Georgia’s state capital Atlanta is an ideal retirement location featuring balmy weather, a light tax burden and world-class health care. Approximately 11.5% of the metro’s 506,811 residents are ages 65 and older. This Southern gem offers seniors a kaleidoscope of adventure with Olympic-sized green spaces, major league sports action and cultural and recreational opportunities galore.

Assisted living communities offer care and boarding for active elders who need light support with daily living activities. These facilities often come with housekeeping and laundry, meals, minor medical care and social programs. Seniors in Atlanta pay more for these services than residents in many nearby cities but less than those in the average city across the nation. According to the Genworth Financial 2020 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living here costs an average of $4,000 per month.

This guide explores assisted living in Atlanta in addition to some advantages and drawbacks of retiring here. It covers average costs compared to other Georgia cities and senior care options. A listing of local resources for current and prospective residents of assisted living facilities is also available here.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Atlanta, GA

2016, 2018

Summerset Assisted Living

3711 Benjamin E Mays Drive SW, Atlanta, GA, 30331

Summerset Assisted Living is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors praise the facility’s grounds, mentioning the ponds, fountain areas, gardens and walkways, along with the well-maintained, attractive … (read more)
Summerset Assisted Living is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors praise the facility’s grounds, mentioning the ponds, fountain areas, gardens and walkways, along with the well-maintained, attractive … (read more)

2012

Sunrise at Buckhead

1000 Lenox Park Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319

Sunrise at Buckhead is an assisted living community in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from Interstates 85 and 75 and State Highway 400. With shopping malls, theaters and an extensive selection of rest … (read more)
Sunrise at Buckhead is an assisted living community in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from Interstates 85 and 75 and State Highway 400. With shopping malls, theaters and an extensive selection of rest … (read more)

2016

Arbor Terrace at Cascade

1001 Research Center Atlanta Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA, 30331

My mother was in Arbor Terrace at Cascade and we loved it over there; we loved that place. I hated to leave them because they were very cordial, and they cared about their residents, but they got hit … (read more)
My mother was in Arbor Terrace at Cascade and we loved it over there; we loved that place. I hated to leave them because they were very cordial, and they cared about their residents, but they got hit … (read more)

Renaissance on Peachtree

3755 Peachtree Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA, 30319

At Renaissance on Peachtree, we honor the dedication of family caregivers. We welcome and encourage family members into our educational groups and seminars, and to be involved in individual care plans … (read more)
At Renaissance on Peachtree, we honor the dedication of family caregivers. We welcome and encourage family members into our educational groups and seminars, and to be involved in individual care plans … (read more)

The Social at Vinings

2401 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA, 30339

We were only able to walk around the outside of The Social at Vinings, which is not their fault. Due to the COVID restrictions, it was very limited as to what we could do. They were accommodating. The … (read more)
We were only able to walk around the outside of The Social at Vinings, which is not their fault. Due to the COVID restrictions, it was very limited as to what we could do. They were accommodating. The … (read more)

Brighton Gardens of Buckhead

3088 Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA, 30324

Brighton Gardens of Buckhead is described by residents and visitors as a clean and beautiful place. This community is located in Buckhead, an upscale area of Atlanta, Georgia. Residents and visitors g … (read more)
Brighton Gardens of Buckhead is described by residents and visitors as a clean and beautiful place. This community is located in Buckhead, an upscale area of Atlanta, Georgia. Residents and visitors g … (read more)

2012

Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs

5399 Northland Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30342

I didn’t feel that Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs was well kept up. The people and the staff were very nice and friendly, they were very helpful, but the maintenance and upkeep needed work. … (read more)
I didn’t feel that Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs was well kept up. The people and the staff were very nice and friendly, they were very helpful, but the maintenance and upkeep needed work. … (read more)

Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody

1240 Ashford Center Parkway, Atlanta, GA, 30338

In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, near Interstate 285 and Route 400, sits bright and cheerful Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody. Located near the popular Perimeter Mall, the community is located in a resid … (read more)
In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, near Interstate 285 and Route 400, sits bright and cheerful Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody. Located near the popular Perimeter Mall, the community is located in a resid … (read more)

Orchard at Brookhaven

1634 Afton Lane, Atlanta, GA, 30329

I went to Orchard at Brookhaven. They were very nice, professional, and very informative. They had a very nice facility, and they answered all of my questions. The staff I’ve met were all wonderful. T … (read more)
I went to Orchard at Brookhaven. They were very nice, professional, and very informative. They had a very nice facility, and they answered all of my questions. The staff I’ve met were all wonderful. T … (read more)

Belmont Village Buckhead

5455 Glenridge Drive Ne, Atlanta, GA, 30342

Belmont Village Buckhead is a well-landscaped community nestled in the serene Sandy Springs neighborhood at the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. The facility is a short drive from world-class hospitals and … (read more)
Belmont Village Buckhead is a well-landscaped community nestled in the serene Sandy Springs neighborhood at the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. The facility is a short drive from world-class hospitals and … (read more)

Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit II

8480 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, 30350

Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit II is a senior assisted living and memory care facility conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from downtown Atlanta and close to GA-400. Sunrise is also lo … (read more)
Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit II is a senior assisted living and memory care facility conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from downtown Atlanta and close to GA-400. Sunrise is also lo … (read more)

The Providers

799 Moreland Avenue, S. E., Atlanta, GA, 30316

The Providers is a wonderful place. I’ve never seen one that was grand like that. Everything is clean. It’s a real nice place, and the employees are wonderful. It’s a personal care type home and my hu … (read more)
The Providers is a wonderful place. I’ve never seen one that was grand like that. Everything is clean. It’s a real nice place, and the employees are wonderful. It’s a personal care type home and my hu … (read more)

Orion Star Personal Care Home

3204 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30341

Orion Star Personal Care Home is beautiful, extremely clean and neat, and very homey. The director is exceptional and outstanding. They care for your family like their own family. I’m so glad I found … (read more)
Orion Star Personal Care Home is beautiful, extremely clean and neat, and very homey. The director is exceptional and outstanding. They care for your family like their own family. I’m so glad I found … (read more)

2012

Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody

7400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA, 30328

My mom moved into Dogwood Forest. It was the best place for my mother’s needs. The people were incredibly caring, and the facilities were lovely. I’ve eaten there a few times, and the food was very go … (read more)
My mom moved into Dogwood Forest. It was the best place for my mother’s needs. The people were incredibly caring, and the facilities were lovely. I’ve eaten there a few times, and the food was very go … (read more)

Atria Buckhead

2848 Lenox Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA, 30324

Atria Buckhead ranked very high. They had very excellent staff, and they did a great job. It’s just a little older and not quite what we’re looking for.
Atria Buckhead ranked very high. They had very excellent staff, and they did a great job. It’s just a little older and not quite what we’re looking for.

2014

The Piedmont at Buckhead

650 Phipps Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30326

The Piedmont at Buckhead is a nice place. Most of the staff are very nice. The offer activities from almost 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. They have two movie theaters and two restaurants. They have Bingo, danci … (read more)
The Piedmont at Buckhead is a nice place. Most of the staff are very nice. The offer activities from almost 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. They have two movie theaters and two restaurants. They have Bingo, danci … (read more)

Corso Atlanta

3200 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30327



2013

Wesley Woods Towers Pch

1817 Clifton Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA, 30329

Wesley Woods Towers was my mother’s first choice way back when. They ended up opening after COVID for a long time so she was able to take a tour inside of the rooms and picked a room right out. She is … (read more)
Wesley Woods Towers was my mother’s first choice way back when. They ended up opening after COVID for a long time so she was able to take a tour inside of the rooms and picked a room right out. She is … (read more)

Safe Haven at Lenox Park

1137 Lynmoor Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30319

I work in the healthcare profession as a private contractor. My job requires me to visit numerous facilities every week. I can say, with confidence, that Safe Haven is one of the best personal care ho … (read more)
I work in the healthcare profession as a private contractor. My job requires me to visit numerous facilities every week. I can say, with confidence, that Safe Haven is one of the best personal care ho … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Atlanta

Healthcare Facility Regulation, a division of Georgia’s Department of Community Health, is the agency that oversees the licensing and certification of assisted living facilities in Atlanta and throughout the state.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Atlanta

  • Atlanta has 365 physicians per 100,000 residents, compared to the U.S. average of 210 doctors per 100,000 people. Several nationally ranked medical centers are here, including three Emory University hospitals.
  • Atlanta’s climate is among the most pleasant in the state, with temperatures ranging from 33 degrees in the winter to 88 degrees in the summer. Although the city gets more precipitation than the U.S. average, it has more sunny days than the average American city.
  • Atlanta’s overall cost of living is close to the national median, but Georgia is quite tax-friendly toward retirees. The state does not tax Social Security income and allows a deduction of $65,000 on all retirement income for individuals ages 65 and older.
  • Water Quality staff reports that Atlanta’s drinking water is safe to drink. Although some areas experience odd-tasting water, water quality experts suspect that this is due to naturally occurring compounds.
  • Atlanta is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The city has boosted efforts to increase safe walkability and access to sustainable transportation.

Paying for Assisted Living in Atlanta

Assisted living prices in Atlanta and surrounding cities vary based on location, amenities offered, apartment size and level of care needed. Average rates for assisted living in Atlanta run around $4,000 per month, while the national median is $4,300, according to the Genworth Financial 2020 Cost of Care Survey.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Atlanta’s average monthly costs for assisted living are $500 above Georgia’s statewide average of $3,500. Rates in this city are higher than in many other areas around the state as well. In the Macon Area to the south, assisted living facilities charge an average of $2,730 per month, which is $1,270 less than fees here. Northwest, in Rome, seniors pay $3,088, which is $912 under Atlanta’s median. However, to the northeast in Gainesville, assisted living rates average $4,263, which is $263 more than prices in Atlanta.

$4000

Atlanta

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$2730

Macon Area

$3088

Rome

$4263

Gainesville

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is one of the most affordable senior care options in Atlanta. Adult day health care is the cheapest, with an average cost of $1,300 per month. Homemaker and home health aide services are slightly more expensive than assisted living, each carrying median rates of $4,147 and $4,195, respectively. Nursing home care is the costliest arrangement, with an average cost of $6,950 for a semiprivate room and $7,559 for a private room.

$1300

Adult day health care

$4000

Assisted living

$4147

Homemaker services

$4195

Home health aide

$6950

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$7559

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Atlanta

Eligible seniors can apply for financial assistance with assisted living in Atlanta through two state-operated programs: Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) and the Community Care Service Program (CCSP). Both of these are Medicaid waiver programs and subject to availability.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Atlanta

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 Atlanta

Atlanta has a variety of resources that offer guidance and support for seniors exploring long-term care options. These government and nonprofit services can assist current or prospective assisted living community residents with health insurance, advocacy, legal assistance and home- and community-based alternatives to out-of-home placement.

ResourceContactService
Empowerline(404) 463-3333Empowerline is metro Atlanta’s leading resource for aging and caregiver support. One of its core functions is Community Options Counseling, which provides unbiased advice regarding long-term care needs and appropriate services. Empowerline connects seniors and their caregivers with thousands of programs designed to support aging in place, managing chronic conditions and understanding health care coverage.
Atlanta Legal Aid Society(404) 524-5811Through the Senior Citizens Law Project, Atlanta Legal Aid offers free legal counsel and representation to seniors ages 60 and over on a wide range of civil issues. Seniors can call for advice and mediation involving public benefits, long-term care facilities, abuse or neglect. Atlanta Legal Aid’s Disability Integration Project helps people with disabilities obtain the services needed to avoid institutionalization.
Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(866) 552-4464Georgia’s Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman works to maintain and enhance the quality of life for long-term care facility residents. Certified community ombudsmen mediate on behalf of these residents to resolve concerns involving safety, privacy, care quality, improper discharges or transfers and other grievances. These volunteers also equip residents and their families with information and resources to stand up for their rights.
Fulton County STARline(404) 613-6000STARline offers free information and referrals to services that help seniors 60 and older age at home. Programs include personal assistance, homemaking, home-delivered meals, caregiver respite and home repair. STARline can also arrange transportation for a nominal fee. Free online enrichment classes are available for residents 55 and over.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Atlanta

Atlanta-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Atlanta