31 assisted living facilities in Wyoming
Historically, Wyoming has not been a popular destination for retirees, rating 38th out of the 50 states with 12.4% of residents of Wyoming age 65 or older. However, with the increase in the senior citizen age group, the variety of activities available in Wyoming, and the large areas of open land, is the “Equality State” an up-and coming destination for seniors looking for senior living communities or assisted living?
Wyoming is in the mountain region of western America. Wyoming is the 10th largest state in the nation with 97,914 square miles, although it ranks 50th when it comes to population with only approximately 586,700 residents. The population density in Wyoming also ranks among the lowest in the nation, at 49th, with less than 6 people per square mile.
The costs of a monthly stay in an Assisted Living Facility is expensive throughout the United States. In the state of Wyoming, the average cost for a month stay in an Assisted Living Facility is almost $4,000, although this amount changes depending on the location of the facility, the types of residents that they are serving and the severity of their disabilities, as well as the rate of unemployment and the wages paid at other jobs. Working with older or disabled people is not usually something people do for the money, but rather because they feel a duty to care for people and genuinely want to help people (although that is not always the case and there is always a bad apple in every bunch.)
To save money and either to keep their loved ones out of a “senior home” due to a sense of obligation or a promise, many people chose to try and keep their loved one at home with them. But there are costs that can’t be calculated with being a caregiver as well. In many cases, the caregiver, usually a woman, is working full-time and has children of her own - she is the “sandwich generation.” Other times the caregiver must give up his or her job to care for their loved on, which, while admirable and some would say cost-effective, only ends up hurting the caregiver in the end when their job prospects are few due to years of caregiving. The cost, both physical and emotional, of caregiving in home for a person with either mental or physical handicaps, is stressful on the caregiver, the family and can be unhealthy unless there is a strong family or community support system in place.
It is almost impossible to care for someone at home without some sort of help, be it professional or not. Some choose to take their loved ones to Adult Day Health Care – a supervised setting that is open during what is typically described as working hours, where the person can enjoy other’s company, get out of the house, engage in recreational activities, and still be in a safe and supervised setting. In Wyoming, the average cost of Adult Day Health Care is $1,517 ($18,200 annually) – although that amount will change depending on the area that one lives in. For example, it would cost over $31,000 annually in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Another popular option is the use of a Home Health Aide, which is essentially someone who comes into your home and takes care of the senior citizen. The responsibilities vary depending on the family and the level of comfort between the Aide, family, and senior citizen. The average cost of a Home Health Aide in the state of Wyoming is around $4,330 monthly, or $52,052 annually. This figure is based on a 44-hour work week which works out to around 6 ¼ hours per day based on a 7-day week, or 8.8 hours based on a 5-day week.
Unfortunately, especially with those that have dementia, these “hours” do not fit their schedule and they are often up in the middle of the night. To truly provide 24-hour care in home with a Home Health Aide would require 3.8 Aides per week, which would cost an astounding $16,484.40 per month on average in Wyoming – far more than an Assisted Living Facility costs. In Casper, Wyoming it would cost over $18,114 per month.
Annually, the median cost of Assisted Living in the state of Wyoming is currently a bit under $48,000 and the costs will only increase as the number of older and disabled people increase, and this is something that our society needs to be concerned about. By the year 2030, the monthly cost of an Assisted Living in Wyoming is expected to be around $72,500. The increase in these prices is why Long-Term Care Insurance is on the rise in America.
Wyoming Assisted Living Facilities also have professional nurses, activities, meals, and exercise classes. Many even go on outings to malls, museums, or far-away places that require overnight trips. While it seems on the surface that Assisted Living in Wyoming is a more expensive option, the emotional toll that it can take on a family is enormous. Additionally, Home Health Aides do light housekeeping at best, as their primary job is to provide care for your loved one, so a housekeeper may be necessary.
Nursing Facilities in Wyoming are on the other end of the long-term-care spectrum and are necessary when a person needs 24-hour nursing care. The median cost of a semi-private room in a skilled nursing facility in Wyoming is around $6,600 per month, while a private room costs around $7,400 monthly. In Casper, Wyoming the cost of a semi-private room is about $7,150 per month, and a private room will cost around $7,500 a month. Cheyenne’s costs are around $7,050 a month for a semi-private room and $7,840 for a private room.
The cost of caring for older or disabled people will grow as the senior population increases and the number of people with disabilities as well as the number with more than one disability increases. It is estimated that within the next 5 years in the state of Wyoming, Home Health Aides will cost 3% more, Adult Day Health Care will cost 5% more, Assisted Living will increase 3% and Nursing Home Care will increase between 2%-3%.
By the year 2030, the median annual costs in Wyoming will increase to $78,733 for a Home Health Aide, $27,529 for Adult Day Health Care, $72,514 for Assisted Living Care, $116,667 for a semi-private room in a Nursing Facility, and $133,872 for a private room in a Nursing Facility.
Currently the expense of Assisted Livings across the state of Wyoming ranges depending on the location, as you can see below:
When considering the kind of senior living arrangement in Wyoming, you should consider more than just finances. You should think about your current health and the health of your partner and the likelihood that either of you will need more care in the future. For example, if you are very active and enjoy rock-climbing and more extreme and risky activities you might not only consider living where those activities are available, but also a place where they offer rehabilitation in case one of you falls and injures yourself.
Many facilities today are owned by corporations and this is true in Wyoming more than any other state. Most of the Assisted Living Facilities in Wyoming are owned or managed by Primrose Retirement Communities – with facilities in Cheyenne and Casper; Ridgeline Management Company – Garden Square Assisted Living of Casper; Edgewood Management Group – Meadow Wind in Casper, Spring Wind in Laramie, Sierra Hills in Cheyenne, and Aspen Wind in Cheyenne; Beehive Homes – BeeHive Homes of Cody, BeeHive Homes of Evanston; BeeHive Homes of Worland, BeeHive Homes in Gillette, Wyoming, and Beehive Homes of Sheridan.
There are facilities that are either not a part of those corporations, are currently being built or are very new, and they include: Deer Trail Assisted Living in Rock Springs, Wyoming; Park Place Assisted Living in Casper, Wyoming; Laramie Senior Housing in Laramie, Wyoming; Morning Star Assisted Living of Jackson Hole in Jackson, Wyoming; Legacy Homes in Thayne, Wyoming; Warm Valley Lodge in Dubois, Wyoming; and Canyon Village Senior Citizen Housing in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
Here are some well-known Senior Living Facilities in Wyoming:
Three of the featured Senior Living Communities in Cheyenne are:
Whispering Chase is a 55+ community that is pet-friendly and has different floor plans available – from studio apartments to two bedroom apartments which have air conditioner and heaters that can be controlled from the room by the individual.
Community Features include: Activity Room, Game Room, Chapel, Fitness Equipment, Large Screen TV, Barber/Beauty Shop, Laundry Facilities, Parking, Library, Resident Kitchen, Restaurant Style Dining Room, Covered Parking, Patio Area, and Walking Paths.
Apartment Features include: Cable TV, Kitchenette, Carpet, Emergency Call System, Patio or Balcony, Wheelchair Accessible Units, Telephone Hookups, Majority of Utilities Included with the monthly fee, and heating and air conditioning.
Services: Weekly Housekeeping, Transportation, Linen Services, and Prepared Meals Daily.
Whispering Oaks also partners with “Moves with Seniors” to make moving to a senior living community as not stressful as possible.
Independent Living residents have access to the fitness center; 24-hour Emergency Response System that is monitored by the staff on-site; housekeeping and linen services; a game room; wellness and exercise classes; apartment maintenance; transportation; and live musical entertainment.
Assisted Living residents have similar conveniences, such as: Scheduled Transportation, Fitness Center; 24-hour Emergency Response System monitored by staff on-site; Library, Restaurant-style Dining with three meals a day; and help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, medication management, dressing, and transferring if appropriate.
Amenities include: Wellness Center, Game and Billiards Room, Transportation, TV Lounge, Complementary Wi-Fi, Library, Ice cream parlor, Three-restaurant style meals daily, Non-denominational worship services, beautifully landscaped and maintained grounds.
Assisted Living – for seniors age 62 and over. Assisted Living provides personal care in a home-like setting for those who do not need the 24-hour medical care that is provided in a nursing facility, but may need some assistance bathing, dressing, or with medication management.
Other services provided in the Assisted Living section include: Three healthy meals daily as well as snacks throughout the day; weekly linen service; light housekeeping weekly; basic cable; a 24-hour Emergency Response System; all utilities are included with the monthly rent except for phone and Internet; 24-hour nursing staff; transportation to doctor appointments, shopping, and religious services, living and social spaces; social and learning programs led by the Life Enrichment Director, other activities.
Memory Care – for those who have dementia or Alzheimer’s, Mountain Plaza has a specially designed area for those who are unable to live independently due to memory problems. These people are usually in the beginning to mid-stages of dementia and do not need 24-hour nursing care, but need assistance with daily activities.
The Memory Care section has a specially designed atmosphere to help meet the needs of those with dementia, including: continuous hallways in calming colors; a welcoming entrance and access to a secure garden courtyard;.
The reason for the continuous hallways is that some dementia patients will wander and it is difficult to get lost with hallways that go in circles around the facility. It has been shown that colors can alter moods and the use of calming colors and plain, not “busy” carpeting or wallpaper will calm the individual down when they are getting upset.
Garden Square also provides Respite Care, which is a great way to give seniors and their caregivers a break from each other, as well as helpful way to transition from a hospital or a rehabilitation facility back to their home.
Amenities include: 24-hour Certified Nursing Assistants; 24-hour Emergency Response System; Pet-Friendly; 24-hour security, Home-style meals served three times a day that are nutritious; Licensed Nurse on staff; Transportation to appointments and other places on a scheduled basis; Apartment maintenance; activities to stimulate both body and mind led by an Activity Director; Housekeeping; and Laundry.
Ridgeline has some signature programs that they have introduced since taking over the operations of Garden Square, which include:
Services provided include: Three home-cooked, dietitian-approved meals a day including snacks provided throughout the day; Weekly Housekeeping; Assistance with Activities of Daily Living such as dressing, bathing, medication management, and personal hygiene; Weekly Laundry; Apartment Maintenance; Activities for physical fitness, creativity, and social interaction; and 24-hour staff.
Amenities: Furnished rooms with ½ or ¾ bathrooms; Cable hook-up; 24-hour Emergency Call System; Telephone hook-up; and
This facility in Sheridan, Wyoming offers Assisted Living and Independent Living.
Floor plans of the apartments range from:
There are additional costs in addition to the rent, depending on the needs of the resident and the care that is required to provide care for these residents while keeping them and others safe.
Amenities at Sugarland Ridge include: Pet-friendly; Wi-Fi Access throughout; Gardening/Greenhouse; Library; Large Flat Screen TV; Walking Paths; Beauty/Barber Shop; Parking – Surface; and Landscaped Grounds.
Assisted Living Services and Amenities: Before a resident enters Sugarland Ridge the staff meets with the family to learn about the routine of the person and their likes and dislikes. Following the assessment, a service or care plan is individually developed for each resident that can include the following services:
Services included at this facility for all levels of care include: a full-service dining facility; activities and events scheduled; mailboxes inside the lobby; fine dining with three homemade meals daily; private apartments with showers and kitchenettes; transportation to appointments, shopping trips; ongoing assessments for health care; Registered Nurse on staff; Emergency pull-cords; Nurse Call System; Intercoms; Light Housekeeping; Laundry Room for Resident Use; Linen Service; Fire Sprinklers and System; coordination of physical therapy, occupational therapy, home health, labs, and hospice; Full-service hair salon.
Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care – Edgewood has dedicated an area completely to memory care and has staff that is specifically trained in dealing with individuals with dementia. The Memory Care Unit is smaller than the Assisted Living one as the smaller area has been designed with the purpose of decreasing anxiety, confusion, and depression. Residents have the choice between studio apartments or shared apartments with an open closet and a handicap accessible half-bathroom. Apartments are available either furnished or unfurnished.
Outside of every resident room is a “Memory Cue Case” with familiar objects to them, which is a common way to help the resident find their room if they have problems remembering or reading.
There are structured activities and daily exercise, including walking outdoors in the courtyard, outings, music, and one-on-one activities that are tailored to the individual.
Cody is served by West Park Hospital, Billings Clinic Cody, Cathcart Health Center, North Wyoming Surgical Center, and Big Horn Foot Clinic.
Cody has a Senior Center that is housed in the Cody Council on Aging on 16th street. Senior Centers and Councils on Aging can help provide activities, congregate meals, help seniors find volunteer opportunities, provide transportation to senior citizens, connect seniors to caregivers and others who can help improve their quality of life, and are a good contact to have for both recreational activities as well as if you find yourself needing help and do not know where to get that help.
The crime rate in Cody, based on a 100-point-scale, is 14 for violent crimes and 37 for property crimes. The U.S. average for these crimes is 31.1 and 38.1 respectively.
The population of Cody, Wyoming is approximately 8,000 of which around 18.2% of residents are senior citizens 65 or older;
Laramie is home to the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Technical Institute, and a branch of Laramie County Community College.
In 2011, Laramie was coined as one of the best cities to retire by Money Magazine, due to its low taxes, beautiful location and educational opportunities.
The number of physicians in Laramie, Wyoming is 184 per 100,000 population which is below than the national average of 210. The cost of health care is 107.7, higher than the United States average of 100.
Ivinson Memorial Hospital is a 99-bed hospital that serves Laramie and has been doing so since 1917.
The Eppson Center for Seniors in Laramie provides support for seniors living independently through programs which enhance the seniors’ quality of life. They try to improve social integration, creativity, physical well-being, nutrition, as well as providing transportation, information, and services in the senior’s home.
The crime rate in Laramie, based on a 100-point-scale, is 32 for violent crimes, and 34 for property crimes. The U.S. average for these crimes is 31.1 and 38.1 respectively.
The population of Laramie is around 32,400 residents with a median age of 25.4 and approximately 7.5% of the population who are seniors 65 years of age or older (although you should remember that the University of Wyoming alone has 14,000 students, many of whom live in Laramie which would lower the median age);
In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in Forbes magazine’s list of “the best small cities to raise a family.”
Casper, Wyoming has 197 physicians per 100,000 population which is lower than the US average of 210. The health cost is comparable with the national average of 100, with Casper at 99.7.
Hospitals and Medical Services in the Casper area include the Wyoming Medical Center, Wyoming Behavioral Institute, Mountain View Regional Hospital, Sterling Surgical Center, Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, and Summit Medical Center.
Senior Centers in Casper, Wyoming are under the umbrella of the Central Wyoming Senior Services. The Main Center is in Casper on 4th street, the Mills Center is in Mills on Wasatch Street, and the Evansville Center is in Evansville on Curtis Street. Established in 1975, the goal of these centers is to provide nutritious meals and activities for the seniors of Natrona County. Since then they have expanded to offer home services, family caregiver program, using community services and resources to help elders maintain their dignity and independence by using qualified and trained staff to meet their educational, financial, social, emotional, and recreational needs.
On a scale of 1 to 100, Casper ranks 14 on violent crimes and 50 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 Casper is approximately 60,400 with almost 13% of residents who are senior citizens 65 years of age or older;
There are 233 physicians within Sheridan, which is above the national average of 210, and the cost of health care in Sheridan is 100.6 which is close to the average in the United States of 100.
Medical facilities and care in Sheridan include: Sheridan County Public Health, Urgent Care Clinic of Sheridan, Sheridan Surgical Center, Northern Wyoming Medical Center, Western Medical – BigHorn, Sheridan Health Center, South Sheridan Medical Center, Sheridan VA Medical Service, and Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
The Sheridan Senior Center has been in operation for over 40 years and has seen a 35% increase in those using their services in the past 5 years. They offer transportation, home health care services, caregiver services, meals, volunteer activities, and activities for seniors.
The crime rate of Sheridan, Wyoming, on a scale from 1 to 100 with 1 being the lowest, is 13 for violent crimes and property crimes rank at 47, compared to the United States average of 31.1 and 38.1 respectively.
The area is a popular tourist attraction with the Resorts and National Parks in the area, including: Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Grand Teton Musical Festival.
The town of Jackson, Wyoming should not be confused with the resort of “Jackson Hole” which is just the name of the valley in which the town is located.
There are 389 physicians per 100,000 people in the city of Jackson, which is much higher than the United States average of 210. Although one would think that the cost of health care would be high in Jackson, as it is a resort area, it is surprisingly close to the US average of 100 at 101.3.
St. John’s Medical Center serves Jackson, Wyoming, although there are other hospitals in other parts of Wyoming that accept patients in the event of an emergency.
The Senior Center of Jackson Hole serves the seniors in the Jackson area by providing services such as information, activities, congregate meals, and transportation.
The crime rate in Jackson, based on a 100-point-scale, is 35 for both violent and property crimes. The U.S. average for these crimes is 31.1 and 38.1 respectively.
The population of Jackson, Wyoming is approximately 10,600 residents who live there year-round, of which around 6.2% are 65-years-of-age or older;
There are 219 physicians for every 100,000 people in Cheyenne compared with a national average of 210, and the cost of health care is below the US average at 95.9.
Hospitals and health care in Cheyenne include: Cheyenne Regional Medical Center – West Campus, Cheyenne VA Medical Center, Stitches Acute Care, Medical Specialty Clinic, and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center – East Campus.
The senior centers in Cheyenne offer different kinds of exercise, dances, potluck dinners, social belonging, physical enhancement, information, crafts, congregate meals, and activities. Regarding crime in Cheyenne, out of a 100-scale, violent crime ranks 17 and property crime is 48, while is far above the U.S. average of 31.1 for violent crime and 38.1 for property crime.
The population of Cheyenne, Wyoming is around 63,400 people with 13.5% of the residents who are senior citizens age 65 or older;
Worland has 72 physicians per 100,000 residents, far below the average of 210 in America and the cost of health care in Worland is above the US average of 100, at 113.9.
The nearest hospital is Washakie Medical Center.
The Worland Senior Center is the only senior center in town and through the WyHS Program offers light housekeeping, Personal Emergency Response Systems, and Personal Care. They also deliver meals between five and seven days a week and provide transportation within the city limits for people of any age between 8 am and 3:30 pm Monday – Friday.
On a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being the lowest, Worland rates 33 for violent crime – the average nationally is 31.1 – and 24 for property crime – the US average is 38.1.
The population of Worland is approximately 5,400 with nearly 18% of residents age 65 or older;
Senior Centers that serve the Gillette, Wyoming area are the Monumental Gillette-Wright Wyoming Senior Center. They offer many different services, including: indoor and outdoor activities, hunting, museums and exhibits, theater and art performances, and tours.
On a scale from 1 to 100 Gillette has a score of 11 when it comes to violent crimes and for property crimes Gillette scores 43. The US average is 31.1 and 38.1 respectively.
The population of Gillette, Wyoming is approximately 32,700 with just 5.8% of the residents who are 65 years of age or older; and
There are 97 physicians per 100,000 residents in Torrington, Wyoming while the national average is 210. The health care costs are higher than the US average of 100 in Torrington, Wyoming, at 113.9. The nearest major hospital is Torrington Community Hospital.
The Goshen County Senior Friendship Center in Torrington is the Senior Center that serves the elders of Torrington and Goshen County. It provides congregate meals, home-delivered meals for those who qualify, health services, public transportation within the city limits, recreational activities, adaptive equipment that is available to borrow, information, 55 Alive Defensive Driving Courses, and Tax Rebates for the Elderly & Disabled.
The crime rate, out of a scale from 1 to 100 is 25 for violent crimes and 36 for property crimes, while the U.S. average is 31.1 and 56 respectively.
The population of Torrington, Wyoming is approximately 6,700 with around 19.4% of the residents aged 65 and over.
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