Find Nursing Homes in Alabama

Nursing homes in Alabama are some of the highest rated skilled nursing homes in the country. With around 22% of all nursing homes receiving 5 stars overall from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the growing senior citizen population seems to agree that Alabama hasn’t lost that Southern hospitality yet!

The Medicare Nursing Home Compare from February 2015 showed that compared to the national average, residents in Alabama received:

  • More care per day from licensed nurses
  • More care per day from certified nursing assistants 

Currently, Alabama has 227 nursing homes, defined as: “A business entity that is engaged in providing housing, meals, and care to sick or disabled individuals who require, on a daily basis or more frequently, medical care, nursing care, or rehabilitations services…”

Choosing the right care option is only part of the process of your loved one’s transition into a new phase of life. Considering costs, location, and the history of a skilled nursing facility can be guiding stars for making the best decision.


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Nursing Homes in Alabama - Cost Comparison

City Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Monthly Median
Birmingham $5,020 $5,960 $5,540
Dothan $5,440 $6,390 $6,020
Florence $5,170 $6,180 $5,780
Gadsden $5,170 $6,630 $5,510
Huntsville $5,170 $6,690 $5,840
Mobile $5,020 $6,300 $5,320
Montgomery $5,020 $6,390 $6,020
Tuscaloosa $5,110 $5,320 $5,170

Median annual rates for nursing homes in Alabama are $76,267 annually for a private room and about $69,715 for a semi-private room. As it likely your loved one will need extensive care in considering the move to a nursing home, their mobility may be limited. However, it’s still important to choose a vibrant and safe location for their physical and mental health.

For more information on nursing home care costs in Alabama, check out: Genworth's 2015 Cost of Care Survey - Alabama.

Recreation & Attractions in Alabama

There are various attractions in Alabama that seniors and their families could enjoy. Those with historical military interests can check out the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park on the Mobile Bay. There is a collection of military equipment to explore including a battleship, a submarine, and an aircraft collection. Nature lovers may appreciate the beauty of Little River Canyon National Preserve. The park features waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs. The Birmingham Museum of Art has a nationally recognized collection of over 17,000 works dated from 3000 BCE to the present. 

Alabama's Climate, Geography & Culture

Alabama is a land filled with civil rights history, music, and fine cuisine that includes delicious barbecue and fresh seafood. Around the world, many of us have heard Lynard Skynard's hit Sweet Home Alabama. Alabama's music culture includes blues, country and jazz music played in their bars. Near Mobile, AL, you can eat fresh seafood from the fishing village in Bayou La Batre, which was featured in the 1994 film Forrest Gump.

Alabama is classified as a humid subtropical climate. The average annual temperature is 64ºF. In the southern parts of the state, it tends to be warmer near the Gulf of Mexico. This contrasts with the northern regions, especially in the Appalachian Mountains that experience cooler weather. Alabama summers bring scorching temperatures averaging in the 90-degree range. Winters in Alabama are typically mild, recording average temperatures in January of 40ºF. With these warmer temperatures during the winter, snow is a rarity in Alabama. The state sees about 56 inches of rainfall annually.

Alabama's Nursing Home Regulations and Laws

Alabama nursing homes are subject to state laws and regulations. Nursing aides must be a licensed health physician under Alabama state laws. Nurse aides must be deemed competent to provide nursing related activities and complete a training and competency evaluation program, or must be determined competent by the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. Every aide should be evaluated every year and the nursing home must provide at least 12 hours of in-service training annually.

Crime & Safety in Alabama

FBI Crime Report data shows that the average violent crime rate of Alabama’s 30 safest cities is actually 55% less than the national average. Margaret, Helena, and the city of Southside come in as the top three safest places to consider when choosing a nursing home or other care option for your loved one. Although proper nursing homes are often well secured, it’s important to be aware of the surrounding area for the sake of your loved one’s peace of mind and the safety of any visitors or family.

LocationViolent Crimes Per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Mountain Brook3.914.77

(Source: Safewise)

Payment Options for Alabama Nursing Homes

Helping your loved one transition to a nursing home living option can be a hefty fee for most to pay out of pocket, especially if long-term care is being sought. Alabama Medicaid is a great financial resource for those who qualify and can make a world of a difference for lower-income families seeking a premium nursing home. It’s best to review the specifics involved with seeking quality senior care in order to know if this option is best for you and the needs of your loved one.

Senior & Elderly Rights for Nursing Home Care in Alabama

In Alabama, nursing home residents have the following rights:

  • The right to exercise his or her rights as a resident of the nursing home and as a citizen or resident of the United States;
  • The right to be free of interference, coercion, discrimination, and reprisal from the nursing home in exercising his or her rights;
  • In the case of a resident adjudged incompetent under the laws of a State by a court of competent jurisdiction, the rights of the resident are exercised by the person appointed under State law to act on the resident's behalf;
  • In the case of a resident who has not been judged incompetent by the State court, any legal-surrogate designated in accordance with State law may exercise the resident's right to the extent provided by State law
  • The right to free choice:
    • choosing a personal attending physician; and
    • be fully informed in advance about care and treatment changes that may affect the resident's well-being.

The nursing home must inform residents of his or her rights and all the rules and regulations concerning resident conduct and responsibilities. This information must be given to residents both, orally and written, in a language that the resident can understand.

AL Nursing Homes: Medical Record Rules & Regulations

The nursing home is required to provide or obtain laboratory, radiology, diagnostic, or other health care services as ordered by the attending physician. Also, the nursing home is required to keep confidential, accurate, complete, and readily accessible clinical records that must be retained for at least five years from the date of discharge.

The resident has the following rights regarding their medical care:

  • The right to access all records pertaining to him or herself, including current clinical records within 24 hours
    • If the resident wants copies of any of the information, they are to be provided at a cost not to exceed the community standard for photocopies;
  • The right to be informed, in a language they understand, of his or her total health status, including but not limited to his or her medical condition; and
  • The right to refuse treatment, to refuse participation in experimental research, and to formulate advance directives.

Nursing homes in Alabama are required to inform each resident who is entitled to Medicaid benefits, in writing, at the time of admission to the nursing home or when the resident becomes eligible for Medicaid. They are also required to let residents know what items are included in the nursing home that the resident may not be charged, as well as the items and services not covered.

Alabama nursing homes are also required to:

  • provide a written description of legal rights;
  • maintain written policies and procedure regarding advanced directives;
  • inform each resident of the name, specialty and contact information for his or her physician; and
  • prominently display and provide written and oral information about how to apply and use Medicaid.
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.