Located in northeastern Indiana, Fort Wayne offers an ideal blend of big-town amenities with a small-town feel. The city is home to over 263,000 residents, of whom 14% are seniors age 65 and older, and becoming an increasingly popular retirement destination based on its low cost of living, affordable health care and overall quality of life.

Seniors may benefit from the daily assistance and services offered at an assisted living facility. These communities are staffed by trained caregivers and nursing professionals who are on-site to offer varying degrees of care and supervision based on an individual’s level of need, along with housekeeping, meals and recreational programming. In Fort Wayne, these communities cost an average of $3,485 per month, which is significantly lower than the statewide average of $4,283.

This guide provides an in-depth look at assisted living in Fort Wayne, including information about the kind of lifestyle seniors can expect in the city, the cost of assisted living services compared to nearby communities and a list of free local resources seniors have at their disposal.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Fort Wayne, IN

2016, 2020

Georgetowne Place

1717 Maplecrest Rd, Fort Wayne, IN, 46815

Georgetowne Place is a senior assisted living facility located in historic Fort Wayne, Indiana. This facility prides itself on its myriad of social activities, including weekly outings to events like … (read more)
Georgetowne Place is a senior assisted living facility located in historic Fort Wayne, Indiana. This facility prides itself on its myriad of social activities, including weekly outings to events like … (read more)

2020

Park Place Senior Living

4411 Park Place Drive, Fort Wayne, IN, 46845

Park Place Senior Living is an assisted living and memory care facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This facility offers a personalized Select Your Care program to plan assistance for each resident accord … (read more)
Park Place Senior Living is an assisted living and memory care facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This facility offers a personalized Select Your Care program to plan assistance for each resident accord … (read more)

2022

StoryPoint Fort Wayne West

611 W County Line Road S, Fort Wayne, IN, 46814

Clean, beautiful and welcoming are just three of the words residents and visitors use to describe StoryPoint at Sycamore Village. Located in the heart of Fort Wayne, Indiana, this senior living facili … (read more)
Clean, beautiful and welcoming are just three of the words residents and visitors use to describe StoryPoint at Sycamore Village. Located in the heart of Fort Wayne, Indiana, this senior living facili … (read more)

Chapman Place

3110 E. Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, Fort Wayne, IN, 46805

Chapman Place is a grand, multi-story assisted living and memory care facility centrally located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, just off of Highway 930 close to Lions Park. The community is well-reviewed for … (read more)
Chapman Place is a grand, multi-story assisted living and memory care facility centrally located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, just off of Highway 930 close to Lions Park. The community is well-reviewed for … (read more)

Brookdale Fort Wayne

4730 E State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN, 46815

Brookdale Fort Wayne is a modern, recently renovated assisted living and memory care facility right off of Highway 930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Residents rate the community highly for the diverse activ … (read more)
Brookdale Fort Wayne is a modern, recently renovated assisted living and memory care facility right off of Highway 930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Residents rate the community highly for the diverse activ … (read more)

Evergreen Village at Fort Wayne

12523 Auburn Road, Fort Wayne, IN, 46845

Evergreen Village at Fort Wayne is very good. They seemed to care for their residents. My brother’s room is very nice. They came in and cleaned it, did his laundry, and everything. They take really go … (read more)
Evergreen Village at Fort Wayne is very good. They seemed to care for their residents. My brother’s room is very nice. They came in and cleaned it, did his laundry, and everything. They take really go … (read more)

BrightStar Senior Living of Fort Wayne

11430 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN, 46845

I went to BrightStar Senior Living of Fort Wayne. It was smaller. It’s more geared to memory care than assisted living. It was very clean. Everything was brand new, but the rooms reminded me of a ho … (read more)
I went to BrightStar Senior Living of Fort Wayne. It was smaller. It’s more geared to memory care than assisted living. It was very clean. Everything was brand new, but the rooms reminded me of a ho … (read more)

Hamilton Place

2116 Butler Road, Fort Wayne, IN, 46808

Hamilton Place would have been our second place. It was much smaller community. I think they only had like 40-some apartments. There were a few people out in the common living room area. One was watch … (read more)
Hamilton Place would have been our second place. It was much smaller community. I think they only had like 40-some apartments. There were a few people out in the common living room area. One was watch … (read more)

Coventry Meadows

7843 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN, 46804

Coventry Meadows is an assisted living facility conveniently located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, just minutes from hospitals, shopping and dining. The facility is nestled in a beautiful neighborhood overl … (read more)
Coventry Meadows is an assisted living facility conveniently located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, just minutes from hospitals, shopping and dining. The facility is nestled in a beautiful neighborhood overl … (read more)

Noble Senior Living at Fort Wayne

300 E. Washington Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN, 46802


Cedar Ridge of Fort Wayne

3320 East State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN, 46805

We started Cedar Ridge of Ft. Wayne to provide truly person-directed care, taking the time to know and work with each resident as an individual and providing them with care that’s as unique as they … (read more)
We started Cedar Ridge of Ft. Wayne to provide truly person-directed care, taking the time to know and work with each resident as an individual and providing them with care that’s as unique as they … (read more)

Kingston Residence of Fort Wayne

7515 Winchester Rd, Fort Wayne, IN, 46819

Kingston Residence of Fort Wayne is situated in a tranquil part of the city. It is nearby to many local amenities including Tillman Park, Donald Ross Golf Course and a multitude of great restaurants, … (read more)
Kingston Residence of Fort Wayne is situated in a tranquil part of the city. It is nearby to many local amenities including Tillman Park, Donald Ross Golf Course and a multitude of great restaurants, … (read more)

Cedarhurst of Fort Wayne

9210 Maysville Rd., Fort Wayne, IN, 46815

We like the look of the Cedarhurst of Fort Wayne facility and the friendliness of the staff. They put on cooking demonstrations for the residents, they have a library, salon, a nice dining area, a cou … (read more)
We like the look of the Cedarhurst of Fort Wayne facility and the friendliness of the staff. They put on cooking demonstrations for the residents, they have a library, salon, a nice dining area, a cou … (read more)

Five Star Residences of Fort Wayne

2601 Covington Commons Drive, Fort Wayne, IN, 46804

This is a well run ALF with a good staff, good food (despite my mom always saying her cooking is better), nice activities and great services for their higher need residents (my mom is one). My mom an … (read more)
This is a well run ALF with a good staff, good food (despite my mom always saying her cooking is better), nice activities and great services for their higher need residents (my mom is one). My mom an … (read more)

Saint Anne Home and Retirement Community

1900 Randallia Dr, Fort Wayne, IN, 46805

I think Saint Anne Home & Retirement Community is a very good place. The staff is very interested in getting to know my uncle and understanding what his needs are. We’ve been happy with them. He’s … (read more)
I think Saint Anne Home & Retirement Community is a very good place. The staff is very interested in getting to know my uncle and understanding what his needs are. We’ve been happy with them. He’s … (read more)

Golden Years Homestead

8300 Maysville Road, Fort Wayne, IN, 46815

My friend is in the Golden Years Homestead. I have talked to some residents. There are a couple that I have known for several years, who just moved their homes in the last few months. The outside is d … (read more)
My friend is in the Golden Years Homestead. I have talked to some residents. There are a couple that I have known for several years, who just moved their homes in the last few months. The outside is d … (read more)

Silver Birch

3731 W Cook Rd, Fort Wayne, IN, 46818

I moved into Silver Birch at Cook Road. It’s very nice, and the apartment is very large. They’re very friendly, attentive, and they seem to be organized. They have exercise, bingo, cards, crafts, and … (read more)
I moved into Silver Birch at Cook Road. It’s very nice, and the apartment is very large. They’re very friendly, attentive, and they seem to be organized. They have exercise, bingo, cards, crafts, and … (read more)

Heritage Park Assisted Living & Garden Homes

2002 Heritage Park Dr, Fort Wayne, IN, 46805


Silver Birch of Fort Wayne

7125 S Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, IN, 46816

The lack of care and respect for residents is unacceptable. The administration and head nurses spend more time covering their mistakes than caring for people. If your looking for an assisted living s … (read more)
The lack of care and respect for residents is unacceptable. The administration and head nurses spend more time covering their mistakes than caring for people. If your looking for an assisted living s … (read more)

Coventry Meadows Assisted Living and Garden Homes

7833 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN, 46804

My mom liked Coventry Meadows Assisted Living and Garden Homes. It was a smaller community and it had nice grounds. They had a lot of the same type of amenities like movie night set up in the theater … (read more)
My mom liked Coventry Meadows Assisted Living and Garden Homes. It was a smaller community and it had nice grounds. They had a lot of the same type of amenities like movie night set up in the theater … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Fort Wayne

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Indiana. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Fort Wayne

In Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana, a community that provides medication administration and nursing care must be licensed as a residential care facility (RCF) by the Indiana State Department of Health. RCFs that wish to use the term assisted living must also register with the Family and Social Services Agency (FSSA) Division of Aging.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Fort Wayne

  • One of the city’s greatest draws is its low living costs. At an index rating of 78.9, Fort Wayne’s cost of living falls below the state average of 82.1, which is already low compared to the U.S. national rate (100). Its affordability is largely due to low housing, health care and transportation costs.
  • Fort Wayne’s winter climate can be quite harsh; in fact, its winter temperatures are some of the coldest in the state. However, seniors can look forward to beautiful summers with temperatures in the mid-80s and plenty of sunshine. In fact, the city receives an overall comfort index of 9.1 out of 10.
  • Seniors in Fort Wayne have access to a number of world-class health care facilities, including the regionally recognized Parkview Regional Medical Center and Dupont Hospital, which has received a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation for its specialized geriatric services.
  • Crime rates in Fort Wayne are slightly above average. On a scale to 100, with 100 representing high crime, the city receives an index score of 23.5 for violent crime, which is a bit higher than the U.S. national average of 22.7. Property crimes are also higher, scoring 48.1 compared to 35.4 nationally. However, most assisted living facilities are equipped with security systems and features such as 24-hour video surveillance to keep residents safe.
  • From miles of trails along the downtown riverfront to museums, galleries and golf, Fort Wayne offers an abundance of recreation and entertainment for seniors of a variety of interests. There are also numerous family-friendly options when grandchildren come to visit, including the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.
  • According to the American Lung Association, Fort Wayne experiences a fair number of high ozone days. The organization gives the area a D grade in this category. However, both 24-hour and annual levels of particle pollution are very low, giving the region an overall passing grade.
  • The state of Indiana is considered moderately tax-friendly toward retirees. Retirement benefits are not taxed, though seniors are required to pay state taxes on income from pensions and retirement savings accounts.

Paying for Assisted Living in Fort Wayne

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021, seniors in Fort Wayne can expect to pay an average of $3,485 per month for assisted living. This is not only lower than the statewide median of $4,283, but it’s also more than $1,000 below the U.S. national average.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Fort Wayne is one of the most affordable cities for assisted living services in the state of Indiana. Indianapolis is around $1,000 more expensive at a cost of $4,478 per month. To the far south, Evansville is similarly priced at $4,389. The most expensive city is Lafayette, where seniors can expect to pay $5,255 per month for these services. South Bend is the least expensive option in the state, with costs averaging around $3,308.

$3485

Fort Wayne

$4283

Indiana

$4500

The United States

$4478

Indianapolis

$5255

Lafayette

$3308

South Bend

$4389

Evansville

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

In Fort Wayne, additional care options include homemaker and home health aide services. Ideal for individuals looking to age in place, these services cost $5,339 per month. Seniors needing minimal assistance may opt for adult day care — the most inexpensive option at a cost of $1,192. Alternatively, nursing homes offer the greatest scope of care. Depending on the type of room, these facilities can cost between $7,574 and $9,429 per month.

$5339

Homemaker Services

$5339

Home Health Aide

$1192

Adult Day Health Care

$3485

Assisted Living Facility

$7574

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9429

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Fort Wayne

Indiana’s Regional Care Assistance Program (RCAP) helps seniors pay for the monthly cost of assisted living. The state also offers a Medicaid Waiver program, but it only covers costs for seniors residing in an RCF.

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

Paying for Assisted Living in Indiana

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 Indiana page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Fort Wayne

Seniors who are either currently living in an assisted living facility or looking to make the transition to one can benefit from the many local resources offered in Fort Wayne. The following list includes nonprofits and government agencies where seniors can go to access information about long-term care, financial assistance, educational materials and social programming.

Resource

Contact 

Service

(260) 745-1200

The Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana (AIHS) is the region's Area Agency on Aging, serving communities in nine counties across northeast Indiana. This not-for-profit organization offers programs and social services to support seniors and advocate for their needs in the greater community. Its core programs include the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), programs for productive aging, the Family Caregiver Center and geriatric case management.

(260) 373-7500 or (800) 284-8439

Sponsored by Parkview Health, the LifeBridge Senior Program provides support to seniors aged 65 and older through one-on-one meetings, group sessions and social activities. Its multidisciplinary team of counselors and skilled nurses conducts individual health assessments to connect seniors with the care and resources they need to thrive.

(419) 228-5135

The Allen County Council on Aging provides a range of person-centered services and programs to seniors living in Allen County who are aged 60 and older. Information and resource specialists are available to help seniors and families navigate the options available for long-term care, complete paperwork to file for benefits and financial assistance and make referrals to local programs and services.

(260) 427-6460

Sponsored by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, the Community Center offers a full spectrum of activities and programming, with a specific focus on serving the community's population of adults aged 50 and up. Seniors can enjoy games, events, weekly luncheons and adult special interest classes. The center also hosts its Unwind Your Mind program, featuring activities and classes for seniors experiencing early signs of dementia.

(260) 460-1456

Seniors who have served in the military can access a variety of programs and benefits through the Fort Wayne Vet Center. This organization can help seniors and their family members understand the benefits they're entitled to and how to access them. Individual, group and family counseling is also available at the center.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Indiana are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Indiana page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Indiana