North Dakota Independent Living Communities

North Dakota independent living communities are a great option for seniors who are healthy, active, and want to spend more time doing the things they actually want to! By eliminating the stress of having to manage a property and the peace of mind that comes with receiving care as needed, independent living is attractive to many. With flexible housing options and various amenities, you'll be sure to find a community that is as unique as you are!


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Cost Comparisons of North Dakota's Independent Living

City Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Monthly Median
Bismarck $2,765 $3,445 $3,250
Fargo $2,544 $3,200 $2,872
Grand Forks $2,634 $3,333 $2,984

North Dakota has 9 independent living facilities with the average cost of $3,250 per month. 

Comparing costs is a great place to start when looking for an independent senior living option. One of the key benefits to this care type is the range of amenities found in different communities. Here are a few costs found throughout North Dakota. 

Recreation & Attractions in North Dakota

North Dakota has so much beauty to offer. North Dakota has the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Fort Abraham Lincoln, North Dakota Heritage Center, and the Scandinavian Heritage Park. At the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Roosevelt’s ranch and cabin are open to the public. There are also various kinds of wildlife such as bison, mountain lions, feral horses, and elk, to name a few. Fort Abraham Lincoln is a state park with many reconstructed military buildings such as Custer’s House and the On-A-Slant Indian village. The North Dakota Heritage Center is the state's official history museum. They are known to feature rare exhibits such as the mummified Edmontosaurus dinosaur with fossilized skin.

North Dakota's Climate, Geography & Culture

North Dakota has cold winters, hot summers, and has four distinct seasons. North Dakota is far enough north to experience blizzards during the winter months, but still far enough south to suffer from extreme temperature and tornado outbreaks in the summer. You can expect the temperature to be in the 20s during winter months and in the 80s in the summer. The state receives about 18 inches of rainfall and 50 inches of snowfall, annually.

Although North Dakota is the 4th least densely populated state in America, it is still home to many Native American people of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Yanktonia, Sisseton, Wahpeton, Hunkpapa tribes, as well as the Sioux, which include the Dakotah and Lakotah, along with the Pembina Chippewa, Cree and Metis. Cities like Bismarck and Fargo offer a range of top-notch restaurants and live music experiences, not to mention their vibrant arts communities and museums. 

North Dakota Independent Living Regulations and Laws

All rules and regulations of North Dakota independent living communities are overseen by The Department of Human Services. These regulations ensure that all communities meet the appropriate health, safety, and medical conditions. Annual reports are made public upon request, detailing any past violations and the steps taken to correct them. Your safety and satisfaction are important, so never feel discouraged from airing your grievance if you think a violation has been made. 

Crime & Safety in North Dakota

Sperling’s Best Places ranked North Dakota 43 on a scale of 100 (1 being the lowest crime) for violent crime and 45 for property crime; the United States overall ranked 41 for violent crime and 44 for property crime.

LocationViolent Crimes Per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
West Fargo2.3017.92


Payment Options for North Dakota Independent Living 

Medicaid and Medicare do not cover this care option in most cases, so many seniors end up paying for independent living with their own savings, pensions, or by selling their assets. Long-term care insurance is also a very efficient payment method, although it can be very expensive when purchased later in life. If these are unavailable to you it may be necessary to consider other options.  

Senior & Elderly Rights for Independent Living in North Dakota

All residents reserve the right to manage and oversee their own finances and medical care. Your community should honor your requests (within reason) and respect your privacy at all times. If you encounter a violation while in independent living, don't hesitate to call a lawyer familiar with elder law. 

For assistance in learning about and exercising your rights, you can review the North Dakota Ombudsman for more details. 

ND Independent Living Medical Record Rules & Regulations

Your medical records are to be kept for up to 10 years following your discharge from medical care or after moving away from a facility. These records may not be released to third parties without your permission and your healthcare supervisor's supervision. Residents are entitled to request to view or receive a copy of their medical records. These requests must be acknowledged and attended to within 30 days. An individual's medical records are very private and personal information. Do not feel pressured to share your medical records if it is not necessary. Your independent living community should have the courtesy to respect this privacy at all times.

Finding the perfect senior care community is only part of making your loved one’s senior living transition smooth. At SeniorCaring, we know that it is also equally important to be aware of what other community services and resources are available to your family’s senior. Choose your location and find local resources for your senior.