Located on the outskirts of the Akron metro, Massillon offers access to high-performing medical facilities, shops and cultural amenities. It’s home to a little over 32,000 people and a large senior community that accounts for nearly one in five residents. Massillon has a low cost of living, affordable health care and generally comfortable weather, making it a good option for those researching retirement locations in northern Ohio.   

Assisted living is well-suited for those who need personal care services and want a low-maintenance lifestyle without the hassles of homeownership. These residential care facilities provide daily meals and snacks, personal care, housekeeping and laundry services and recreational activities. Some facilities offer additional amenities such as on-site libraries and computer labs, salons and swimming pools. Monthly rates vary considerably depending on a facility’s size and features, but on average, Massillon seniors pay $4,633 per month for this level of care. This is slightly higher than the state and national averages.  

This guide provides more details about what seniors in Massillon pay for assisted living services, along with an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of living here. It also lists some local agencies that provide information about and access to community-based resources.  

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Massillon, OH

The Inn at University Village

2650 Ohio State Drive Southeast, Massillon, OH, 44646

The Inn at University Village is a pretty nice facility, my dad is doing well there and we’re hoping that maybe in a month or two, he’ll be able to go back to independent living. He moved into their a … (read more)
The Inn at University Village is a pretty nice facility, my dad is doing well there and we’re hoping that maybe in a month or two, he’ll be able to go back to independent living. He moved into their a … (read more)

Danbury in Massillon

2550 University Drive SE, Massillon, OH, 44646

Danbury in Massillon was nice, not quite as nice as the other place we visited, but it was very comparable. They had a patio, a craft area, an exercise area, salons, laundry, and a small snack bar typ … (read more)
Danbury in Massillon was nice, not quite as nice as the other place we visited, but it was very comparable. They had a patio, a craft area, an exercise area, salons, laundry, and a small snack bar typ … (read more)

Amherst Meadows

1610 First Street Ne, Massillon, OH, 44646

This property is nothing more than a place to warehouse Seniors until they die – this is no place to enjoy life. The common areas outside are disgusting – mold covered sidewalks, dumpsters overflowing … (read more)
This property is nothing more than a place to warehouse Seniors until they die – this is no place to enjoy life. The common areas outside are disgusting – mold covered sidewalks, dumpsters overflowing … (read more)

Sprenger Health Care Of Massillon

205 Rohr Ave NW, Massillon, OH, 44646


2013, 2015, 2016

Brookdale Canton

1119 Perry Drive North West, Canton, OH, 44708

Brookdale Canton is located in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum. This senior living community is situated close to Sippo Lake Park, … (read more)
Brookdale Canton is located in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum. This senior living community is situated close to Sippo Lake Park, … (read more)

2015, 2022

Aviva Hills

4550 Hills and Dales Rd NW, Canton, OH, 44708

We toured the place we were going to send my mother-in-law to, which is called The Landing of Canton Assisted Living and Memory Care. It was wonderful that’s why we picked on that day to go ahead and … (read more)
We toured the place we were going to send my mother-in-law to, which is called The Landing of Canton Assisted Living and Memory Care. It was wonderful that’s why we picked on that day to go ahead and … (read more)

Heritage Villas

905 Pittsburg Ave NW, North Canton, OH, 44720

Heritage Villas is one of the best communities I’ve seen as far as for the elderly. The staff is attentive. They’re always there. Everybody is very friendly. The transition into the facility was unbel … (read more)
Heritage Villas is one of the best communities I’ve seen as far as for the elderly. The staff is attentive. They’re always there. Everybody is very friendly. The transition into the facility was unbel … (read more)

Allay Senior Care of Meyers Lake

3328-3332 13th St. NW, Canton, OH, 44708

Allay Senior Care of Meyers Lake, is located in Canton, Ohio, close to I-77, allowing easy access to Akron. Relatives appreciate the home-like atmosphere of this facility, and they also praise the com … (read more)
Allay Senior Care of Meyers Lake, is located in Canton, Ohio, close to I-77, allowing easy access to Akron. Relatives appreciate the home-like atmosphere of this facility, and they also praise the com … (read more)

The Canton Regency Senior Living Residences

4515 22nd St NW, Canton, OH, 44708

I liked the different programs, and the apartments that The Canton Regency Senior Living Residences have. The apartments were nice and big. The staff was friendly. The food was good. They have compute … (read more)
I liked the different programs, and the apartments that The Canton Regency Senior Living Residences have. The apartments were nice and big. The staff was friendly. The food was good. They have compute … (read more)

Chapel Hill Community

12200 strausser street, northwest, Canal Fulton, OH, 44614

I placed my mom here in January, and am not pleased. They are terribly understaffed. The staff they do have is under-educated. They only have one nurse for 32 residents in assisted living. In the few … (read more)
I placed my mom here in January, and am not pleased. They are terribly understaffed. The staff they do have is under-educated. They only have one nurse for 32 residents in assisted living. In the few … (read more)

Brewster Parke, Inc.

360 Wabash Avenue North, Brewster, OH, 44613

I went to Brewster Parke, Inc. I was impressed with their bedrooms. It was very big and had a queen-size bed, TV, microwave, and refrigerator. The building I was touring was brand-new, which may expla … (read more)
I went to Brewster Parke, Inc. I was impressed with their bedrooms. It was very big and had a queen-size bed, TV, microwave, and refrigerator. The building I was touring was brand-new, which may expla … (read more)

Canton Christian Home

2550 cleveland avenue, nw, Canton, OH, 44709

Canton Christian Home provides senior assisted living and nursing care in Canton, Ohio. The facility is conveniently located on 25th St. NW close to Meyers Lake. Residents and loved ones praise the ho … (read more)
Canton Christian Home provides senior assisted living and nursing care in Canton, Ohio. The facility is conveniently located on 25th St. NW close to Meyers Lake. Residents and loved ones praise the ho … (read more)

2016

The Inn at Belden Village

3927 38th street nw, Canton, OH, 44718

The Inn at Belden Village was a little bit older than the other place we visited. There are a lot more residents, and it didn’t seem as personal. It’s a nice facility, and the rooms were nice. They’re … (read more)
The Inn at Belden Village was a little bit older than the other place we visited. There are a lot more residents, and it didn’t seem as personal. It’s a nice facility, and the rooms were nice. They’re … (read more)

Altercare of Navarre

517 Park St, Navarre, OH, 44662


Glenwood Care and Rehabilitation

836 34th street, n.w., Canton, OH, 44709

The rooms don’t get cleaned by the housekeeper who they have on staff, my friend does there own cleaning!! I had a few people on staff, who are not very pleasant with my friend and they make her cry a … (read more)
The rooms don’t get cleaned by the housekeeper who they have on staff, my friend does there own cleaning!! I had a few people on staff, who are not very pleasant with my friend and they make her cry a … (read more)

McKinley Health Care Center

800 Market Avenue North, Canton, OH, 44702

Dark and uninviting. Although there are several employees I have witnessed who indeed very much care for those in the facility, there are far too many who do not. Unsanitary conditions resulting in a … (read more)
Dark and uninviting. Although there are several employees I have witnessed who indeed very much care for those in the facility, there are far too many who do not. Unsanitary conditions resulting in a … (read more)

St. Luke Lutheran Community – North Canton

220 applegrove street, northeast, North Canton, OH, 44720

The assisted living at Saint Luke Lutheran Home was brand new. I think they’ve only opened about a month when I was there, so there weren’t too many residents yet. They were still getting their feet u … (read more)
The assisted living at Saint Luke Lutheran Home was brand new. I think they’ve only opened about a month when I was there, so there weren’t too many residents yet. They were still getting their feet u … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Massillon

In Massillon, as in the rest of Ohio, assisted living communities are called residential care facilities and are overseen by the Ohio Department of Health. This agency outlines the scope of care facilities must provide and ensures high-quality services through initial and annual licensing processes. It also enforces rules regarding staffing and staff training, care planning and intake and discharge procedures. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Massillon

  • Massillon is an affordable retirement destination with a cost of living that’s nearly 25% below the national average. Seniors may save money on transportation and personal groceries, helping their retirement dollars stretch further.   
  • Massillon has a reliable transportation system with fixed-route services throughout the region. To help individuals use this service, SARTA provides a travel training program that teaches riders how to plan trips, transfer between buses and purchase passes. This program comes with a free 31-day pass for first-time users. The company also offers Proline services for those needing accessible transportation, and it’s an approved provider for those on Ohio Medicaid.  
  • Massillon seniors don’t pay state income taxes on their Social Security benefits. While other types of retirement income are subject to taxation at the state level, seniors can claim credits to minimize their expenses. Property taxes are relatively high, but seniors may avoid this expense by transitioning to assisted living.  
  • Health care is affordable in Massillon, which may make the city a good option for those with chronic conditions. On average, expenses such as doctor’s office visits, dental care and hospital stays are about 15% cheaper here than in the nation as a whole. Aultman Hospital is located within the city proper and provides primary, specialty and emergency care. 
  • Although property crime is more common in Massillon than in the typical U.S. city, the violent crime rate here is relatively low. According to the most recent data, this type of crime occurs at a rate of about 222 incidents per 100,000 people compared to the state and national respective rates of 293 and 379. This is low compared to similarly sized cities such as Wooster and Barberton.  
  • Massillon rates higher on the BestPlaces comfort index than the nation as a whole and most places in Ohio, making it a good option for those who enjoy being outdoors. Summers are warm, with temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s, and winters are chilly with highs in the mid-30s.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Massillon

Assisted living facilities in Massillon charge approximately $4,633 per month for services. This is about $300 higher than the state median of $4,350 and the national rate of $4,300.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $4,633 per month, Massillon is among the pricier cities in Ohio for assisted living services. Those seeking more affordable care may consider Columbus, where rates are higher than the state and national averages but lower than in Massillon at $4,500. In Cleveland, rates are the lowest in the state at $3,950. Massillon is a cheaper city to obtain care than Toledo, where seniors pay $4,779 per month, and Dayton, where care costs are the highest in the state at $5,245.  

$4633

Massillon

$4350

Ohio

$4300

The United States

$3950

Cleveland

$5245

Dayton

$4500

Columbus

$4779

Toledo

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Older adults in Massillon pay approximately $4,338 per month for home care and specialized home health care. However, these fees don’t include housing, meals and recreational activities, which may make assisted living more affordable despite its slightly higher monthly rate of $4,633. The cheapest senior care option in the city is adult day health care at $975. Nursing home care is the most expensive, with facilities charging $6,540 for shared rooms and $7,604 for private accommodations. 

$4338

Homemaker Services

$4338

Home Health Aide

$975

Adult Day Health Care

$4633

Assisted Living Facility

$6540

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7604

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Massillon was not available, so data for the closest city, Canton, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Massillon

Medicaid eligible seniors in Massillon may be able to get financial assistance with their assisted living expenses through one of Ohio’s two programs. These are known as MyCare Ohio and the Assisted Living Waiver Program.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ohio

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 Massillon

Several nonprofit agencies and organizations provide free and low-cost services to older adults in the Massillon region. These resources help older adults plan for current and future care needs, access community-based services and identify options for paying for assisted living.  

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(800) 421-7277 

Direction Home Akron Canton is the Area Agency on Aging for Massillon. This nonprofit agency administers a range of services to complement or supplement what assisted living facilities provide, including social and recreational programs, congregate meals and information and referrals for community-based services. It also serves as the long-term care ombudsman for the region and can help older adults resolve issues with billing problems, intake or discharge procedures and substandard quality of care.

(330) 837-2784 

Massillon’s senior center is operated by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and offers special programming for older adults. For a low annual fee, seniors can participate in weekly bowling, age-friendly flexibility classes, board and card games, movie afternoons and birthday and holiday celebrations. The center also provides seasonal tax assistance and monthly blood pressure screenings.

(330) 451-7457 

Stark County’s Veterans Service Commission helps veterans in the Massillon region access services and benefits such as nonemergency medical transportation, financial assistance and social programs. It can also help veterans determine whether they qualify for VA benefits such as pensions, Aid and Attendance or veterans’ home placement, which can help control care expenses.

(866) 584-2350 

Community Legal Aid is a local nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to those aged 60 and over in Massillon. Through this agency, older adults can get one-on-one help with obtaining public benefits such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare and Medicaid.

(800) 686-1578 

OSHIIP is a statewide program that provides free health insurance options counseling to those eligible for Medicare. Older adults can call the program’s hotline for personalized help with understanding their Medicare benefits, determining Medicaid eligibility and comparing Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Massillon

Massillon-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 Ohio