214 Assisted Living Communities in Alabama
Kirkwood by the River
Murray House Assisted Living
Morningside Of Sheffield
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
St. Martin's In The Pines
Thrive At Jones Farm
Mount Royal Towers Specialty Care Assisted Living Facility
Gordon Oaks Senior Living Community
Elmcroft of Byrd Springs
Brookdale Florence Alabama
The Brennity at Fairhope
Just as it says in the song "Sweet Home Alabama," Alabama is a great place to call home. The state flower is the camellia, and its sweet aroma may have helped inspire the song. Nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie," Alabama is at the heart of the Southeast, nestled among Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida. In the 16th century, Hernando de Soto was the first European to explore the part of the country that is now Alabama. It's easy to see where the name "Alabama" came from. Members of de Soto's party referred to the natives as "Alibamo." Later explorers used terms like "Alibamu" and "Alabamo."
Alabama was officially admitted as a state in 1819. For most of its early history, Alabama was mainly an agricultural state but now has varied interests in the technological, medical and automotive industries. Agriculture remains an economic force, with the state generating crops such as soybeans, cotton, peanuts, corn and wheat and producing livestock such as hogs, chickens and cattle. Major cities like Huntsville, Montgomery and Birmingham all have growing technological business sectors.
Alabama has an extensive waterway system and more than 77,000 miles of rivers and streams with more freshwater biodiversity than most states. Seniors can enjoy fishing for crappie, bream, catfish and bass on any of the numerous lakes and rivers. The Alabama Tourism Department lists many other types of outdoor activities; visit a state park, go hiking or boating or sit on a beach. If you're into birding, you may just catch a glimpse of the state bird, the northern flicker.
For those who are tired of the cold and long for a warm climate, Alabama is the place to be. Short, mild winters and long, hot summers are the norm. Seniors can enjoy a low cost of living due to affordable housing and retail costs.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities, also known as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) or memory care facilities in Alabama, are typically characterized as nonmedical care facilities that provide seniors with room and board, social activities, transportation assistance and help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as grooming, dressing and cooking meals. Aging citizens can receive around-the-clock nonmedical care in these communities that are typically grouped in the style of large hotels or single-family residences.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Alabama?
In Alabama, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,057, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
The most expensive cities for assisted living are Huntsville, Mobile and Anniston, with prices averaging around $3,440 a month. The least expensive cities are Gadsden, Dothan and Tuscaloosa, with an average cost of living of $2,349 per month. The average monthly cost of living for the rest of the state is $2,688.
Seniors represent 16.5 percent of the population of Alabama as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau. Projections by Alabama Public Health demonstrate that the senior population aged 65 and up in Alabama will grow by 82.4 percent between 2010 and 2040, with an increase of 542,061 aging citizens being added.
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How Is Assisted Living Regulated in Alabama?
The Alabama Department of Public Health regulates assisted living facilities in the state through its Division of Health Care Facilities. The Division determines Medicare and Medicaid participation for facilities, ensures that the level of care is compliant with federal and state laws and ensures that residents are shielded from neglect or abuse. The specific regulations and rules governing assisted living facilities can be found at the Facilities Rules section on the Alabama Department of Health website.
The state's Department of Public Health has a good amount of helpful information regarding assisted living facilities including health care facility descriptions, a certified nurse aide registry to check a nurse aide's credentials and a tips section for assistance selecting a nursing home.
How Is Assisted Living in Alabama Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Alabama has some of the lowest property taxes in the United States, as compiled by SmartAsset. Seniors aged 65 and older do not have to pay the state portion of property taxes (county property taxes may apply) and can instead file a homestead exemption, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue.
Social Security retirement benefits are exempt from state taxes, according to SmartAsset. Qualified private pensions are exempt from state taxes as well. The sales tax rates in Alabama are comparatively high when compared to other states and are ranked as the fourth highest in the U.S.
Politics in Alabama
Alabama, like many states in the South, has changed from a predominantly Democratic state to a Republican stanchion. Republicans dominate the federal and state levels of office, but there is still a Democratic majority in many local offices. In 1986, Guy Hunt was elected as the first Republican governor of Alabama since Reconstruction following the end of the Civil War.
- The University of Alabama football team is called the Crimson Tide, reportedly because of red mud that stained the players' jerseys during the 1907 match with Auburn that ended with a tie, thus leading to a newspaper headline "Crimson Tide."
Alabama is the only state with all the major natural resources needed to make iron and steel.
- Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile in 1934 and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1957. His Milwaukee Braves also won the World Series in 1957. Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record when he hit his 714th home run in April of 1974. Aaron retired as the game's all-time home run king with a total of 755, a number since eclipsed by Barry Bonds.