Cartersville is a suburb of Atlanta and was rated the best place to live in Bartow County. The sparse suburban city sits at the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains and boasts a historic downtown district with numerous delightful mom-and-pop restaurants and fun shops. About 21,700 residents call Cartersville home, including more than 3,300 seniors who enjoy the slower pace and small-town feel.

Assisted living is ideal for seniors who want to retain as much independence as possible but may need some assistance with activities of daily living and limited health services. However, it isn’t suitable for those who need extensive or round-the-clock nursing care. Seniors in Cartersville can expect to pay an average of $3,088 for assisted living care per month, which is much lower than the state and national averages.

This guide provides helpful details on assisted living, including the average cost compared to nearby cities and other senior living options. It also outlines some benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Cartersville and offers a list of free resources relevant to seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Cartersville, GA

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Fite Living Centre – Cartersville, GA

5 Fite Street, Cartersville, GA, 30120

The staff at Fite Living Centre Cartersville was really nice; they were very friendly and very informative. The house itself looks nice; it’s an old hotel. The only thing we’re concerned about is that … (read more)
The staff at Fite Living Centre Cartersville was really nice; they were very friendly and very informative. The house itself looks nice; it’s an old hotel. The only thing we’re concerned about is that … (read more)

The Spring House at Cartersville

20 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA, 30120

We saw the dining room at the Spring House at Cartersville. The rooms are still being renovated, and because of the renovations it wasn’t safe to go view the rooms. But they had pictures of the rooms, … (read more)
We saw the dining room at the Spring House at Cartersville. The rooms are still being renovated, and because of the renovations it wasn’t safe to go view the rooms. But they had pictures of the rooms, … (read more)

Fountains in Cartersville

925 Douthit Ferry Road, Cartersville, GA, 30120

I’m extremely pleased with the care that my mother is getting at The Fountains in Cartersville. It’s a brand-new community so the room and the facilities are beautiful. It just opened. There’s a beaut … (read more)
I’m extremely pleased with the care that my mother is getting at The Fountains in Cartersville. It’s a brand-new community so the room and the facilities are beautiful. It just opened. There’s a beaut … (read more)

Tranquility of Cartersville

60 Massell Drive SE, Cartersville, GA, 30121

I toured Tranquility of Cartersville, and it was very good. They had a single room and double rooms. At the time we went they were having lunch, it was a nice dining area. They had a patio area, and t … (read more)
I toured Tranquility of Cartersville, and it was very good. They had a single room and double rooms. At the time we went they were having lunch, it was a nice dining area. They had a patio area, and t … (read more)

Waldrop Residences

89 Burnt Hickory Road, Cartersville, GA, 30120

Waldrop Residences is situated on Burnt Hickory Road in Cartersville, Georgia. It’s conveniently close to Highway 41 and a short drive from Green Valley Greens Golf Course and Hamilton Crossing Park … (read more)
Waldrop Residences is situated on Burnt Hickory Road in Cartersville, Georgia. It’s conveniently close to Highway 41 and a short drive from Green Valley Greens Golf Course and Hamilton Crossing Park … (read more)

Highlands Senior Living

16 Roving Road, Cartersville, GA, 30121

I feel great, it’s changed my life being here. It’s the perfect place and I want to spend the rest of my life here. Great staff, great facility and great friends. I would choose this place over an … (read more)
I feel great, it’s changed my life being here. It’s the perfect place and I want to spend the rest of my life here. Great staff, great facility and great friends. I would choose this place over an … (read more)

Dogwood Forest of Acworth

4461 South Main St, Acworth, GA, 30101

Dogwood Forest of Acworth is a great location for us. My mom is going to have a full one-bedroom, one-bath type of apartment once she moves in. That means her bedroom has a totally separate door from … (read more)
Dogwood Forest of Acworth is a great location for us. My mom is going to have a full one-bedroom, one-bath type of apartment once she moves in. That means her bedroom has a totally separate door from … (read more)

Oaks at Acworth

2351 Cedarcrest Road, Acworth, GA, 30101

Very beautiful place. Staff members we met with were very nice and informative. Just basically shopping the market right now and haven’t made any commitments. Did a virtual tour and things looked ni … (read more)
Very beautiful place. Staff members we met with were very nice and informative. Just basically shopping the market right now and haven’t made any commitments. Did a virtual tour and things looked ni … (read more)

Celebration Village

4460 Celebration Boulevard, Acworth, GA, 30101

My parents are at Celebration Village, and it is amazing. It has everything my parents need, including a salon, game room, theater, two restaurants, a bar, and a pool. It’s like a resort. There’s a do … (read more)
My parents are at Celebration Village, and it is amazing. It has everything my parents need, including a salon, game room, theater, two restaurants, a bar, and a pool. It’s like a resort. There’s a do … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Cartersville

Georgia Department of Community Health’s Healthcare Facility Regulation is responsible for licensing and oversight of various health care facilities and services throughout the state. HFR’s responsibilities include monitoring, inspecting and licensing assisted living facilities and personal care homes. It also investigates complaints against these facilities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Cartersville

  • Georgia offers a low-tax climate that especially appeals to retirees in Cartersville. Social Security is exempt from state taxes, as are most types of retirement income up to $65,000 for singles aged 65 or older and up to $130,000 for couples.
  • Although property crime in Cartersville is higher than the national average, violent crime is lower than the state and national averages. Seniors can rest easy knowing that assisted living communities have security measures in place to keep residents safe.
  • The cost of living in Cartersville is nearly 10% lower than the national average and about 3% less than the state average. Although the costs of health care and utilities are about 5% higher than the national average, housing costs are 25% lower. Grocery and transportation costs are also lower.
  • Cartersville’s climate is relatively mild. Summertime temperatures average around 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest part of July, and it can get humid. Cartersville doesn’t get significant snowfall in the winter, and the average January low is 30.
  • Healthcare facilities include the Cartersville Medical Center, an acute care hospital with a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center, Certified Total Joint program and Level III Trauma Center. It also has the Harbin Clinic, the largest multi-specialty, privately-owned physician group in Georgia.

Paying for Assisted Living in Cartersville

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Cartersville is $3,088. This monthly cost is more than $1,000 less than the national average and over $400 less than the state average.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors choosing assisted living in Cartersville will likely enjoy lower monthly costs. Not only is the cost of assisted living in Cartersville lower than the state average, but it’s also lower than all the larger nearby cities. Cartersville’s average monthly cost is $500 less than Dalton’s. It’s also nearly $1,000 lower than Atlanta and almost $1,200 less than Gainesville.

$3088

Cartersville

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$3588

Dalton

$4000

Atlanta

$4263

Gainesville

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors undecided about their choice of senior care may want to explore the cost of other options. While adult day health care is generally the least expensive choice, costs for this service aren’t available for Cartersville, but the state average is $1,355. Other options include homemaker services and home health aides, which provide care in the senior’s home and have an average cost of $4,099 for either service. Nursing home care is the most costly option, with semiprivate rooms having an average cost of $6,692 and private rooms running about $6,996.

$4099

Homemaker Services

$4099

Home Health Aide

$3088

Assisted Living Facility

$6692

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6996

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Cartersville was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Rome, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Cartersville

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.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Cartersville

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 Cartersville

Seniors in Cartersville looking for information or assistance with aging-related issues benefit from a variety of free resources within the city or county. They’ll also find an array of senior services and activities to stay active and healthy. 

ResourceContact Services
Northwest Georgia Area Agency on Aging(800) 759-2963The NWGA Area Agency on Aging services numerous counties, including Bartow County, and coordinates programs and services designed to help older residents live more independently. Services include assistive technology lab, community care services, elder services assistance, nutrition and wellness and legal resources.
Bartow County Senior Centers (770) 387-5134Bartow County Senior Services operates two senior centers for those aged 50 or older. Active seniors enjoy social activities, day trips, games, arts and crafts, fitness classes, luncheons and more. Both centers are in Cartersville and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some evening and weekend programs. 
Bartow Nutrition Center(770) 386-3294Seniors aged 60 or older can take advantage of the Bartow Nutrition Center located at the Zena Drive Senior Citizens Center. The Nutrition Center provides daily meals, which are offered in a group setting at the senior center or delivered to the homes of residents who are temporarily or permanently housebound.
Cartersville Veterans Field Service Office(770) 387-3746Georgia Department of Veterans Services offers personal assistance to veterans related to their benefits and helps veterans file appeals when benefits are denied. It also operates two war veteran homes that provide skilled nursing services. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Cartersville

Cartersville-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 Cartersville