Nebraska is among the best states in the nation to grow old in, according to a report from a senior care website.
Tim Sullivan, vice president of Caring.com, says the study examined a series of 13 categories, including financial, health care and quality of life.
“We looked at the cost of care across a variety of senior care services,” Sullivan says. “We also looked at self-reported well-beings for older adults in those states as well as consumer reviews of assisted living communities and in-home care services in those states.”
The top states on the report are Utah, Iowa, South Carolina, Washington and Nebraska at number-five, a move up from 2016.
“Nebraska was strong in last year’s survey, they were number nine and they seem to have improved this year,” Sullivan says. “Their quality rank is 14th and that also comes at a reasonable cost at 20th, their ranking is 20th for cost.”
For senior care costs, Nebraska is hovering around the national median, as a private one-bedroom in an assisted living facility in Nebraska comes in at around $42,000 per year. The cost of a home health aide, however, is about $53,700, which is about $7,000 more than the national median.
“The people in Nebraska would probably agree with our survey,” Sullivan says. “They came in 14th for self-reported well-being in the survey.”
The rankings are meant to be something of a wake-up call, according to Sullivan, as well as a starting point for important conversations between family members.
“We really want folks to think about their retirement in the long term, not just about their 60s but also their 70s and 80s,” Sullivan says. “Your needs change as you age and you really want to make sure that you’re going to be able to have those needs met in the place where you live.”
The worst states to grow old in, according to the survey, are: Wyoming, North Dakota, New York, Indiana and last — West Virginia.