Augusta, the capital city of Maine, is located in the southern region of the state. It has about 19,000 residents and a large senior community that accounts for nearly a quarter of the population. The city has a low cost of living, making it a very affordable option for retirees, and high access to health care may make it suitable for those managing chronic conditions. Its climate is relatively cool, but to prevent boredom and isolation during the winter months, local seniors can participate in social and recreational activities through city-sponsored programs and assisted living facilities.  

Assisted living is a convenient option for older adults who need personal care services but want to maintain their independence and privacy. These facilities promote a worry-free lifestyle with services and amenities, such as housekeeping and laundry services, personal care, daily meals and recreational activities. The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey discloses that seniors in Augusta pay approximately $6,150 per month for services, which is higher than state and national medians.  

This guide provides comprehensive information on assisted living in Augusta, including the benefits and drawbacks of living here, details on senior care costs and the nonprofit organizations that help older adults make important decisions regarding their care.  

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Augusta, ME

The Inn at City Hall

1 Cony Street, Augusta, ME, 04330

While visiting relatives at the Inn At City Hall I could not help but be impressed with the city. Maine is a beautiful area and this assisted living facility is no different. It is a historic building … (read more)
While visiting relatives at the Inn At City Hall I could not help but be impressed with the city. Maine is a beautiful area and this assisted living facility is no different. It is a historic building … (read more)

Snow Pond Residential Care Center

888 Pond Road, Augusta, ME, 04330

I am currently at Snow Pond Residential Care Center, and it seemed to me that this place is a little crowded. The food is good, and they are strict to each calorie a day. This coming Friday, we are go … (read more)
I am currently at Snow Pond Residential Care Center, and it seemed to me that this place is a little crowded. The food is good, and they are strict to each calorie a day. This coming Friday, we are go … (read more)

Hillside Terrace of Hallowell

21 Warren St, Hallowell, ME, 04347

Hillside Terrace of Hallowell is located in a historic mansion in Hallowell, Maine, near the shops and restaurants of Water Street. Visitors describe this facility as clean, neat and elegant, and they … (read more)
Hillside Terrace of Hallowell is located in a historic mansion in Hallowell, Maine, near the shops and restaurants of Water Street. Visitors describe this facility as clean, neat and elegant, and they … (read more)

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Woodlands Senior Living of Hallowell

152 Winthrop Street, Hallowell, ME, 04347

Woodlands Assisted Living of Hallowell is located in Hallowell, Maine, near Interstate 95. This facility is close to historic Water Street and its many antique shops, boutiques and restaurants and is … (read more)
Woodlands Assisted Living of Hallowell is located in Hallowell, Maine, near Interstate 95. This facility is close to historic Water Street and its many antique shops, boutiques and restaurants and is … (read more)

Balsam House

256 Gorden Road Route 135, Readfield, ME, 04355

We have placed Mom at Balsam House. It is small, but the owners are very personable. Currently, they only have eight residents, but they are expanding though. They’re putting in 16 beds this coming … (read more)
We have placed Mom at Balsam House. It is small, but the owners are very personable. Currently, they only have eight residents, but they are expanding though. They’re putting in 16 beds this coming … (read more)

Woodlands Senior Living of Waterville

147 West River Road, Waterville, ME, 04901

The tour at Woodlands Senior Living of Waterville was very nice; the place was very nice. It was too large and we wanted something small, but other than that, it was very nice.
The tour at Woodlands Senior Living of Waterville was very nice; the place was very nice. It was too large and we wanted something small, but other than that, it was very nice.

Woodlands Senior Living of Waterville

141 River Road, Waterville, ME, 04901

This place was a Nightmare of and experience for my Mother and me. My mother entered in a walker from the Hospital on a Friday I had them call ambulance on next Wednesday she died Thursday. When I sa … (read more)
This place was a Nightmare of and experience for my Mother and me. My mother entered in a walker from the Hospital on a Friday I had them call ambulance on next Wednesday she died Thursday. When I sa … (read more)

Captain Lewis Residence

270 Maine Ave, Farmingdale, ME, 04344


Park Residences of Waterville

141 W River Rd, Waterville, ME, 04901


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Augusta

The state’s Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Licensing and Certification, licenses assisted living facilities in Augusta. This division provides guidance on staffing and staff training, the scope of care and care planning. It also has a complaint hotline that fields and investigates reports of abuse or neglect. This hotline can be reached at (800) 383-2441.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Augusta

  • Living costs tend to be lower in Maine than in the typical U.S. state, and in Augusta, the cost of living is especially low. Overall, expenses are about 20% lower than the national median. Housing and transportation are especially affordable and may result in more competitive assisted living rates.  
  • According to the most recent data, violent crime occurred at a rate of 263 incidents per 100,000 people in Augusta and property crime at a rate of 3,151. While this is higher than the respective state rates of 115.2 and 1,246, the rates have been steadily declining for several years. To ensure residents’ safety, many assisted living facilities utilize state-of-the-art security systems.  
  • As is typical of Maine, Augusta’s climate is relatively cool. Summers are very comfortable with highs in the upper 70s, providing a pleasant environment for those who enjoy outdoor activities, such as golf or gardening. Winters are very cold with lows in the single digits and nearly 70 inches of snowfall. Assisted living residents can participate in a variety of social and recreational activities indoors during the chilly months.  
  • There are about 275 physicians per 100,000 people in Augusta, which is higher than the national average of 210 and may promote short wait times for primary and specialty care. MaineGeneral Medical Center is located in Augusta proper, and Northern Light Inland Hospital is about 17 miles away in Waterville. Health care costs are slightly higher in Augusta than in the typical U.S. city, but the city’s low cost of living may offset these expenses.  
  • Augusta seniors may find the state’s income tax laws to be favorable, depending on their retirement income sources. Public and private pensions and withdrawals from retirement accounts are taxed, although there’s a small exemption for pension income. However, Social Security income is exempt from taxes, reducing the tax burden for those who rely solely on this source of income. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Augusta

Augusta is a fairly expensive city for assisted living, with local facilities charging approximately $6,150 per month for care. This is about 4% higher than the state median of $5,942 and over 40% higher than the national median of $4,300.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Maine is a fairly expensive state for assisted living services with monthly rates in all surveyed areas surpassing the national median. At $6,150 per month, Augusta is a relatively moderately priced option. The Portland area is several hundred dollars more expensive at $6,583, and in Bangor, monthly fees are closer to the national average at $4,842. Across state lines, seniors in Manchester, New Hampshire, pay $7,560 for this level of care, and in Burlington, Vermont, fees are lower at $5,425.  

$6150

Augusta

$5942

Maine

$4300

The United States

$6583

Portland Area

$4842

Bangor

$7560

Manchester Area, NH

$5425

Burlington Area, VT

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Across multiple senior care options, Augusta is an expensive city. Nursing homes feature the most expensive care, with seniors in shared rooms paying $9,125 per month for services and those in private rooms paying $9,581. Assisted living is considerably cheaper at $6,150 and offers a less intensive level of care. Older adults may save money by obtaining care at home, with homemaker and home health aide services costing $5,148. Adult day health care is typically the cheapest option. Local data isn’t available, but statewide, this level of care costs $3,467.  

$5148

Homemaker Services

$5148

Home Health Aide

$6150

Assisted Living Facility

$9125

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9581

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Augusta was not available, so data for the closest city, Lewiston Area, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Augusta

In Maine, the state funded medical program, MaineCare, covers the cost of an assisted living community. As long as seniors meet the financial eligibility criteria for MaineCare, they may have the entire cost of their assisted living unit paid for by the state.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Maine

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 Maine page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Augusta

In the Augusta region, a broad range of free and low-cost resources are available to help older adults make decisions regarding their care, connect with services in the community and identify options for paying for assisted living.  

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(800) 639-1553 

Spectrum Generations is the Area Agency on Aging for Augusta and the surrounding region. This agency provides free and subsidized services to those aged 60 and over. Through this agency, older adults obtain information and referrals to services in the community, including transportation, legal services, health insurance counseling and assistive technology. The agency also provides options counseling to help older adults learn more about the services they may need over time and options for paying for care.

(207) 430-6035 

Maine’s Bureau of Veterans Services is headquartered in Augusta, providing local veterans with easy access to services and support. It's staffed with officers who connect veterans with services in the community, including emergency financial assistance, transportation and social programs. The office can also help individuals apply for programs, such as survivors’ and veterans’ pensions and Aid and Attendance, and they can screen them for eligibility for VA health insurance, medical care and veterans’ home placement.

(207) 626-2350 

Augusta offers recreational programs for residents aged 55 and over. The Buker Community Center hosts weekly activities, such as games and sewing classes. 

(207) 621-1079 

(800) 499-0229 

The long-term care ombudsman program is a nonprofit program that advocates on behalf of seniors in assisted living facilities. This program provides confidential advice, information on residents’ rights and help with finding options for paying for services. The ombudsman can also investigate reports of abuse or neglect, help resolve issues related to intake and discharge procedures and mediate family disagreements. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Augusta

Augusta-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Maine are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Maine page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Maine