43 Assisted Living Facilities near Columbus, OH
Lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy the wealth of natural attractions found in Columbus, such as the magnificent Hocking Hills nature reserves, as well as the many cultural centers like the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, or the National Veterans Museum and Memorial, the first of its kind in the nation. To help seniors in Columbus find the assisted living community that’s right for their family, we’ve researched and compiled in-depth information about the cost of care, how to pay for care, and important local laws and regulations involving senior care and assisted living.
With an average cost of $3,738 in Columbus, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.
This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 179 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 29 facilities in Columbus.
Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Columbus, OH
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Columbus
Columbus, located along the Scioto River in Ohio, hosts the largest single breed horse show in the world every year in October, an event that's looked forward to by the 787,033 residents who call the city home. Of those residents, more than 67,000 are seniors, some of whom may need assistance with daily living activities. There are 27 assisted living facilities in Columbus to support and assist those seniors.
In Ohio, including Columbus, assisted living facilities are called Residential Care Facilities (RCFs) and are governed by the Ohio Department of Health.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Columbus
- The Columbus area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Riverside Methodist Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
- The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) operates the city's public bus system. Seniors who are 65 years or older can apply for a Reduced Fare Senior ID card.
- Columbus is a member of AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, meaning that its elected leadership “has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city or county a great place for people of all ages,” according to AARP.
- Ohio, including Columbus, does not tax seniors on social security benefits, however, pensions are partially taxed and retirement savings account withdrawals are fully taxed. Seniors on fixed incomes might want to keep these tax laws in mind when relocating to Columbus.
- The cost of living in Columbus is 90.4, almost 10 points less than the national average of 100. Healthcare is also lower than the average at 89. Area seniors may find that the lower cost of living results in more money to put toward their facility expenses.
- Columbus residents enjoy all four seasons with summer highs of 85 degrees and winter lows dipping down to 20. The city also gets 40 inches of rain and 22 inches of snow each year. Seniors who enjoy watching the seasons change might like living in Columbus.
Paying for Assisted Living in Columbus
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Columbus start around $3,711 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Columbus and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Columbus
Seniors living in Columbus may qualify for one or both of the state's financial assistance programs, which help seniors pay for the cost of residing in an assisted living facility. The two available programs — the Nursing Facility Level of Care Waiver, which is part of the state's Medicaid program, and supplemental SSI payments — are officially run by the state of Ohio. Columbus residents can apply through the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services Office.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Ohio page.
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 Columbus
Columbus and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Columbus, please visit our Assisted Living in Ohio page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Columbus
Columbus-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.
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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Columbus
Review of The Forum at Knightsbridge
My mother-in-law was there after a trip to the hospital for rehabilitation. Never have I nor my family been treated with more disrespect in our lives. My family member received a phone call one mor... Read more
Review of The Woodlands of Columbus
Wish I could give them no stars. It is all about the money. They do not care about the residence. I brought up several issue while my mom was there and they want to still charge after she has pa... Read more
Review of Oakleaf Village of Columbus
This facility is a really wonderful place for your loved one! They have a locked memory care next door as well as Assisted Living and Independent living in their main building. Staff is always frie... Read more