According to the CDC, there are approximately 15,600 nursing homes in the U.S. with about 1.3 million residents. SmartAsset did a study ranking all 50 states for the best nursing homes, and Kansas
did well.

“Kansas ranks as the 18th best state for nursing home care, according to our study,” said AJ Smith with SmartAsset.

Long-term care facilities vary in quality and cost across the nation so whether you are choosing a nursing home for yourself or a loved one, there are many factors to consider and expenses to navigate.

“We looked at how many nursing homes there were, nursing homes per 10,000 seniors,” said Smith. “We looked at nurse staffing hours per resident, per day, average fine amount incurred for care violations. We looked at the percentage of long-stay residents with depressive symptoms. We looked at the percentage of residents with worsening health. Then, we looked at two factors for short-stay residents, the percentage of short-stay residents with improvements in function and the percentage of short-stay residents assessed and given the flu vaccine appropriately.”

Long-stay residents are those in care at least 100 days. Short-stay residents are anything less than that.

Kansas has both strengths and weaknesses in the survey when it comes to money.

“It was the 13th worst figure for the average fine amount at $23,526,” said Smith. “There were some metrics that stood out for Kansas on the positive side. One very important one is obviously the cost of nursing home care. When it comes to the average cost of nursing home care, in Kansas, the average is
about $64,970. That’s the sixth-lowest.”

Arkansas was the best state in the study. New Mexico was the worst.