Located less than 20 miles from downtown Atlanta, Austell offers a more sedate suburban lifestyle with easy access to big-city amenities. Austell straddles Cobb and Douglas counties and is part of the Atlanta metro area. The city is home to about 7,700 residents, including around 600 seniors aged 65 or older. It’s also home to Six Flags over Georgia, a popular attraction for visiting grandkids of all ages. Seniors may enjoy hitting the antique and vintage shops downtown or visiting the nearby Sweetwater Creek State Park, which offers peaceful wilderness treks along wooded trails and tranquil waterways.

Assisted living often provides an ideal balance of continued independence and personalized supportive care in a secure residential setting with socialization opportunities. Austell seniors pay an average of $4,000 per month for assisted living services, which is higher than the state average but lower than the national median.

This guide compares assisted living fees in Austell to costs in nearby cities, as well as other types of senior care. It also includes some benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Austell and provides a list of local resources that serve area seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Austell, GA

2015, 2016

Azalea Gardens at Mableton

3829 Floyd Road, Austell, GA, 30106

We toured and we really liked it. We met with the staff, and he was excellent. He had a lot of information for us. The facility was very pleasing aesthetically. We felt warm and invited. It didn’t hav … (read more)
We toured and we really liked it. We met with the staff, and he was excellent. He had a lot of information for us. The facility was very pleasing aesthetically. We felt warm and invited. It didn’t hav … (read more)

Presbyterian Village

2000 East-West Connector, Austell, GA, 30106

Dysfunctional executive leadership who distorts the truth and has not responded to basic needs during the pandemic: weight loss, grooming neglect, neglect of basic cleaning, social isolation. Avoid … (read more)
Dysfunctional executive leadership who distorts the truth and has not responded to basic needs during the pandemic: weight loss, grooming neglect, neglect of basic cleaning, social isolation. Avoid … (read more)

Milly’s Home Care

2787 Clay Road, Austell, GA, 30106

I visited Milly’s Home Care for my mom. It was OK. I don’t think I’m going to be doing that one at all. The staff is just one person; she says her daughter sometimes come by to help, but the person is … (read more)
I visited Milly’s Home Care for my mom. It was OK. I don’t think I’m going to be doing that one at all. The staff is just one person; she says her daughter sometimes come by to help, but the person is … (read more)

Legacy Ridge at Sweetwater Creek

1600 Lee Road, Lithia Springs, GA, 30122

I’m staying in Legacy Ridge at Sweetwater Creek. They are very professional here and they keep you very updated on things that are going on. The staff here are very nice and very helpful. I am only he … (read more)
I’m staying in Legacy Ridge at Sweetwater Creek. They are very professional here and they keep you very updated on things that are going on. The staff here are very nice and very helpful. I am only he … (read more)

Woodland Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care

4005 S Cobb Dr Se, Smyrna, GA, 30080

Woodland Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in the northwest Atlanta city of Smyrna, Georgia, close to outdoor venues including Marietta Park and Legacy Golf Links. Visitors and resident … (read more)
Woodland Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in the northwest Atlanta city of Smyrna, Georgia, close to outdoor venues including Marietta Park and Legacy Golf Links. Visitors and resident … (read more)

2016

Bethel Gardens Assisted & Memory Care

3805 Jackson Way Ext., Powder Springs, GA, 30127

I visited Bethel Gardens Assisted & Memory Care. It wasn’t as nice as a room if I were to compare, but it was clean. The people were very nice. It was a little smaller, and they have fewer patient … (read more)
I visited Bethel Gardens Assisted & Memory Care. It wasn’t as nice as a room if I were to compare, but it was clean. The people were very nice. It was a little smaller, and they have fewer patient … (read more)

2013

Delmar Gardens of Smyrna

404 King Springs Village Pkwy Se, Smyrna, GA, 30082

Delmar Gardens of Smyrna was larger, very nice, and has a little more of a resort feel. The layout is bigger, so they have more places to visit inside the building. The rooms were apartment style and … (read more)
Delmar Gardens of Smyrna was larger, very nice, and has a little more of a resort feel. The layout is bigger, so they have more places to visit inside the building. The rooms were apartment style and … (read more)

2012, 2013, 2016

The Heritage of Marietta

1790 Powder Springs Rd, Marietta, GA, 30064

I took a tour for my brother, and it was excellent. The rooms were excellent, and the staff was really helpful and very nice. The outside space was very nice.
I took a tour for my brother, and it was excellent. The rooms were excellent, and the staff was really helpful and very nice. The outside space was very nice.

Oaks at Douglasville

4605 Timber Ridge Drive, Douglasville, GA, 30135

I didn’t like their setup at Oaks at Douglasville. As soon as you come in the front door, that is the only area that they had a community area to watch TV or to sit for the residents. It just seemed v … (read more)
I didn’t like their setup at Oaks at Douglasville. As soon as you come in the front door, that is the only area that they had a community area to watch TV or to sit for the residents. It just seemed v … (read more)

Cadence Marietta

1345 Milford Church Road, Marietta, GA, 30008

As a premier assisted living and memory care facility in Marietta Georgia, Elmcroft of Milford Chase offers its residents independent living while also providing them with 24-hour personalized assista … (read more)
As a premier assisted living and memory care facility in Marietta Georgia, Elmcroft of Milford Chase offers its residents independent living while also providing them with 24-hour personalized assista … (read more)

2020

Joyful Living

688 Hurt Road, Sw, Smyrna, GA, 30082

Kosta at Smyrna is an assisted living facility located east of Hurt Road Park and south of Mill Creek Lake. Loved ones give top marks to the facility’s family-like atmosphere and the high-quality food … (read more)
Kosta at Smyrna is an assisted living facility located east of Hurt Road Park and south of Mill Creek Lake. Loved ones give top marks to the facility’s family-like atmosphere and the high-quality food … (read more)

Benton House of Douglasville

4999 Prestley Mill Road, Douglasville, GA, 30135

I liked Benton House of Douglasville. If they would have had a lesser time frame for respite care (they had two weeks), that would have been my preference for mom. They were very friendly and professi … (read more)
I liked Benton House of Douglasville. If they would have had a lesser time frame for respite care (they had two weeks), that would have been my preference for mom. They were very friendly and professi … (read more)

Grace Senior Living

8847 HOSPITAL DRIVE, Douglasville, GA, 30134

My mother was taken to the hospital for a UTI. On the day she was discharged Grace informed us they would not take her back unless we arranged and paid for 24 hour care from an outside nurse. They had … (read more)
My mother was taken to the hospital for a UTI. On the day she was discharged Grace informed us they would not take her back unless we arranged and paid for 24 hour care from an outside nurse. They had … (read more)

Silver Comet Village

4900 Richard D. Sailors Pkwy, Powder Springs, GA, 30127

I’m moving into Silver Comet Village. I like the fact that it is truly inspirational, and I have a lot to do there. The layout was very easy to follow and the atmosphere was very pleasant. The people … (read more)
I’m moving into Silver Comet Village. I like the fact that it is truly inspirational, and I have a lot to do there. The layout was very easy to follow and the atmosphere was very pleasant. The people … (read more)

Peachtone Independent Senior Living

2000 Austell Rd Sw, Marietta, GA, 30008

The facility was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and seemed to personally care about my friend. The facility was clean and well-maintained. The residents were cheerful, and they all seemed to e … (read more)
The facility was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and seemed to personally care about my friend. The facility was clean and well-maintained. The residents were cheerful, and they all seemed to e … (read more)

The Lemon Tree

1060 Murray Cir SW, Marietta, GA, 30064

She is a nice woman, Miss Lemons, who was the assisted living provider for my grandmother. She gave the southern hospitality vibe, but there wasn’t a lot for the seniors, including my grandmother, to … (read more)
She is a nice woman, Miss Lemons, who was the assisted living provider for my grandmother. She gave the southern hospitality vibe, but there wasn’t a lot for the seniors, including my grandmother, to … (read more)

Top Of The Line Residential Care Ii

4712 Meadows Rd, Powder Springs, GA, 30127


Lake House At Legion Lake, The

2928 Legion Lake Road, Douglasville, GA, 30135


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Austell

The Healthcare Facility Regulation Division of the Georgia Department of Community Health oversees assisted living facilities in Austell and throughout the state. HFRD is responsible for monitoring, inspecting and licensing assisted living facilities as Georgia’s survey agency. It’s also in charge of investigating complaints against these facilities and other types of personal care homes.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Austell

  • Georgia is one of the more tax-friendly states for retirees. Seniors in Austell don’t pay state income taxes on Social Security income or Railroad Retirement benefits. Seniors aged 65 and older also enjoy tax-exemptions on most other types of retirement income up to $65,000 for individuals or $130,000 for couples.
  • Georgia also boasts a relatively average sales tax rate with a combined state and local sales tax rate of around 7.33%. However, seniors in Austell benefit from much lower sales taxes since the city is primarily in Cobb County with only a small portion extending into Douglas. Cobb County’s combined sales tax rate is just 6%, which makes its taxes lower than 98% of other cities and counties in Georgia.
  • Austell seniors benefit from having a local hospital that’s rated high performing in four adult procedures or conditions. WellStar Cobb Hospital is a general medical and surgical facility that has an on-site emergency department, medical surgical ICU and cardiac ICU. It was rated high performing in treating heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and COPD, which can all be valuable to aging adults.
  • The overall cost of living in Austell is 7% lower than the national average. Although transportation costs are 26% higher than the national average, the costs for groceries, healthcare, housing and utilities are all lower.
  • Austell has a moist climate with an average of 53 inches of annual rainfall compared to the national average of 38 inches. However, it only receives about one inch of snow each year compared to the national average of 28 inches. Residents enjoy relatively mild summers with an average high of around 88 degrees in July. However, the average wintertime low during January is about 31 degrees. It records about 57 days when the overnight low falls below freezing, making it colder than most places in Georgia.

Paying for Assisted Living in Austell

According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Austell is $4,000. Although this is higher than the state average by $500 per month, it’s still lower than the national median by $300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The cost of assisted living in Austell is lower than some nearby cities but higher than others. Gainesville’s cost of assisted living is higher than Austell’s by $263 per month, and Brunswick’s cost is higher by $124. However, assisted living in Austell costs $350 more than in Columbus, and in Macon, costs are $1,270 lower.

$4000

Austell

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$4263

Gainesville

$4124

Brunswick

$3650

Columbus

$2730

Macon

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Other types of senior care may better serve an individual’s level of care and financial needs. Adult day health care is generally always the lowest cost option with the lowest level of care. In Austell, adult day health costs an average of $1,300 per month. Assisted living is the next lowest cost senior care option at $4,000 per month. Homemaker services run about $4,147 per month, and home health aides cost about $4,195. Nursing home facilities offer the highest level of care and the highest price tag at about $6,950 for semiprivate rooms, while private accommodations typically cost about  $7,559.

$4147

Homemaker Services

$4195

Home Health Aide

$1300

Adult Day Health Care

$4000

Assisted Living Facility

$6950

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7559

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Austell was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Atlanta, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Austell

Austell and the state of Georgia have two Medicaid waiver programs that assist seniors that pay for services in personal care homes with at least 24 beds. This includes the Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) and the Community Care Services Program.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living  in Austell

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 Austell

For Austell seniors who require additional supportive services, there are numerous free resources available on a local, county or state level. These services cover everything from transportation to social activities.

Resource

Contact 

Services

(770) 528-5364

Cobb County senior services enhances the quality of life of Cobb County residents aged 60 or older through information and referral services, nutrition services, transportation, recreational services, volunteer opportunities and elder abuse programs.

(470) 378-1541

The Atlanta Regional Commission AAA/ARDC oversees a statewide database of more than 24,500 programs and services for disabled individuals and seniors aged 60 or older. Seniors speak with information and referral specialists who connect them with local activities and services that help them remain active and engaged within their communities.

(404) 894-8000

Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program, called Tool for Life, offers access to assistive technology devices and services to any person with a disability that would benefit from one of these devices. Program participants can live anywhere in the state and still receive help. TFL is based in Atlanta and provides AT assessments, education, training for individuals or groups, lending libraries and funding. It also offers a durable medical equipment and AT reuse program.

(770) 819-3200

Austell Neighborhood Center provides structured group activities and programs for seniors aged 60 or older, such as crafts, music, exercise programs and special events. It also offers nutrition, health and wellness education programs, as well as nutritious lunches each weekday. The center may provide door-to-door transportation based on eligibility.

(404)-627-1057

The Capitol Ombudsman Program provides long-term care ombudsman services in Cobb County. Trained ombudsmen investigate and work to resolve complaints affecting residents of long-term care facilities. They identify problems in long-term care and advocate for change that helps improve the quality of care and quality of life for residents.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Austell

Austell-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 Austell