11 Assisted Living Communities in Nevada
Oakmont of West Las Vegas
Villa Court Assisted Living and Memory Care
Pacifica Senior Living Green Valley
Pacifica Senior Living San Martin
Brookdale Northwest Reno
Brookdale Las Vegas
The Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care
Las Ventanas at Summerlin
Nevada is the Silver State, so called because of the vast deposits of silver found all over the state. Nevada is also the nation's largest gold producer, and mining is still a big part of the state's modern economy, along with cattle ranching. Nevada's 3 million people mostly live close to the California and Arizona borders, since most of their state is either badlands in the Great Basin or desert to the south. Fully 88 percent of Nevada is owned and/or managed by various agencies of the federal government, including the Air Force base near the small town of Rachel, popularly known as Area 51.
Much of Nevada is covered by the state flower, sagebrush, and inhabited by the state bird, the mountain songbird. Seniors looking for assisted living in Nevada have the greatest range of communities to choose from in the major cities along the western edge, but a few rural towns offer modern senior living with vast desert vistas and brilliant sunsets over the mountains.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a level of long-term residential care that provides seniors with as much independence and privacy as possible, while still looking after them with emergency response and assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) that have become problematic for them to do alone. These ADLs vary by the person, but they often include help with bathing and personal grooming, as well as meal preparation and taking some pre-dosed medications.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Nevada?
In Nevada, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $3,400, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
Statewide, seniors can expect to pay a monthly median price of about $3,400, which is significantly less than the national average cost of $3,750 a month. It's also quite a bit more affordable than living alone and paying a Nevada average cost of $4,195 for in-home health aides. Though the state costs are generally low, prices vary a lot by market. Las Vegas, for example, has a monthly median cost of assisted living that's just $3,450, which is right in line with the state average. Carson City, on the other hand, has a median cost of $4,540 a month for assisted living.
How Is Assisted Living Regulated in Nevada?
Nevada licenses residential care communities through the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH). This division conducts inspections and fields comments from the public. It also publishes care guidelines and monitors staff training and quality of care issues.
How Is Assisted Living in Nevada Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Nevada is one of the friendliest states in the Union for aging citizens with income they want to protect. Social Security and income from investments, such as 401(k) or IRA income, are completely untaxed at the state level. Seniors who still work are likewise untaxed, as Nevada doesn't tax income at any level. Nevada is also without estate or inheritance taxes. Sales taxes can be a little high, at 7.98 percent for goods in some urban areas, but property taxes are generally low, at around 0.77 percent, which allows some seniors flexibility when allowing relatives or tenants to live in their old homes.
Politics in Nevada
Nevada made the pointed choice to adopt its state constitution on the Fourth of July, 1864, in the midst of the Civil War. A few months later, it was admitted to the Union by decree from Abraham Lincoln himself on a hurry-up basis. In fact, the entire constitution was actually telegraphed to Congress because it was felt that delivery by train might take more time than the Nevada legislature was willing to wait for official approval. Today, the state has a standard three-branch government, with a governor and a separately elected lieutenant governor, who is also the president of the state senate.
Nevada has been steadily growing since the 1950s, first from the boost to the economy that legal gaming brought and then under its own steam for decades more. Because much of the state is fairly inhospitable desert or badlands, Nevada has an unusually urbanized population for a state with its total population density. Almost all of Nevada's residents live in just three or four cities, most of which are within an hour or so of the California border. As a result of this high urbanization, Nevada's six electors have a definite blue streak; the state voted Democrat in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections, after decades of unbroken support for the Republicans.
Voting is organized by district (or county) in Nevada, and most are very senior friendly. Clark County, for example, is the site of Las Vegas and Henderson, the biggest metro area in the state, and an actual majority of its eligible residents vote early, often by mail, in every cycle. This is especially helpful for seniors and other adults who may find getting out on election day taxing. Nevada is also one of seven states participating in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) project, funded by the Pew Charitable Trust, that aims to boost turnout by helping seniors in long-term care register online for permanent vote-by-mail status. This project has succeeded in raising voter participation by over 2.3 percent among aging citizens over age 75.
- Nevada doesn't just have legalized casino gaming, it's the home of the most popular gaming machine in the world. The first modern slot machine was invented in Nevada in 1899, by inventor Charles Fey. Today, 42 million people, one-third of them over age 50, visit Las Vegas each year.
- For seniors who enjoy gambling and travel, the LINQ, formerly known as the Imperial Palace, on the strip in Las Vegas allows guests to play right up until it's time to catch a shuttle to the airport. As a matter of convenience, the hotel has access to the only off-airport facility in America that offers baggage-check service, which allows a few extra minutes' playing time for travelers.
- Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state, even Alaska. The highest point in these ranges is Boundary Peak, which rises 13,140 feet right on the California border and has two trails for hikers that moderately fit seniors should be able to manage in a long day hike. Groups of up to 15 are allowed without special permits.