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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Savannah, GA for 2024

Savannah is a city of approximately 144,000 people, bordered to the north by the Savannah River and by the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Its historic district is a place of neatly landscaped parks, horse-drawn carriages and pre-civil war buildings of stone and wrought iron. Savannah is also home to one of the oldest city markets in the country, which is a must for seniors who enjoy browsing in exclusive stores and dining in fine restaurants.

No senior wants to relinquish their autonomy, but some tasks become more difficult with age. Assisted living communities offer a solution. They are places where seniors live mostly independent lives while daily chores, such as cooking and cleaning, are taken care of by trained staff. Many facilities also provide 24/7 security. According to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, seniors can expect to pay in the region of $3,500 for an assisted living placement in Savannah. That’s the average monthly fee for Georgia and $800 below the national average of $4,300.

Assisted living fees are considered more carefully in this guide, as are the pros and cons of living in Savannah. There’s also a list of resources for seniors and their families.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Savannah

The well-being of seniors in Savannah’s assisted living communities is monitored by the Georgia Department of Community Health, which issues licenses to facilities and can revoke them if they violate license conditions. Some monitoring work is carried out at a local level by the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, although it has no direct authority over assisted living facilities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Savannah

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, Savannah is one of the more affordable cities in the country. Using 100 as the U.S. average, Savannah comes in at 83.2, which is also below the state average of 93.4. The only category in which Savannah exceeds the national average is utility costs. In all others, such as health and transportation, it’s more affordable than average.
  • Figures published by Neighborhood Scout record Savannah as having slightly above-average rates of violent and property crime. It also shows that crime appears to happen much more in the northwest of the city, with most neighborhoods, particularly those nearest the coast, being safer. The chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Savannah is 1 in 229, while the property crime statistic is 1 in 44. Assisted living facilities have security measures in place to keep residents safe, and it’s a good idea to inquire about the procedures in place. 
  • Despite being two hours in all directions from larger cities, Savannah’s seniors have access to two of the best hospitals in the state. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Memorial Health University Medical Center are ranked #12 and #14 in the state by U.S. News & World Report. There are also 381 Medicare registered physicians in the city, ensuring older citizens are never far from specialists. 
  • Savannah offers a wide choice of senior centers for older residents across the city. Some are operated by nonprofit organizations, such as Senior Citizens Inc., while others are managed by the state government. Although each center is unique, some common themes include activities designed to teach new skills and improve fitness. Although there may be some costs for specific activities, most are free, although donations are gratefully accepted.
  • Savannah has one of the most favorable climates in the state. Although the city gets more rainfall than average, 49 inches compared to 38 for the typical American city, it also gets more sunny days, 216 against 205.

Paying for Assisted Living in Savannah

Figures published in the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reveal Savannah’s costs to be average for Georgia at $3,500. They also reveal the sometimes significant differences in costs between different senior care services.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors in Savannah typically pay $800 less per month for assisted living than the average American. Although there are more affordable cities, such as Macon, with costs of $2,730, and Valdosta at $2,420, Savannah is not the most expensive. Seniors in Brunswick consider costs of $4,124 normal, while only 50 minutes away in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, costs of $5,475 are common.

Savannah

$3,500

Georgia

$3,500

The United States

$4,300

Brunswick

$4,124

Macon

$2,730

Valdosta

$2,420

Hilton Head Island, SC

$5,475

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The most affordable care for seniors is adult day health care, where costs of $1,356 are average in Savannah. Homebound seniors typically pay more, with costs of $4,385 for home care and home health care, despite the latter also including limited medical support. Assisted living’s average costs of $3,500 are the most affordable for care that includes accommodation, with nursing homes being the most costly. Families can expect a typical semiprivate room in Savannah to be around $6,540 per month, while seniors who want more privacy will pay an additional $760 for a private room.

Home care

$4,385

Home health care

$4,385

Adult day health care

$1,356

Assisted living

$3,500

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$6,540

Nursing home (private room)

$7,300

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Savannah

Eligible seniors can apply for financial assistance with assisted living in Savannah through two state-operated programs: Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) and the Community Care Service Program (CCSP). Both of these are Medicaid waiver programs and subject to availability.

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

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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 Savannah

The following resources include examples of how seniors and their families can get financial help to make assisted living a more affordable option, as well as where to go when help is needed.

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VA Aid and Attendance Benefits(912) 435-9748U.S. military veterans living in residential care facilities can apply for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit, which is also available to their spouses. The monthly benefit is included with the VA pension and is unique to the individual. Maximum payments are $1,881 for a single vet, $1,209 for a surviving spouse and $2,230 for a couple. VeteranAid.org provides a useful free tool on their website for seniors unsure if they qualify.
GeorgiaCares(866) 552-4464Administered by the Division of Aging Services, GeorgiaCares is a free program for adults aged 64 and over who are Medicare beneficiaries or need help with enrolling. Seniors can confidentially discuss their current levels of coverage with trained counselors, who can then advise them on their options, including additional Medicare plans that deal with shortfalls. Although these plans may include private health care insurance, the counselors will not try to sell plans. Their role is to provide seniors with the information they need to make more informed choices
Georgia Medicaid – Long-Term Services and Supports(404) 657-5468Although Medicaid can’t cover the costs of room and board in assisted living facilities, there are waiver programs that may cover some associated costs, such as medications and transportation to medical appointments. The Community Care Services Program (CCSP) is available to seniors who can provide evidence that they’re residents of Georgia, are U.S. citizens (or legal residents) and that their income and assets are below the thresholds. Additionally, seniors must show that their chosen type of care is the most appropriate for their needs.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(912) 367-4866The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an advocate for the rights of seniors in residential care communities. Seniors, their families and third parties can raise concerns about facilities, which the ombudsman will investigate. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the ombudsman will either seek to resolve it with the facility’s owners or refer it to a more suitable authority. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Savannah

Savannah-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.

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