6 Assisted Living Facilities near Dothan, AL
With an average cost of $0 in Dothan, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.
This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 8 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 4 facilities in Dothan.
4 Assisted Living Facilities in Dothan, AL
2 Assisted Living Facilities near Dothan, AL
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Dothan
Dothan, is located in the southeastern corner of Alabama, within 20 miles of both Georgia and Florida. Seniors here account for 16 percent of the population and some may be in need of help with daily tasks. In Dothan, as in the rest of Alabama, communities providing assisted living services to seniors are officially known as Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) and are defined as a facility of two or more residents. In the Dothan area, there's a total of seven ALFs, three located in Dothan and the remaining four in the surrounding areas of Hartford, Headland and Graceville. These facilities provide seniors with round-the-clock personal care services and assistance with activities of daily living. ALFs in Alabama are regulated by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Dothan
- The American Lung Association has given Dothan's air quality a passing grade, and it ranks among the best in the country in ozone and 24-hour particle pollution.
- The cost of living in Dothan is 15.5 percent lower than the national average. Some of the lowest costs in the city include housing and health care.
- Alabama doesn't tax social security income. Seniors can use the savings to help pay for the costs associated with assisted living.
- The weather in Dothan is hot and humid with an average of 227 sunny days per year. This may be a major drawback for seniors who are sensitive to heat either for health reasons or personal preference.
- Dothan's crime rates are high. Ninety-three percent U.S. cities are considered safer. In Dothan, citizens have a 1 in 24 chance of being a victim of property crime and a 1 in 171 chance of being a victim of violent crime.
- The Wiregrass Transit Authority, which operates in Dothan and surrounding areas, provides safe public transportation and contract transportation to social service organizations, which may serve some seniors residing in assisted living facilities.
Paying for Assisted Living in Dothan
Average Monthly Costs
Cities in Alabama
Assisted Living costs in Dothan start around $0 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Dothan and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Dothan
There are no Medicaid or other government-funded programs available to seniors residing in Dothan or anywhere else in Alabama that cover the costs of services provided by assisted living facilities. Only seniors who have reached a nursing level of care can access Alabama's Institutional Medicaid program.
An optional supplement is available to seniors who are receiving Supplemental Security Income, and it may be used to pay for some specified living arrangements. However, this supplement is not offered to those residing in assisted living facilities.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Alabama page.
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 Dothan
Dothan and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Dothan, please visit our Assisted Living in Alabama page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Dothan
Dothan-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Alabama are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Alabama page for more information about these laws.
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Dothan
Review of Somerset Assisted Living
Somerset Assisted Living Facility/West was friendly and felt like home. They have caring staff, the grounds were really neat and beautiful and everything was really pretty. The food was also really... Read more
Review of Whitehall Assisted Living Community
Whitehall Assisted Living is a little more expensive than the other place we've visited. It has an older part of the property, and they recently added a newer part. It's an excellent community that... Read more
Review of The Terrace at Grove Park
We visited The Terrace at Grove Park. They have different apartments rather than a dorm room. It's a transitional type assisted living community, and it's next to an upscale residential neighborhoo... Read more