Akron is a vibrant community that’s home to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the 35-acre Akron Zoo and a thriving arts and culture scene. It has nearly 200,000 residents, about 30,000 of whom are aged 65 and over, supporting a range of social opportunities and access to community-based services for retirees. The city is among the cheapest places in the nation to live, enabling older adults to maintain a comfortable standard of living, and amenities, such as high-performing hospitals and reliable public transportation, make it an attractive option for active retirees.  

For older adults who need help with some daily living activities and want to be free from the hassles and financial burdens of homeownership, assisted living is a convenient option that balances independence and assistance. These facilities offer housing, meals and snacks, social and recreational programs, personal care and housekeeping and maintenance services. Monthly rates vary depending on factors, such as the size of residents’ rooms or apartments and whether it has amenities, such as pools and multiple dining options, but the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey reports that on average, residents in Akron pay $4,875 per month for this type of care. 

This guide provides more details on senior care costs in Akron, highlights the benefits of living here and outlines local programs and organizations that serve seniors.  

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Akron, OH

2016, 2022

Brookdale Montrose

100 Brookmont Road, Akron, OH, 44333

Brookdale Montrose is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility located in Akron, Ohio. Visitors describe this facility as beautiful and well-organized with an experienced and sk … (read more)
Brookdale Montrose is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility located in Akron, Ohio. Visitors describe this facility as beautiful and well-organized with an experienced and sk … (read more)

2015

Brookdale Bath

101 N. Cleveland/Massillon Road, Akron, OH, 44333

Brookdale Bath is complimented by residents and visitors as a nice, pretty facility with a friendly and engaging staff. This senior living facility is situated in the center of Montrose near the large … (read more)
Brookdale Bath is complimented by residents and visitors as a nice, pretty facility with a friendly and engaging staff. This senior living facility is situated in the center of Montrose near the large … (read more)

Heritage Crossing

251 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Akron, OH, 44333

Heritage Crossing is conveniently located near Interstate 77 in Akron, Ohio, near West Market Plaza Shopping Center and the Summit Mall. The facility has open access dining with snacks avail … (read more)
Heritage Crossing is conveniently located near Interstate 77 in Akron, Ohio, near West Market Plaza Shopping Center and the Summit Mall. The facility has open access dining with snacks avail … (read more)

Windsong Nursing & Rehab

120 brookmont road, Akron, OH, 44333


Ohio Living Rockynol

1150 W Market St, Akron, OH, 44313

Ohio Living Rockynol is located by the trendy Highland Square district of Akron, and offers residents a beautiful campus complete with large ponds, memory gardens, trees and geese. Visitors note the l … (read more)
Ohio Living Rockynol is located by the trendy Highland Square district of Akron, and offers residents a beautiful campus complete with large ponds, memory gardens, trees and geese. Visitors note the l … (read more)

Sapphire Health and Rehabilitation

2631 copley road, Akron, OH, 44321

Located conveniently in Akron, OH, Sapphire Health and Rehabilitation is an assisted living community with an experienced staff that provides excellent service and assistance. Known for their diverse … (read more)
Located conveniently in Akron, OH, Sapphire Health and Rehabilitation is an assisted living community with an experienced staff that provides excellent service and assistance. Known for their diverse … (read more)

The Merriman

209 Merriman Road Akron OH, 44303, Akron, OH, 44303

I’ve been at the Merriman almost a year now in assisted living. The staff treat me really well here and are on time with everything. The facility offers many activities to choose from. Dr kerek has … (read more)
I’ve been at the Merriman almost a year now in assisted living. The staff treat me really well here and are on time with everything. The facility offers many activities to choose from. Dr kerek has … (read more)

Pebble Creek Nursing Home

670 jarvis road, Akron, OH, 44319

Pebble Creek Nursing Home is located just south of Akron off of Interstate 77, allowing residents easy access to the shops and restaurants in the city. Recreational activities near the property includ … (read more)
Pebble Creek Nursing Home is located just south of Akron off of Interstate 77, allowing residents easy access to the shops and restaurants in the city. Recreational activities near the property includ … (read more)

Dee-Maret Care Center

1140 south hawkins avenue, Akron, OH, 44320

Staff is ok. Place isn’t cleaned often & the meals are served in basically kiddie portions. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to send a family to live there or let alone work there. The people also only … (read more)
Staff is ok. Place isn’t cleaned often & the meals are served in basically kiddie portions. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to send a family to live there or let alone work there. The people also only … (read more)

2016

Cardinal Retirement Village

171 Graham Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 44223

Terribly upset at recent activities here at Cardinal. Typically as humans, we like to give others the benefit of the doubt, but when it comes to carrying for others, it can be hard to do. My biggest i … (read more)
Terribly upset at recent activities here at Cardinal. Typically as humans, we like to give others the benefit of the doubt, but when it comes to carrying for others, it can be hard to do. My biggest i … (read more)

Maplewood at Cuyahoga Falls

190 West Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 44223

We visited Maplewood at Cuyahoga Falls. They had a very nice respite program that we might do. It’s a new place, so it’s very clean and lovely. The staff was very accommodating. In the dining area, th … (read more)
We visited Maplewood at Cuyahoga Falls. They had a very nice respite program that we might do. It’s a new place, so it’s very clean and lovely. The staff was very accommodating. In the dining area, th … (read more)

Sunrise of Cuyahoga Falls

1500 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 44223

I like the way Sunrise of Cuyahoga Falls was laid out. There’s a lot of little common areas and they don’t have to walk far from their room to get to one. It’s extremely homey and they have pets there … (read more)
I like the way Sunrise of Cuyahoga Falls was laid out. There’s a lot of little common areas and they don’t have to walk far from their room to get to one. It’s extremely homey and they have pets there … (read more)

Vitalia Senior Residences at Stow

4291 Allen Road, Stow, OH, 44224

We had family member live her for 7 months. Unfortunately she passed recently. Can not say enough about this lovely facility. The staff and nurses are incredible. Very good communication. She received … (read more)
We had family member live her for 7 months. Unfortunately she passed recently. Can not say enough about this lovely facility. The staff and nurses are incredible. Very good communication. She received … (read more)

Kentridge Senior Living

5241 Sunnybrook Road, Kent, OH, 44240

I went to Kentridge Senior Living on Friday. They wanted to know about my sister and what she was looking for, so we spent a lot of time talking, and then she took me on a tour of the different sites. … (read more)
I went to Kentridge Senior Living on Friday. They wanted to know about my sister and what she was looking for, so we spent a lot of time talking, and then she took me on a tour of the different sites. … (read more)

2014

The Landing of Stow

5511 Fishcreek Road, Stow, OH, 44224

<p>Welcome to The Landing of Stow, a Bridge Senior Living community offering assisted living and memory care senior living in Stow, Ohio located just outside of Akron, Ohio. The Landing of Stow offers … (read more)
<p>Welcome to The Landing of Stow, a Bridge Senior Living community offering assisted living and memory care senior living in Stow, Ohio located just outside of Akron, Ohio. The Landing of Stow offers … (read more)

2014

Brookdale Barberton

487 Austin Drive, Barberton, OH, 44203

Brookdale Barberton, located in Barberton, Ohio, is near the Anna Dean Park, Magic City Plaza and Summa Barberton Hospital. Visitors give high marks to the facility for its spacious rooms, cleanliness … (read more)
Brookdale Barberton, located in Barberton, Ohio, is near the Anna Dean Park, Magic City Plaza and Summa Barberton Hospital. Visitors give high marks to the facility for its spacious rooms, cleanliness … (read more)

Hudson Grande Senior Living

5400 Darrow Road, Hudson, OH, 44236

My mom and dad lived here. My dad died after 4 months. Everyone was supportive and wonderful and I was so thankful my mom was there. Then they were sold to Arrow Senior Living Management, LLC. Thi … (read more)
My mom and dad lived here. My dad died after 4 months. Everyone was supportive and wonderful and I was so thankful my mom was there. Then they were sold to Arrow Senior Living Management, LLC. Thi … (read more)

Danbury Woods in Cuyahoga Falls

1691 Queens Gate Circle, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 44221

I visited Danbury Woods in Cuyahoga Falls for my parents. It was a smaller community, but it was very nice, very clean, with lots of activities. The rooms are a little bit smaller than the ones we saw … (read more)
I visited Danbury Woods in Cuyahoga Falls for my parents. It was a smaller community, but it was very nice, very clean, with lots of activities. The rooms are a little bit smaller than the ones we saw … (read more)

Danbury in Tallmadge

73 East Avenue, Tallmadge, OH, 44278

Danbury was pretty and new, but there wasn’t a lot of diversity, which is important. The location is in a populated area. That community is perfect for elderly couples who don’t want to live in their … (read more)
Danbury was pretty and new, but there wasn’t a lot of diversity, which is important. The location is in a populated area. That community is perfect for elderly couples who don’t want to live in their … (read more)

Greenview Senior Living

327 S Miller Rd, Fairlawn, OH, 44333


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Akron

Assisted living facilities in Akron are officially called residential care communities and are licensed and monitored by the Ohio Department of Health. This department sets regulations governing facilities’ scope of care, staffing and staff training requirements and intake and discharge procedures. It enforces regulations through an initial licensing process and regular visits and by investigating reports of noncompliance.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Akron

  • Akron is home to Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Summa Health – Akron Campus. These hospitals provide 24-hour emergency services and are high-performing in adult specialties, such as cardiovascular care, diabetes services and geriatrics.   
  • Public transportation in Akron is provided courtesy of Akron METRO RTA. This company operates nearly three dozen fixed routes throughout the city, along with curb-to-curb service, an origin-to-destination ride-sharing program and specialized ADA services. Those aged 62 and over ride for a reduced fare.   
  • The comfort of Akron’s climate is comparable to the nation as a whole, with the city ranking 6.9, just below the U.S. average of 7, on a 10-point comfort index. Winters are very cold and get about 42 inches of annual snowfall, but summers are comfortable with highs in the low-80s and minimal humidity.  
  • On a 100-point cost of living index, Akron scores about 30 points lower than the national average, indicating that it’s among the cheapest places in the country to live. Seniors generally spend less on healthcare expenses, transportation, restaurant meals and recreational activities here compared to other cities in the state and nation.  
  • Crime is somewhat prevalent in Akron, with property and violent crime rates exceeding state and national averages. On a 100-point scale, the city’s violent crime is rated about 13 points higher than the national average at 35.5, and property crime is scored nearly 27 points higher than the nation at 61.9. Many assisted living facilities have advanced security measures in place to keep residents safe.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Akron

Akron is among the costlier cities in the nation for assisted living services. On average, local seniors pay $4,875 per month for this type of care. This exceeds the state median of $4,350 and the national average of $4,300.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

Akron is one of the most expensive cities in Ohio for assisted living services, with facilities charging $4,875 per month for this level of care. The only surveyed city with higher monthly rates is Dayton, where seniors pay $5,245 monthly. In Cincinnati, monthly fees exceed the national and state averages at $4,750, and in Lima, seniors pay $4,594. Mansfield is the most cost-effective surveyed city in Ohio for assisted living, with fees averaging $3,570 per month.  

$4875

Akron

$4350

Ohio

$4300

The United States

$3570

Mansfield

$4594

Lima

$4750

Cincinnati

$5245

Dayton

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

At $4,875 per month, assisted living is one of the most expensive senior care options in Akron. Nursing home care, which is also a residential option but offers a higher level of care, is costlier at $8,121 per month for shared rooms and $8,851 per month for private rooms. Those who live in their own homes may have lower senior care costs, although monthly fees don’t account for living expenses, such as housing, meals and recreation. Homemaker services, which feature a level of care that’s comparable to assisted living, and home health aide services, which include some skilled nursing services, both cost $4,195 per month. The cheapest option is adult day health care at $1,387.  

$4195

Homemaker Services

$4195

Home Health Aide

$1387

Adult Day Health Care

$4875

Assisted Living Facility

$8121

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8851

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Akron

Akron seniors who need help paying the monthly costs of assisted living can apply for one or both of Ohio’s financial assistance programs: a Medicaid waiver program and the supplemental SSI payment program.

The Assisted Living Waiver, which is part of the state’s Medicaid program, helps seniors residing in assisted living facilities pay for personal care services. Supplemental SSI payments are also available to seniors who qualify for regular SSI payments. Both programs can be applied for through the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Akron

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 Ohio page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Akron

Seniors in Akron obtain a range of free programs and services through local nonprofit organizations. The following table features resources that can help older adults research local assisted living facilities and identify options for paying for care.

Resource Contact Service 
Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities 800-421-7277 The Area Agency on Aging that serves Akron seniors administers nutrition programs, transportation and information and referral services to help older adults access community-based programs. The agency operates the region’s Aging and Disability Resource Center and the long-term care ombudsman program, which advocates on behalf of those in assisted living and educates residents of their rights. 
Veterans Service Commission of Summit County (330) 643-2830 The Veterans Service Commission of Summit County provides advocacy, information and assistance for veterans in the Akron region. Through this office, veterans can connect with social programs and service-based organizations, such as the American Legion. The office can also help veterans obtain VA benefits, including pension programs and the Aid and Attendance Benefit.  
Recreation & Parks Wellness Division (330) 375-2835 The Wellness Division of the city’s Recreation & Parks Department features clubs and programs for residents aged 50 and over. Through the division, older adults participate in weekly social and recreational activities and age-friendly fitness classes. The division also oversees the Senior Citizens Commission, which meets monthly to discuss topics, such as falls prevention and mental health, and gives city residents a forum for discussing measures that could improve their quality of life.  
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (330) 253-4597 RSVP is a nationwide program that provides volunteer opportunities to those aged 55 and over. Through this program, seniors connect with volunteer opportunities in their communities that meet their interests, experiences and levels of ability. Volunteer opportunities in Akron vary but may include tutoring and mentoring children, making friendly phone calls to housebound individuals, participating in intergenerational activities and providing administrative support for local charities and nonprofit organizations. In exchange, seniors receive supplemental insurance, regular newsletters, one-on-one help with finding suitable volunteer opportunities and recognition at annual events.  
Tri-County Independent Living Center, Inc.  (330) 762-0007 Tri-County Independent Living Center, Inc., offers a loan closet program that provides mobility aids to older adults. Through this program, seniors can obtain walkers, wheelchairs, canes and durable medical equipment for up to three months.  

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Akron

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Akron