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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Bristol, TN for 2024

Bristol sits about two hours northeast of Knoxville, near the Virginia state border. The city hosts 1 assisted living communities, while an additional 38 dwells in surrounding areas. Overall, these communities charge about $4,599 per month in 2024. This amount is less than Tennessee's typical price of $4,900 and the national rate of $5,350.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bristol

The Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Facilities regulates all assisted living communities within the state. These guidelines are related to items like staffing, health and safety, quality of care and medication administration.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bristol

  • Based on a national index average of 100, the average cost of living in Bristol is 78.4, making the area an affordable option for seniors on a budget. In all categories, including health, groceries and transportation, Bristol’s cost of living was lower than the national averages.
  • In the event of an emergency or for the care of a chronic condition, Bristol is home to the Bristol Regional Medical Center and the Tri-Cities Select Specialty Hospital. The Bristol Regional Medical Center was recognized in 2019-2020 by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the most high-performing hospitals.
  • Summers in Bristol are hot and humid, with July highs around 85 degrees. Seniors who enjoy seeing snow in the winter can appreciate up to an average of 12-inches of snow per year. With 201 sunny days, there is plenty of time for active seniors to explore the area and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Violent crime in Bristol is only slightly higher than the national average of 22.7 at 23.9. Property crime is higher in the area at 50.1, compared to the national average of 35.4. Fortunately, most assisted living facilities have 24-hour security and surveillance equipment to keep residents safe. 
  • The BestPlaces Health Cost Index measures how healthy a city is based on air quality, water quality and illness risk. The cost index for the Bristol area is 107.1, which is better than the national average of 100.

Paying for Assisted Living in Bristol

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

According to the Genworth 2024 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Bristol costs about $4,599 per month. This is $751 less than the national median, but seniors can find even lower fees in Morristown, where facilities charge about $3,970. On the other hand, rates are notably higher in Chattanooga, at approximately $5,350 per month.

Bristol

$4,599

Tennessee

$4,900

The United States

$5,350

Knoxville

$4,825

Morristown

$3,970

Chattanooga

$5,350

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living in Bristol, costing a median of $4,599 per month, offers a cost-effective option for seniors needing basic assistance with daily activities. It is $168 cheaper than home health care, which provides more intensive, medical support in the home. Additionally, it is $4,480 less expensive than nursing home care, which offers round-the-clock medical supervision and comprehensive care for those with significant health needs, justifying its higher cost. 

Home Health Care

$4,767

Assisted Living Facility

$4,599

Nursing Home Facility (semi-private room)

$9,079

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bristol

The state of Tennessee provides financial assistance to eligible seniors via its TennCare program. The program provides healthcare and long-term care to local seniors. 

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tennessee

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 Tennessee page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Bristol

Bristol and the surrounding area offer a variety of programs and services to help seniors in assisted living facilities. Some of these services include counseling and legal aid, while others provide older adults an opportunity to socialize and stay active within the community.

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Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability(615) 741-2056The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability was created by the state general assembly to provide leadership on issues regarding aging. The commission works to bring programs, resources and organizations that preserve the quality of life of older adults in the region.
First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability(423) 764-1818The local area agency on aging provides information on the available programs and services for older adults who reside in the area. The agency offers delivered meals, transportation, legal aid and case management.
Tennessee Technology Access Program (TTAP)(615) 313-5183TTAP is a state program that helps seniors locate assistive devices and services to live independent and productive lives. The program also provides training and outreach programs to help seniors become more aware of what’s available and how the products can be used.
Tennessee Long-Term Care Ombudsman(615) 253-5412The state long-term care ombudsman listens to concerns and problems that arise in long-term care facilities and works to solve them. These concerns include quality of care, finances, residents’ rights, admissions, transfers and discharge.
Slater Community Center(423) 764-4023The first floor of the Slater Community Center is devoted to the senior program division. The building has two cardio rooms, a weight room, billiards and an auditorium. The cafeteria, which is also used as a gathering place for seniors, has three computer workstations and is also used for public meetings and other events.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bristol

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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Average in a field of no good options

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of American House Bristol

American House is like any typical assisted living in the United States--focused on profit, expensive, not enough staff, and extra charges for many things. It's very discouraging what over $6500 a...

Provider response

Thank you for your feedback. It's always our hope our residents and guests have a pleasant experience with us. When they don't, we want to personally hear about it. Feel free to reach out to our...

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Joann

I visited this facility

Review of American House Bristol

American House Bristol was very, very clean. One thing I did like about it is that it had a courtyard. When you go inside the building, you have a nice lobby area and then you also have doors that...

Provider response

Joann, thank you for taking the time to visit our community! We enjoyed meeting you and hope to welcome you home to American House!

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Sandra

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of American House Bristol

My dad is at American House Bristol. He seems to be adjusting well. They seem to be very sensitive and typically are well informed of anything that he needs. I'm very pleased with where he is right...

Provider response

Sandra, thank you for the 4-star review of our community! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us.

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