Assisted Living in Georgia

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Families looking for assisted living in Georgia (GA) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 679 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 13.5 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Georgia will pay $3,100 per month on average.

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Average Monthly Cost

States near Georgia

$4,000.00 US
$3,500.00 South Carolina
$3,271.00 Alabama
$3,100.00 Georgia
According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, Georgia is the second-cheapest state for assisted living care. The average price of assisted living is almost $1,000 lower than the national average at just $3,100 per month. The average cost in nearby states, South Carolina and Alabama, is comparable but still higher than the Georgia average.

Compare Monthly Care Costs

When it comes to care options, assisted living is just one of several choices available to seniors. Some care options, like part-time in-home care or independent living, may cost less, while others like memory care or skilled nursing are likely to cost significantly more. Seniors can speak with their medical practitioners to receive guidance on what level of care will best suit their needs and abilities.
$6,342.00

Nursing Home Care

$3,623.00

In-Home Care

$3,100.00

Assisted Living

Average Monthly Cost

Cities in Georgia

$4,145.00 Brunswick
$3,484.00 Macon
$3,390.00 Atlanta
$3,350.00 Athens
$3,200.00 Rome
$2,800.00 Savannah
$2,320.00 Albany
Within the state of Georgia, the average monthly cost of assisted living care can vary greatly depending on where in the state the property is located. For example, assisted living communities in Savannah and Rome are around $1,000 less per month than communities located in Brunswick. The most affordable region in Georgia for assisted living is Albany, while the highest costs are associated with the Brunswick area.

What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Georgia

Assisted living communities are referred to as "personal care homes" in Georgia. These homes are required to offer space dedicated to memory care if assisting clients experiencing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. The state of Georgia offers assisted living homes that can provide private or shared rooms as long as there's a minimum of 80 square feet of space in the room per resident.Georgia's assisted living communities must have 25 or more residents and are often run by private individuals or large corporations. These properties require that a manager or administrator who is at least 21 years old must be present 24 hours per day. One staff member per 15 residents must be onsite during the day and one per 25 residents in the evening. CPR and first aid training are required for all staff members.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Georgia

The Federal SSI benefit is not supplemented by the state of Georgia as it is in some other states. Fortunately, Georgia offers other subsidy programs to low-income seniors to offset the cost of care.

Georgia Medicaid

The Georgia Medicaid program offers waivers to elderly residents who need assistance. The number of waivers that can be granted is limited so it's possible that individuals will need to spend time on a waiting list before they gain access to services. The two waivers offered by Georgia Medicaid are:

  • Community Care Services Program (CCSP): This waiver provides support services to encourage independent living such as meal preparation, personal emergency response systems, and adult day care.
  • Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE): This waiver focuses less on independent living services and more on medical needs. The program offers 24-hour medical access and skilled nursing services.

Who Is Eligible?

Eligibility for Georgia Medicaid is determined by an individual's income level. A single applicant must bring in no more than $2,250 per month in income. Financial assets must be below $2,000. Eligibility for Medicaid waivers differs from general eligibility requirements. For both waivers, applicants must demonstrate a need for nursing home care and be a Georgia resident. The CCSP waiver requires Medicaid qualification, and the SOURCE waiver requires the applicant be 65 years or older.

How to Apply

Georgia Medicaid applications can be submitted in person at your local Department of Family and Children's Services or online.

The local Area Agency on Aging must complete an assessment to determine eligibility for the CCSP waiver.To apply for the SOURCE waiver, call 866-552-4464 or contact your local Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children county offices.

More Ways to Finance 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. Visit our 9 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living page for more information.


Free Assisted Living Resources in Georgia

Georgia seniors also have a number of free resources available to help you search for long-term care. These organizations can provide information about care options and assistance programs.

Georgia Area Agencies on Aging

The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) offices are located throughout Georgia and offer assistance to seniors in need of care. In many cases, these federally funded offices are the gateway for assistance programs such as the CCSP waiver mentioned above.

Atlanta Regional Commission Aging Division

229 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 463-3333

Coastal Georgia Area Agency on Aging

181 Coastal Dr., SW, Darien, GA 31305
(912) 437-0800

CSRA Area Agency on Aging

3626 Walton Way Extension, Suite 300, Augusta, GA 30909
(706) 210-2018

Heart of Georgia Area Agency on Aging

331 West Parker Street, Baxley, GA 31513
(912) 367-3648

Legacy Link Georgia Mountains Area Agency on Aging

4080 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, GA 30566
(770) 538-2650

Middle Georgia Area Agency on Aging

175-C Emery Highway, Macon, GA 31217
(478) 751-6466

Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging

305 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30610
(706) 583-2546

Northwest Georgia Area Agency on Aging

1 Jackson Hill Drive, Rome, GA 30161
(706) 295-6485

River Valley Area Agency on Aging

710 Front Ave., Suite A, Columbus, GA 31901
(706) 256-2910

Southern Georgia Area Agency on Aging

1725 South Georgia Parkway, West, Waycross, GA 31503
(912) 285-6097; Toll-Free: (888) 732-4464

SOWEGA Council on Aging Southwest Georgia Area Agency on Aging

335 West Society Avenue, Albany, GA 31701
(229) 432-1124

Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging

13273 Highway 34 East, Franklin, GA 30217
(678) 552-2853


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Georgia

Assisted Living Individualized Care Plan

Seniors in an ALC in Georgia will have a written care plan that includes the resident’s level of independence in activities of daily living (ADL) which are also referred to as personal care activities, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, eating and coordination of social activities. The plan also states the resident’s personal preferences, family supports and medical needs. It is updated annually and staff are expected to know and follow each resident’s individual care plan.

Assisted Living Admission Requirements

Prospective residents must be able to fully transfer themselves and participate in the assisted living community’s social activities - as determined by a licensed doctor, nurse, or physician’s assistant within 30 days of admission. Adults who require continuous medical or nursing care are not admitted to an ALC.

Assisted Living Scope of Care

Residents of an ALC will receive the degree of assistance specified in their written care plan. Typically, staff assist residents daily with personal care, medication and social activities. If care is needed beyond that scope, whether periodically or temporarily, a resident may hire a licensed, third-party provider who not affiliated with the ALC.

Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

There are two Medicaid Waiver programs in Georgia that pay for services in an ALC with up to 24 beds:

  • 1. Community Care Services
  • 2. Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE)

Assisted Living Facility Requirements

Georgia’s Department of Community Health conducts both scheduled and unannounced inspections of ALCs. Facilities that are found to violate any laws or regulations may be fined. ALCs have many requirements. Among them are the following:

  • Single-occupancy or double-occupancy units must have at least one toilet and sink for four residents and at least one bathing/showering room for eight residents. Bathrooms must be fully accessible for wheelchairs and walkers. Apartment-style units are not required.
  • Assisted living communities are required to provide three regularly scheduled meals to residents that meet general requirements for nutrition. Food must be wholesome and one snack must also be provided each day.
  • ALCs must respect residents’ personal dignity and respect their human rights as defined by GA HCF Rule 111-8-63-.25.
  • Every assisted living community is required to have an infection prevention program that includes staff training, response plans, and sanitation supplies.

Medication Management Regulations

In Georgia, seniors who are able to and want to store and self-administer their medications must be allowed to do so. If a senior wants or needs help with medication, the ALC staff is required to help, but the scope of help they provide is limited by licensing rules. A certified medication aid can administer medication whereas unlicensed staff cannot. They can, however, help with opening prepacked dosages, storing medications, placing medication in resident’s hand, applying topical medications, and helping with an Epi-pen. Quarterly drug regimen reviews are performed by a licensed pharmacist to ensure drug safety and drug policy compliance.

Staffing Requirements

ALCs must have an administrator, direct care staff and certified medication aids. The administrator oversees daily operations and compliance issues. Direct care staff assists residents with personal care activities while certified medication aids may administer medication if requested by residents. The state requires at least one administrator, or designated house manager if the administrator is absent, or responsible staff person on premises 24 hours a day. The staff-to-resident ratio during waking hours is 1:15 and during non-waking hours is 1:25. ALCs must exceed these minimum ratios if needed to meet residents’ needs.

Staff Training Requirements

Within 60 days of employment, all staff must be trained on various topics:

  • residents' rights
  • identifying and reporting abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • infection control and hygiene
  • job training specific to their role
  • emergency preparedness
Within 60 days, direct care staff must be trained in all of the above as well as the following:
  • needs and characteristics of the resident population
  • residents' individualized care plans
  • CPR and emergency first-aid24 hours of continuing education during the first year of employment and 16 hours per year in successive years is required for all staff delivering personal care.

Background Checks for Assisted Living

All staff – including owners, administrators, managers, certified staff, and non-certified staff must submit to a criminal history background and fingerprint check. Any criminal records acquired during employment must be reported to the State Department of Community Health.

Requirements for Reporting Abuse

Elder abuse is instances of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, caregiver neglect or financial abuse. If anyone in the assisted living community suspects or knows of elder abuse it should be reported to the State Department of Community Health within 24 hours after the incident has occurred in accordance with the Long-Term Care Resident Abuse Reporting Act O.C.G.A. § 31-8-80.


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Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Georgia

Caring.com’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.

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Historic Roswell Place

Roswell, GA Cost Levels

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Palms of Lake Spivey

Jonesboro, GA Cost Levels

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Cartersville, GA $

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Remington House

Conyers, GA $$$

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Savannah Commons

Savannah, GA Cost Levels

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Brookdale Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville, GA $$

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The Heritage of Marietta

Marietta, GA $$

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Brookdale Canton

Canton, GA $

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Sandy Springs Place

Sandy Springs, GA Cost Levels

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Sterling Estates of East Cobb

Marietta, GA $$$$

19 reviews