Assisted Living Homes in Rhode Island

According to Rhode Island law, an assisted living residence or personal care home is defined as a publicly or privately operated entity with the purpose of providing personal assisted care, meal services, room and board to two or more adults unrelated to the administration.

There are approximately 70 assisted senior living communities operating in Rhode Island.


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Assisted Living Centers in Rhode Island – Cost Comparison

City Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Monthly Median
Providence $2,203 $6,366 $4,450
Rest of State $3,370 $8,500 $5,325

The average cost of assisted living in Rhode Island is $5,325 per month. Compared to the remainder of the United States, Rhode Island is the 10th most expensive state for long-term senior care costs. Because of Rhode Island’s compact boundaries and limited population, a majority of senior care homes are clustered in the Providence area. The monthly cost will also depend on the amount of personal care needed. In the state’s capital, assisted living cost mirror the average state cost at $5,325 per month.

For more information about assisted living costs in Rhode Island, check outGenworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.

Recreation & Attractions in Rhode Island

Although the state may be small in size, Rhode Island’s natural beauty is boundless. Situated on the eastern coast of the United States, Rhode Island offers an array of beaches and related activities. Beginning at Bailey’s Beach, one of Rhode Island’s top attractions the Newport Cliff Walk spans 3.5 miles along the shoreline. This public walkway has multiple public beach access points and is considered a National Recreation Trail.

For those water lovers, swimming, boating and picnicking are offered at the Fort Adams State Park. Named after the 20th-century naval base located there, Fort Adams State Park provides scenic views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Fort Adams is home to the annual New Port Jazz festival and countless concerts throughout the year. Like Fort Adams State Park, Roger Williams Park also combines the beauty of Rhode Island’s nature and the beauty of human creation.

Rhode Island’s Climate, Geography, & Culture

Rhode Island is characterized by small town feels and easy going attitudes from residents. With a state population of about 1 million people and everyone seems to know everyone. Residents are warm, friendly, and welcoming of visitors and transplants to the state.

Neighbored by the Atlantic Ocean, Rhode Island experiences a humid climate. Like most states along the northern part of the eastern seaboard, Rhode Island experiences cold winters with average temperatures falling to the 20-degree range in January. Depending on the area, Rhode Island can accumulate approximately 23 inches of snow yearly.

Temperatures will rise as the season changes to spring bringing a multitude of rain. On average Rhode Island accumulates 102 inches of rainfall yearly. This is fairly more precipitation than the U.S. average. July is the hottest month in the summer bringing temperatures into the mid 70 to mid 80-degree range.

Rhode Island’s Assisted Living Homes Regulations & Laws

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 official document outlining the regulations for assisted living residences operating in Rhode Island can be viewed online via the Rhode Island Department of Health online archives. The differences, if any, between assisted living and personal care, are also outlined. Public records concerning citations, inspections, violations and the like pertaining to individual homes cannot be accessed online. These public records, however, must be released upon request via the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs directly for this information.

Crime & Safety in Rhode Island

Though Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, it is big when it comes to protecting its citizens. Crime rates in the states are lower than the national average. If you need help finding a safe community to settle in, consider starting your search in one the cities below:

LocationViolent Crimes Per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes Per 1,000 Residents


Payment Options for Rhode Island Assisted Living Communities

Home and Community Care Waiver

For those seeking financial help, Rhode Island’s Medicaid offers the Home and Community Care Waiver program for elderly residents. Through this program, a participant can receive an array of services provided in a personal home or an alternate senior care home excluding nursing homes. This program is designed to prevent early and unnecessary admission into a nursing level care home. For more information, please visit the official Home and Community Care Waiver page.

SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Program

Rhode Island also offers the state SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Program to low-income senior residents. This program is designed to provide a participant up to $1,200 monthly allowance to cover expenses related to assisted living services. For participants to be eligible for application, one must retain a gross income less than $1,212 per month and own less than $2,000 worth off assets or resources. For more information on this program, please visit the official SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Program web page.

Assisted Living Family Loans

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.

Senior & Elderly Rights for Assisted Living Residences in Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island is located on page 25 of the official regulations for personal care communities operating within the state.

Rhode Island Personal Care Homes: Medical Record Rules & Regulations

Assisted living centers in Rhode Island 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 shall be kept for a period up to 5 years from death or discharge date.

Residents in Rhode Island personal care 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.

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.