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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Huntsville, AL for 2024

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Huntsville

The Alabama Public Health Department licenses all assisted living facilities in the state. The department conducts regular inspections, and each facility has to renew its license yearly. The department also ensures that each assisted living community adheres to the standards and practices required by Alabama law.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Huntsville

  • For seniors living on a fixed income, the lower cost of living in Huntsville is a plus. With 100 representing the average U.S. cost of living, Huntsville ranks well below that number at 86. Transportation is especially affordable, with a score of 80.6.
  • While summers can be hot and muggy, with temperatures approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit, Huntsville gets less than an inch of snow each year on average. The spring and fall are cool, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, and the winters are pleasant, with daytime highs in the 50s.
  • Several major hospitals are in the city, including Huntsville Hospital, Crestwood Medical Center and the Huntsville Heart Center. However, the city has 231 physicians per 100,000 residents, higher than the national average of 210.
  • On a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the best, the air quality score of 49 in Huntsville is slightly below the national average of 58. 
  • Huntsville is a college town and a cultural hub for the area, with a flourishing arts and dining scene. The city hosts the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and the Alabama A&M Center for Extended Studies offers lifelong learning classes.
  • The Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center sponsors activities and community events for seniors. Movies, educational programs, clubs and fitness classes are some of the offerings. Membership is free, and it automatically enrolls county seniors at age 60.

Paying for Assisted Living in Huntsville, AL

When trying to decide how to pay for assisted living, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of assisted living in Huntsville and 15 other cities in Alabama.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Assisted Living in Huntsville, AL

Inflation causes the cost of assisted living in Huntsville to increase each year. From 2022 to 2023, costs rose by 9.6% or $337 per month. This is on par with the U.S. average increase of 9.6% and preferable to the Alabama average increase of 14.5%. Cities in Alabama that experienced inflation rates similar to Huntsville are Decatur, Birmingham and Hoover. In Decatur, a 9.6% increase amounts to an extra $293 per month. Seniors in Birmingham also pay 9.6% more, resulting in a $527 increase, while Hoover seniors pay 9.5% or $286 more per month in 2023.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Huntsville$3,521$3,858$4,155
U.S. Average$4,070$4,459$4,802
Alabama$3,316$3,798$4,045
Birmingham$5,513$6,040$6,505
Decatur$3,060$3,353$3,611
Hoover$2,997$3,283$3,536

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Huntsville assisted living price is less than the state and national averages, at $3,503 and $4,500, respectively. The city has a moderate average monthly cost for assisted living compared to nearby cities. Montgomery has a slightly higher average monthly price for assisted living ($3,500), almost identical to the average for the state. Birmingham’s assisted living costs are a bit higher ($4,028), comparable to Chattanooga, TN ($4,220) and Marietta, GA ($3,845).

Huntsville

$3,345

Alabama

$3,503

The United States

$4,500

Montgomery

$3,500

Birmingham

$4,028

Chattanooga, TN

$4,220

Marietta, GA

$3,845

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

The cost of senior living in Huntsville depends on the type of living. On average, assisted living and independent living cost about $3,858 and $2,334, respectively. Memory care costs an average of $650 more than assisted living. Average costs are determined by considering all senior living communities in the area, but actual costs can differ greatly depending on the services and amenities offered by each community.

Assisted Living

$3,858

Memory Care

$4,508

Independent Living

$2,334

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Huntsville

The state of Alabama doesn’t provide public funding for seniors in assisted living facilities or specialty care assisted living facilities through either Medicaid programs or other government-funded programs. Seniors are only eligible for Alabama’s Institutional Medicaid program once they’ve reached a nursing level of care. 

Seniors may be eligible for an optional supplement when residing in specified living arrangements, but those who reside in assisted living facilities are not eligible for this supplement. 

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

Financial Assistance 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 and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Huntsville,AL

There are many resources in Huntsville,AL that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s Alabama state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG)256-830-0818Alabama's Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) serve as critical access points to numerous resources designed to meet the needs of older adults. Seniors contacting the AAA may receive access to benefits such as senior nutrition programs, transportation assistance and referrals to local assistance programs. It can also connect seniors to services for home-delivered meals, discounted prescriptions and assistance with household chores. Seniors can also be empowered through legal and insurance counseling services or be provided advocates through long-term care ombudsmen.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Huntsville seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Huntsville Emergency Food Pantry256-539-2320Food pantries distribute free food to hungry families and adults. Each site provides bags or boxes of donated items to needy individuals who live within a specified area.

Free Used Medical Equipment

Due to the high cost of purchasing new medical equipment, several organizations in Huntsville collect lightly used medical devices such as wheelchairs, ramps and walkers and distribute them to local seniors and residents in need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Alabama Waste-Not Program - Huntsville256-837-2373The Waste-Not Program provides free assistive technologies and free medical equipment, including wheelchairs, scooters, hospital beds, bath and shower aids, canes and walkers to needy individuals. The program serves individuals in Huntsville and Madison Counties and works to improve the overall quality of life of seniors and families throughout the community.
Alabama's Assistive Technology Resource (STAR) - Huntsville800-671-6840STAR is a program administered by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. It connects disabled adults with assistive technologies, including specialized computer software, communication devices, adaptive switches, auditory trainers, Braille readers, scooters, wheelchairs, adaptive vehicles and lifts and ramps.

Home Repair and Modifications

Seniors and those with disabilities can access a variety of local resources to help them pay for home repairs and modifications. Programs in Huntsville have different eligibility criteria and often assist retirees by providing grants or loans.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants - Huntsville256-532-1677This program provides loans to households with very low incomes for repairs and improvements and to help modernize their dwellings. Recipients may use loan and grant proceeds to remove health and safety hazards.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - Huntsville locations256-851-9800This program provides weatherization assistance to help households reduce their energy costs. Assistance typically includes installing attic, wall and floor insulation, sealing ductwork, HVAC repairs and replacements, repairing leaky faucets, upgrading windows and doors and replacing incandescent lighting with energy efficient bulbs.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Huntsville help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Huntsville Social Security Office 35805800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Utility & Energy Bill Assistance

Low-income seniors who are struggling to meet the costs of maintaining their homes can find support from organizations that offer assistance with utility and energy bills. Huntsville retirees could also qualify for emergency funding programs if they're in danger of losing utility services due to unpaid invoices.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - Huntsville locations256-851-9800LIHEAP helps families on limited budgets pay their heating and cooling bills, especially those who are under threat of disconnection. The program makes a one-time payment directly to the utility company for one season based on past energy usage.

Veteran's Services

Huntsville retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Huntsville Vet Center256-539-5775Located in Huntsville, AL, the Huntsville Vet Center provides confidential mental health care to veterans and their families, with many services available on a walk-in or appointment basis. The center focuses on counseling, providing support for those suffering from the effects of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. It also aids veterans with couples, family and grief and bereavement counseling. Individual and group counseling services are also available, with many specialty groups offered.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Huntsville

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Alabama

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