Dayton is an urban city surrounded by farmland and wineries. Residents over 60 represent 19% of the 2020 population of 140,407, and Dayton ranked #8 out of 20 on America’s Most Affordable Cities list compiled by Forbes in 2016. A low cost of living makes the city appealing to budget-conscience seniors. Ohio is also a tax-friendly state for retirees. While income from pensions and retirement accounts are taxed, seniors receive comparable credits. Social Security retirement benefits are not taxed.

Assisted living communities provide services to help seniors enjoy their golden years, such as daily living care and help with chores. These communities make an excellent option for seniors who do not need the care of a nursing home. The monthly cost for assisted living in Dayton averages $5,245, which is $895 more than the Ohio cost of $4,350.

In this guide, you’ll find information about assisted living in Dayton, including the costs, benefits, drawbacks and free resources for seniors who retire in the area.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Dayton, OH

2016, 2019

10 Wilmington Place

10 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45420

10 Wilmington Place is located in Dayton, Ohio, which is part of the scenic Miami Valley and home to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This spacious facility sits on a hill, giving residents a view … (read more)
10 Wilmington Place is located in Dayton, Ohio, which is part of the scenic Miami Valley and home to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This spacious facility sits on a hill, giving residents a view … (read more)

2017, 2018, 2021, 2022

Spring Hills Singing Woods

140 East Woodbury Drive, Dayton, OH, 45415

Spring Hills Singing Woods is an assisted living facility in Dayton, Ohio, conveniently situated near Highway 48. Residents give the community high marks for the well-designed, horseshoe-shaped ground … (read more)
Spring Hills Singing Woods is an assisted living facility in Dayton, Ohio, conveniently situated near Highway 48. Residents give the community high marks for the well-designed, horseshoe-shaped ground … (read more)

2014

Brookdale Kettering

280 Walden Way, Dayton, OH, 45440

Brookdale Kettering is situated just inside Dayton, Ohio’s I-675 loop near a large complex of stores and restaurants. Visitors are impressed by the large, clean facility and the genuine warmth of the … (read more)
Brookdale Kettering is situated just inside Dayton, Ohio’s I-675 loop near a large complex of stores and restaurants. Visitors are impressed by the large, clean facility and the genuine warmth of the … (read more)

The Wellington at Dayton

2656 West Alex Bell, Dayton, OH, 45459

The Wellington at Dayton is located in Kettering, Ohio, just east of I-75 and near shopping, restaurants and a medical center. Residents and their family members compliment the beautiful, smaller comm … (read more)
The Wellington at Dayton is located in Kettering, Ohio, just east of I-75 and near shopping, restaurants and a medical center. Residents and their family members compliment the beautiful, smaller comm … (read more)

Laurelwood Senior Living

3797 Summit Glen Dr, Dayton, OH, 45449

Laurelwood Senior Living looked like a pretty nice place. It was clean and they had lots of things to do for the people. They have a monthly schedule of the different stuff they do. The lady who toure … (read more)
Laurelwood Senior Living looked like a pretty nice place. It was clean and they had lots of things to do for the people. They have a monthly schedule of the different stuff they do. The lady who toure … (read more)

Fairmont of Washington Township

6800 Paragon Rd, Dayton, OH, 45459

I’ve been to Brighton Gardens of Washington Township and the tour was great. The person that met us was very helpful, provided all of the information that I needed, and answered the questions that I h … (read more)
I’ve been to Brighton Gardens of Washington Township and the tour was great. The person that met us was very helpful, provided all of the information that I needed, and answered the questions that I h … (read more)

2021

Brookdale Oakwood

1701 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45419

Brookdale Oakwood is nestled in the beautiful Oakwood neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation. Residents and their loved ones give high marks to this senior living community for the e … (read more)
Brookdale Oakwood is nestled in the beautiful Oakwood neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation. Residents and their loved ones give high marks to this senior living community for the e … (read more)

The Carlyle House Assisted Living Community

3490 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, OH, 45429

The Carlyle House is beautiful. It is very nice, but they don’t have any rooms. They have a chef, and it looks like he was preparing something really good. The interactions with the residents were a l … (read more)
The Carlyle House is beautiful. It is very nice, but they don’t have any rooms. They have a chef, and it looks like he was preparing something really good. The interactions with the residents were a l … (read more)

Miller Farm Place

8130 Miller Farm Lane, Dayton, OH, 45458

Miller Farm Place is nestled in the friendly city of Dayton, Ohio, just moments away from the Springboro Pike, hospitals and numerous shopping centers. Residents and visitors have consistently given h … (read more)
Miller Farm Place is nestled in the friendly city of Dayton, Ohio, just moments away from the Springboro Pike, hospitals and numerous shopping centers. Residents and visitors have consistently given h … (read more)

Hearth and Home Vandalia

55 Great Hill Dr., Dayton, OH, 45414

We have toured Hearth and Home Vandalia. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and ready to answer our questions. The facility itself was quite clean and cheery inside. My mother i … (read more)
We have toured Hearth and Home Vandalia. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and ready to answer our questions. The facility itself was quite clean and cheery inside. My mother i … (read more)

The Sanctuary at Wilmington Place

264 wilmington avenue, Dayton, OH, 45420

The Sanctuary at Wilmington Place, located in Dayton, Ohio, offers tiered levels of care to help preserve independent living. Residents and visitors rave about the sparkling-clean facilities and level … (read more)
The Sanctuary at Wilmington Place, located in Dayton, Ohio, offers tiered levels of care to help preserve independent living. Residents and visitors rave about the sparkling-clean facilities and level … (read more)

Mercy Siena Gardens

6105 N Main Street, Dayton, OH, 45415

Keep a close eye out for your friend or family member. Mom had a swallowing issue and was on oxygen. She didn’t want to go to the dining room because of these problems so for a few weeks they brought … (read more)
Keep a close eye out for your friend or family member. Mom had a swallowing issue and was on oxygen. She didn’t want to go to the dining room because of these problems so for a few weeks they brought … (read more)

Siena Woods

6125 N Main St, Dayton, OH, 45415

My sister has moved into Siena Woods. They had a lot of things that we were looking for, for my sister and it’s close to where I live, so it made it more convenient for me. The staff is very friendly … (read more)
My sister has moved into Siena Woods. They had a lot of things that we were looking for, for my sister and it’s close to where I live, so it made it more convenient for me. The staff is very friendly … (read more)

Friendship Village

5790 Denlinger Road, Dayton, OH, 45426


South Park Assisted Living, LLC

322 park drive, Dayton, OH, 45410

While I was visiting a family friend that is a resident at South Park i was a but amazed and yet a little disappointed also.The staff seemed friendly at first but after a while of being there i could … (read more)
While I was visiting a family friend that is a resident at South Park i was a but amazed and yet a little disappointed also.The staff seemed friendly at first but after a while of being there i could … (read more)

Graceworks at Home

6451 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45459

Bethany Lutheran Village is located in the Dayton suburb of Centerville, Ohio, near Interstate 675 and the Cross Pointe Shopping Center. Visitors praise the staff for their welcoming and positive deme … (read more)
Bethany Lutheran Village is located in the Dayton suburb of Centerville, Ohio, near Interstate 675 and the Cross Pointe Shopping Center. Visitors praise the staff for their welcoming and positive deme … (read more)

Cottages of Clayton Inc

8212 north main street, Dayton, OH, 45415

There are a few nice size rooms, some medium size and then there is sardine can size. There is hardly no communication with staff because most of the time when I come to visit I can not locate anyone. … (read more)
There are a few nice size rooms, some medium size and then there is sardine can size. There is hardly no communication with staff because most of the time when I come to visit I can not locate anyone. … (read more)

Creekside Villas

5282 Cobblegate Drive, Dayton, OH, 45439


2014, 2016

Brookdale Englewood

95 West Wenger Road, Englewood, OH, 45322

I like that Brookdale Englewood is very friendly, has a very clean atmosphere, it’s very homey looking, and didn’t look like a normal nursing home. It was quite homely looking and it just met all of t … (read more)
I like that Brookdale Englewood is very friendly, has a very clean atmosphere, it’s very homey looking, and didn’t look like a normal nursing home. It was quite homely looking and it just met all of t … (read more)

Landings of Huber Heights

6200 Bellefontaine Rd, Huber Heights, OH, 45424

Firstly, Landings at Huber Heights looked like they had enough help. Secondly, the room that they would give my mom would allow me to bring all of her furniture with her. They would all fit in there. … (read more)
Firstly, Landings at Huber Heights looked like they had enough help. Secondly, the room that they would give my mom would allow me to bring all of her furniture with her. They would all fit in there. … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in the Dayton

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 OH. 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 Dayton

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) licenses assisted living facilities regulated by the Bureau of Regulatory Operations. The ODH regularly inspects all care facilities, including at least one unscheduled visit. All services provided are evaluated to be sure they meet or exceed Ohio’s state laws and rules.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Dayton

  • Dayton is close to several university-affiliated hospitals, such as the Ohio State University Medical Center 60 miles east in Columbus. Dayton is also part of the highly-ranked Cleveland Clinic network and home to the Miami Valley Hospital, known for its comprehensive stroke care program.
  • Seniors who enjoy aviation history can visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Wright “B” Flyer Museum. Dayton is the home of Hawthorn Hill, Orville Wright’s former Dayton estate.
  • The Dayton Art Institute boasts an art collection that spans 5,000 years, including Oceanic art, American fine art, European art and Asian art. The institute hosts numerous events, such as the annual Art Ball and Octoberfest, concerts, social events and other activities the art-conscious senior can attend.
  • Although winters are cold in Dayton, the city has an average snowfall of 17 inches per year, lower than the U.S. average of 28. The area averages only 176 sunny days, partly due to receiving 40 inches of rain per year. Seniors can expect a January low of 21 degrees and a high of 85 in July.
  • The cost of living in Dayton is 71.4 out of the highest score of 100. The highest cost of living category is utilities, with a score of 106.9. However, Dayton is an affordable city for retirees and tax-friendly for seniors. Dayton’s sales tax rate is 7.3, the same as the U.S. average.
  • Health for some seniors may come at a cost in Dayton. The city has a low water quality index of 33 out of 100 and an air quality rate of only 43. Living in the city of Dayton can affect respiratory illnesses due to the air quality, which improves further out from the city limits. Dayton’s average health care cost is 88.7, which is almost 12 points below the median U.S. average.

Paying for Assisted Living in Dayton

The average monthly cost for assisted living in Dayton is $5,245, as of the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Ohio’s average is $4,350, making Dayton $895 more per month. The U.S. average is $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Cleveland, northeast on the shores of Lake Erie, has the lowest assisted living cost of $3,950. Akron, a suburb of Cleveland, is much higher at $4,875 per month. Also on the shores of Lake Erie, Toledo averages $4,779 monthly. To the northeast, Columbus averages $4,500. At the bottom southwest corner of Ohio, Cincinnati is $4,750. Dayton is the highest at $5,245, surpassing the state and national averages of $4,350 and $4,300, respectively.

$5245

Dayton

$4350

Ohio

$4300

The United States

$4500

Columbus

$4779

Toledo

$4875

Akron

$4750

Cincinnati

$3950

Cleveland

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

There are additional senior care options in Dayton. The least costly option is adult day care.  Data for Dayton is not available, but the state average is $1,300 per month. Seniors who need help at home with daily chores and errands can opt for homemaker services at $4,763 a month. Home health aide includes some added medical care and averages $4,767 monthly. Nursing homes are for seniors who need more extensive medical care and cost $8,699 for a semiprivate room or $9,825 for a private room.

$4763

Homemaker Services

$4767

Home Health Aide

$5245

Assisted Living Facility

$8699

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9825

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Dayton was unavailable, so data for the Dayton area was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Dayton

If you need help paying for the costs of assisted living in Dayton, you can apply for one of Ohio’s two financial assistance programs. The Nursing Facility Level of Care Waiver also helps pay for the costs of assisted living. It’s part of the state’s Medicaid program. Also, the state offers supplemental SSI payments for those who qualify for SSI payments from the Social Security Administration. You can apply for both of these through the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services Office.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Dayton

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 Dayton

Dayton offers many resources for seniors, including services that assist with care financing, advocates such as ombudsman and social activities and programs. Community services are in place to enhance and promote well-being for seniors as they age.  

Huber Heights Senior Center(937) 233-9999The Huber Heights Senior Center welcomes those 50 and older and offers various activities and recreational opportunities. Classes include aerobics, line dancing, woodcarving, bridge and computer courses. Speakers are scheduled to come and share topics related to seniors, and day excursions in the area are also offered. Seniors can get tax assistance, notary services and blood pressure and blood sugar checks at the center. 
Senior Resource Connection Representative Payee Programs(937) 223-8246The Senior Resource Connection’s Representative Payee Program is a Social Security Administration certified service. This free service provides seniors 60 and older with a neutral, independent person to handle their financial needs. Adult Protective Services works with the Representative Payee Program. 
Area Agency on Aging(937) 341-3005The Area Agency on Aging helps seniors to age with dignity and wellness. Seniors and their family members are matched with the personalized services they need. The agency also provides guidance and resources free of charge. 
Dayton Ombudsman(937) 223-4613The Dayton Ombudsman handles complaints seniors may have concerning long-term care facilities, government programs and other senior services. They also offer a wealth of information and resources to meet the needs of seniors in Dayton. 
MyCare-Ohio(800) 324-8680MyCare-Ohio is a new program for residents in Ohio who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare. The State of Ohio worked with the federal government to improve the way these programs are managed and to ensure seniors receive the services and care they need and qualify for. The program includes long-term care options. 
New Horizons Music Program(937) 229-2605Adults 50 and over can attend the University of Dayton’s New Horizons Music program to revisit musical skills already learned or learn a new instrument. The program offers a relaxed and enjoyable opportunity to learn new music and play together in an orchestra, ensemble or band. Seniors can meet other music lovers, create connections with other organizations and have a schedule of music events to enjoy. The health benefits of music instruction include breathing, using both sides of the brain, strengthening facial muscles and better strength and dexterity of fingers, hands and arms. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Dayton

Dayton-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 Dayton