Assisted Living Facilities

Retirement communities are there but are assisted living facilities and nursing homes available in small towns?


Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes in Small Towns

So if you are retiring to a small town what kind of retirement related housing will you find.  Retirement communities are not that plentiful in small towns, except small towns on the edge of large metro areas or in resort areas at lakes, in the mountains or the sea shore.  Small 55 plus communities are gaining ground just about everywhere.  Of coarse, retirement homes like ranch style with universal design offering ease of living to retirees and anyone else are found everywhere also.

But what in later life when assisted living facilities or a skilled nursing facility is needed, will you be able to find one in a small town?

To start, Assisted Living is the term used to describe a type of long-term care facility for people who are elderly or who have disabilities. As opposed to a nursing home, assisted living centers are designed for people who can move around on their own but may require extra help with some daily living activities, such as bathing, getting dressed or preparing a meal. These facilities can be small, with fewer than a half-dozen residents, on up to large, full-service apartment complexes.

Assisted living facilities are to be found in just about all small towns.  Many of these assisted living homes are small to mid size facilities, which to me is a more desirable size anyway.

Nursing homes – A state-licensed facility providing 24-hour nursing care, room and board for older and convalescing adults who have chronic and/or long-term illnesses, such as dementia. Regular, round-the-clock medical supervision is in place at these homes, along with rehabilitation therapy, a central cafeteria and social activities. Most are eligible for the federal government’s Medicaid program, which pays fees for residents who do not have the financial means to pay for their own care. These establishments are sometimes referred to as a Skilled Nursing Facility or a Convalescent Home.

There are many more nursing homes then there are assisted living facilities.  Many people can’ afford assisted living, but a nursing homes are eligible for Medicaid assistance.  Plus you can live at home even though you may need assisted living, but when you need skilled nursing, there is no alternative.

Therefore I have found nursing homes are found everywhere and are the most common among all of the above senior housing arrangements.  Since nursing homes are state licensed, the government provides a great sites that lists all nursing homes and even rating them for you.’s Nursing Home Compare tool has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country and is a wonderful resource in locating and comparing nursing homes in small towns.

Glossary of Assisted Living Terms

Retirement Status: Is it Not Politically Correct to Say You are Retired?

It seems these days proclaiming that you are retired especially if you are still in your 60’s, may bring out resentment or at least envy from others who often then longingly reply “One day maybe I can retire.”

Explaining to someone who inquires that you are retired and free for the day prompts an observer to later say “Quit saying that!  People are tired of hearing you say that.”

Say what?  That I am retired.  Did I put a little too much happiness into revealing my retirement status?

It seems these days proclaiming that you are retired especially if you are still in your 60’s, may bring out resentment or at least envy from others who often then longingly reply “One day maybe I can retire.”

It may not be that they are sad you are retired, but they immediately think of their current situation and prospects for their own retirement, which may have been dimmed in this prolonged Great Recession.

Saying you are retired is like saying I just bought a new BMW!  People will smile and act like they are happy for you, but secretly they feel bad because they want one too.  Has retirement become a status symbol?

So what are you supposed to say or is it the way you say it that is just as important?  If you plainly report your status as retired without any smile or indication that you may in fact be actually enjoying retirement, would that be better?  Probably.

It is hard enough for you to start saying you are retired in the first place.  You start off with saying you are trying to retire, or transitioning to retirement, then semi retired, then finally simply retired.  Now you discover you better be sensitive to others in reporting your “retired” status or at least do not show too much happiness in doing so.  Makes sense to me.   Has anyone experienced this?