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.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Savannah, GA

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)

The Oaks at Savannah

7410 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA, 31406

The Oaks at Savannah was good. The only thing I didn’t like was the price. It was nice. I liked the surrounding area and rooms. I liked everything. I talked to some of the tenants there, and they spok … (read more)
The Oaks at Savannah was good. The only thing I didn’t like was the price. It was nice. I liked the surrounding area and rooms. I liked everything. I talked to some of the tenants there, and they spok … (read more)

Oaks at Habersham

5200 Habersham Street, Savannah, GA, 31405

It was very nice and clean. The staff was very nice. They had a secure memory care, so the patients could not leave. However, my friend did not want to live in Pooler.
It was very nice and clean. The staff was very nice. They had a secure memory care, so the patients could not leave. However, my friend did not want to live in Pooler.

Thrive at Skidaway

5 Lake Street, Savannah, GA, 31411

The Thrive at Skidaway was nice. I got to do the tour of the community and they gave me their brochure. They had independent living, assisted living and memory care and I did a quick tour of all of th … (read more)
The Thrive at Skidaway was nice. I got to do the tour of the community and they gave me their brochure. They had independent living, assisted living and memory care and I did a quick tour of all of th … (read more)

Harmony at Savannah

9136 Old Montgomery Rd, Savannah, GA, 31406

Horrible management. My mother loved living there but the Executive Director is never there during the day and doesn’t address issues.
Horrible management. My mother loved living there but the Executive Director is never there during the day and doesn’t address issues.

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 Marshes of Skidaway Island

95 Skidaway Island Park Road, Savannah, GA, 31411

Located in beautiful Savannah, GA, The Marshes of Skidaway Island is a top quality Assisted Living community with plenty to offer its residents. The staff is helpful, courteous and cheerful as they pr … (read more)
Located in beautiful Savannah, GA, The Marshes of Skidaway Island is a top quality Assisted Living community with plenty to offer its residents. The staff is helpful, courteous and cheerful as they pr … (read more)

2018

Buckingham South Assisted Living

5450 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA, 31406

Located in Savannah, Georgia, Buckingham South Assisted Living is a safe, beautiful haven founded on more than 45 years of experience. This facility is known for its professional and upscale environme … (read more)
Located in Savannah, Georgia, Buckingham South Assisted Living is a safe, beautiful haven founded on more than 45 years of experience. This facility is known for its professional and upscale environme … (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)

Summer Breeze Senior Living

351 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, GA, 31410

We visited Summer Breeze Senior Living. My friend liked the location. The church that she belongs to is just a few blocks away from it. She likes the fact that it’s down here on Wilmington Island, so … (read more)
We visited Summer Breeze Senior Living. My friend liked the location. The church that she belongs to is just a few blocks away from it. She likes the fact that it’s down here on Wilmington Island, so … (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)

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)

Hamilton House

512 Hamilton Court, Savannah, GA, 31401


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.

$3500

Savannah

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$4124

Brunswick

$2730

Macon

$2420

Valdosta

$5475

Hilton Head Island, SC

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.

$4385

Home care

$4385

Home health care

$1356

Adult day health care

$3500

Assisted living

$6540

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$7300

Nursing home (private room)

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.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Savannah

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.

ResourceContactService
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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Savannah