Riverdale is a city in Clayton County, about 20 minutes south of downtown Atlanta, with a population of around 15,100, 10% of whom are aged 65 and older. Its sparse population provides a rural feel, despite the proximity of Georgia’s largest city. Riverdale’s other appealing aspects include its low cost of living, senior-friendly climate and free door-to-door transportation for older residents. There are also numerous parks in the area and plenty of shops and restaurants for seniors who enjoy retail therapy and dining with friends.

Assisted living is a great choice for seniors increasingly challenged by some aspects of daily life, such as cleaning their homes and making meals. The communities offer attractive accommodation kept clean by housekeepers and restaurant-style dining prepared by chefs, with many providing laundry services too. Although costs vary between communities, the average monthly fee for Riverdale is $4,000, which is about $500 over the state average and $300 below the national average.

This guide covers the costs of assisted living in more detail, including the costs of other types of senior care. Additionally, it considers the advantages and disadvantages of living in Riverdale and lists some resources for the city’s seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Riverdale, GA

Hands that Care @ Park Ridge

8204 Park Ridge Drive, Riverdale, GA, 30274

I really didn’t care for Hands that Care. It didn’t look that nice inside, and everything looked really old, but the price was the same as the others. The interior didn’t look like a place you would w … (read more)
I really didn’t care for Hands that Care. It didn’t look that nice inside, and everything looked really old, but the price was the same as the others. The interior didn’t look like a place you would w … (read more)

South Haven Personal Care Home

1335 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Riverdale, GA, 30296

The rooms are nice and adequate at South Haven. I have not eaten there, but my mom says she likes the food. They do have activities like church services, and they also have bingo.
The rooms are nice and adequate at South Haven. I have not eaten there, but my mom says she likes the food. They do have activities like church services, and they also have bingo.

New Way Care Home

1262 King Rd, Riverdale, GA, 30296

New Way Care Homes provides 24/7 care. They feed my mom, keep her clean, and go on trips together. We chose them budget-wise, and it wasn’t very far from home. The caregivers are nice. It’s a family-l … (read more)
New Way Care Homes provides 24/7 care. They feed my mom, keep her clean, and go on trips together. We chose them budget-wise, and it wasn’t very far from home. The caregivers are nice. It’s a family-l … (read more)

Rose Cottage

6319 Willowbrook Drive, Riverdale, GA, 30296

My father is in Rose Cottage personal care home in Riverdale. It’s more of an assisted living place. It’s very clean, very orderly, and fairly new. The rooms are adequate, cozy, and orderly. I just wi … (read more)
My father is in Rose Cottage personal care home in Riverdale. It’s more of an assisted living place. It’s very clean, very orderly, and fairly new. The rooms are adequate, cozy, and orderly. I just wi … (read more)


Dalia Precious Memories

2083 Bethsaida Road, Riverdale, GA, 30296




2014, 2015

Azalea Estates of Fayetteville

105 Autumn Glen Circle, Fayetteville, GA, 30215

Azalea Estates of Fayetteville is in Fayetteville, Georgia. The city is home to Dixieland Fun Park, the third-largest amusement park in Georgia. Residents go on day and night trips to cultural events … (read more)
Azalea Estates of Fayetteville is in Fayetteville, Georgia. The city is home to Dixieland Fun Park, the third-largest amusement park in Georgia. Residents go on day and night trips to cultural events … (read more)

Christian City Assisted Living

7290 Lester Rd., Union City, GA, 30291

Christian City Assisted Living is situated on Lester Road in Union City, Georgia. It’s convenient to Interstate 85 and a short drive from Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Visitors describe the staff as fa … (read more)
Christian City Assisted Living is situated on Lester Road in Union City, Georgia. It’s convenient to Interstate 85 and a short drive from Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Visitors describe the staff as fa … (read more)

2016, 2018, 2022

Summerset Assisted Living

3711 Benjamin E Mays Drive SW, Atlanta, GA, 30331

Summerset Assisted Living is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors praise the facility’s grounds, mentioning the ponds, fountain areas, gardens and walkways, along with the well-maintained, attractive … (read more)
Summerset Assisted Living is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors praise the facility’s grounds, mentioning the ponds, fountain areas, gardens and walkways, along with the well-maintained, attractive … (read more)

2016

Country Gardens Senior Living

7175 Lester Road, Union City, GA, 30291

I visited Country Gardens Senior Living. It’s small, and it seemed like they give personalized care. The person I met was well informed and very willing to work with us. The bedroom was good, and ever … (read more)
I visited Country Gardens Senior Living. It’s small, and it seemed like they give personalized care. The person I met was well informed and very willing to work with us. The bedroom was good, and ever … (read more)

Benton Village of Stockbridge

201 Evergreen Terrace, Stockbridge, GA, 30281

What I like best about Benton Village of Stockbridge is its location. What I like least is that there are floors, so you might end up having to take a unit on a floor where you’d have to take an eleva … (read more)
What I like best about Benton Village of Stockbridge is its location. What I like least is that there are floors, so you might end up having to take a unit on a floor where you’d have to take an eleva … (read more)

Heartis Fayetteville

936 Lanier Avenue West, Fayetteville, GA, 30214

I went to Heartis Fayetteville. It was OK. It was just more kind of a middle class look; there was nothing wrong with it. Unfortunately, I had heard that it’s had a couple of major management changeov … (read more)
I went to Heartis Fayetteville. It was OK. It was just more kind of a middle class look; there was nothing wrong with it. Unfortunately, I had heard that it’s had a couple of major management changeov … (read more)

The Reserve at Peachtree City

441 Prime Point, Peachtree City, GA, 30269

The Reserve at Peachtree City is located in Peachtree City, Georgia, near Highway 54, shopping centers and restaurants. Relatives appreciate the long-term staff who are so caring that they feel like f … (read more)
The Reserve at Peachtree City is located in Peachtree City, Georgia, near Highway 54, shopping centers and restaurants. Relatives appreciate the long-term staff who are so caring that they feel like f … (read more)

Oaks at Stockbridge

475 Country Club Dr., Stockbridge, GA, 30281

Our aunt will be moving to Oaks at Stockbridge. I like it because it was clean. I got a chance to meet many of the staff, including the chef (which is a big plus). Miss Parham was warm and friendly. I … (read more)
Our aunt will be moving to Oaks at Stockbridge. I like it because it was clean. I got a chance to meet many of the staff, including the chef (which is a big plus). Miss Parham was warm and friendly. I … (read more)

Oaks at Fayetteville

1294 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville, GA, 30214

We have decided on Oaks at Fayetteville. My mother-in-law will be moving into their assisted living. We like pretty much everything about it. We spoke to a lot of people who work there. We like their … (read more)
We have decided on Oaks at Fayetteville. My mother-in-law will be moving into their assisted living. We like pretty much everything about it. We spoke to a lot of people who work there. We like their … (read more)

The Providers

799 Moreland Avenue, S. E., Atlanta, GA, 30316

The Providers is a wonderful place. I’ve never seen one that was grand like that. Everything is clean. It’s a real nice place, and the employees are wonderful. It’s a personal care type home and my hu … (read more)
The Providers is a wonderful place. I’ve never seen one that was grand like that. Everything is clean. It’s a real nice place, and the employees are wonderful. It’s a personal care type home and my hu … (read more)

Oaks at Eagles Landing

2700 Patrick Henry Blvd, Stockbridge, GA, 30281


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)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Riverdale

Healthcare Facility Licensure — a division of the Georgia Department of Community Health — inspects, monitors and licenses assisted living facilities across the state. It also investigates complaints about facilities and assesses and certifies those eligible to accept Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Riverdale

  • According to data published by Sperling’s Best Places, Riverdale has an average cost of living index of 88.2, making it a more affordable city than average in Georgia, which has an index of 93.4, and the country, with an index of 100. Seniors may also be interested to know that the city’s average health costs index is below the state and national averages too.
  • Riverdale’s crime statistics do not make good reading, particularly those for property crime, which is significantly more common than average for the state and the country. Violent crime isn’t as much of a problem, although still a little above average. Generally speaking, the neighborhoods to the east and south experience less crime. Additionally, seniors in assisted living communities are often under the watchful eyes of security cameras and staff 24 hours a day.
  • Clayton County Communication Services Authority operates a free transportation service for seniors and the disabled. To qualify, the rider must be enrolled in one of several eligible programs, such as the Senior Citizens Program. The service uses several types of buses and vans, many of which are equipped for wheelchair users. 
  • Riverdale’s climate is good for seniors. Snowfall isn’t common and rarely rises above 2 inches a year and the city’s sunny days are typically nine more than the national average of 205. Although January is the coldest month, the average temperature is a cool 33 degrees while July frequently sees the dial at a warm 90 degrees. Rainfall is above average, but it’s also the cause of the city’s green and pleasant landscape.
  • The primary medical facility in Riverdale is the Southern Regional Medical Center, while nearby Atlanta is home to some of the best hospitals in the state. There are also a significant number of Medicare-registered physicians working in a diverse range of fields, such as family medicine, orthopedic surgery, internal medicine and psychiatry.

Paying for Assisted Living in Riverdale

According to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the average fee for a semiprivate room in a Riverdale nursing home is $4,000 per month. This is around $500 more than average for Georgia, although $300 per month below the fee paid by the typical American senior.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Although Riverdale’s typical fee is above the state average, it’s not the most costly in the region. In Gainesville, seniors can expect to pay around $4,263 per month for services similar to their peers further south. However, there are more affordable cities too, such as Rome, at $3,088, and Athens, at $3,366.

$4000

Riverdale

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$3088

Rome

$4263

Gainesville

$3366

Athens

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Generally speaking, senior care fees reflect the level of care and the provider’s costs, which is why adult day care is the most affordable option at $1,300. Home care services are possible for around $4,147, with an additional $48 per month getting basic medical care too. At $4,000, assisted living provides accommodation and basic medical support, while nursing homes charge the highest fees for intensive medical care — typically $6,950 for a semiprivate room and another $609 for the benefits of private accommodation.

$4147

Home care

$4195

Home health care

$1300

Adult day health care

$4000

Assisted living

$6950

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$7559

Nursing home (private room)

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Riverdale

Riverdale 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 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 Riverdale

Clayton County’s seniors benefit from various resources aimed at enhancing their quality of life and supporting them when they need it. The following examples show how seniors can get fresh meals delivered to their homes, help if in dispute with their care provider and information on a number of state and federal benefits.

Resource

Contact

Service

(770) 603-4050

The Clayton County Aging Program can assist Riverdale's seniors in several ways. For example, residents who cannot cook their own meals and don't have someone to help on a regular basis can have freshly prepared meals delivered to their homes five days a week. Utilizing the services of MLB Transportation, it can also arrange low-cost and free transportation. 

(678) 479-5505

The Frank Bailey Senior Center is the primary meeting place for Riverdale's older residents. It's a place where they can socialize, exercise and participate in a range of life-enhancing educational programs. There's also an indoor heated therapy pool and regular performances of plays and variety shows organized by the center's staff and members. Every morning and afternoon on weekdays, there's also the opportunity to have breakfast with friends in the center's cafeteria and lunch in its dining room.

(404) 321-6111

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service provides information, advice and support to those who served their country, their spouses and dependents. Most often, this involves helping them identify and claim for the local, state and federal benefits to which they're entitled. Additionally, it may also be able to help seniors in assisted living access the VA Aid and Attendance benefit, which can cover some of their monthly costs, and the Housebound Allowance for seniors still able to reside at home but in need of home care services.

(678) 378-2934

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a state-sponsored resource for seniors residing in care communities throughout Georgia. The ombudsman's services are free and typically include investigating complaints made by residents, their loved ones and third parties. At all times the ombudsman is an advocate for the senior. Additional services include supplying copies of inspection reports to seniors comparing assisted living communities in Clayton County for their long-term care needs.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Riverdale

Riverdale-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