Located in southern Georgia, Valdosta is the seat of Lowndes County and boasts nearly 56,500 residents, including more than 6,400 seniors aged 65 and older. When family come to visit, retirees with young grandchildren take advantage of Valdosta’s many family-oriented activities, including water parks, roller coasters and adventures with exotic animals on land and under the sea. Valdosta also offers a nice array of activities and attractions that appeal to various personalities.

Assisted living facilities are designed for older adults who wish to retain as much independence as possible but need some assistance with daily activities. They may also need limited medical assistance but don’t require the 24/7 care provided in a nursing home environment. Valdosta seniors can expect to pay an average of $2,420 per month for assisted living, which is well below the state average and even further below the national average.

This guide helps seniors in Valdosta learn more about assisted living, including the average cost of various senior living options and how well Valdosta’s assisted living cost stacks up against nearby cities. It also presents an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Valdosta and provides a list of free senior resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Valdosta, GA

The Canopy at Azalea Grove

6002 North Oak Street Extension, Valdosta, GA, 31605

The Canopy at Azalea Grove was a very nice facility. The staff was very good and very helpful. As far as the appearance is concerned, it’s great. I just think it’s overpriced for what they provide. Ev … (read more)
The Canopy at Azalea Grove was a very nice facility. The staff was very good and very helpful. As far as the appearance is concerned, it’s great. I just think it’s overpriced for what they provide. Ev … (read more)

2012

Langdale Place

2720 WINDEMERE DRIVE, Valdosta, GA, 31602

Langdale Place is nestled in the beautiful scenery of Valdosta, Georgia, within walking distance of a local middle school. Relatives note the sincerity and ability of the staff, mentioning they are ha … (read more)
Langdale Place is nestled in the beautiful scenery of Valdosta, Georgia, within walking distance of a local middle school. Relatives note the sincerity and ability of the staff, mentioning they are ha … (read more)

Fellowship Home at Brookside

470 FELLOWSHIP HOME LANE, Valdosta, GA, 31602

Fellowship Home of Brookside in Valdosta, Georgia, is located in a beautiful countryside setting, yet only minutes away from several medical centers, restaurants and shopping opportunities. Guests and … (read more)
Fellowship Home of Brookside in Valdosta, Georgia, is located in a beautiful countryside setting, yet only minutes away from several medical centers, restaurants and shopping opportunities. Guests and … (read more)

Baptist Village Lake Park

763 JOHNSTON WAY, Lake Park, GA, 31636

Baptist Village Lake Park in Lake Park, Georgia, is set in a beautiful area close by to numerous lakes. This facility is near restaurants and shopping opportunities. Visitors to this community have co … (read more)
Baptist Village Lake Park in Lake Park, Georgia, is set in a beautiful area close by to numerous lakes. This facility is near restaurants and shopping opportunities. Visitors to this community have co … (read more)

The Orchard at Stone Creek

4900 Tillman Crossing, Hahira, GA, 31632

My mom went into The Orchard at Stone Creek. It’s a very nice facility, and I like the way the individual houses are set up. It has been especially good with COVID, because they only have 16 residents … (read more)
My mom went into The Orchard at Stone Creek. It’s a very nice facility, and I like the way the individual houses are set up. It has been especially good with COVID, because they only have 16 residents … (read more)

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.

$2420

Valdosta

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$2300

Warner Robins

$2835

Albany

$3500

Savannah

$4124

Brunswick

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.

$3813

Homemaker Services

$3813

Home Health Aide

$1083

Adult Day Health Care

$2420

Assisted Living Facility

$7841

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8343

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

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.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Valdosta

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.

ResourceContact Services
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 Valdosta