Decatur consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Georgia, and retirees love the small-town feel with big-city conveniences. Considered part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, Decatur is only six miles from the state’s capital and the seat of DeKalb County. It’s home to almost 25,700 people, including nearly 3,200 seniors aged 65 and older. The city boasts a low crime rate, beautiful tree-lined streets in historic neighborhoods and a walkable downtown. Active seniors enjoy the many street festivals, community-wide events and 30-plus stores and restaurants in the busy Downtown hub.

Seniors who want to retain their independence but need some daily assistance find the best of both worlds in assisting living. While it’s unsuitable for those needing extensive medical care, it’s ideal for personalized supportive care in a residential setting. The average cost of assisted living in Decatur is $4,000 per month, higher than the state average but lower than the national average.

This guide covers assisted living in Decatur and outlines some of the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in this Atlanta suburb. It also provides comparisons of other senior care options and a list of free resources providing helpful senior services.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Decatur, GA

Sunrise of Decatur

920 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030

Sunrise of Decatur is located on Clairemont Avenue in Decatur, Georgia. It’s close to major highways, Emory University and only a short drive from Atlanta. According to guests, the staff is friendly a … (read more)
Sunrise of Decatur is located on Clairemont Avenue in Decatur, Georgia. It’s close to major highways, Emory University and only a short drive from Atlanta. According to guests, the staff is friendly a … (read more)

Medlock Gardens

460 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA, 30030

We chose Medlock Gardens for my brother because we like their welcoming attitude. They just had a wonderful attitude, the place had a nice feel about it, and it seemed like they were very caring and s … (read more)
We chose Medlock Gardens for my brother because we like their welcoming attitude. They just had a wonderful attitude, the place had a nice feel about it, and it seemed like they were very caring and s … (read more)

The Holbrook Decatur

160 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA, 30030

We chose The Holbrook Decatur for my father, but because of the current situation it’s still closed. The staff is very professional and it’s a nice place to live. The people who work there interacts, … (read more)
We chose The Holbrook Decatur for my father, but because of the current situation it’s still closed. The staff is very professional and it’s a nice place to live. The people who work there interacts, … (read more)

Montclair Personal Care Home

2100 Clairmont Lake, Decatur, GA, 30033

When I visited Montclair at Clairmont Place Assisted Living, nobody was expecting me and no one seemed to be very organized with that. They finally found someone to show me around. It was the very fir … (read more)
When I visited Montclair at Clairmont Place Assisted Living, nobody was expecting me and no one seemed to be very organized with that. They finally found someone to show me around. It was the very fir … (read more)

Coventry Place

2806 North Decatur Road , Decatur, GA, 30033

Coventry Place is centrally located in the suburbs of Decatur, Georgia, near the Suburban Plaza Shopping Center and Emory Decatur Hospital as well as numerous shops and restaurants. Visitors are consi … (read more)
Coventry Place is centrally located in the suburbs of Decatur, Georgia, near the Suburban Plaza Shopping Center and Emory Decatur Hospital as well as numerous shops and restaurants. Visitors are consi … (read more)

Clairmont Oaks

441 Clairemont Ave,, Decatur, GA, 30030

My mom was in Clairmont Oaks before. It was an older building, but they’re renovating. It was completely independent and they were outstanding. They had plenty of activities. They did not have a resta … (read more)
My mom was in Clairmont Oaks before. It was an older building, but they’re renovating. It was completely independent and they were outstanding. They had plenty of activities. They did not have a resta … (read more)

Dynamic Personal Care Home

3363 Luxembourg Circle, Decatur, GA, 30034

My brother stayed at Dynamic Personal Care Home for a few months. They were very caring and just wanted to help him any way they could. They provided good care and a nutritious diet, which was importa … (read more)
My brother stayed at Dynamic Personal Care Home for a few months. They were very caring and just wanted to help him any way they could. They provided good care and a nutritious diet, which was importa … (read more)

Holbrook Decatur

1882 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA, 30033

The Holbrook Decatur was state-of-the-art, brand new, and beautifully done. It wasn’t occupied at the time, but the facility was outstanding. The accommodations were beautifully decorated and had a ho … (read more)
The Holbrook Decatur was state-of-the-art, brand new, and beautifully done. It wasn’t occupied at the time, but the facility was outstanding. The accommodations were beautifully decorated and had a ho … (read more)

Arbor Terrace of Decatur

425 Winn Way, Decatur, GA, 30030

Arbor Terrace of Decatur was very nice, but it was assisted living, and I’m not ready for that. It looked very nice, very clean, and a little bit updated. The accommodations were very good, the room w … (read more)
Arbor Terrace of Decatur was very nice, but it was assisted living, and I’m not ready for that. It looked very nice, very clean, and a little bit updated. The accommodations were very good, the room w … (read more)

Mountain View PCH

3675 KENSINGTON ROAD, Decatur, GA, 30032

The people that run the Mountain View PCH are really kind and good. It doesn’t look like the best kind of place, but the people that work there and the help are topnotch. My uncle does not have a lot … (read more)
The people that run the Mountain View PCH are really kind and good. It doesn’t look like the best kind of place, but the people that work there and the help are topnotch. My uncle does not have a lot … (read more)

Benton House of Decatur

2711 Lawrenceville, Decatur, GA, 30033

We went to Benton House of Decatur. For my purposes, the facilities are much newer than the other facility, and the staff is probably going to be about the same. There may be a little bit of a persona … (read more)
We went to Benton House of Decatur. For my purposes, the facilities are much newer than the other facility, and the staff is probably going to be about the same. There may be a little bit of a persona … (read more)

Norwood Christian Care Home

1793 Parkhill Drive, Decatur, GA, 30032

Christian Home was clean, big, and the rooms are decent. The staff was informative and very helpful. It was a very pleasant overall experience.
Christian Home was clean, big, and the rooms are decent. The staff was informative and very helpful. It was a very pleasant overall experience.

Ritchglow Personal Care Home

2717 Rainbow Forest Drive, Decatur, GA, 30034

We chose Ritchglow Personal Care Home for my brother because the person who referred me to it is from the senior employment government place. It’s a house, a personal-care home. They have three men an … (read more)
We chose Ritchglow Personal Care Home for my brother because the person who referred me to it is from the senior employment government place. It’s a house, a personal-care home. They have three men an … (read more)

Safe Haven Home

3311 White Castle Way, Decatur, GA, 30034

My brother was an extreme case. He was only 48, but he had severe dementia, so we had to put him at Safe Haven Home, but there wasn’t enough staff at this one particular area he was at. She had six … (read more)
My brother was an extreme case. He was only 48, but he had severe dementia, so we had to put him at Safe Haven Home, but there wasn’t enough staff at this one particular area he was at. She had six … (read more)

Kelly Lake Manor

2724 Kelly Lake Road, Decatur, GA, 30032

Perhaps we visited at an inopportune time, unclothed man running freely was beginning of this saga to looking for a future home for my father/inquiring about the Kelly Lake Manor property for sale. P … (read more)
Perhaps we visited at an inopportune time, unclothed man running freely was beginning of this saga to looking for a future home for my father/inquiring about the Kelly Lake Manor property for sale. P … (read more)

Faithfully Yours Personal Care

2512 Mellville Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30032


Safe Haven Home Iv

3146 Greenvale Way, Decatur, GA, 30034


Standard Personal Care Home

2761 Kelley Chapel Road, Decatur, GA, 30034


Ace Personal Care Home #2

2713 Neptune Place, Decatur, GA, 30034


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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)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Decatur

Assisted living facilities in Decatur and throughout the state of Georgia are licensed and overseen by the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Healthcare Facility Regulation. HFR is responsible for monitoring and inspecting assisted living facilities and personal care homes and investigating any complaints lodged against these facilities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Decatur

  • Decatur is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, meaning it identifies livability needs that impact the health and quality of life of its older adults. Decatur has a livability score of 57, which is slightly above average. Its highest score was for environment and its lowest was for transportation.
  • Decatur’s environment livability score is based on the cleanliness of the air and water. Zero percent of its residents were exposed to violations in drinking water quality or local industrial pollution. The city averages 5.3 unhealthy air quality days per year, slightly below the median of other neighborhoods nationwide.
  • Unlike the state, the cost of living in Decatur is high. The overall cost of living statewide is nearly 7% below the national average, but Decatur’s is almost 50% higher. However, Decatur fairs better on health care costs, which are a major concern of aging adults. The costs are about 9% lower than the national average and nearly 5% lower than the state average.
  • Violent crime in Decatur is much lower than the national average, by more than half. Decatur scored a 10 while the nation overall scored a 22.7 on a scale of zero to 100, with zero being the best score.
  • Decatur has a rainy climate with an average of 53 inches of rain annually compared to the national average of 38 inches. However, it only averages two inches of snow, while the nation averages 28. April, May and September are the most pleasant months, and July is the hottest with an average high of around 88 degrees.
  • Decatur has its own local hospital, and the number one ranked hospital in Georgia is less than five miles away in Atlanta.

Paying for Assisted Living in Decatur

Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey lists an average cost of $4,000 per month for assisted living in Decatur. The city’s proximity to Atlanta likely drives up the cost, which is $500 higher per month than the statewide average. However, it’s still lower than the national average by $300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Decatur’s average cost of assisted living is higher than the state average, making it higher than many other cities. Compared to Athens, Decatur’s monthly average is higher by $634. It’s also higher than Dalton by $412 and Columbus by $350. However, it’s lower than Gainesville by $263 per month.

$4000

Decatur

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$3588

Dalton

$4263

Gainesville

$3366

Athens

$3650

Columbus

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who are undecided about their preference for care may want to explore the costs of various options. Adult day health care is almost always the least expensive option. In Decatur, the average cost is $1,300 per month. Seniors wishing to remain in their home to age in place may seek homemaker services or home health aides, which cost an average of $4,147 and $4,195, respectively. For those requiring continuous care, nursing home facilities average $6,950 for semiprivate rooms or $7,559 for private rooms.

$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 Decatur was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Atlanta, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Decatur

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 Decatur

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 Decatur

Seniors in Decatur needing information or assistance with aging-related issues will find various free resources within the city or county. These resources provide services that help them retain their independence and stay active and healthy.

ResourceContact Services
Atlanta Regional Commission Aging Division(866) 552-4464The Atlanta Regional Commission Aging Division serves DeKalb County as the Area Agency on Aging for this region. Its phone and online counselors operate Empowerline to link people with trusted community services, including transportation, meals, housing, caregiver support and assistance at home.
DeKalb County Office of Aging(404) 371-2000The DeKalb County OOA in Decatur serves its growing senior citizen population by providing resources and services to enrich their lives. It also encourages seniors to engage in healthy activities and remain socially active. It directly or indirectly provides home-delivered and congregate meals, in-home services, case management and assistance through information and referrals. It also provides non-emergency transportation services, including rides to medical appointments and necessary errands. 
Central DeKalb Senior Center(770) 492-5461The CDSC in Decatur serves active DeKalb County residents aged 62 or older by providing activities, services and programs that promote independence, community engagement, social interaction, health and wellness and education. The Center provides classes, games, live music and other entertainment. It also holds special monthly events that feature senior-focused topics, such as information on local activities, legal topics, wellness and senior services, among others. 
Interfaith Companion and Ride Express(404) 377-2273I CARE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Decatur that provides free transportation to medical appointments and allied health services to seniors aged 55 or older throughout DeKalb County. Services are provided by volunteers wanting to help seniors maintain their dignity and independence by providing door-to-door service and caring companionship. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Decatur

Decatur-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 Decatur