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

Murfreesboro is a vibrant town with a range of cultural amenities, locally owned shops and restaurants and historic sites, providing an engaging environment for retirement. While this city sees thousands of vacationers annually, it’s home to over 150,000 year-round residents, about 9% of whom are retirement-aged. The city’s comfortable weather and reliable public transportation system make it easy to enjoy local amenities, and the state’s lack of income tax helps many seniors afford long-term care.

Murfreesboro has numerous assisted living facilities that meet the needs of older adults who need help with some daily living activities. Residents have individualized care plans and access to convenient services such as housekeeping and daily meals. According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, seniors in Murfreesboro pay $4,100 per month for assisted living, which is in line with the Tennessee average and several hundred dollars below the national median.

This guide provides more in-depth information on how local assisted living rates compare with rates in other cities throughout the state, and it highlights common ways seniors pay for monthly care expenses. It also lists free resources available to seniors and some of the laws and regulations local assisted living facilities follow.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Murfreesboro

In Murfreesboro and the rest of Tennessee, assisted living facilities follow the rules set by the Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Health Care Facilities. This agency licenses assisted living facilities and publishes information on the minimum licensing requirements related to scope of care, building features and nutrition services. It also has a portal for filing complaints. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Murfreesboro

  • Tennessee doesn’t have a state income tax, which may benefit those moving to Murfreesboro from outside the state. Seniors only pay income taxes at the federal level on their retirement income, allowing them to put more money toward local residential care costs.  
  • Health care options in Murfreesboro are limited, and on average, costs for services such as dental care and hospitalization are about 6% higher here than in the typical U.S. city. There is one hospital within the city, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford, and several more within driving distance. Additionally, assisted living facilities often have visiting physicians and therapists, along with nurses on staff, ensuring prompt care for residents.  
  • Murfreesboro has fairly pleasant weather year-round, which may appeal to those who enjoy outdoor activities. Summers are warm with temperatures near 90 degrees, and while July often has muggy conditions, humidity is low for the rest of the year. Winters are chilly with daytime temperatures in the upper-40s, and the city gets about 4 inches of annual snowfall.  
  • Crime is a little more prevalent in Murfreesboro than in most cities across the state and nation. On a 100-point crime index that assigns higher values to cities with more crime, Murfreesboro scores 24.4 for violent crime and 46.8 for property crime. By comparison, nationally, respective scores average 22.7 and 35.4. Assisted living facilities keep residents and their belongings safe through video surveillance, high-security locks and alarm systems. 
  • Murfreesboro is an expensive place to live compared to a typical Tennessee city, but its cost of living is consistent with the national average. On a 100-point index based on the national average, the city scores 100.6 versus the state score of 87.6. Housing costs are relatively high here, but seniors may be able to avoid high living expenses by moving to assisted living. 
  • Rover Public Transit, Murfreesboro’s public transportation service, provides reduced prices for seniors. This program enables those aged 65 and over to ride for half the standard adult fare. To obtain a reduced fare card, seniors must submit applications through the City of Murfreesboro website

Paying for Assisted Living in Murfreesboro

Seniors in Murfreesboro pay approximately $4,100 per month for assisted living services. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

In Murfreesboro, assisted living facilities charge $4,100 per month on average for care, which is consistent with the state rate of $4,105 and several hundred dollars lower than the nation’s average of $4,500. Seniors seeking more affordable care may consider Clarksville, where rates are the lowest recorded in the state at $3,215. In Jackson, care costs exceed Murfreesboro’s average at $4,240, and in Kingsport, seniors pay $4,445 for residential care. In Cleveland, rates are among the highest in Tennessee at $4,835. 

Murfreesboro

$4,100

Tennessee

$4,105

United States

$4,500

Jackson

$4,240

Kingsport

$4,445

Cleveland

$4,835

Clarksville

$3,215

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Murfreesboro seniors have several long-term care options, the cheapest of which is adult day health care at $1,842 per month. Assisted living is more than double the cost at $4,100 but includes housing, all meals and services such as housekeeping and linen care. Seniors who arrange in-home care or specialized home health care pay $4,767 per month. Nursing home facilities charge the highest rates in the city of $7,270 for shared rooms. 

In-Home Care

$4,767

Home Health Care

$4,767

Adult Day Health Care

$1,842

Assisted Living Facility

$4,100

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$7,270

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Murfreesboro

The state covers services in assisted living facilities through its TennCare CHOICES Medicaid program, but the plan doesn’t pay for room and board costs. Other state programs only apply to seniors with intellectual disabilities.

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 Murfreesboro

The Murfreesboro region is home to several nonprofit organizations, including a senior center, an Area Agency on Aging and a long-term care ombudsman, helping older adults access the services they need throughout retirement. The following table highlights these and other resources for seniors in Murfreesboro.  

ResourceContactService
St. Clair Senior Center(615) 848-2550The St. Clair Senior Center is open to Murfreesboro residents aged 60 and over. At this center, members participate in volunteer activities, age-friendly fitness and dance classes, art classes and table games. The center also plans day trips to local points of interest, such as art galleries and shops.
Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) Aging and Disability Services(615) 255-1010GNRC’s Aging and Disability Program provides free and low-cost services for Murfreesboro seniors, including information and referrals, transportation services and congregate meals. Assistance is available in person and over the phone via the Information and Assistance Hotline on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Volunteer OpportunitiesEmailMurfreesboro seniors have a broad range of volunteer opportunities open to them through the county. Volunteers may donate as much or as little time as they want to nonprofit agencies such as the American Heart Association, Troupe Survivor, local assisted living facilities and the Foster Care Camp Foundation.
Rutherford County Veterans Office(615) 849-5711The county’s Veterans Office helps veterans and their spouses obtain the benefits they’ve earned, including those that may help pay for residential care such as state veterans' home placement and Aid and Attendance. The office also has a social worker on staff to connect older veterans with community resources.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(615) 840-9311The local long-term care ombudsman advocates on behalf of assisted living residents and helps ensure they receive the level and quality of care they deserve. The ombudsman can help with the move-in process and provide information on public benefits that may cover assisted living expenses.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities 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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