Madison is a city of almost 57,000 people, with the 65+ age group making up 11.4% of its residents. Niche named it the second-best place to live in the state, calling it the “jewel in North Alabama.” Although its seniors enjoy the benefits afforded by bigger cities due to the proximity of Huntsville, they can also relax within their own city’s small-town feel, rows of independent boutique stores, numerous parks and tree-lined streets. Madison’s seniors also benefit from a below-average cost of living, low crime rates and excellent medical facilities. 

The city is also home to many assisted living communities, occupied by seniors who used to struggle with common tasks, such as cooking, but now benefit from the opportunities assisted living brings. These include capable chefs preparing their meals, trained staff managing medications and housekeepers making their rooms clean and comfortable. Costs vary between facilities, with the average in Madison being $2,990 per month, a 5.2% savings on the state average and 35.9% on the national average.

This guide reviews assisted living costs in more detail. It also considers the advantages and disadvantages of living in Madison and lists some free resources for its seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Madison, AL

Madison at The Range

10801 County Line Rd, Madison, AL, 35758

So far, I’ve been quite happy here at Madison at the Range. I get along with the staff and with my mates when I eat lunch with them. They do my laundry when I need it and they come around to pick up t … (read more)
So far, I’ve been quite happy here at Madison at the Range. I get along with the staff and with my mates when I eat lunch with them. They do my laundry when I need it and they come around to pick up t … (read more)

Heritage Assisted Living and Memory Care

11682 County Line Road, Madison, AL, 35756

I went to Heritage Assisted Living and Memory Care. The facilities are all pretty similar, it’s the people that are in that make the difference. I thought the folks at the Heritage place were really g … (read more)
I went to Heritage Assisted Living and Memory Care. The facilities are all pretty similar, it’s the people that are in that make the difference. I thought the folks at the Heritage place were really g … (read more)

The Neighborhood at Madison

49 Hughes Road, Madison, AL, 35758

I went to Morningside of Madison because we had to get something that’s not expensive. Because of COVID, we just talked to them in the end units. We didn’t go all the way in, but our experience was ex … (read more)
I went to Morningside of Madison because we had to get something that’s not expensive. Because of COVID, we just talked to them in the end units. We didn’t go all the way in, but our experience was ex … (read more)

Madison Village

6016 Wall Triana, Madison, AL, 35758

We are waiting to move my mom to the Madison Village and the preference for us was the location. It is close to all of her daughters. It was a well-kept and inviting community. I personally think the … (read more)
We are waiting to move my mom to the Madison Village and the preference for us was the location. It is close to all of her daughters. It was a well-kept and inviting community. I personally think the … (read more)

2022

Merrill Gardens at Madison

121 Brookridge Drive, Madison, AL, 35758

As the name suggests, Merrill Gardens at Madison is an assisted living facility located in Madison, Alabama. Relatives rave that this community is far superior to any in the area, and visitors comment … (read more)
As the name suggests, Merrill Gardens at Madison is an assisted living facility located in Madison, Alabama. Relatives rave that this community is far superior to any in the area, and visitors comment … (read more)

2013

Brookdale Jones Farm

2815 Carl T Jones Dr. SE, Huntsville, AL, 35802

Brookdale Jones Farm is an upscale community with an elegant dining room, library, gym and game room. This community is situated in Huntsville, Alabama, and is one of the original assisted living faci … (read more)
Brookdale Jones Farm is an upscale community with an elegant dining room, library, gym and game room. This community is situated in Huntsville, Alabama, and is one of the original assisted living faci … (read more)

2016

SummerHouse Byrd Springs

8020 Benaroya Lane SW, Huntsville, AL, 35802

With transportation provided to various places, games and entertainment, Elmcroft of Byrd Springs is known for keeping residents happy. This gorgeous facility is located in Huntsville, Alabama, and ha … (read more)
With transportation provided to various places, games and entertainment, Elmcroft of Byrd Springs is known for keeping residents happy. This gorgeous facility is located in Huntsville, Alabama, and ha … (read more)

HarborChase of Huntsville

4801 Whitesport Circle SW, Huntsville, AL, 35801

HarborChase of Huntsville is conveniently located near both shopping areas and a hospital in the Westbury neighborhood of Huntsville, Alabama. With options for one and two-bedroom apartments, this fac … (read more)
HarborChase of Huntsville is conveniently located near both shopping areas and a hospital in the Westbury neighborhood of Huntsville, Alabama. With options for one and two-bedroom apartments, this fac … (read more)

Country Cottage – Huntsville

4200 Chris Dr. S.W., Huntsville, AL, 35802

The Country Cottage-Huntsville is a cozy, Southern community nestled into Huntsville, Alabama. Each cottage has 16 rooms, giving residents ample opportunities to build friendships with fellow communit … (read more)
The Country Cottage-Huntsville is a cozy, Southern community nestled into Huntsville, Alabama. Each cottage has 16 rooms, giving residents ample opportunities to build friendships with fellow communit … (read more)

The Goldton at Athens

22171 Traditions Way, Athens, AL, 35613

My mom has moved into the Traditions of Athens. We chose it because it was close to where she lives, I like the facility, the people are very nice, and I believe they could provide what we needed. The … (read more)
My mom has moved into the Traditions of Athens. We chose it because it was close to where she lives, I like the facility, the people are very nice, and I believe they could provide what we needed. The … (read more)

2015, 2016

Regency Retirement Village – Huntsville

2004 Max Luther Dr., Huntsville, AL, 35810

I’m moving into Regency Retirement Village. It has continuing care, so I would not be moved into another place if I fell or if I got dementia — it is care until you die. The staff took me on a tour o … (read more)
I’m moving into Regency Retirement Village. It has continuing care, so I would not be moved into another place if I fell or if I got dementia — it is care until you die. The staff took me on a tour o … (read more)

Fleming Farms Senior Living

4670 Bellewood Dr SE, Huntsville, AL, 35802

In less than two years, we get a notice that rent will increase $6000 per year. This is ridiculous. The food was good at first but now its awful.
In less than two years, we get a notice that rent will increase $6000 per year. This is ridiculous. The food was good at first but now its awful.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Madison

The Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Provider Standards grants licenses to assisted living facilities that prove compliance with the state’s regulations. To retain their licenses, facilities must pass regular inspections, which the department conducts without warning. Licenses are revoked from facilities that fail inspections and don’t raise their standards within a stipulated time period. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Madison

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, Madison’s average cost of living of 96 is lower than the national average of 100 but above the state average of 82.3. A significant factor is housing costs, which are unlikely to concern seniors considering assisted living. However, health care costs are also above average, which may concern them. Fortunately, these differences don’t appear to apply to assisted living costs, which are lower than the state and national averages.
  • Sadly, instances of property and violent crime in Alabama are above the national averages. Fortunately, Madison’s figures are much more positive. In both cases, the city has less crime than the state and national averages. Another comfort for seniors in many assisted living communities is 24-hour security and attentive staff available round the clock.
  • MARS (Madison Assisted Ride System) is a free paratransit service for qualifying disabled residents of Madison who live within the city limits. It operates on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., with journeys restricted to medical and work purposes only. An alternative for all seniors, including those with disabilities, is CASA of Madison County, a nonprofit United Way organization that uses background-checked volunteers to transport Madison residents to medical appointments for free.
  • Madison Hospital is the primary medical facility in the city, while it only takes about 20 minutes to reach Huntsville Hospital, ranked #2 in the state by U.S. News & World Report. There’s also a significant number of family doctors in the city registered to treat Medicare beneficiaries. 
  • Madison’s average climate is one of its selling points. Temperatures average at around 90 degrees in the middle of summer, remaining comfortable for most of the year (although winter lows can hover at around 30 degrees). A major plus is the lack of snow, which averages two inches annually, meaning Madison’s elders don’t need to be as concerned about slippery sidewalks as their northern cousins. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Madison

The findings of the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reveal that Madison’s seniors pay approximately $2,990 per month for assisted living, a lower figure than the averages for the state and the nation, which are $3,150 and $4,300, respectively. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Madison’s monthly costs of $2,990 are bettered only by Florence, where seniors consider $2,914 normal. Conversely, a 25-minute journey southwest to Decatur sees costs rise by an additional $563 per month to $3,513. To find significantly lower fees than Madison’s, it’s necessary to travel almost 90 miles southeast to Gadsden, where they average $2,207 per month. 

$2990

Madison

$3150

Alabama

$4300

The United States

$2914

Florance

$3513

Decatur

$2207

Gadsden

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Care costs sometimes surprise, which is the case in Madison. Assisted living includes care and accommodation, yet it only costs $17 per month ($2,773) more than attending an adult day care center. Equally surprising is the comparison with home and home health care, both of which average at $3,813, with the latter including basic medical support. Nursing home fees are the least affordable, with a semiprivate room costing $6,950, while another $616 per month gets a private room for $7,566.

$3813

Home care

$3813

Home health care

$2773

Adult day health care

$2990

Assisted living

$6950

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$7566

Nursing home (private room)

Note: Data for Madison was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Huntsville, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Madison

There are several programs to help seniors cover the costs of assisted living in Madison. One such program is the Elderly and Disabled Waiver offered through Alabama Medicaid, which may also have other programs for which seniors can apply. 

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Madison

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 Madison

Madison’s appeal to seniors includes the many free resources available, some of which are listed here. They include means of covering some care costs, getting help when care quality drops and making friends in the community and improving it through voluntary work.

Resource


Contact


Service


Huntsville VA Clinic


(256) 533-8477


Huntsville VA Clinic is only 15 minutes from Madison. It offers U.S. military veterans primary care services, a pharmacy, optometry services and programs dealing specifically with women's health and mental health. The clinic can also refer seniors to veterans services that may help meet some of their care costs, such as the VA Aid and Attendance benefit.


Madison Senior Center


(256) 772-6242


Madison Senior Center is the hub of the older community, a place where they can spend time with friends, access some medical programs and converse with counselors who can advise them on Medicare and Medicaid issues. For entertainment and well-being, seniors can play billiards and cards, participate in one of the gentle physical fitness programs and join in with line dancing. There's also tennis and water aerobics for those who prefer something more active.


Long-Term Care Ombudsman


(256) 716-2451


The Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocates for seniors in residential care communities, focusing on increasing their quality of care and supporting them in disputes with their facilities. This can include investigating complaints seniors haven't been able to resolve directly with the managers in their communities. Families of seniors in assisted living and third parties can also register complaints. Additional services include helping seniors understand their rights and ensuring they receive all the services they're entitled to.


Volunteer Center of Madison County


(256) 880-7080


RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) operates out of the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center. Its purpose is to connect seniors who want to help their communities with local nonprofits who do just that. Seniors decide how much time they can spare and what their skills are and RSVP makes the link. It can involve admin work at the local police station, delivering meals to housebound seniors or working in the nearest senior center or thrift shop. Seniors can also assist at local events, such as the Alabama Sports Festival and Panoply. 


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Madison

Madison-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Madison