The little city of Blairsville lies in the heart of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and is surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. Its stunning panoramic views and peaceful surroundings create a relaxing lifestyle many seniors can enjoy. The cozy city is home to only about 725 residents, which includes around 120 seniors aged 65 or older. It’s an ideal area for retirees looking for uncrowded spaces, little noise and less traffic, where it’s easy to relax and take in nature’s beauty. However, as the seat of Union County, there’s still plenty to do in Blairsville, including playing at two local 18-hole golf courses.

Assisted living offers a residential setting for seniors wanting to remain independent but who need some personalized supportive care. Seniors in Blairsville can expect to pay an average of $4,263 per month for assisted living, which is more than the state average but slightly less than the national average.

This guide is packed with information on assisted living in Blairsville, including cost comparisons of other types of senior care and average assisted living costs in other Georgia cities. It also covers benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Blairsville and some free senior resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Blairsville, GA

Stonehenge Assisted Living

168 Stonehenge Drive, Blairsville, GA, 30512

Stonehenge Senior Living in Blairsville was quiet and quaint. It’s up in the mountains near where my dad lived so it’s a good location and has good facilities. The least I liked about it was that they … (read more)
Stonehenge Senior Living in Blairsville was quiet and quaint. It’s up in the mountains near where my dad lived so it’s a good location and has good facilities. The least I liked about it was that they … (read more)

Lazy-R-Personal Care Center

81 Wellborn St, Blairsville, GA, 30512

I have been providing home health nursing services at this facility for 15 years. Although an older facility, it is kept very clean. Although I haven’t eaten any meals at the facility, the food alway … (read more)
I have been providing home health nursing services at this facility for 15 years. Although an older facility, it is kept very clean. Although I haven’t eaten any meals at the facility, the food alway … (read more)

Branan Lodge

1146 Wesley Mtn Drive, Blairsville, GA, 30512

We went on a weekend at Branan Lodge. It wasn’t really a good time to visit because they’re low in staff. I was given a brief tour and they showed me one apartment that was empty. It was nice and room … (read more)
We went on a weekend at Branan Lodge. It wasn’t really a good time to visit because they’re low in staff. I was given a brief tour and they showed me one apartment that was empty. It was nice and room … (read more)

Misty Meadows PCH

10644 WOLF PEN GAP ROAD, Suches, GA, 30572

I had family in the “personal care” we had a terrible experience, my family member was not cared for properly, the facility was often dirty.
I had family in the “personal care” we had a terrible experience, my family member was not cared for properly, the facility was often dirty.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Blairsville

Assisted living facilities in Blairsville and throughout the state are overseen and licensed by the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Healthcare Facility Regulation. HFR also monitors and inspects these facilities and investigates any complaints made against them. If the facility participates in Medicare and/or Medicaid, HFR performs federal certification inspections.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Blairsville

  • Despite Blairsville’s small size, it has its own hospital. Union General Hospital is a general medical surgical facility with a medical-surgical ICU and on-site emergency department. About 86 providers practice at this facility, which is an accredited Chest Pain Center.
  • Sales taxes in Union County consist of 4% state sales tax and 3% county tax for a combined total of 7%. This makes sales taxes in Union County higher than nearly 70% of other cities and counties in Georgia, but groceries and prescriptions are exempt from sales taxes.
  • Seniors in Blairsville also benefit from Georgia’s tax-friendly climate regarding retirement income. The state exempts Social Security from income taxes and most other types of retirement income up to $65,000 for singles or $130,000 for couples aged 65 and older.
  • The cost of living in Blairsville is 9% lower than the national average and about 2% lower than the state average. Although health care costs are slightly higher than the national average, groceries are about 4% less, housing costs are about 13% lower and transportation costs are around 27% less.
  • The town has a violent crime rate that is less than half the national and state averages. On a scale of one to 100, with one being the best, Blairsville earns a 10.4 for violent crime, compared to the national average of 22.7 and the state average of 21.1. However, property crime is higher at 48.9 compared to 35.4 nationally and 41.8 statewide.
  • Blairsville gets lots of rain, about 58 inches annually compared to the national average of 38, but it only sees about four inches of snow compared to 28. Winters can be cold with an average low of 25 degrees in January, but summers are mild with an average high of 85 in July. Overall, seniors can enjoy six months of comfortable weather when temperatures range between 70 and 85 degrees.

Paying for Assisted Living in Blairsville

Per Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Blairsville is $4,263 per month, which makes costs in the area higher than the state average by about $763. However, the average cost is still lower than the national average, but only by $37.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Because Blairsville’s average cost of assisted living is higher than the state average, it’s also higher than many other cities, including those closest to it with recorded cost data. Its cost is significantly higher than Rome’s by $1,175 and Athens’ by $897 per month. Blairsville’s cost is also more than Dalton’s by $675 and Atlanta’s by $263.

$4263

Blairsville

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$3088

Rome

$3366

Athens

$3588

Dalton

$4000

Atlanta

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors may want to compare other types of care to assisted living. Adult day health care is usually the least costly. Although an average cost isn’t available in Blairsville, the statewide average is $1,355. Receiving care at home isn’t much higher than assisted living, at an average of $4,385 for both homemaker services and home health aides. Nursing home facility care is the most expensive at an average of $6,388 for semiprivate rooms or $6,692 for private rooms.

$4385

Homemaker Services

$4385

Home Health Aide

$

Adult Day Health Care

$4263

Assisted Living Facility

$6388

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6692

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Blairsville was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Gainesville, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Suwanee

Two key state programs provide Medicaid-eligible seniors help with the cost of care: Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) and the Community Care Services Program (CCSP). The former provides assistance with intermediate-level nursing care in an assisted living environment, while the latter provides financial assistance for a lower level of care.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Georgia

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 Blairsville

Aging adults in Blairsville seeking additional information on aging-related programs and services can use local resources. County, regional and statewide resources also offer free information and services to help seniors in assisted living remain active and independent.

Resource

Contact 

Services

(800) 845-5465

Legacy Link is the AAA for 13 counties in the Georgia Mountains region, which includes Union County. It’s designated by the Georgia Department of Human Services to advocate for seniors and plan and administer programs and services that enhance their well-being. Services include senior legal assistance, community care programs, training and employment for mature workers and referrals and assistance for aging-related programs.

(706) 439-6105

The Union County Senior Center in Blairsville serves seniors aged 60 or older, providing programs to meet their needs and varied interests. It offers health and wellness, recreational and cultural programs and classes. The Senior Center also provides resources for social services, congregate and mobile meals and transportation to/from grocery stores and pharmacies.

(770) 538-2650

RSVP offers volunteer opportunities for seniors aged 55 or older who are interested in helping others. Georgia Mountains RSVP is part of a national organization that matches older adults with nonprofit agencies that provide services to the local community. Seniors can volunteer for weekly service or just a few times a year based on their desires. Although volunteer opportunities vary in Union County, they can include nonprofits that match a senior volunteer’s interests, skills and schedule.

(866) 552-4464

The Georgia DHS, Division of Aging Services administers Georgia’s Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. An ombudsman investigates complaints against long-term care facilities made by or on behalf of a resident. The ombudsman advocates for the resident and works to resolve the issue.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Blairsville

Blairsville-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 Georgia