Hixson is a former unincorporated community east of the Tennessee River that’s now blended into the city of Chattanooga. The combined population is 181,099, of which 16.6% are aged 65 and older, mirroring the U.S. average. Hixson’s draw for seniors includes its much lower crime rates, easy access to excellent medical facilities, general affordability and low-cost public transportation. Life in Hixson tends to be centered around Northgate Mall, the second-largest mall in Chattanooga. Fanning out from this vibrant area are rows and rows of family homes linked by charming tree-lined streets. 

Seniors who find daily tasks more challenging, such as cleaning and cooking, should consider assisted living. These facilities offer comfortable homes, friendly environments, rooms cleaned by housekeepers and meals prepared by chefs, while otherwise not infringing on the independence of their residents. Many also include 24-hour security. Every facility has its own pricing structure, but the average a senior can expect to pay is $4,515 per month, which is around 11% above the state average. 

This guide discusses the advantages and disadvantages of living in Hixson and the costs of senior care in the area. It also lists some helpful resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Hixson, TN

2013, 2015, 2016

Brookdale Hixson

4515 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN, 37343

I had an in-person tour of Brookdale Hixson. Mainly the staff and Shannon, who was the director there, she was great. The amenities were nice, and what we saw was nice. It was just mom needed more tha … (read more)
I had an in-person tour of Brookdale Hixson. Mainly the staff and Shannon, who was the director there, she was great. The amenities were nice, and what we saw was nice. It was just mom needed more tha … (read more)

Regency House

2062 Hamill Road, Hixson, TN, 37343

We toured Regency House and it was the first time I’ve ever been in one. It was nice. It was a very nice tour, and we really liked it. The only thing is it is so little, but I got to get used to that. … (read more)
We toured Regency House and it was the first time I’ve ever been in one. It was nice. It was a very nice tour, and we really liked it. The only thing is it is so little, but I got to get used to that. … (read more)

2015

Morning Pointe of Hixson

5501 Old Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN, 37343

Morning Pointe of Hixson was very nice. I don’t know if it fits my mother’s price range, but everything was very nice, and the people were very pleasant. We were there while they were playing bingo in … (read more)
Morning Pointe of Hixson was very nice. I don’t know if it fits my mother’s price range, but everything was very nice, and the people were very pleasant. We were there while they were playing bingo in … (read more)

Memory Lane at Forest Plaza

4301 Forest Plaza Dr, Hixson, TN, 37343

I chose Memory Lane at Forest Plaza as it is a small residential home, and my father does better in smaller settings. The staff is very compassionate and caring, and they worked very well with whateve … (read more)
I chose Memory Lane at Forest Plaza as it is a small residential home, and my father does better in smaller settings. The staff is very compassionate and caring, and they worked very well with whateve … (read more)

Dominion Senior Living of Hixson

2143 Northpoint Blvd, Hixson, TN, 37343

My mother-in-law is at Dominion Senior Living of Hixson. There people engaged and participating in activities. It made us feel like she would be a part of a community, and not just having a place to s … (read more)
My mother-in-law is at Dominion Senior Living of Hixson. There people engaged and participating in activities. It made us feel like she would be a part of a community, and not just having a place to s … (read more)

Life Care Center of Hixson

5798 Hixson Homeplace, Hixson, TN, 37343

This place is nothing short of incredible. The people have been caring I will go as far as to say loving And more than I could have possibly ask for for my 92 year old grandmother. I strongly believe … (read more)
This place is nothing short of incredible. The people have been caring I will go as far as to say loving And more than I could have possibly ask for for my 92 year old grandmother. I strongly believe … (read more)

2018

StoryPoint Chattanooga

1148 Mountain Creek Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37405

With its prime location in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Manorhouse Assisted Living offers a myriad of amenities for residents and their loved ones. The staff is both courteous and respectful and does an ex … (read more)
With its prime location in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Manorhouse Assisted Living offers a myriad of amenities for residents and their loved ones. The staff is both courteous and respectful and does an ex … (read more)

Life Care Center of Red Bank

1020 Runyan Drive, Chattanooga, TN, 37405

this place is the worst place I’ve ever seen.my mother went there for a short. Of time they had her on some kind of drugs that kept her sleep.after confronting them several times I never did find out … (read more)
this place is the worst place I’ve ever seen.my mother went there for a short. Of time they had her on some kind of drugs that kept her sleep.after confronting them several times I never did find out … (read more)

Ascension Living Valley Residence

1164 Mountain Creek Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37405

Ascension Living Valley Residence (formerly Alexian Brothers Tennessee Memory Care) is for more advanced memory care. You’re not allowed out. All the doors leading to the very front of the premises ca … (read more)
Ascension Living Valley Residence (formerly Alexian Brothers Tennessee Memory Care) is for more advanced memory care. You’re not allowed out. All the doors leading to the very front of the premises ca … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Hixson

The Tennessee Department of Health’s Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities is responsible for ensuring assisted living facilities in the state abide by the conditions of their licenses. Its work includes conducting on-the-spot inspections at all locations and federal certification surveys on facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The department also has the power to revoke licenses. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Hixson

  • One of Hixson’s attractions is its affordability, illustrated by the average score of 83.8 revealed by Sperling’s Best Places (the U.S. average is 100). Although health care costs are slightly above average, groceries and transportation costs are typically lower, more than offsetting the differences in medical care.
  • There are several subsidized transportation services for seniors in Hamilton County. The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga provides a free door-to-door service for members during working hours, Mondays to Thursdays. The Chattanooga  Area Regional Transportation Authority manages many fixed-route services, charging seniors 75¢ per one-way trip. The authority also operates the Care-a-Van service for seniors temporarily or permanently unable to use the fixed-route service. It operates every day and charges $2.50 per one-way trip and $5 for there and back again.
  • Although Tennessee’s violent and property crime rates are higher than the national average, Hixson’s statistics make much better reading, being below those of the state and the country. An additional source of comfort for seniors in assisted living is that these facilities often have 24-hour surveillance cameras and staff members nearby.
  • The southern climate is typically more favorable for seniors, providing comfortable winters, warm summers and a welcome absence of snow and ice. In Hixson, winter temperatures average at 29 degrees, while in summer, the weather dial sits at around 89 degrees. Rainfall is typically 13 inches more than the national average of 38, while it adds to humidity levels, it keeps the beautiful landscape lush and green.
  • Several hospitals provide excellent medical care in the area, including the Kindred Hospital-Chattanooga and the highly-rated CHI Memorial Hospital, ranked #2 in Tennessee by U.S. News & World Report. There are also a significant number of Medicare registered physicians, including 126 specializing in family medicine.
  • Hixson, as part of Chattanooga, is an AARP Age-Friendly Community, which means the city’s leadership actively promotes and supports senior-friendly policies and services.

Paying for Assisted Living in Hixson

The results of the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reveal the average fee for an assisted living placement in Hixson is $4,515 per month. This is significantly more than the $4,039 paid by the average senior in Tennessee, although, when compared with the U.S. average of $4,300, the difference isn’t as wide. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Hixon’s average fees are at the top end of the scale for Tennessee. Only Cleveland’s typical costs of $4,264 come close, while seniors in Knoxville are more likely to pay $3,900 per month. Comparisons with nearby cities in other states widen the gap further. For example, in Dalton, Georgia, costs are $3,588, while in Huntsville, Alabama, they’re $2,990.

$4515

Hixson

$4039

Tennessee

$4300

The United States

$4264

Cleveland

$3900

Knoxville

$3588

Dalton, GA

$2990

Huntsville, AL

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

At $1,733, adult day care centers offer the most affordable type of senior care, followed by home and home health care at $4,195, despite the latter providing some medical support. Assisted living’s costs are the most affordable type of care with accommodation. Nursing homes charge the highest fees, typically $8,267 for a private room, although a semiprivate room can be had for $7,148 per month.

$4195

Homemaker Services

$4195

Home Health Aide

$1733

Adult Day Health Care

$4515

Assisted Living Facility

$7148

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8267

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Hixson was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Chattanooga, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Hixson

The TennCare CHOICES program, part of the Tennessee Medicaid program, can help qualified seniors pay for the cost of assisted living in Hixson. Seniors must already be on Medicaid to qualify.

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 Hixson

Seniors in Hixson can call on the help of a range of government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The following resources are samples of what’s available to help seniors in dispute with their care providers, veterans unsure about the benefits they’re entitled to and retirees looking to positively use their free time and help their communities.

Resource

Contact

Service

(877) 236-0013

Seniors unable to resolve issues with their care providers can contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, who will advocate for them and pursue resolutions to their complaints. The families of assisted living residents and third parties can also register complaints. If a complaint alleges criminal actions, such as elder abuse and neglect, the ombudsman immediately refers it to the proper authority. Seniors can also get free access to inspection reports, enabling them to make more informed choices on the best assisted living facilities for their needs.

(423) 209-7884

The VSO (Veterans Service Officer) of Hamilton County helps U.S. military vets and their dependents identify and access the full range of local, state, federal and military benefits they're entitled to. These can include compensation for service-related disabilities and VA Aid and Attendance payments, which specifically help seniors cover some of their assisted living costs.

(423) 870-8924

The North River Civic Center welcomes all age groups. Its appeal for seniors can be found in its wide choice of sports and fitness programs, where they make the most of the facility's exercise room, swimming pool, tennis courts and softball court. The center also holds several educational classes. Art classes focusing on improving drawing skills and developing watercolor techniques are particularly popular. There are many local clubs in the center, such as the Lions Club and the American Legion.

(423) 755-2726

RSVP is a nonprofit organization that connects seniors with government agencies and other nonprofits that rely on the help of volunteers. All participants receive free accident and liability insurance, with many also having their travel costs reimbursed. The range of work varies greatly, from unskilled services, such as helping to clear up litter in public parks, to services that utilize the seniors' existing skills, knowledge and experience.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Hixson

Hixson-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Tennessee