16 Assisted Living Facilities near Athens, GA
With an average cost of $3,575 in Athens, 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 21 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 6 facilities in Athens.
Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Athens, GA
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Athens
Athens, Ga., located in Athens-Clarke County, is home to the University of Georgia and bears trademarks of a college town, such an active downtown scene with live musical acts. Seniors may enjoy being a part of this vibrant city culture and benefit from the array of art, music, and enrichment activities in this area.
There are 4 assisted living facilities within the city limits of Athens meeting the Georgia Department of Community Health criteria for AL facilities with 20 more residing in the surrounding area. These are defined by the state as any facility that cares for 25 people or more and assists seniors with the administration of medication and with essential daily living activities, including bathing, grooming and eating.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Athens
Located in the Piedmont region of the state, Athens enjoys moderate weather throughout most of the year. Summer highs can reach into the mid-90s with high humidity and winters can bring chilly spells with temperatures dropping into the mid-30s. Thunderstorms can be severe at times year round but snowfall is a rare occurrence. This makes Athens suitable for seniors suffering from arthritis and other joint problems.
Ranked by Country Home magazine as the 112th greenest city in the country, Athens enjoys a fairly low pollution rate. However, when winds are blowing in from the east both ozone and particulate concentrations rise due to the influence of Atlanta being only 70 miles away. This could make living in Athens problematic for seniors with breathing issues
- Ranked at 94 out of 117 small cities for overall crime, Athens still has a fairly low violent crime rate with burglary being the most common crime committed.
Athens provides a wide variety of cultural activities suitable for seniors with an artistic bend ranging from concerts of all types to art exhibits, plays and craft classes. All venues are handicap accessible.
- The cost of living in Athens, GA is 8.4 percent below the national average making it one of the more affordable areas to live in for seniors and other residents with a limited income.
The Athens area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital, Emory Heart and Vascular Centre, University of Georgia Health Center and 18 other facilities, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Paying for Assisted Living in Athens
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Athens start around $3,642 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 Athens 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 Athens
Eligible seniors in Athens can apply for funding to help pay for assisted living from two government programs: Community Care Service Program and Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Georgia 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 Georgia page.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Athens
Athens 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 Athens, please visit our Assisted Living in Georgia page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Athens
Athens-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Georgia are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Georgia page for more information about these laws.
Other Options in Athens, GA
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Athens
Review of Morningside of Athens
My mother was at Morningside from June to August. It was very nice, but my mother was bedridden, and so she needed more care. They have little exercises, devotions, and Bingo. It was an excellent p... Read more
Review of Arbor Terrace
Arbor Terrace was too expensive. The physical therapist didn't have enough space and exercise equipment, and they didn't have enough activities. The food was not catered toward her as a vegetarian.... Read more
Review of Arbor Terrace
Facility has changed significantly in the last 1-2 years. Significant turnover in staff, far less caregivers, no laundry person, less nurses, residents less engaged and do not seem happy. My love... Read more