13 Assisted Living Communities in Rhode Island
Greenwich Farms At Warwick
Capitol Ridge At Providence
Brookdale East Bay
Brookdale Pocasset Bay
Brookdale West Bay
Commonwealth House Assisted Living
Brookdale Greenwich Bay
Brookdale Centre of New England
Brookdale South Bay
The Village at Waterman Lake
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, which is why one of its more common nicknames is Little Rhody. While Little Rhody certainly fits the bill, the state has made The Ocean State its official nickname to honor its abundance of seaside colonial towns. The official state bird is the Rhode Island Red chicken, and its official flower is the common blue violet.
Providence is the state capital and with a population of 179,219, it's also the largest city in the state. None of the other cities in the state have a population anywhere close to that of Providence's. In fact, Cranston, Warwick and Pawtucket are the only other cities with populations of over 70,000 people.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living facilities are residential communities for seniors who want to maintain a lifestyle as independent as possible. These communities offer help with basic tasks, such as housekeeping and laundry, as well as assistance with their normal activities of daily living (ADLs) including dressing, personal grooming, and bathing.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Rhode Island?
In Rhode Island, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,350, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
The average monthly cost of assisted living in Rhode Island is $4,350. This is higher than the national average of $3,750. However, costs vary depending on the type of community you choose and your location. For example, in Providence, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,900, so seniors in the area can expect to pay more than they would in other parts of the state.
Rhode Island has a pretty large senior community. Residents age 55 and older make up 29.3 percent of the state's population, as of 2018. The senior population has increased slowly and steadily over the past 10 years. In 2006, seniors age 55 and older made up 23.6 percent of the state's population, so overall the state saw a 5.7 percent increase in its senior community over the past 12 years. These numbers are expected to continue growing throughout 2030 as more and more baby boomers reach retirement age.
How Is Assisted Living Regulated in Rhode Island?
In Rhode Island, assisted living facilities are licensed and regulated by the Department of Health. The department classifies communities based on the level of service provided. Basic assisted living facilities in Rhode Island typically provide assistance with ADLs, housekeeping, laundry, three meals per day, recreational activities and transportation. They also have emergency call systems and staff on-site 24-hours per day.
Some communities have additional licenses that allow them to provide nursing services and/or help to administer medications. It's also common for communities to have a special license allowing them to have a wing devoted to memory care services.
How Is Assisted Living in Rhode Island Affected by Laws and Taxes?
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services has a variety of programs to help seniors residing in assisted living facilities with things such as finances and housing arrangements. However, Rhode Island isn't a very tax-friendly state for retirees. The state fully taxes withdrawals from retirement accounts and pension payments at the normal tax rate for wages, which starts at 3.75 percent and increases to 5.99 percent depending on the total amount of your annual income. Also, social security payments are partially taxed.
Property taxes are also high in the area, and when combined with high property values, they are about 21 percent higher than the national average. Typical Rhode Island homeowners pay about $3,900 in annual property taxes, but seniors can avoid this by selling their home and moving into an assisted living community. The state does offer a bit of tax relief for seniors age 65 and older with incomes no greater than $30,000 per year. They can claim a credit on their taxes to reduce their overall property tax bill. In 2017, this credit maxed out at $350.
Cities and counties in Rhode Island don't charge sales tax, but the state has a statewide sales tax of 7 percent. This affects the cost of necessities for seniors. However, most types of groceries are exempt from sales tax, as are prescription medications.
Politics in Rhode Island
Throughout the 19th Century, Rhode Island was considered a Republican state, but that changed in the 1930s. Since the Great Depression, Rhode Island has been considered a Democratic state. The people there have only supported Republican presidents four times since the 1930s — Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956, Nixon in 1972 and Reagan in 1984.
The state government is molded after the federal government. The state has its own constitution, as well as general laws and executive orders. It also has three branches of government — executive, judicial and legislative.
Rhode Island Fun Facts
- Rhode Island, the smallest state by size in the U.S., was the last of the original 13 colonies to become a state.
- Even though it's a small state, Rhode Island has given the U.S. several "firsts." The first circus was held in Newport in 1774, creating a tradition adored by children for more than 150 years. Also, the state hosted the first open golf tournament in the country, the resort town, Watch Hill, is home to the nation's oldest carousel — The Flying Horse Carousel — and the first discount department store in the U.S., Ann and Hope, was opened in Rhode Island.
- George M. Cohen was from Rhode Island. He was famous for writing the songs "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag."