Assisted Living in Bristol
Broadmore Senior Living at Bristol826 Meadowview Road, Bristol, TN
Dominion Senior Living Bristol425 Shelby Lane, Bristol, TN
Brookdale Johnson City2003 Waters Edge Drive, Johnson City, TN
Brookdale BristolOne Liberty Place, Bristol, VA
Oakmont at Gordon Park401 Gordon Avenue, Bristol, VA
Elmcroft of Kingsport901 Teasel Drive, Kingsport, TN
Broadmore Senior Living at Johnson City406 E. Mountain View Road, Johnson City, TN
English Meadows Abingdon Campus15089 Harmony Hills Lane, Abingdon, VA
Brookdale Kingsport2424 N. John B. Dennis Hwy., Kingsport, TN
Brookdale Rock Springs640 Rock Springs Road, Kingsport, TN
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bristol
Bristol, a small city in Sullivan County, has a history that stretches back to the 1850s and a population of 26,666 people. Roughly 25 percent of the city's population is people over the age of 60, and to support the senior population, the region offers 35 assisted living communities. Two facilities are located in the city proper and 33 are located in the surrounding cities. All of these facilities are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health, Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bristol
- Bristol has hot summers, with highs around 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and cold winters with January lows in the mid-20s. The city receives about 43 inches of rain annually, which is just a few inches above the national average, and 12 inches of snow, which is less than half the nation’s average of 26 inches.
- Bristol is an affordable city where seniors can expect to spend about 4 percent less on health care costs and about 5 percent less on transportation costs.
- Tennessee’s sales tax rate is 5 percent on food items and 7 percent on other goods, and the Bristol sales tax rate is 2.25 percent, meaning that residents pay a relatively high sales tax of 7.25 percent on food and 9.25 percent on other goods. However, Social Security income and other sources of retirement income are not taxed at the state level, which may help offset the high sales tax and leave more money in the budget for assisted living costs.
- Bristol has a relatively high crime rate that is higher than both the state and national average.
- Public transportation in Bristol is provided courtesy of the Bristol Tennessee Transit, which operates six fixed routes throughout the city. Seniors receive half-priced fare, and ADA services are available for those who qualify.
- The Bristol area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Bristol Regional Medical Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Paying for Assisted Living in Bristol
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Bristol start around $2,900 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 Bristol 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 Bristol
Bristol seniors who qualify for Medicaid may obtain financial assistance for assisted living through the Medicaid 1115 managed care Long-Term Services and Supports program.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Tennessee 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 Tennessee page.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Bristol
Bristol 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.
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.