Richmond Hill is a small community of about 14,000 people, 7% of whom are seniors, in the Savannah metro area. This city has a low crime rate, which may make it an attractive option for those who enjoy being outdoors. While its cost of living is high, the state’s retirement-friendly income tax laws may make it affordable for seniors. Assisted living may also help older adults control monthly expenses and maintain their standard of living throughout retirement.   

Assisted living facilities are residential facilities that provide personal care services, housekeeping and laundry services, meals and recreational activities and amenities. According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, local facilities charge $3,500 per month for services, although monthly rates may differ depending on size and amenities. This is consistent with the state median but several hundred dollars lower than the national figure.

This guide features a breakdown of the benefits of living in Richmond Hill, along with some things for older adults to consider before making the move. It also provides details on senior care costs in the city, including how assisted living compares to other options, and it highlights the programs and agencies serving seniors in the region.  

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Richmond Hill, GA

Magnolia Manor on the Coast

141 Timber Trail Rd, Richmond Hill, GA, 31324

My parent has been here for a long time. When we first came here it was great. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was positive and happy. Over the last year, things have changed drastically. T … (read more)
My parent has been here for a long time. When we first came here it was great. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was positive and happy. Over the last year, things have changed drastically. T … (read more)

Station Exchange Senior Care

3205 TSX Grand Central, Richmond Hill, GA, 31324

Station Exchange Senior Care is very nice. The whole staff is very friendly, they know you by name even though I’ve only been up there a few times. Everytime I call they recognize my voice and they ta … (read more)
Station Exchange Senior Care is very nice. The whole staff is very friendly, they know you by name even though I’ve only been up there a few times. Everytime I call they recognize my voice and they ta … (read more)

2013, 2015, 2016

The Social at Savannah

One Peachtree Drive, Savannah, GA, 31419

I went to visit The Social at Savannah the other day. It was great. I liked everything about it. It was clean. The staff answered every question that I had for her. She took me around and showed me di … (read more)
I went to visit The Social at Savannah the other day. It was great. I liked everything about it. It was clean. The staff answered every question that I had for her. She took me around and showed me di … (read more)

Legacy at Savannah Quarters

101 Shepherd Way, Pooler, GA, 31322

I toured the Legacy at Savannah Quarters. I would rate it highly. It was very modern. The facilities were new. The staff all seemed very nice and accommodating. They had what seemed like a lot of sche … (read more)
I toured the Legacy at Savannah Quarters. I would rate it highly. It was very modern. The facilities were new. The staff all seemed very nice and accommodating. They had what seemed like a lot of sche … (read more)

2013

Savannah Square

1 Savannah Square Drive, Savannah, GA, 31406

Savannah Square is located in the southern part of Savannah, situated across the street from Hunter Golf Club and located just minutes away of the Oglethorpe Mall and its 100-plus stores. Residents ar … (read more)
Savannah Square is located in the southern part of Savannah, situated across the street from Hunter Golf Club and located just minutes away of the Oglethorpe Mall and its 100-plus stores. Residents ar … (read more)

The Woods Apartments of Savannah

7364 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA, 31406

The Woods of Savannah is located in Savannah, Georgia, very close to an abundance of retailers and shopping opportunities. Visitors to this community have complimented the cleanliness of the place as … (read more)
The Woods of Savannah is located in Savannah, Georgia, very close to an abundance of retailers and shopping opportunities. Visitors to this community have complimented the cleanliness of the place as … (read more)

Spanish Oaks Retreat

8510 Whitfield Avenue, Savannah, GA, 31406

Manicured lawns, stimulating activities, and relaxing music therapy, are a few of the special amenities residents experience at Spanish Oaks Retreat. Just outside of Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham Coun … (read more)
Manicured lawns, stimulating activities, and relaxing music therapy, are a few of the special amenities residents experience at Spanish Oaks Retreat. Just outside of Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham Coun … (read more)

Wisteria Gardens

1384 S Rogers St, Pooler, GA, 31322

I found Wisteria for my friend. There’s nothing right around it, but about a block away there’s woods and a school. She has a private room and goes down to the dining room for a meal. The staff is nic … (read more)
I found Wisteria for my friend. There’s nothing right around it, but about a block away there’s woods and a school. She has a private room and goes down to the dining room for a meal. The staff is nic … (read more)

Sunabella Senior Living

231 W Montgomery Cross Rd, Savannah, GA, 31406

Located in Savannah, Georgia near malls, hospitals, restaurants and churches, John-Wesley Villas caters to senior citizens with an active lifestyle. With its fine dining restaurant complete with waits … (read more)
Located in Savannah, Georgia near malls, hospitals, restaurants and churches, John-Wesley Villas caters to senior citizens with an active lifestyle. With its fine dining restaurant complete with waits … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Richmond Hill

Assisted living facilities in Richmond Hill comply with standards set by the Georgia Department of Community Health. This department enforces compliance through an initial and annual licensing process and scheduled and unannounced visits. It also conducts background checks on prospective employees and provides information on residents’ rights. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Richmond Hill

  • Seniors in Richmond Hill don’t pay state income taxes on their Social Security benefits, which may benefit those who rely primarily on this type of retirement income. While Georgia taxes pension income and withdrawals from retirement savings accounts, there’s a large deduction for those aged 65 and over to reduce how much seniors owe.  
  • Richmond Hill is one of the more expensive communities in Georgia to live in, which may be a consideration for those with restrictive retirement budgets. The city’s cost of living is about 3% higher than the national average and 10% higher than Georgia’s average. Housing, groceries and utilities are all more expensive here than in the typical U.S. city, but seniors may avoid high living costs by opting for assisted living.  
  • Richmond Hill is a safe city with relatively little crime, which may appeal to older adults seeking residential care. On a 100-point crime index, the city scores 13.9 for violent crime and 30.1 for property crime, which is lower than the respective national scores of 22.7 and 35.4. Both types of crime are less prevalent here than in similarly sized cities in Georgia and South Carolina.  
  • An annual comfort index gives Richmond Hill a score of 7.1, which is lower than the national score of 7.8. Summers are very warm and muggy and tend to be the most uncomfortable months with highs in the 90s. Winters are pleasant with highs in the 60s, and there’s virtually no snow, which may appeal to those using mobility aids.  
  • Seniors in Richmond Hill can obtain transportation through Coastal Regional Coaches, a county-based rural public transit program that provides demand-response service throughout the region. The service is available on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. To arrange a ride, individuals can call (866) 543-6744.  
  • Health care services in Richmond Hill cost about 8% more than in the average U.S. city, and there are only 148 doctors per 100,000 people compared to the national rate of 210. The closest hospitals are in Savannah, including Memorial Health University Medical Center and Landmark Hospital of Savannah.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill is an affordable option for assisted living, with monthly fees coming in at $3,500 per month. This is equal to the state median and $800 less than the national average, which may make it a good option for those seeking budget-friendly assisted living.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors in Richmond Hill pay $3,500 per month for assisted living, which is on par with the state as a whole. Across Georgia, assisted living fees range considerably, providing options for those with budgetary considerations. The cheapest options within the state are Warner Robins and Albany, where care costs are well below the state and national medians at $2,300 and $2,835, respectively. In the Atlanta area, monthly fees surpass the state median at $4,000, and in Gainesville, rates are close to the national average at $4,263.  

$3500

Richmond Hill

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$2835

Albany

$2300

Warner Robins

$4000

Atlanta Area

$4263

Gainesville

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is among the cheapest senior care options in Richmond Hill at $3,500 per month. Only adult day health care, which includes personal care services in a community setting, is cheaper at $1,356 per month. Seniors who obtain care in their own homes generally pay more for services, with agencies charging $4,385 per month for homemaker and specialized home health aide services. Nursing home care is pricier at $6,540 for semiprivate rooms and $7,300 for private rooms.  

$4385

Homemaker Services

$4385

Home Health Aide

$1356

Adult Day Health Care

$3500

Assisted Living Facility

$6540

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7300

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Richmond Hill was not available, so data for the closest city, Savannah, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Richmond Hill

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 Richmond Hill

Several local nonprofit agencies serve older adults in Richmond Hill through information and referrals, direct services and options counseling. Through the following resources, older adults can get the help they need to make informed decisions regarding their long-term care.  

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(912) 437-0800 

The Area Agency on Aging serves those aged 60 and over through information and referrals to community-based programs and services, local transportation and congregate meals to supplement the services assisted living facilities provide. It has options counselors who help older adults assess their care needs, find the right services in the community and apply for financial assistance to cover their care, such as the Elderly/Disabled Waiver.

(912) 756-2783 

The Richmond Hill Senior Center is funded by the county to provide social and recreational programming for those aged 60 and over. At this center, members participate in weekly fitness classes, arts and crafts, bake sales, quilt raffles and local trips. The center also provides health and wellness screenings and nutrition education. 

(912) 367-4866 

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for those in assisted living to ensure their comfort and quality of life. The ombudsman helps seniors research local residential care facilities and determine options for covering services. The ombudsman can also mediate disagreements among family members or assisted living residents, and they can investigate reports of abuse or neglect and ensure the proper authorities are involved.

(912) 654-5159 

The nearest VSFO is in Glennville, about 50 miles from Richmond Hill. This office serves veterans in all of Bryan County through advocacy, information and access to services in the community. It's staffed with officers who screen individuals for eligibility for programs that can help them pay for assisted living, including veterans’ and survivors’ pensions. It can also help veterans determine eligibility for VA health care and veterans’ home placement.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill-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