130 assisted living facilities in Vermont
Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders the states of Massachusetts to the South, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Lake Champlain makes up half of the border between Vermont and New York State, and the Green Mountains run north-south through the length of Vermont.
Vermont is a small state with only 9,616 square miles, the 45th largest state in America. It is also the least populated with an estimated 626,042 residents – the 2nd least populated state. The population density is 67.7 people per square mile which is 30th in the nation. It is also the only state that doesn’t have any buildings taller than 124-feet tall.
Vermont is one of only four states that was a sovereign state before joining the United States and it was the first state to join the Union after the original 13. It was therefore the 14th state in the Nation and was the first of any future state to partially abolish slavery. Although the capital is Montpelier, the largest city is Burlington-South Burlington; however, there are towns that are large enough to be considered cities but they are not incorporated. There are five distinct regions of Vermont are categorized by geography and physical attributes. These include the Northeastern Highlands, the Taconic Mountains, the Green Mountains, the Champlain Lowlands, and the Vermont Piedmont.
Vermont may not be one of the states that one thinks of when they imagine retirees, yet the state is number 2 out of 50 with the highest percentage of seniors in the nation. 17% of the residents in Vermont are age 65 or older. However, is Vermont, “The Green Mountain State” a good choice for those who are looking for senior living communities or assisted living facilities?
The average cost for a monthly stay in an Assisted Living Facility in the United States is $3,628, while the state median for a month of care in an Assisted Living Facility in the state of Vermont costs, on average, $4,860 which is over $1,200 more than the U.S. average. The large difference in cost may be due, in part, to the cost of living, housing, and health-care costs being higher in Vermont than they are across other states in the country. The cost of care in Vermont Assisted Living facilities across various cities is relatively steady at $4,860. In most other states, the costs can vary significantly in specific cities and facilities. In facilities that use tier-based systems, the resident or prospective resident is charged based on the level of care that they require to remain living in an Assisted Living Facility safely.
Other popular senior living options for seniors are Adult Day Health Care (where seniors stay at the facility only during the day and come back to their own home for the night) and Home Health Aides. These senior living options are often preferred because they allow the person to remain in their home. However, their costs are quite high. A Home Health Aide in Vermont costs, on average, $4,481 a month – over $53,750 per year. Adult Day Care in Vermont costs on average $2,699 or almost $32,100 annually. It is important to remember that the cost of Adult Day Health Care is based on up to 12 hour stays, 5 days a week and does not include nightly care. The cost of a Home Health Aide is based on a 44-hour week, and more often than not also does not include care during the night, although such care is possible in rare circumstances for seniors with very poor health. It should also be noted that home health aides do not provided skilling nursing care that licensed nurses provide in Vermont Assisted Living Facilities. Experts forecast that over the next five years, the prices of Vermont Assisted Living will increase 6%, Home Health Aides costs will increase 2%, and Adult Day Health Care will increase 1%.
Nursing Facility Care is necessary when a person needs round the clock nursing care. It is estimated that a semi-private room in a Nursing Facility in Vermont costs almost $8,608 per month – over $103,000 per year, and a private room will cost around $8,900 monthly – over $106,700 annually. Experts project that the costs of Nursing Facility care in Vermont will increase between 1%-3% in the next five years.
As the number of seniors increase, particularly as the baby-boomers start needing more care, the regulations for nursing facilities will only increase as will the wages of those caring for these individuals. By the year 2030, it is projected that the fees associated with Assisted Living in Vermont will be close to $88,200 per year, and the fees associated with Nursing Home Care will increase to almost $156,300 for a semi-private room and over $161,400 for a private room. The costs of Adult Day Care will be almost $48,500 and a Home Health Aide will cost almost $81,400 annually.
These are the latest approximate costs of a monthly stay in an Assisted Living Facility in different areas of Vermont:
Here are some important things to consider for seniors when choosing senior living communities in Vermont:
Vermont has attractions that are interesting for people of all ages and has outdoor activities for all seasons. Here are some ideas for things that senior citizens may enjoy in Vermont:
When looking into senior living communities in Vermont, there are many different cities and communities to consider:
There is only one National Historic Landmark in the county and in the Northeast Kingdom – the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. However, there are 12 places on the list of National Register of Historic Places which are the most in Caledonia County or the Northeast Kingdom. The population of St. Johnsbury, Vermont is approximately 7,500 residents, of which nearly 20% belong to the 65+ senior living community;
The population of Burlington is approximately 43,000 residents, of which around 17.5% are now part of the 65+ adults senior living community;
The three major tourist attractions in Shelburne are the Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum and the Fiddlehead Brewery. Lake Champlain has a beach, a boat launch, and a nature park.
The population of Shelburne, Vermont is estimated at approximately 7,800 residents, of which nearly 15.5% are part of the 65+ older adults senior living community;
Bennington is home to a historic downtown with businesses for barber shop, cobblers, a chocolatier, cafes, bakeries, live theatre, jewelry, men’s and women’s clothiers, crafts and potteries made in Vermont, music shops, toy stores, a hobby shop, an art shop, a country store, a museum, and several galleries. Downtown Bennington is a designated “Vermont Main Street” and is national accredited by the National Main Street Program by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Continuing Education is well represented in Bennington, with Bennington College – a four-year liberal arts college, Southern Vermont College – a private four-year liberal arts college, Northeastern Baptist College, the Community College of Vermont Bennington Campus, and the Vermont Technical College Bennington Campus.
Medical Care in Bennington is readily available to senior citizens, with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, the Bennington Rescue Squad, and primary and specialty care providers most of whom are affiliated with the Southwestern Vermont Healthcare System. The United Counseling Services (USC) provides services to individuals with mental health problems, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse.
The population of Bennington, Vermont is estimated to be around 15,500 residents, of which only 7% are belong to the 65+ senior living community;
It is named for Montpellier in Southern France.
Both the Vermont College of Fine Arts and New England Culinary Institute are in the city.
Montpelier is in the north-central area of the state and it is surrounded by hills and granite ledges. The Winooski River flows west along the south edge of downtown village which makes Montpeiler prone to flooding – two major floods were in 1927 and 1992. To the west of the town is Middlesex, Berlin is to the south, and East Montpelier to the north and the east.
The population of Montpelier, Vermont is approximately 7,600, with approximately 15% of 65+ adults belonging to the senior living community;
Middlebury and the surrounding area gives seniors access to the Porter Medical Center. Other attractions in Middlebury are: Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Otter Creek Brewing, Middlebury State Airport, Emma Willard Memorial, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Middlebury to Her Soldiers (a sculpture), TAM – Trail Around Middlebury, and Ilsley Public Library.
The population of Middlebury is approximately 9,000 with just 6% of the residents who belong to the 65+ senior living community;
Brattleboro is the most populated town on Vermont’s eastern border, which is defined by the Connecticut River. Whetstone Falls, near where Brattleboro’s Whetstone Brook flows into the Connecticut River, was a good place for watermills.
The Estey Organ company, the largest organ manufacturer in the United States, began operating in the city in 1852.
Author Rudyard Kipling lived in the city after marrying Carrie Balestier of Brattleboro in 1892. Kipling wrote the Jungle Book there as well as writing about the local life of those in small town America.
The first person to receive a Social Security Check on January 31, 1940, was Ida May Fuller from Brattleboro.
At the peak of the farming in the city, there were more than 170 farms - today less than a dozen remain.
The city has quite a few schools of higher education as well.
Hospitals and health-care centers are also readily available to seniors in Brattleboro, including the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Rescue Inc., which provides EMT and ambulance service for Brattleboro and Cheshire County, New Hampshire. Brattleboro Retreat, known locally as the Retreat, was founded in 1934 and was one of the first acute mental health hospitals in the United States. It is the third largest employer in Brattleboro with a workforce of around 400. Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Vermont serves Brattleboro as well as Windham and Windsor Counties, by providing outpatient services for mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. Brattleboro is also home to the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
In May 2012, Brattleboro placed 11th on “The 20 Best Small Towns in America in 2012” list by Smithsonian Magazine.
Brattleboro also has a strong arts community and was listed in John Villiani’s book “The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America” where it ranked in the 9th spot among ‘arts towns’ with populations of 30,000 or less. On the first Friday of the month, Brattleboro hosts the Gallery Walk, where galleries, artists, art organizations and shops display new art work.
Also in Brattleboro are: the Brattleboro Music Center, the New England Youth Theater, the Vermont Theatre Company, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, the Vermont Performance Lab, the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), and the Vermont Jazz Center.
The population of Brattleboro, Vermont is approximately 11,700 residents, of which around 16.5% are part of the 65+ adult senior living community;
Essex Junction is home to the Champlain Valley Expo, what used to be a dirt racetrack that has been turned into an event field. The population of Essex Junction, Vermont is about 10,300 residents, with around 1300 65+ adults who are part of the senior living community.
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