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

The age-friendly city of Kingsport has approximately 55,000 residents and is located in the easternmost region of Tennessee. Its large senior population, which accounts for nearly a quarter of the population, benefits from retiree-friendly tax laws, a low cost of living and access to a large health care provider network. 

Seniors in Kingsport choose from numerous assisted living facilities, which are residential facilities that provide basic personal care services as well as meals, housekeeping and maintenance services and recreational activities. Some facilities accommodate pets and have additional amenities such as on-site hair salons, fitness centers and libraries for added convenience. The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey shows that seniors in this city pay $4,200 per month for this level of care, which is a little higher than the statewide rate but affordable compared to the national average.

This guide provides more information on local senior care costs as well as an overview of how its benefits and drawbacks impact assisted living residents. It also highlights the programs and organizations that serve older adults in the region.  

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Kingsport

Assisted living facilities in Kingsport adhere to guidelines and regulations set by the Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Health Care Facilities. Through this department, seniors can get information regarding the licensure and certification process, residents’ rights and information on filing complaints.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Kingsport

  • Tennessee doesn’t have a standard income tax, so older adults in Kingsport only pay federal taxes on their retirement income. The sales tax rate is very high but property taxes are low, which may expedite home sales for those moving to assisted living.  
  • Kingsport is listed on the AARP Age-Friendly Network, meaning that it has a comprehensive action plan for making the city a comfortable place for residents of all ages.  
  • Kingsport is among Tennessee’s cooler cities, with year-round high temperatures ranging from 46 to 87 degrees. July is often muggy but humidity levels tend to be low throughout the rest of the year, and the city only gets about 9 inches of annual snowfall. Assisted living facilities provide year-round indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities to help residents stay busy regardless of the weather.  
  • Crime is a little more common in Kingsport than in the typical U.S. city, with the city rating 33.7 for violent crime and 69.8 for property crime on a 100-point index versus national scores of 22.7 and 35.4, respectively. This may make residential care an attractive alternative to living alone.  
  • Health care costs are a little high in Kingsport compared to most U.S. cities, but there are about 367 physicians per capita compared to the national average of 210, which may shorten wait times to see primary care doctors and specialists. Two hospitals, including Holston Valley Medical Center and Indian Path Community Hospital, are located within the city proper for those in local assisted living facilities.  
  • Kingsport’s overall cost of living is nearly 20% lower than the national average and about 6% lower than the state median, which may help seniors stretch their retirement dollars further. Housing prices are particularly low and may result in competitive assisted living rates.  
  • The Kingsport Area Transit Service operates a Dial-a-Ride program, which provides affordable curb-to-curb transportation services to those aged 65 and over and may supplement the transportation services seniors obtain through assisted living. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Kingsport

In Kingsport, seniors pay $4,200 per month for assisted living services. While this is a little higher than the statewide average rate of $4,039, it’s competitive compared to the national median of $4,300.    

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living facilities in Kingsport charge $4,200 per month, making this among the costlier places in Tennessee for residential care. Memphis is among the few cities with higher care costs, with locals paying $4,391. In Clarksville, monthly assisted living rates are on par with the Kingsport average at $4,190, and in the Nashville area, seniors pay $3,720. Seniors may save several hundred dollars on care by obtaining assisted living in Morristown, where communities charge $3,435 for monthly services.  

Kingsport

$4,200

Tennessee

$4,039

The United States

$4,300

Morristown

$3,435

Nashville Area

$3,720

Clarksville

$4,190

Memphis

$4,391

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Kingsport have several residential and home-based care options depending on their budget and living preferences. Adult day health care is generally the cheapest option. Local cost data for this care option isn’t available, but statewide, seniors pay $1,679 for services. In-home care, including homemaker services and specialized home health aide services, averages $3,909 per month. Assisted living is a little more expensive at $4,200, but unlike in-home care, monthly fees include living expenses such as meals and housing. Nursing homes offer the highest level of care for $7,194 for semiprivate accommodations and $8,197 for private rooms.  

Homemaker Services

$3,909

Home Health Aide

$3,909

Adult Day Health Care

0

Assisted Living Facility

$4,200

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7,194

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$8,197

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Kingsport

The TennCare CHOICES program, part of the Tennessee Medicaid program, can help qualified seniors pay for the cost of assisted living in Kingsport. 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 Kingsport

Seniors in Kingsport have access to legal experts, options counselors and community-based service providers who help them obtain the information they need to make informed long-term care decisions. This resource table features nonprofit organizations and programs that serve older adults in the Kingsport region through information, assistance and advocacy.  

ResourceContactService
Kingsport Senior Center(423) 392-8400Kingsport Senior Center is open to those aged 50 and over and hosts a variety of age-friendly fitness classes, educational workshops and virtual activities such as crochet tournaments and tai chi for arthritis. It houses the Consignment Gallery where older artisans can sell handmade items. The center also hosts holiday events and facilitates trips to points of interest such as performing arts venues and restaurants.
First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability(423) 928-0224The local Area Agency on Aging serves those aged 60 and over through programs and services designed to enhance seniors’ independence and quality of life. Through the AAA, seniors connect with information specialists who help them access community-based services such as prescription drug assistance, durable medical equipment loans and recreational activities to complement what they receive in assisted living. The agency administers the state Medicaid’s CHOICES program, which covers long-term care services. It also has SHIP counselors who help older adults understand their health insurance options and access public benefits.
Veterans Service Officer(423) 616-2088The nearest stationed officers from the state’s Department of Veterans Services are in Morristown, about 50 miles west of Kingsport. The VSO provides over-the-phone assistance to veterans and their families, helping them access VA benefits that may help cover assisted living, such as veterans’ and survivors’ pensions and Aid and Attendance. The office can also help seniors access medical services and wellness screenings in the community, along with peer counseling, transportation and emergency financial assistance.
Legal Aid of East Tennessee(865) 251-4944Legal Aid of East Tennessee is a regional nonprofit organization with licensed legal experts who provide information, assistance and advocacy for those aged 60 and over. Through this office, seniors get help with understanding assisted living contracts and resolving problems related to move-in and move-out procedures, excessive or inadequate care and billing errors. The office can also screen individuals for eligibility for public benefits that may help cover assisted living expenses, including Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Kingsport

Kingsport-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

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