Birmingham is located 90 miles north of the state capital of Montgomery. It’s a mid-sized city with an estimated 200,733 inhabitants, 14.9% of whom are seniors aged 65 years and older. Thanks to its low cost of living and excellent health care facilities, the city is an attractive retirement location for seniors who enjoy a rich culture and lots of entertainment options. 

Assisted living facilities offer support with daily living tasks such as grooming, laundry and housekeeping. Assisted living may be an appropriate option for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own but don’t require 24/7 care at a nursing home. Seniors in Birmingham spend an average of $4,028 per month for assisted living care, which is higher than the Alabama average of $3,503.

This guide offers an introduction to assisted living in Birmingham. If you want to learn more about free local support resources, the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Birmingham and the average cost of care per month, read on.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Birmingham, AL

2014

Brookdale University Park Alabama

400 University Park Dr., Birmingham, AL, 35209

Brookdale University Park is described as a luxury senior living community. Located in one of Birmingham, Alabama’s quiet residential neighborhoods, this facility offers residents a life of peace and … (read more)
Brookdale University Park is described as a luxury senior living community. Located in one of Birmingham, Alabama’s quiet residential neighborhoods, this facility offers residents a life of peace and … (read more)

2015, 2022

Galleria Woods

3850 Galleria Woods Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35244

Galleria Woods was beautiful, but it was expensive. The rooms were very nice, and the staff was great. They also have cottages, and they were beautiful. They invited us for lunch, and it was impressiv … (read more)
Galleria Woods was beautiful, but it was expensive. The rooms were very nice, and the staff was great. They also have cottages, and they were beautiful. They invited us for lunch, and it was impressiv … (read more)

The Bluffs at Greystone

6328 Farley Ln, Birmingham, AL, 35242

The Bluffs at Greystone assisted living facility offers premiere accommodations in Birmingham’s upscale suburbs. The diverse activities calendar paired with the outstanding amenities create … (read more)
The Bluffs at Greystone assisted living facility offers premiere accommodations in Birmingham’s upscale suburbs. The diverse activities calendar paired with the outstanding amenities create … (read more)

SummerHouse Grayson Valley

2366 Old Springville Road, Birmingham, AL, 35215

A recipient of the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award, Elmcoft of Grayson Valley is situated within the cultural heart of Birmingham, Alabama. Each of its floor plans are accessible and tailored to meet … (read more)
A recipient of the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award, Elmcoft of Grayson Valley is situated within the cultural heart of Birmingham, Alabama. Each of its floor plans are accessible and tailored to meet … (read more)

Columbia Cottage – Mountain Brook

3776 Crosshaven Dr., Birmingham, AL, 35223

Columbia Cottage at Mountain Brook is a facility designed with the resident in mind. Kitchenettes in some rooms, including a refrigerator and microwave, help seniors maintain independence. Activities … (read more)
Columbia Cottage at Mountain Brook is a facility designed with the resident in mind. Kitchenettes in some rooms, including a refrigerator and microwave, help seniors maintain independence. Activities … (read more)

Proveer at Grand View

700 Corporate Ridge Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35242


Somerby At St. Vincent’s One Nineteen

200 One Nineteen Blvd., Birmingham, AL, 35242

Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen is walking distance from my home and it’s an outstanding facility because it’s attached to a suite of doctors’ offices and a full service gym and spa. I really ca … (read more)
Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen is walking distance from my home and it’s an outstanding facility because it’s attached to a suite of doctors’ offices and a full service gym and spa. I really ca … (read more)

2013

St. Martin’s In the Pines

4941 Montevallo Road, Birmingham, AL, 35210

Horrible place, nursing care is terrible, not enough staff to care for patients, NEVER put your loved one there. Beyond terrible experience.
Horrible place, nursing care is terrible, not enough staff to care for patients, NEVER put your loved one there. Beyond terrible experience.

Fair Haven Retirement Center

1424 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL, 35210

Ardell Fleeson, lifestyle specialist, was both knowledgeable and helpful in making the decision to place my mom there.
Ardell Fleeson, lifestyle specialist, was both knowledgeable and helpful in making the decision to place my mom there.

Truewood by Merrill, Riverchase

1851 Data Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35244

Located in a peaceful segment of Birmingham, AL, River Highlands of Birmingham is an assisted living community with a resort-like atmosphere and the best interest of its residents in mind. Residents r … (read more)
Located in a peaceful segment of Birmingham, AL, River Highlands of Birmingham is an assisted living community with a resort-like atmosphere and the best interest of its residents in mind. Residents r … (read more)

Greenbriar At The Altamont

2831 S. Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL, 35205

Greenbriar At The Altamont is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and surrounded by many parks and a host of amenities. The families of residents feel reassured that the professional and friendly staff pr … (read more)
Greenbriar At The Altamont is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and surrounded by many parks and a host of amenities. The families of residents feel reassured that the professional and friendly staff pr … (read more)

Kirkwood by the River

3605 Ratliff Rd., Birmingham, AL, 35210

Relaxing during retirement is easy at Kirkwood by the River. Nestled in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama, this facility is just miles outside of the city near Jefferson Park. This community offers bot … (read more)
Relaxing during retirement is easy at Kirkwood by the River. Nestled in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama, this facility is just miles outside of the city near Jefferson Park. This community offers bot … (read more)

Regency Retirement Village – Birmingham

285 West Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL, 35209

My dad is at Regency Retirement Village of Birmingham. I like the staff. They are very helpful, and they care about my dad. During this pandemic, they’ve been very good about taking care of them to ke … (read more)
My dad is at Regency Retirement Village of Birmingham. I like the staff. They are very helpful, and they care about my dad. During this pandemic, they’ve been very good about taking care of them to ke … (read more)

2013

Morningside of Vestavia Hills

2435 Columbiana Road, Birmingham, AL, 35216

My mother has been in the Morningside of Vestavia Hills for several months already. I would say that the room that she’s in is very safe for her. They have done several things that she asked for, like … (read more)
My mother has been in the Morningside of Vestavia Hills for several months already. I would say that the room that she’s in is very safe for her. They have done several things that she asked for, like … (read more)

South Highland Adult Care Center

2035 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL, 35205

South Highland Center is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and caters to a diverse senior population. The facility specializes in those with memory issues, like Alzheimer’s and dementia. As such, it ens … (read more)
South Highland Center is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and caters to a diverse senior population. The facility specializes in those with memory issues, like Alzheimer’s and dementia. As such, it ens … (read more)

Mount Royal Towers

300 Royal Tower Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35209

Mount Royal was excellent and gorgeous, but I could not afford it with my budget. The tour was good, though. The services and the staff were great.
Mount Royal was excellent and gorgeous, but I could not afford it with my budget. The tour was good, though. The services and the staff were great.

Community One

3205 Norwood Blvd., Birmingham, AL, 35234


Affinity Hospice

216 Aquarius Dr Suite 306, Birmingham, AL, 35209


The Bungalows at Riverchase

2184 Parkway Lake Drive, Hoover, AL, 35244

The Bungalows at Riverchase assisted living is located off I-65 in Hoover, Alabama, the largest suburb of Birmingham, and just a short drive from Oak Mountain State Park, Aldridge  … (read more)
The Bungalows at Riverchase assisted living is located off I-65 in Hoover, Alabama, the largest suburb of Birmingham, and just a short drive from Oak Mountain State Park, Aldridge  … (read more)

Longleaf Liberty Park

451 Liberty Parkway, Vestavia Hills, AL, 35242


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Birmingham

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Alabama. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Birmingham

Birmingham assisted living facilities are overseen by the Bureau of Health Provider Standards, which is a division of the Department of Public Health. It’s responsible for conducting surveys and ensuring that all assisted living facilities are licensed appropriately and are compliant with federal and state regulations

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Birmingham

  • Alabama is ranked as one of the 10 most affordable states in the U.S. to live, and the cost of living in Birmingham is even lower than the state average. Overall, Birmingham is around 9% lower than the national average. Groceries are on average 4% lower, transportation is 9% lower and healthcare is 16% lower, however, the cost of utilities is 1% higher. 
  • Birmingham has public transport options available for seniors. Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) is the public transportation operator in the city and it runs 109 buses on 38 routes. Seniors aged 62 and over can purchase a reduced-rate bus pass that costs $0.75 for one way or $2 for an all-day pass. Although the public transportation system in Birmingham is robust, there are areas in the city it may be hard for seniors to get around. Fortunately, Travelers Aid Birmingham provides free transportation to medical appointments for seniors.
  • With a crime rate of 66 per 1,000 residents, Birmingham has one of the highest crime rates in all of the U.S. Both violent and property crimes are much higher than the state and national averages. However, it’s important to note that not all neighborhoods have high crime rates, and assisted living facilities have a number of measures in place to increase security, including 24-hour surveillance. 
  • Alabama is a tax-friendly state for retirees, with social security benefits from income taxes being exempt from taxes. Additionally, for seniors who own properties, Alabama has some of the lowest property taxes in the U.S. However, sales tax is the fifth-highest in the nation.
  • Birmingham boasts one of the largest hospitals in the nation. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital is the eighth-largest in the U.S. and is considered the best hospital in Alabama. It has a leading cancer unit and the first accredited Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department in the Southeast.

Paying for Assisted Living in Birmingham

Assisted living care in Birmingham costs $4,028 per month on average, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. In the state of Alabama, the median cost is $3,503, and across the nation, the average cost is $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

With a median cost of $4,028 per month, Birmingham is one of the most expensive cities for assisted living in Alabama. The state capital, Montgomery, costs $3,500 per month on average, and the neighboring city of Tuscaloosa costs $3,150. At $2,150 per month, Dothan is the cheapest city in the state for assisted living care.

$4028

Birmingham

$3503

Alabama

$4500

The United States

$3500

Montgomery

$3150

Tuscaloosa

$2150

Dothan

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Birmingham have other long-term care options available apart from assisted living. At $867 per month, adult day health care is a very affordable option for seniors who only require care during the weekdays. For seniors who wish to live at home, there are options available. Homemaker services cost an average of $4,242 per month and home health aide typically costs $4,338. For full-time medical care at a nursing home, seniors can have a private room for an average cost of $7,118 per month and a semi-private room for around $6,769. 

$4242

Homemaker Services

$4338

Home Health Aide

$867

Adult Day Health Care

$4028

Assisted Living Facility

$6768

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7118

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Birmingham

Alabama offers several different Medicaid waiver programs to enable seniors to remain either at home or living in community settings like assisted living communities. These include the Elderly & Disabled (E&D) waiver, the State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) waiver, or the Alabama Community Transition (ACT) waiver. Seniors must qualify both medically and financially to be covered by these waivers, some of which accept very limited numbers of applicants each year. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Alabama page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Alabama

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Alabama page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Birmingham

Seniors in Birmingham can turn to the following organizations for help with long-term care, transportation and healthy aging. These agencies offer free and low-cost services thanks to government funding and private donations.

Resource

Contact

Service

(877) 425-2243

Alabama Department of Senior Services is a state agency that provides programs for senior citizens and their caregivers. It aims to promote independence and dignity through programs such as nutrition assistance, elder abuse prevention and insurance counseling. 

(334) 242-5753

The Ombudsman Program provides residents in long-term care with an advocate for support and assistance. Advocates visit the facilities and help to resolve any problems residents are having and ensure they are receiving appropriate and fair treatment. 

(800) 243-5463

The Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County provides focused support programs and services to seniors in the Jefferson County area. Services include legal assistance, nutrition programs and preventative health screenings. 

(800) 243-5463

The Legal Counsel for the Elderly is free legal aid for seniors in Alabama. Attorneys help with services such as advocacy, counseling and advice, negotiation and appeals in areas that include housing issues, long-term care problems and living wills. 

(256) 723-2208

There are six senior centers in Birmingham, including New Hope Senior Center. It offers enrichment programs and care services for seniors over the age of 60. The aim of the center is to provide seniors with a place to come together and feel part of a community. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Birmingham

Birmingham Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Alabama are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Alabama page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Alabama