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The 5 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Valdosta, GA for 2024

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Valdosta

The Georgia Department of Community Health’s Healthcare Facility Regulation division is responsible for licensing and overseeing health care facilities, including assisted living facilities, in Valdosta and throughout the state. HFR monitors, inspects and licenses assisted living facilities and personal care homes, and it investigates any complaints brought against these facilities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Valdosta

  • Retirees enjoy mild winters in Valdosta without any significant snowfall. January is the coldest month, but the average low is above freezing at 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers can get hot, and June, July and August often have uncomfortable humidity. However, the city has four comfortable months when high temperatures range between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The cost of living in Valdosta is about 9% lower than the statewide average. It’s also nearly 16% less than the national average. Groceries are about 6% less, transportation is almost 19% less and housing is more than 46% lower than the national averages. Unfortunately, health care costs are about 35% higher, which can be concerning to retirees with ongoing health issues.
  • Violent crime in Valdosta is slightly less than the national average, which means the incidence of murder, rape, robbery and assault are lower here than in the nation as a whole. Property crime is quite a bit higher though, including auto theft, burglary and larceny.
  • Retiring in Valdosta offers a low-tax climate, as Georgia exempts Social Security benefits from state taxes. Most types of retirement income up to $65,000 for singles or $130,000 for couples aged 65 or older are also exempt.
  • Valdosta has a local hospital, saving residents from traveling to the nearest larger town for general medical and surgical procedures. South Georgia Medical Center was rated high-performing in treating heart failure and COPD in 2021.
  • Seniors aged 60 and older in Valdosta and throughout Lowndes County are eligible for transportation services through the Southern Georgia Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging and Coordinated Transportation program. Eligible seniors can request rides to medical and dental appointments, pharmacies, grocery shopping, events to prevent social isolation and other necessary errands.

Paying for Assisted Living in Valdosta

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Valdosta is $2,420. This monthly cost is $1,080 less than the state average and $1,880 less than the national average.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The cost of senior residences at assisted living facilities is lower than the state and national averages and the rates in most nearby cities. Although the average assisted living cost is $120 per month less in Warner Robins than in Valdosta, costs in Albany, Savannah and Brunswick are all much higher. The differences per month are $415, $1,080 and $1,704 respectively.

Valdosta

$2,420

Georgia

$3,500

The United States

$4,300

Warner Robins

$2,300

Albany

$2,835

Savannah

$3,500

Brunswick

$4,124

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Aging adults who aren’t sure assisted living offers the right personal care for their needs may want to compare the costs of other options. Adult day health care is generally always the least expensive option. In Valdosta, it costs an average of $1,083 per month. Seniors wanting to age in place at home may consider homemaker services or home health aides, which each cost an average of $3,813 per month. Nursing home facilities offer the most comprehensive personal and medical care and have the highest price tag. Semiprivate rooms run an average of $7,841 per month, while private rooms average $8,343.

Homemaker Services

$3,813

Home Health Aide

$3,813

Adult Day Health Care

$1,083

Assisted Living Facility

$2,420

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7,841

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$8,343

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Valdosta

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.

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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 Valdosta

Seniors in Valdosta looking for information or assistance with aging-related issues or services that can help them remain active and more independent have various free resources available. Many resources cover the entire county or a specific region, but all are offered without cost to eligible seniors.

ResourceContactService
Southern Georgia Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging(229) 333-5277The SGRC AAA office in Valdosta provides nutrition services, wellness programs, elderly legal assistance, home modification assistance, personal care services and coordinated transportation, among other services.
Southwest Georgia Council on Aging(800) 282-6612The Sowega Council on Aging serves 14 counties in southwest Georgia, including Lowndes County. It plans and provides services for residents aged 60 and older, connecting seniors with the information and resources they need. Services include support groups, Meals on Wheels, transportation, home care, wellness programs, home modifications, and volunteer opportunities.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(229) 432-1124The primary focus of the Ombudsman Program is investigating and resolving complaints made by or on behalf of long-term care (LTC) residents, including those in assisted living throughout Georgia. Ombudsmen also provide information about resident care, rights and abuse, and many other LTC issues. They regularly visit residents in LTC facilities to observe the facilities’ conditions and to listen to any concerns residents may have.
Georgia DHS Division of Aging Services’ Elderly Legal Assistance Program(866) 552-4464The Elderly Legal Assistance Program is available to residents aged 60 or older seeking access to lawyers and paralegals who provide representation in civil cases. ELAP representatives may assist with issues regarding abuse or neglect, housing, health care, income, long-term care, and consumer protection. Services available in every county include case representation and legal information, counseling and education.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Valdosta

Valdosta-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 Gerogia

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Ross1

I visited this facility

Review of Fellowship Home at Brookside

We toured Fellowship Home at Brookside. Overall, our tour experience was positive. The staff seemed friendly, nice, accommodating, professional, and caring. They helped me find a room, and overall,...

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Melanie

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of The Canopy at Azalea Grove

Clean, friendly, safe environment. They take extra good care of my grandmother. We all live on the opposite coast but feel confident in the care she receives daily. Definitely recommend for your...

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Assisted Living

Sandra

I visited this facility

Review of The Canopy at Azalea Grove

I will be moving into The Canopy at Azalea Grove. I was very impressed. It's a modern and new facility, and it's very clean and sanitary looking. The people are very professional. The lady that...

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