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10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Birmingham, AL

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For seniors who enjoy Southern hospitality, rich history, and natural beauty, Birmingham might be a perfect place to spend one’s golden years. The city of 200,000 is located in north-central Alabama and is the seat of Jefferson County, which is the Yellowhammer State’s most populous county . Birmingham’s burgeoning arts, entertainment and culture scene adds a buzzy energy to the downtown region, and its historical place in the American Civil Rights movement make it a must-experience travel destination . Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Birmingham boasts more green space per capita than any other city in America

For seniors that need a little extra help, assisted living in Birmingham can be a great option. Assisted living facilities provide housing and support for elderly residents who need assistance with daily activities, such as grooming, mealtime, or bathing. These residential communities provide a variety of care options at a range of price points and housing styles.

Assisted living also provides communal spaces and social events, making it the perfect choice for outgoing seniors. Veterans will especially appreciate Birmingham’s Veterans Day celebration, one of the largest — and the oldest — parades in the United States, which occurs each November .

A Place For Mom has eight assisted living communities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Birmingham. And residents will find even more activities outside this radius, with multiple senior centers within a 20-minute drive from the center of Birmingham.

In this guide, we’ll list top-rated assisted living facilities in the area, suggest payment options and resources, discuss local laws and regulations, and give you the need to know details on Birmingham’s most popular activities and entertainment.

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Assisted Living
Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
Nursing Homes
Nursing Homes
Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
Memory Care
Memory Care
Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
Independent Living
Independent Living
Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
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Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
Senior Apartments
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Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
Home Care
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Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.
Recent reviews of Assisted Living in Birmingham, AL
4 / 5.0

My mom was in a four story resort style independent living facility with all the bells and whistles, pool, elevators, pool room, etc...and it was nice, but it was too big and not personal. I love the attention my mom gets at Bungalows. I love that there are only 35 residence at the most and they are...

5 / 5.0

My aunt is currently a resident at Danberry at Inverness and is very happy with everything. Everything at this facility has been great for her so far.

5 / 5.0

My parents moved into Kirkwood by the River 9 years ago and I've NEVER had a complaint about anything. This is the best run and kindest retirement place anyone could ever find. The entire staff are kind, thoughtful, patient and courteous. A wonderful place in a great setting with Christian beliefs a...

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Everyone at Danberry is very nice and easy to work with for the care of every resident. It takes a lot of the worry from the caregiver's shoulders because they are nice to caregivers and residents. Highly...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Danberry at Inverness reflects a complete break from the conventions of ordinary senior living communities by embracing a distinctive philosophy focused on celebrating life with style. Here, you will find every convenience and amenity imaginable for active adults over 55, including a full...
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The staff is absolutely the best!!We love it here at Monark Grove. We love this place. Monark Grove rates the highest. Also excellent food and that doesn't always happen..
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Our senior living community in Birmingham, AL offers luxury accommodations, spacious senior apartments, and a full range of services.From the moment you rise and shine to when you lay your head on your pillow for a good night’s sleep, you’ll know you’re living your best life possible. We’re a...
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Overall experience, 4 ; we continually have to call to get financial details corrected or clarified. At first, mom continued to get charges for 2nd person after her husband died in month 1. Eventually...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Come see if our continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, is the right fit for you and your family. Here you’ll have independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing all on one campus. So if you or your spouse need more care later, you’ll have the lifestyle you want and...
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The staff has been very nice when I come to visit. Especially [name removed] and [name removed]. My only issue now is that my dad is starting to need more care so now I need to find some more cost efficient...
Provides: Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Elite Senior Living Center located in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama and provides independent living where residents receive the memory care that they need. Our community provides seniors with a great place to call home. Those who are visiting residents of this community will find that...
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Our objective was to find a place for my 95 year old mother with the type of dementia that still allowed her to think rationally, but was incapable of retaining any new information, even during a brief...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
THE NEW DESIGN OF CARE, LIFE AND STYLELongleaf Liberty Park is taking a fresh, local approach to senior living, service and care. We've taken every detail into consideration to elevate expectations of what assisted living and memory care should be. Our modern welcoming spaces match our forward...
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There have been a few minor issue but it's so much better than many places I have seen. Sometimes mothers room is not as clean as I think it should be and she doesn't like some of the foods they serve. I...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Proveer at Grande View provides the Hoover and Shelby County communities with vibrant, upscale and modern senior living.The word “proveer” means to provide. With Proveer at Grande View, that is their purpose. The staff at Proveer has dedicated themselves to understanding the needs of seniors who...
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They have a special wall with pictures of residents who are veterans. Nice. Would definitely recommend Morningside of Vestavia Hills to others based off of my experience.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
From the moment you walk through the door, you will experience the difference that is Chateau Vestavia. Family owned and locally operated, we are a part of the beautiful Vestavia Hills community. Our caring professional staff is committed to making this the most worry-free time of your life. We...
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I have been impressed with Lakeview Estates and the level of care they provide. My aunt is happy and enjoys living at Lakeview Estates.
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Lakeview Estates, a Phoenix Senior Living community, offers premier senior living services with superior personalized care and luxury-style accommodations with a comfortable, small-town feel. From the moment you enter Lakeview Estates, it will become clear that our goal is to instill purpose and...
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33 Floor plans available
8.8
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The facility is in major need of a facelift. Dirty doors, outdated interiors, garden area is awful and unkept as well. Walkways need pressure washing, the place just feels dirty and old. Not that patients...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Briar Glenn Alzheimer's Special Care Center is an assisted living community located in Hoover, Jefferson County, Alabama, providing residents with a safe place to call home. Those dealing with dementia or Alzheimer's are welcome in this community. The city of Hoover has much to offer to residents...
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My grandmother moved to Columbia Cottage a few months ago. I have been amazed by the wonderful, caring staff that go above and beyond to care for my grandmother. My grandmother loves the painting classes and...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Newly Renovated!!Nestled within a serene neighborhood, The Brook is a haven of compassionate care and comfort for our cherished residents. Here, we prioritize individual well-being and offer personalized support that allows residents to maintain their independence while receiving the assistance...
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From the first time that I visited Galleria Woods, I knew that it was the place for me! I love my Garden Home and the privacy that it gives me overlooking the Cahaba River. I enjoy my walks up to the "Big...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
It’s not downsizing your home; it’s upsizing your possibilities. Located on 20 wooded acres in Birmingham’s prestigious Riverchase area, our continuing care retirement community (CCRC) gives you a maintenance-free lifestyle with the retirement you deserve. Our community has a full continuum of...
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The facility is pretty nice, I think some things could be upgraded. But mom is very pleased. The staff is very friendly and quick to address any issues we have. They do housekeeping often and her room is...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Lease by October 29 and get $1,000 off your rent for the first three months. THAT’S A SAVINGS OF $3,000!*We are continuing to admit new Residents, where possible and appropriate, to help residents and families in need. We will do all we can to help those who are in need of our services now and...
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So far we have had a very good experience with St. Martins in the Pines. The staff are wonderful and very friendly, and you can tell they really take good care of our loved ones. The facility itself is very...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
A Life Plan, commonly referred to as a Continuing Care Retirement Community, St. Martin’s in the Pines offers a comprehensive range of care to support seniors through all stages of living. Accommodations include restaurant-style dining, gated beautiful grounds, community garden, daily activities,...
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I wanted to write a review for the Regency Retirement Village and share our experience. We planned an out-of-state move with my mother-in-law of 90 years. This was a very tough move for us to make but we...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Regency Retirement Village is a graciously appointed residential community designed to meet the needs of seniors. The beautiful facility offers affordable independent and assisted living. Our apartments are some of the finest in Birmingham with studios, one and two bedroom suites. We are located...
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This community was very nice and the people were very friendly however, I needed my aunt in a community where they gathered and there were more gathering places at another community. The people were very...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Real Service At the heart of Country Cottage is CareSteps, an individualized service plan designed to solve the real, day-to-day issues that have threatened to destroy the independence you've worked so hard to achieve. CareSteps assures that you'll receive the right amount of help at the right...
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We chose Kirkwood by the River because of the convenient location for me and it was a relatively good price compared to some others we looked at. She had a 1 bedroom and it was about 600 square feet. The...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Kirkwood by the River was founded as a nonprofit in 1980 by Independent Presbyterian Church to offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Medicare Rehabilitation. Set on 120 acres on the Cahaba River, Kirkwood by the River feels miles away from the...
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Greenbriar on Hanover is a lovely community. My mother is very happy here. The staff is very nice. The community is kept organized and cleaned. One thing i really like is that the meals are delicious. I...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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My loved one has recently moved into this community and so far everything is going well for him there. The staff have been very friendly and I am comfortable with the quality of care they are providing him....
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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My mom is doing great as a resident in the community. She enjoys the meals and the activities are good. She has been happy so far and the staff are good with the care and good at giving my updates where it...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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This is a loving home from home setting environment, lots of love and care needs met, very family oriented, and just over all a great place for your loved ones to continue getting the best out of their daily...
Provides: Memory Care, Residential Care Home
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Care Homes: Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Provides: Assisted Living, Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
· Alabama Living Center Assisted Living Center If you or someone in your family is having difficulty living independently, yet doesn't need 24-hour care and medical supervision, then assisted living will provide the ideal solution. If you or a loved one requires assistance with bathing,...

Costs of assisted living in the Birmingham area

The average cost of assisted living in Birmingham is around $4,528, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data [05]. This number generally includes associated fees and service fee add-ons, as well as room and board and meal costs. Costs will vary at each facility depending on the chosen floor plan or additional services, such as specific medical needs.

The following chart highlights starting costs for assisted living in Birmingham and surrounding areas to help residents get a better idea for their financial planning. These figures do not include additional costs and services.

Average cost comparisons near Birmingham, AL

Average monthly costs

Birmingham, AL

$4,055

How people pay for assisted living in Birmingham

Most senior assisted facility residents and their families are able to pay the costs using a mix of private pay options and public funds (such as VA benefits).

Private pay methods in Birmingham

There are many different ways to pay for assisted living in Birmingham. The best place to start is to check private resources, including retirement and Health Savings Accounts. Similarly, seniors with investment returns, pensions, or social security benefits may wish to include these in their payment options.

Seniors looking into assisted living options should also contact their insurance provider to determine whether their life or long-term care insurance might offer financial assistance. The following options are also popular financial resources for seniors.

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Veterans benefits for assisted living in Birmingham

Local veteran service organizations (VSOs) can provide valuable support to seniors in Birmingham who are looking to apply for veterans’ benefits. These organizations offer a range of services to seniors in their search for assisted living facilities, such as financial aid and counseling. If you are a veteran who served during wartime, many disabilities or ailments may qualify you for additional benefits. This extensive list of service-connected ailments outlines what might qualify. Connect with a VSO for help with the process of applying or determining eligibility.

Additionally, the United Way Priority Veterans office in Birmingham assists veterans by helping them locate permanent housing, providing temporary financial aid, and advocating for benefits. The local VFW chapter (Post 668) can also advise seniors on VA benefits and assist with finding additional resources and information. Seniors can also reach out to the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter for benefits consultation or legal representation where needed.

Using VA benefits to pay for assisted living

The Veterans Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit is a great option for seniors who need help with daily activities. The A&A benefit can be added to a VA pension as additional financial aid; it’s in veterans’ best interest to see whether they qualify. The A&A benefit can provide significant assistance in covering costs for senior living expenses like assisted living.

In order to qualify for Aid and Attendance, eligible veterans must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • Needs help performing daily activities like bathing, feeding, or dressing
  • Is bed-ridden due to illness
  • Has limited eyesight
  • Is a patient in a nursing home due to the loss of mental or physical abilities related to a disability
9061

Number of veterans who live in Birmingham, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Percentage of Birmingham veterans are over age 75, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Resources for Birmingham veterans

VA offices

Jefferson County Veterans Service Office
1515 Sixth Ave. S, Five West
Cooper Green Mercy Health Services
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-521-7305
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Birmingham VA Medical Center
700 S 19th St.
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-933-8101
Hours: 24/7

Local organizations and VSOs

VFW, Kelly Ingram Post 668
1801 11th Ave. N
Birmingham, AL 35234
Phone: 205-252-2696
Email: cmd@vfw668.org

DAV Birmingham Chapter 4
238 Second Ave. N
Birmingham, AL 35204
Phone: 205-202-4460

Priority Veteran Office
3600 Eighth Ave. S
P.O. Box 320189 Birmingham, AL 35232
Phone: 866-460-3827
Email: information@priorityveteran.org
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Local Veteran Service Officer
Name: Angela Hunter
Email: a.hunter@va.alabama.gov

Birmingham Medicaid for assisted living

Medicaid is a form of government health care for low-income seniors. Alabama Medicaid is a state-run financial-aid program that may pay for some, if not all, assisted living costs for qualifying seniors. Medicaid is beneficial for those who need extra medical care involving memory or are looking into nursing homes and assisted living facilities. While Medicaid qualification depends on income level and state requirements, many families will use a mix of Medicaid and private pay options to finance assisted living over the senior’s lifetime.

Alabama also has multiple forms of Home and Community-Based Waiver Services that can help offset costs and offer various at-home options to low-income elderly residents. Medicaid recipients who need care in a nursing home, hospital, or other institution may receive care in their homes or communities via these waivers. Long-term care options in Alabama also include home health services, private nursing, and hospice care.

The application process can be complex, so advocates and benefit assistants can be found through the United Way and the long-term ombudsman program.

Birmingham resident Medicaid resources

Medicaid resources

Alabama Medicaid
600 Beacon Parkway W
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: 866-371-4073
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County3600 Eighth Ave. S
Birmingham, AL 35222
Phone: 1-800-243-5463

Alabama’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Phone: 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463)

Medicare assisted living coverage in Birmingham

Medicare is a government health insurance program for people 65 years or older. While Medicare does not pay for costs associated with assisted living, it can help with medical costs or specialized medical care, such as physical therapy, hospital stays, prescriptions, and doctor visits.

For Alabama residents, Medicare does offer three different Medicare Savings Programs for medical costs. To apply for these various programs, seniors should reach out to the Birmingham District Office.

The Alabama Department of Senior Services also assists seniors and caregivers. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program SHIP program can help with Medicaid waivers, insurance counseling, legal aid, and even healthcare fraud (among other things).

Birmingham resident Medicare resources

Birmingham Social Security Offices

Social Security Administration1200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35285
Phone: 866-397-4238
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1972 Gadsden Highway
Birmingham, AL 35235
Phone: 800-772-1213
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Medicare resources

Alabama Department of Senior Services
Alabama Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (Virginia Moore-Bell, Director)
RSA Tower
201 Monroe St.
Suite 350
Montgomery, AL 36104 Phone: 334-242-5753
Email: ageline@adss.alabama.gov 

United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County (UWAAA)
3600 Eighth Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35222
Phone: 1-800-243-5463

Birmingham ombudsman representatives (part of the UWAAA)
Contact: Sheree Head
Contact: Marc Newell
Contact: Lakinda Taylor

Understand Alabama laws and regulations for assisted living facilities

All assisted living facilities must be licensed by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Health Provider Standards. These senior care facilities are licensed as “Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities,” or SCALFs. Once licensed, each facility must comply with all applicable rules and regulations. This includes care coordination, resident rights protections, minimum staffing ratios, training requirements, nursing requirements, specialized programming, activities for residents, and health and safety standards. Standards include:

  • Annual continuing education for administrators and staff
  • Units may be single- or double occupancy
  • Secure boundary or perimeter around the facility
  • Locks on all exit doors
  • Staff must include an administrator, medical director, unit coordinator, and at least one nurse (in addition to personal care staff)

All assisted living facilities are also subject to regular inspections by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Refer to the Department’s online database for further details on a senior care facility’s past inspection reports and license status. Inspection reports and license status are also available to the public directly through the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 800-252-1818
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for Birmingham assisted living facilities

While Alabama has loosened many COVID-19 regulations, the state still recommends good hygiene practices throughout facilities. Visitors are encouraged to delay trips to facilities if they have COVID-19 symptoms until a negative test result is obtained. For a full list of all Alabama COVID-19 regulations and requirements, check out the Alabama CDC website.

 

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Vaccinations. Alabama state law bars organizations and institutions from requiring proof of vaccination status before admission. However, Alabama urges all seniors 50+ to obtain a fourth booster shot.

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Social distancing. All facilities welcome visitors, though social distancing and safe practices are encouraged.

Get to know assisted living in Birmingham

40Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
3.8/5.0 average in-network rating
88% of communities in Birmingham offer pet-friendly services
88% of communities in Birmingham offer enclosed walking space
75% of communities in Birmingham offer on-site physician (or comparable)
100% of communities in Birmingham offer on-site activities

1939

Number of people we have referred to assisted living communities in Birmingham

82

Average age of resident we have referred to assisted living communities in Birmingham
Gender split:  66% female

What to expect from assisted living in Birmingham

With its low cost of living and vibrant, family friendly community, Birmingham is a popular option for seniors in Alabama looking for quality, affordable assisted living options. Birmingham enjoys one of the lower cost of living averages in the nation [07], making it a desirable area for people from all walks of life. With its beautiful public parks, access to amazing Southern cuisine, and excellent healthcare services, seniors in the region often place Birmingham at the top of their destination list.

High standards of care

Over a quarter of Birmingham assisted living facilities offer in-house skilled nursing staff, allowing seniors to have a wide range of care types {{citation: 8}}. Assisted living residents can expect a nationally ranked hospital in the region and numerous clinics and care facilities in the neighborhood. Veterans are especially well-looked-after in Birmingham, with an extensive network of VA clinics and centers.

Engaging senior community

Following in the great traditions of Southern hospitality, Birmingham has a particularly social senior community. Many assisted living facilities offer devotional services and Bible study, as well as gardening clubs, senior choirs, dances, fitness classes, frequent BBQs, and even quilting and sewing classes.

Space to move

Birmingham assisted living communities are committed to providing opportunities for physical fitness. Many assisted living facilities have both indoor and outdoor communal walking spaces, and there are several walking clubs in the area. For active seniors, Birmingham has several Tai Chi and yoga classes, and even a Wii bowling club.

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33494

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Birmingham, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

17%

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Birmingham population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

34511

Median annual income for Birmingham seniors 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Health care for seniors in Birmingham

Birmingham has several well-ranked hospitals and clinics, including several with geriatric specialties. The following hospitals and clinics are the top standouts in the market.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital

This teaching hospital is affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It is a Level I trauma center and one of the largest hospitals in Alabama. It is known for its cancer center, cardiology and heart surgery, and neurology and neurosurgery programs. It is nationally ranked in eight adult specialties and rated as “high-performing” in three additional adult specialties and 17 procedures and conditions.

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Ascension St. Vincent’s Birmingham

This Catholic hospital has been serving the Birmingham community for over 120 years. It is known for its cardiology program, orthopedics program, and cancer center. It is also one of the few hospitals in the area that offers robotic-assisted surgery.

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Birmingham U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center

This healthcare system offers health care for veterans. With several locations, Birmingham vets can find an outpatient center near them.

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Brookwood Baptist Medical Center

This medical center is part of a five hospital network across Alabama. The hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades for outstanding orthopedic, spine, and vascular surgery.

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Grandview Medical Center

Grandview has been recognized in several categories for excellent cardiac and stroke care.

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Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Princeton has received numerous awards and distinctions for its heart and stroke care.

Transportation for seniors in Birmingham

Birmingham has a high number of drivers and, unfortunately, few options for public transportation. However, Birmingham currently has three excellent choices for seniors who don’t have access to a car. A new initiative launched by Birmingham is Birmingham On-Demand powered by Via, an efficient and affordable transportation option for residents. The program allows residents to access ride-sharing for a flat fee of $1.50 from Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For seniors 60+, The Senior Services Division in Jefferson County offers transportation services to many of the senior centers within the city. Residents can also utilize paratransit transportation through MAX Transit.

WalkScore has rated Birmingham with a walking score of 33 (out of 100), meaning that most residents will need access to transportation or a car. WalkScore rates cities using public density, walking routes, public transit options, and biking trails. The most pedestrian-friendly Birmingham neighborhoods are Central City, Southside, and Five Points South.

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Walk Score

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Transit Score

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Bike Score

Senior activities in Birmingham

Known as The Magic City, this “hidden Southern gem” used to be a capital of industry and has retained its bustling, family friendly atmosphere. Birmingham’s active senior scene is filled with local clubs, events, and activities. The weather is generally mild and there are an abundance of outdoor activities to satisfy nature lovers throughout the year.

Southern good times

Birmingham is certainly an excellent location for any BBQ lover. Famous for its unique white BBQ sauce, Birmingham delivers excellent Southern soul food, with dozens of locations serving up fried green tomatoes, smothered pork chops, and of course, fried chicken. For the sports enthusiast, Birmingham also hosts a casino and race track that’s open 24 hours a day.

Baseball fans can enjoy the Birmingham Barrons Double-A team — an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox — every summer. The University of Alabama at Birmingham has a well-known and accomplished basketball program, and Samford University, located in nearby Homewood, has basketball and football teams.

A place for history lovers

With its rich place in United States history, Birmingham is an excellent city for your resident history buff. Birmingham has four excellent museums: the Civil Rights Museum, a local art museum, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and for aviation experts, the Southern Museum of Flight.

Seniors who crave a bit of culture can also enjoy the Christenberry Planetarium at Samford University, as well as the historic Alabama Theatre in downtown Birmingham for live music, classic movie showings, and other community events.

Active community centers

Active seniors will find plenty of opportunities to stretch their muscles in Birmingham. The city offers a beautiful botanical garden and local zoo for those who enjoy a view with their daily stroll. Disabled seniors can also find welcoming physical fitness classes and rehabilitation services at the Lakeshore Foundation, along with a variety of health and wellness programs.

There’s also three senior centers within a short drive of downtown Birmingham: The Hoover Senior Center, the Homewood Senior Center, and the Trussville Senior Center. These senior centers provide a library, fitness classes, computer labs, social events, game nights, and educational programs and seminars.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gardens of Pelham, Danberry at Inverness and Monark Grove Greystone are the top-rated Assisted Living facilities near Birmingham, AL. These Assisted Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Assisted Living in Birmingham is 4054.91 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

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  2. Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. (2023). What it means to be in Birmingham.

  3. Alabama Tourism Department. (2023). Places To Go >> Cities & Towns >> Birmingham.

  4. National Veterans Day Foundation (2023). Veterans Day History.

  5. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  6. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12) VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance

  7. PayScale. (2023). Cost of Living in Birmingham, Alabama [data set].

  8. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. (2023). Jefferson County municipalities [data set].

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Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. (2023). What it means to be in Birmingham.

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Alabama Tourism Department. (2023). Places To Go >> Cities & Towns >> Birmingham.

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National Veterans Day Foundation (2023). Veterans Day History.

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A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12) VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance

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PayScale. (2023). Cost of Living in Birmingham, Alabama [data set].

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A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.