Thomasville is known for its Southern hospitality and a majestic 300-year-old oak tree. Located in extreme southwest Georgia, just 34 miles from Tallahassee, Florida, Thomasville is the seat of Thomas County. It’s home to about 18,500 residents, including around 3,055 seniors aged 65 or older who benefit from Thomasville’s charming downtown shopping and food scene on brick streets, vibrant medical community anchored by Archbold Hospital and cultural offerings from the Thomasville Center for the Arts, community theatre and numerous museums.

Assisted living provides a safe, residential environment for seniors needing limited personal care and supportive services in the least restrictive setting that promotes continued independence. The average cost of assisted living in Thomasville is $5,506, higher than the state and national averages.

This guide covers assisted living in Thomasville, including comparisons of the costs of other senior care options and assisted living in nearby cities. It also lists some of the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Thomasville and free senior resources offered by county and regional organizations.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Thomasville, GA

Southern Pines Senior Living

423 Covington Ave, Thomasville, GA, 31792

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My husband was a resident of Southern Pines Senior Living. They said they weren’t going to put him in the memory care unit because the memory problems seem to be short term, not long term. So, they ga … (read more)

Woodleaf Senior Care

2022 E. PINETREE BLVD., Thomasville, GA, 31792

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My mother has been in Suites of Woodleaf for about two months now. I’ve been really happy with it. It’s kind of small. They only have about 40 people there. The staff is good. They have some extra lev … (read more)

Camellia Gardens of Life Care

804 South Broad Street, Thomasville, GA, 31792

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Wellsprings Place

518 E Clay Street, Thomasville, GA, 31792


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Thomasville

Assisted living facilities in Thomasville and the rest of the state are under the oversight of the Georgia Department of Community Health, Healthcare Facility Regulation division. HFR takes on the responsibility of licensing, inspecting and monitoring the assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other personal care homes across the state. HFR also investigates any complaints these facilities receive.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Thomasville

  • Compared to the rest of the country, Thomasville’s cost of living is 19% lower than the national average. It’s also lower than the state average by about 12%. However, health care costs are higher than the state average by 37% and higher than the state average by over 42%. Housing costs in Thomasville are less than half the national average and about 30% less than the state average.
  • Georgia’s statewide sales tax is 4%, and local jurisdictions can add up to 4.9%, but Thomas County only adds 3% in local sales taxes for a combined total of 7%. However, Thomas County’s rate is higher than 69.6% of other cities and counties in Georgia.
  • Seniors benefit financially in Georgia because the state doesn’t tax Social Security income or Railroad Retirement benefits. Most other types of retirement income, up to $65,000 for single filers or $130,000 for joint filers, is also exempt for seniors aged 65 or older.
  • Thomas County joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network in April 2021. Its regional planning organization, the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission, is creating an action plan to identify the needs of older adults to help influence their health and quality of life countywide. The county received an average livability score of 50, which is considered average.
  • Violent crime in Thomasville is lower than the national average. On a scale of one to 100, with one being the best, Thomasville scored 17.6, while the national average is 22.7. It’s also lower than the statewide average of 21.1. However, property crime is significantly higher in Thomasville compared to both the state and national averages. Seniors should keep in mind that assisted living facilities have security measures in place to keep residents safe.
  • The climate in Thomasville is relatively wet, with an average of 51 inches of rain annually compared to the national average of 38. Thomasville sees some type of precipitation an average of 89 days out of the year, but it also sees 231 days of sunshine and doesn’t get any snow.

Paying for Assisted Living in Thomasville

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Thomasville is $5,506 per month, higher than the national average by $1,206. Thomasville’s average is also higher than Georgia’s statewide average by $2,006 and Florida’s average by $1,806.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Thomasville’s proximity to Tallahassee, Florida, may factor into its higher-than-average assisted living costs, which are higher than the closest cities in both Georgia and Florida. Compared to Valdosta, Georgia, Thomasville’s costs are more than twice as high, with an overall difference of $3,086 per month. In Florida, Thomasville is higher than Pensacola’s cost by $1,701, Crestview’s by $1,131 and Panama City’s by $345.

$5506

Thomasville

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$2420

Valdosta, GA

$3805

Pensacola, FL

$4375

Crestview, FL

$5161

Panama City, FL

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Compared to other types of senior care, adult day health care is much cheaper at about $1,246 per month. At-home services are also lower, with homemaker services costing an average of $4,124 monthly and home health aides averaging $4,290. Nursing home facilities are the highest, with an average cost of $7,543 for semiprivate rooms and $11,558 for private rooms per month.

$4124

Homemaker Services

$4290

Home Health Aide

$1246

Adult Day Health Care

$5506

Assisted Living Facility

$7543

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11558

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Thomasville was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Tallahassee, Florida, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Thomasville

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 Thomasville

Local and regional agencies and nonprofits offer an array of free resources for seniors residing in assisted living and other senior care facilities. These resources offer various programs and services that allow seniors to retain their independence and participate in healthy and social endeavors.  

Resource

Contact 

Services

(800) 282-6612

SCOA is a non-profit organization that provides services for seniors aged 60 and older in a 14-county area in southwest Georgia that includes Thomas County. Supportive programs help seniors choose the services and living arrangements that suit them best. Programs and services provided by SCOA include adult day care, meals, homemaker services, transportation, advocacy, legal services, wellness programs, computer classes, day trips, senior activities and the ombudsman program.

(229) 333-5277

The SGRC operates the Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Connection for the cities and counties in southern Georgia. Programs and services include elderly legal assistance, personal care services, wellness programs, nutrition services, coordinated transportation and volunteer opportunities.

(800) 282-6612

The South LTC Ombudsman Program strives to improve the quality of life for residents of long-term care facilities, including those in assisted living. It covers 48 counties in southern Georgia and investigates and tries to resolve complaints impacting residents within this service area. Ombudsmen also provide information about long-term care and educate faculty staff on residents’ rights.

(229) 226-3446

The Thomasville YMCA provides active adults aged 55 or older with exercise classes and equipment, health education seminars and social events through the SilverSneakers program. This program provides a fitness center membership to seniors eligible for Medicare or group retirees.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Thomasville

Thomasville-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