and other machines to help you stay in shape as you get older. Yoga classes are available as well, but the room is large enough that it does not interfere with those who are doing workouts by themselves.
The natural beauty of southern Utah allows for hiking and walking throughout the year on one of many of the nature trails that are surrounded by the spectacular backdrop of southern Utah’s mountains.
There are different floor plans available depending on your needs. One of the most unique things about Chateau Brickyard is that it offers respite care which is an option for seniors and caregivers who either need a break from each other, or perhaps when someone is recovering from a hospitalization and needs assistance with chores like cooking and housekeeping. Although not the intention, respite care often leads to the person moving into the facility once they are there and realize how much they enjoy the other residents, the staff, and the activities.
Amenities at Chateau Brickyard include:
Basically, in the Independent apartments there are the following options:
Assisted Living come in the following floor plans:
Amenities and Services offered at Cedarwood at Sandy include:
It is conveniently located near Mt. Olympus Senior Center and Holladay Recreation Center which offer arthritis classes and senior swimming activities. There are numerous medical facilities nearby, including St. Mark’s Hospital, University Hospital, Salt Lake Behavioral Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Intermountain Medical Center, St. Mark’s Senior Center, and three skilled nursing facilities.
There are different floor plans. Sunrise also prides itself on its Dining Program and you are invited to contact your local facility to enjoy a meal at a facility to taste the food. Furthermore, you can download the “Sunrise Recipes of the Heart Cookbooks” from years past.
Services and Amenities available at Sunrise at Holladay include:
Brookdale North Ogden is different from other communities that we have discussed in that it is not designed for active adults, but rather specializes in Assisted Living and dementia/Alzheimer’s Care.
What are the differences in these levels of care at Brookdale North Ogden?
This is rooted in the belief that each person has the right to live in a dignified way and to enjoy activities that are meaningful to them every day. Special features include the food in the memory care program, which have been developed by memory care experts, registered dieticians, and culinary associates including the following features:
Brookdale North Ogden is situated on beautiful landscaped grounds and gardens with outdoor paths for walking, which is especially useful in this pet-friendly community. There is an outdoor courtyard and a patio with a water feature, shaded seating areas and garden beds that are cared for by the residents. There is also a five-cup putting green, areas for individual gardening, and table tennis available.
Dining is an important part of the routine for those with dementia and good nutrition is, of course, good for everyone. Brookdale North Ogden recognizes this and offers restaurant-style dining with meals prepared by chefs. Meals are served three times a day and there is a selection of choices should someone not like what is served. The menus change weekly and meals are designed to utilize the vegetables and fruits that are in season.
Brookdale North Ogden has a program called “Optimum Life” which is holistic-based and incorporates six key dimensions of wellness – purposeful, physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual – to live in a way that promotes health, wholeness, and fulfillment.
Other Amenities at Brookdale North Ogden are:
Here are some of the services offered at the Wentworth:
Companion Services – designed for the individual who only needs either a small amount of assistance or maybe just a watchful eye to maintain their independence (companion services does just that)
Memory Care – Draper’s approach to Memory Care is so unique that it is called “’In the Moment®’ Approach to Memory Care.” The philosophy is to allow for those with memory loss to experience the feelings that they are feeling and experience now and to offer an appropriate and compassionate response while staying in the moments.
There are “Six Element of Engagement” to the “In the Moment” Memory Care approach, including:
Respite Care – a program which provides a temporary break for caregivers and family members who care for those who are disabled or have special needs. It is also used after a hospital stay while a person no longer requires 24-hour nursing care (or maybe they never did) but they still need licensed medical personnel around. Although some see respite care as a way of “dumping” someone at a facility, caregiving is a physically and mentally exhausting job for both the caregiver and the person receiving care, and it is often breaks, such as respite care, which allow for caregivers to continue in that role.
Just as you can’t put all 30-year-olds into one atmosphere and expect them to be happy, the same is true with the senior population. Some people would rather be in a city with lots of cultural and historic opportunities, whereas others would prefer to live in a smaller area with little traffic where there are more options for outdoor activities.
Here are some cities or towns in Utah that make a good choice for senior living. We have tried to include both small towns as well as urban areas.
Hospitals that serve St. George include the Dixie Regional Medical Center, which is an Intermountain Health Care hospital that offers a 24-hour trauma center and basic emergency services, and River Road InstaCare. The Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit group of 22 hospitals, over 1,600 doctors, around 180 clinics.
St. George’s Senior Center is called “St. George Utah Senior Center.” This center serves all of Washington County and provides activities such as arts and crafts, dancing, fitness, movie of the month, computer access, music, safety classes and services, support groups, nutrition services, health services, consultation services, health services, and a Thrift Shoppe.
The cost of health care in St. George is 92.1 where the national average is 100.
The crime rate in St. George, Utah, based on a 100-point-scale, is 11 for violent crimes and 33 for property crimes. The U.S. average for these crimes is 31.1 and 38.1 respectively.
The population of the city of St. George, Utah is approximately 80,300, while the metropolitan area has a population of around 155,750. Almost 18.5% of St. George’s population comprises of senior citizens 65 years of age of older;
There are 124 physicians for every 100,000 residents in Sunset, Utah which is far below the national average of 210. There are 13 hospitals that serve the Sunset, Utah area, including: Ogden Regional Medical Center, Brigham City Community Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Davis Hospital and Medical Center – Roy Campus, which provides Emergency Care, Primrose Specialty Hospital E-South Temple, South Davis Community Hospital, University of Utah Health Care, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, McKay-Dee Hospital Centre, and the VA Salt Lake City Health System. There are also Behavioral and Mental Health Hospitals in the area which can be useful especially when dealing with those with dementia.
The health cost is 90.5, whereas it is 100 nationally. The crime rate in Sunset for violent crime is 27, while it is 31.1 nationally, and property crime is 37, less than the U.S. average of 38.1.
The main Senior Center in the area is the North Davis Senior Activity Center in Clearfield which serves the communities of Clearfield, South Weber, northern Layton, Syracuse, Sunset, Clinton, and West Point. The North Davis Senior Center serves as the main source of information, education, advocacy, and opportunities for elders in the community as well as providing a gathering place for people to join and engage in classes, crafts, exercise, and nutrition programs. To be eligible you must be 60 years of age or older, or the spouse of someone who is 60 years old or older.
Other Senior Centers that serve the city of Sunset, Utah are: The Washington Terrace Senior Center in Ogden, Utah; Roy Hillside Senior Citizen Center in Roy, Utah; Riverdale Senior Center in Ogden, Utah; Golden Hours Senior Center in Ogden, Utah; South Ogden Senior Center in Ogden, Utah; and the Autumn Glow Senior Citizens in Kaysville, Utah.
The population of Sunset is around 5,200 residents with a median age of 29 and approximately 12.3% of the population is 65 years of age or older;
Box Elder County was named due to the large numbers of Box Elder trees located in the area and it is now part of the Ogden-Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake City-Provo-Odem, Utah Combined Statistical Area. With an area of 6,729 square miles of which only 984 are water, Box Elder County is a large county – the fourth largest in the Utah.
Tremonton was originally named “Tremont” in 1903, but by 1907 the Post Office had changed it to Tremonton because there was confusion due to another town in central Utah named Tremont. Tremonton is in the “Bear River Valley” in the northeastern part of Box Elder County and the Malad River flows through the city.
Tremonton, Utah has a below average number of physicians; however, Tremonton is close to Brigham City which has a quite a few hospitals and senior citizen centers. Additionally, while the health costs are lower than the national average, they are higher than other cities in Box Elder County at 95.9 which is what one would expect to spend $100 in other parts of the country.
There are numerous hospitals and medical centers that serve the residents of Tremonton and other cities in Box Elder County, including: Brigham City Community Hospital, Brigham City Community Hospital ER, Bear River Valley, Brigham City Community Cardiac Rehab, Bear River Hospital Emergency Room, Brigham City Community Hospital Women’s Services, Cache Valley Hospital ER, Logan Regional Hospital, Intermountain Budge Clinic, Davis Hospital Weber Campus, Brigham Medical Center, Davis Hospital and Medical Center and Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.
There are quite a few Senior Centers in the County of Box Elder – the Bear River Valley Senior Center in Tremonton; Hyrum Senior Citizens Center in Hyrum; Cache County Senior Citizens Center in Logan; North Davis Senior Center in Clearfield; Riverdale Senior Center in Ogden; Taylorsville Senior Center in Salt Lake City; Autumn Glow Senior Citizens in Kaysville; Golden Hours Senior Center in Ogden; Washington Terrace Senior Center in Ogden; Roy Hillside Senior Citizen Center in Roy; Golden Years Senior Citizen in Bountiful; Salt Lake County Tenth East Center in Salt Lake City; and the South Ogden Senior Center in Ogden.
The goal of these centers is to provide opportunities for creativity, learning and socialization, and offers both health and wellness classes. These centers have yoga, ceramics, exercise, jewelry making, pinochle, art classes, creative writing, museum visits, and more.
They are also very important when it comes to identifying those seniors who are being abused or neglected, particularly for those who are frequent visitors to senior centers.
On a scale of 1 to 100, Tremonton comes in at 14 on violent crimes and 38 on property crimes, this is compared to the national average of 31.1 for violent crimes and 38.1 for property crimes.
The population of Tremonton is approximately 8,300 with around 9% of residents who are senior citizens 65 years of age or older;
There are only 111 physicians per 100,000 residents within Spanish Fork proper, and the cost of health care is 92.8 out of 100.
In Spanish Fork, Utah the rate of violent crime is 20, while the U.S. average is 31.1; property crime rates are 27, with the national average is 38.1.
There is one main Senior Center that serves the older residents of Spanish Fork. Spanish Fork City Senior Center is the main one where you can pay your utility and ambulance bills, access computers and emails. There are an estimated 38,000 residents in Spanish Fork, Utah;
There are 91 physicians per 100,000 people in the city of Summit, which is lower than the United States average of 210. However, the cost of health care is also below the United States average at 87.2, compared to 100 nationally.
Although Summit is a small town, it is only 16 miles away from Cedar City, Utah and within driving distance of Garfield Memorial Hospital and Beaver Valley Hospital.
Summit is served mainly by the senior centers in Cedar City and Parowan. The crime rate in Summit, based on a 100-point-scale, is 28 for violent crimes, and 26 for property crimes. The U.S. average for these crimes is 31.1 and 38.1 respectively, making Summit appear to be a safe and relatively inexpensive place to live.
The population of Summit, Utah is just 281 residents, and the median age is over 55 years old;
There are 233 physicians for every 100,000 people in Holladay compared with a national average of 210, yet the cost of health care is still lower than the average nationally at 95.3.
The health care providers in Holladay are mainly found in Salt Lake City and include: Urgent Care at University of Utah Hospital; St. Mark’s Women’s Center; St. Mark’s Hospital; St. Mark’s ER; Salt Lake Regional Medical Center; LDS Hospital; University of Utah Health Care; University of Utah Hospital and Heart Center at St. Mark’s. There are also hospitals in Murray which include: Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah; and Intermountain Healthcare.
The senior centers in Holladay include the Mt. Olympus Senior Center and Millcreek Senior Center. Mt. Olympus offers programs and services such as Caregiver Support; Home Care; Health Promotion and Education; Meals on Wheels; Yard Care and Snow Removal; Senior Transportation; Foster Grandparents; Advocacy; Retired Senior Volunteers; Information, Education, and Assistance; Medicare, Medicaid, and Fraud Prevention; Legal Assistance; Support Groups, Consultations; Supplemental Services (based on eligibility requirements) and Respite Services.
Regarding crime in Holladay, out of a 100-scale, violent crime ranks 28 and property crime is 31, while is below the U.S. average of 31.1 for violent crime and 38.1 for property crime.
The population of Holladay, Utah is around 31,000 people with a bit over 15% of residents age 65 or older;
The original part of the city and the downtown are at the base of the Wasatch Range and many of the residential neighborhoods are on the slopes of the mountains. On the west of the city is a flatland that stretches out to the Great Salt Lake. Most of the land to the east of Bountiful is property of U.S. Forest Service.
Bountiful has 124 physicians per 100,000 residents, below the average of 210 in America. The 128-bed Lakeview Hospital serves the city of Bountiful and has more than 200 doctors with over 25 specialties. There is an Orthopedic Spine Center, a medical stabilization service known as “New Service”, and a wound a hyperbaric medicine services available at Lakeview Hospital.
There are quite a few Senior Centers that serve the older residents of Bountiful, including: Golden Years Senior Center; National Care Planning Council – provides resources for Seniors including, but not limited to: Veterans Benefits, Estate Planning, Adult Day Care Services, Life Insurance Services, Hospice Care, Elder Law, Eldercare Agencies and more; Senior Services of Utah – specializing in Medicare for Utah residents; Tenth East Senior Center; and River’s Bend Senior Center.
On a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being the lowest, Bountiful rates at 26 for violent crime and 31 for property crime.
The population of Bountiful is approximately 43,800 with around 14.3% of residents who are senior citizens age 65 or older;
There are 152 physicians per 100,000 residents in Washington, Utah. The US average is 210. Hospitals that serve St. George include the Dixie Regional Medical Center, which is an intermountain Health Care hospital that offers a 24-hour trauma center and basic emergency services, and River Road InstaCare.
St. George’s Senior Center is called “St. George Utah Senior Center.” This center serves all of Washington County and provides activities such as arts and crafts, fitness, dancing, movie of the month, music, computer access, safety classes and services, nutrition services, support groups, health services, health services, consultation services and a Thrift Shoppe.
On a scale from 1 to 100 Washington has a score of 29 when it comes to violent crimes and for property crimes Washington scores 33. The US average is 31.1 and 38.1 respectively.
The population of Washington, Utah is approximately 24,400 and over 18.5% of the residents who are senior citizens 65 years of age or older; and
Ephraim is home to Snow College, founded in 1888 as the LDS Sanpete Stake Academy. Utah State University also has a branch campus in Ephraim offering both Bachelors and Graduate Degrees.
There are 83 physicians per 100,000 residents in Ephraim, Utah while the national average is 210; however, the cost of health care in Ephraim is higher than the national average at 113.9, perhaps due to the few providers.
Hospitals which serve Ephraim are the Sanpete Valley Hospital, and Gunnison Valley Hospital.
The “Ephraim Senior Citizens Center,” and the “Manti Senior Citizen Center” are the centers designed to meet the needs of the elders in the Ephraim area, and in Sanpete County as a whole.
The crime rate, out of a scale from 1 to 100 is 30 for violent crimes and 32 for property crimes.
The population of Ephraim, Utah is approximately 7,000 with about 6.5% of residents who belong to the 65+ senior living community.
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