Located in the extreme western part of West Virginia along the Ohio River, Huntington is a vibrant city with about 45,000 residents, including nearly 6,950 seniors aged 65 and older. Huntington is the seat of Cabell County and it’s isolated by distance and geography from larger cities. However, retirees can enjoy a small-town ambiance, and the city still offers plenty of dining, shopping, recreational, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Huntington’s low cost of living, low taxes, high-quality healthcare services and numerous senior resources make it a great place for retirement.

Assisted living provides a residential environment for seniors who need some personalized assistance but wish to remain as independent as possible. However, it’s not suitable for those who require 24/7 skilled nursing care. The average cost of assisted living in Huntington is $3,775, which is lower than the state average and even lower than the national median.

This guide includes details about assisted living in Huntington, including how its average cost stacks up against other West Virginia cities and other types of senior care. It also provides a list of free senior resources and the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Huntington.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Huntington, WV

Grayson Assisted Living

3455 Route 75, Huntington, WV, 25704

My mom resided at Grayson’s until she passed. We had her at another facility and decided to move her the Grayson’s after some issues at the other place. It was the best decision we ever made for m … (read more)
My mom resided at Grayson’s until she passed. We had her at another facility and decided to move her the Grayson’s after some issues at the other place. It was the best decision we ever made for m … (read more)

Woodlands Retirement Community

ONE BRADLEY FOSTER DR, Huntington, WV, 25701

Located in Huntington, West Virginia, Woodlands Retirement Community is adjacent to I-64, four miles from Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Center and minutes from downtown and the Ohio River. Visi … (read more)
Located in Huntington, West Virginia, Woodlands Retirement Community is adjacent to I-64, four miles from Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Center and minutes from downtown and the Ohio River. Visi … (read more)

Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Center

1720 17TH STREET, Huntington, WV, 25701

Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Center is an assisted living facility on 17th Street in Huntington, West Virginia. It’s convenient to Highway 10 and a short drive from Cabell Huntington Hospita … (read more)
Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Center is an assisted living facility on 17th Street in Huntington, West Virginia. It’s convenient to Highway 10 and a short drive from Cabell Huntington Hospita … (read more)

Heritage Center

101 13Th Street, Huntington, WV, 25703

I honestly believe that if this facility had reputable medically trained staff who could be held accountable, I would sue them for malpractice. Their lack of care, communication, and knowledge was in … (read more)
I honestly believe that if this facility had reputable medically trained staff who could be held accountable, I would sue them for malpractice. Their lack of care, communication, and knowledge was in … (read more)

Madison Park Healthcare

700 Madison Avenue, Huntington, WV, 25704


Paramount Senior Living at Cabell-Midland

100 Weatherholt Drive, Ona, WV, 25545

Staff not timely ! Hour to hour and half wait time. Items taken from room staff not helpful and sitting around No shower for 2 months New management is terrible I would not recommend this facili … (read more)
Staff not timely ! Hour to hour and half wait time. Items taken from room staff not helpful and sitting around No shower for 2 months New management is terrible I would not recommend this facili … (read more)

Morning Pointe of Russell

1000 Addington Drive, Russell, KY, 41169

Located along the Ohio River, Morning Pointe of Russell is an assisted living community in Russell, Kentucky, near US Route 23, close to Paramount Arts Center and Highlands Museum and Discovery Center … (read more)
Located along the Ohio River, Morning Pointe of Russell is an assisted living community in Russell, Kentucky, near US Route 23, close to Paramount Arts Center and Highlands Museum and Discovery Center … (read more)

The Village at Riverview

1356 Riverview Drive, Barboursville, WV, 25504

The Village at Riverview is an assisted living facility on Riverview Drive in Barboursville, West Virginia. It’s close to Highway 60 and just a short driving distance from Orchard Hill Country Club … (read more)
The Village at Riverview is an assisted living facility on Riverview Drive in Barboursville, West Virginia. It’s close to Highway 60 and just a short driving distance from Orchard Hill Country Club … (read more)

The Wyngate Senior Living Community

750 Peyton Street, Barboursville, WV, 25504

The Wyngate Senior Living Community is nestled in Barboursville, West Virginia, next to the Guyandotte River and minutes from HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and Barboursville Park. Visitors are i … (read more)
The Wyngate Senior Living Community is nestled in Barboursville, West Virginia, next to the Guyandotte River and minutes from HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and Barboursville Park. Visitors are i … (read more)

Kings Daughters & Sons Home

1100 Bath Ave, Ashland, KY, 41101

My mother-in-law lives in Kings Daughters & Sons Home. It’s very clean. It’s an older facility, and even though it’s not modern and updated a lot, they do around-the-clock care. So for what her fi … (read more)
My mother-in-law lives in Kings Daughters & Sons Home. It’s very clean. It’s an older facility, and even though it’s not modern and updated a lot, they do around-the-clock care. So for what her fi … (read more)

Wyngate at RiversEdge Senior Living Community

7694 County Road 107, Proctorville, OH, 45669

Wyngate at RiversEdge Senior Living Community is located on County Road 107 in Proctorville, Ohio. It’s next to the Ohio River and convenient to Proctorville Food Fair and US Bank. Visitors commend … (read more)
Wyngate at RiversEdge Senior Living Community is located on County Road 107 in Proctorville, Ohio. It’s next to the Ohio River and convenient to Proctorville Food Fair and US Bank. Visitors commend … (read more)

Chateau Grove Senior Living

6 Chateau Lane, Barboursville, WV, 25504

Chateau Grove Senior Living is nestled in Barboursville, West Virginia, less than a mile from I-64, Mud River and White Chapel Memorial Gardens and just six minutes from shopping at Huntington Mall. F … (read more)
Chateau Grove Senior Living is nestled in Barboursville, West Virginia, less than a mile from I-64, Mud River and White Chapel Memorial Gardens and just six minutes from shopping at Huntington Mall. F … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Huntington

The state agency responsible for licensing and monitoring assisted living facilities in Huntington and throughout West Virginia is the Office of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification. The OHFLAC conducts at least one inspection before an assisted living community is issued a license and conducts periodic unannounced inspections after licensure to ensure compliance with applicable statutes and rules.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Huntington

  • Huntington boasts several local hospitals, including Cabell Huntington Hospital, which was rated as high-performing in five procedures/conditions, and St. Mary’s Medical Center-Huntington, which was rated as high-performing in nine procedures/conditions. Additionally, St. Mary’s was regionally ranked as the third-best hospital in West Virginia. Huntington also has a Veterans Affairs medical center and several other medical facilities.
  • Retirees receiving Social Security income over a certain amount currently face high state income taxes, but West Virginia is phasing these taxes out. By 2022, qualifying retirees in Huntington and throughout the state will enjoy tax-free Social Security benefits. Railroad retirement benefits and military pensions are already exempt from state taxes.
  • West Virginia has a moderate sales tax rate. Despite a somewhat high 6% state levy, municipalities can only add up to 1% to this rate. The resulting total combined rate can’t exceed 7%, which is the tax rate in Huntington. However, groceries and prescription drugs are tax-exempt, which helps curb costs on two common expenses among aging adults.
  • The overall cost of living in Huntington is an exceptional 26% lower than the national average. Huntington beats the U.S. average in all categories, especially utilities and transportation. However, housing offers the greatest savings, with average costs nearly 66% lower than the U.S. norm, which may positively impact assisted living rates.
  • Huntington residents enjoy all four seasons, which are nearly equal in length, but autumn is the most pleasant. Overall, the climate is more comfortable than most places in West Virginia. The city receives an average of 44 inches of rain per year, which is higher than the U.S. average of 38, and about 14 inches of snow, which is lower than the national average by half. July is the warmest month with an average high of almost 87 degrees, while January is the coolest with an average low of 24 degrees.

Paying for Assisted Living in Huntington

The average cost of assisted living in Huntington is $3,775 per month, according to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey. This is $225 lower than the state average of $4,000 and $525 below the national median of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Huntington’s average cost of assisted living not only beats the state and national averages, but it’s also lower than many other cities around the state. Compared to Wheeling ($3,906), Huntington’s cost is lower by $131 per month and it’s cheaper than Charleston ($4,000) by $225. The gap is even wider elsewhere. The average cost in Parkersburg ($4,769) is $994 higher, while in Beckley it’s $1,725 more at $5,500 per month.

$3775

Huntington

$4000

West Virginia

$4300

The United States

$3906

Wheeling

$4000

Charleston

$4769

Parkersburg

$5500

Beckley

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

When comparing other types of senior care in Huntington, nursing home facilities are the most expensive option. These cost an average of $6,844 per month for a semiprivate room and $7,148 for a private room, which may be necessary for those requiring round-the-clock care. Seniors aging in place at home may consider homemaker services or home health aides, which both have an average cost of $3,790 per month. This is almost on par with the $3,775 average cost of assisted living. For those needing minimal assistance, adult day health care is typically the least costly option. While cost data isn’t available for Huntington for this type of care, the statewide average is just $2,243 per month.

$3790

Homemaker Services

$3790

Home Health Aide

$3775

Assisted Living Facility

$6844

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7148

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Huntington

West Virginia has a Medicaid waiver available to help Huntington seniors with the costs associated with assisted living. Known as the Medicaid Personal Care option, this waiver covers care costs, although it does not cover room and board.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in West Virginia page.

Paying for Assisted Living in West Virginia

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 West Virginia page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Huntington

Assisted living residents and other seniors in Huntington have access to numerous free resources to aid them in socializing and being more active. These resources, offered by various government entities and nonprofits, encourage independence, health and well-being among the city’s aging adult population.

Resource

Contact 

Services

(304) 558-3317

The WV Bureau of Senior Services provides programs and services throughout the state to adults aged 60 and older, including transportation, chronic disease management, health screenings and exercise classes, among others. It also administers the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), West Virginia Senior Legal Aid and other programs made possible through the Older Americans Act.

(304) 529-4952

The CCCSO provides programs for individuals over 60 years of age throughout Cabell County, including Huntington. It provides nonemergency transportation services to help seniors get to doctor’s appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores and senior centers. CCCSO administers four senior centers in Cabell County, including two in Huntington.

(304) 766-5125

The Metro AAA provides necessary support to aging program service providers in the southwestern region of the state, which includes Cabell County. It also operates the Aging and Disability Resource Center serving Huntington, which can provide seniors with personalized information and referrals to resources available in the local community. 

(866) 981-2372

WV ADRN is an online resource that seniors and their family members can search 24/7 to locate aging-related services and support in the Huntington area. Through the site, seniors access information on long-term care options, transportation services, volunteer opportunities, support groups and transitional planning services, among others.

(800) 834-0598 Ext. 2520

The LTC Ombudsman program strives to enhance the quality of life and improve the level of care of residents in long-term care facilities, including assisted living communities. It protects individual resident’s rights and investigates reports of all types of abuse and neglect. The program operates through a state office and nine regional offices, including one in Huntington.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Huntington

Huntington-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in West Virginia are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in West Virginia page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in West Virginia