5 Assisted Living Facilities near Athens, TX
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There are 5 Assisted Living Facilities in the Athens area, with 4 in Athens and 1 nearby.
The average cost of assisted living in Athens is $3,398 per month. This is lower than the national median of $3,635. Cheaper nearby regions include Jacksonville with an average starting cost of $3,295.
To help you with your search, browse the 34 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Athens. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Athens 4.6 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Canton with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
Caring.com has helped 5 families in Athens find high-quality senior care. To speak with one of our Family Advisors about assisted living options and costs in Athens, call (855) 863-8283.
Top 5 Assisted Living Facilities in Athens, TX
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Athens
Athens, TX, claims to be the place where the American hamburger was invented, and to this day there's an annual hamburger festival in town that residents of all ages attend. Seniors from the town's five assisted living communities can be seen there with family and friends, before returning to what the Texas Department of Health and Human Services classifies as a Type A long-term care facility. Residents at Type A facilities get room and board for their monthly payment, but otherwise they live with as much independence as possible. Staff at Athens' assisted living communities provide emergency response to seniors, as needed, as well as help with various activities of daily living (ADLs) as bathing, dressing and taking some medications.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Athens
Athens' weather gets hot in the summer, with highs averaging 94 degrees Fahrenheit in August. Dust gets kicked up in the summer, which can make outdoor activity difficult for seniors with asthma on a few days a year. Winters are very mild here, and the coolest days of December and January can be dry enough to cause discomfort for seniors with COPD or asthma. Winter lows average 35 degrees overnight at the coldest.
Athens' cost of living is comfortably lower than the national average. Seniors who pay for their own groceries and health care pay around 7 percent less in Athens than elsewhere in the country.
- There's no income tax in Texas, though a sales tax of between 6.25 and 8.25 percent takes a piece out of aging citizens' shopping budgets. Seniors who drive also pay a 20 cent gas tax on every gallon.
- Crime is slightly higher in Athens than in the rest of the country. Most of the difference is in non-violent property crimes, however, while the violent crimes seniors need to be concerned about are relatively rare.
- Go Bus provides reliable, on-demand public transportation for residents of rural East Texas. Seniors who live in local assisted living communities often rely on Go Bus for help getting to medical office visits and for making personal trips or visiting friends and family.
- The Athens area is home to world-class medical facilities, including UT Health Athens, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
Paying for Assisted Living in Athens
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Assisted Living costs in Athens start around $3,398 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 Athens 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 Athens
Low-income seniors in Texas can get help paying some or all of the cost of assisted living through the state's STAR+PLUS program. This is a Medicaid waiver benefit that diverts aging citizens from nursing homes and into assisted living, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Texas 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 Texas page.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Athens
Athens 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.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Athens, please visit our Assisted Living in Texas page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Athens
Athens-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Texas are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Texas page for more information about these laws.
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Athens
Review of Lakeland House
My dad has moved into Lakeland House. It's been a couple of weeks. He's doing very well. It's very good, and we're very pleased with the place. The living atmosphere is great. It's nice. It is not ... Read more
Review of Country Place Senior Living of Athens
We toured Country Place Senior Living of Athens. The living atmosphere was good. It was very casual and very comfortable. It was nice and clean. It's small, too. They have a film room, and they wat... Read more
Review of Arabella of Athens
I was able to tour Arabella of Athens. It's a very nice facility and very well run. It's fairly close to home also. It's a very clean and very well-maintained facility. They are very accommodating.... Read more