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According to Wyoming law, an assisted living home or personal care community is defined as a non-institutional residential building with the purpose of providing limited nursing care, personal care services, boarding home care by management who is unrelated to the residential population.
There are currently 29 assisted senior living communities operating in Wyoming.
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The average cost of assisted living in Wyoming is $3,900 per month. This monthly cost can also differ depending on the amount of personcal care needed. Compared to the remainder of the United States, Wyoming falls among the most expensive states for long-term senior care. Within the state, average area prices fall within the $4,000 range due to the high competition of assisted living homes operating in Wyoming.
For more information about assisted living costs in Wyoming, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.
Located in the wild west of America, Wyoming is known for scenic wilderness land situated in the majestic valleys of Wyoming. Wyoming is home is one of the most famous national parks in America, the Yellowstone National Park. There are many different ways to enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone National Park. Visitors are welcome to take a scenic drive along the main roads snaking through the park, or visitors can explore the forest via hiking trails and backpacking.
The Grand Teton National Park is located in the northwest region of the state. There are 12 peaks soaring more than 12,000 feet high. There are over 300 species of bird, 60 different mammals and many freshwater fish that you can observe on your visit. Visitors to the park love to photograph wildlife, kayak, hike, and climb their way through the park.
Wyoming residents are real ranchers and cowboys that are hard working and friendly. The locals are independent and take deep pride in their work and in their state, but they don’t mind sharing the natural rugged landscapes with visitors and transplants.
Landlocked in the mid-western region of America, Wyoming experiences the typical humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Without the influence of a large body of water, Wyoming experiences long winters and enjoyable summers. Winters are excessively cold with daytime temperatures dropping below 10 degrees with temperatures reaching 0 degrees commonly.
Snow begins to fall in November with varying degrees of accumulation depending on the area. Most areas experience at least 40 inches of snow annually. However, the northwestern regions experience annual snowfall exceeding 100 inches. Summer months are more pleasant with average temperatures climbing into the 70 to 80-degree range. Wyoming accumulates an average of 46 inches of rainfall per year.
Assisted Living Homes are regulated by a state-to-state basis. Every state has a publicly accessible legal document outlining the regulations, licensing, operation and other rules for assisted living. The complete document outlining the official Wyoming regulations for assisted living homes can be obtained online via the Wyoming Department of Health website. This document will also outline any differences between personal care communities and assisted living facilities. Public records concerning violations, citations, inspections and the like pertaining to individual homes can be obtained through the facility search form page via the Wyoming Department of Health, office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys website.
Put your mind at ease and choose a safe place to live in Wyoming. This shouldn’t too hard, as the state has crime rates lower than the national average. Check out some of the safest communities in Wyoming:
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For those seeking financial assistance, Wyoming’s Medicaid (EqualityCare) offers the Assisted Living Facility Waiver for elderly residents who qualify for nursing home level care but opt to reside in a state-approved assisted living home. This program is designed to cover costs associated with assisted living services as long as the costs do not exceed the price for the participant to reside in a nursing home. However, the waiver does not include costs for room and board. For more information on this program and the eligibility guidelines, please visit the official Assisted Living Facility Waiver page via the Wyoming Department of Health.
Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment.
While residing in the home, a resident retains constitutional civil rights, rights of privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has a right to be informed of the process to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. The complete list of resident rights as guaranteed by the state of Wyoming can be viewed in the official assisted living home regulations beginning on page 12.
Wyoming personal care communities are required to provide appropriate health services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records must include a recent photograph of the resident, and shall be kept for a no shorter than 7 years from death or discharge date.
Residents in Wyoming assisted living homes have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information, and it is to be provided at a cost not to exceed the community standard for photocopies.