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Assisted Living in Georgia

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OVERALL STATE RANK

Overview of assisted living in Georgia

Assisted living communities offer residents support with their daily personal care tasks, or activities of daily living (ADLs), and medication administration. In Georgia, assisted living communities might care for more than 25 residents at a time. Smaller communities with fewer residents are referred to as personal care homes.

The median monthly cost of assisted living in Georgia is roughly $4,000, which adds up to $48,000 per year.[01] Assisted living is more expensive than independent living in Georgia, but less expensive than a memory care community.

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Assisted living state rankings report

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Overall state ranking out of 50

State scorecard

How we determine rankings

Our 2023 state ranking for assisted living uses A Place for Mom’s proprietary data collected from our community partners. First, we sorted through our metrics and grouped them into three pillars that are key in a quality assisted living experience. We weighted these pillars differently based on insights from our senior living experts. Then, we used these categories and their weighting to determine how each state ranks.

Read our full methodology

Top ranked Georgia cities for assisted living overall

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Georgia

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Legacy Ridge at Peachtree

1967 GA-54 West, Peachtree City, GA 30269
10
Review Score
80 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Martha M - I'm a current/former resident or client

Legacy Ridge Peachtree became my home away from home when I needed to recuperate from total hip replacement surgery. [name removed], the Director of Legacy Ridge was able to offer me a month’s Respite Stay...

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Presbyterian Village of Austell

2000 E West Connector, Austell, GA 30106
10
Review Score
24 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Thomas M - I'm a current/former resident or client

Wife and I moved to Presbyterian Village-Austell over two years ago and we love it. The Wellness Center offers 25 different classes every week. We look forward to the Beginners Balance, Tai Chi, Beginners...

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At Home Senior Living of Thomson

150 Heritage Lane NW, Thomson, GA 30824
10
Review Score
37 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Lynn - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My sister is very well care for and loved here. She feels like everyone here is her family. As her sister, it warms my heart for her to feel that way and it makes me feel at ease, that she is so well cared...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Atlanta

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PruittPlace Buckhead

3088 Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA 30324
9.0
Review Score
57 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

What our family liked the most about the Brighton Gardens of Buckhead is getting what was necessary so that would love one could go home. Based on the experience we had with Brighton Gardens, we would...

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Dunwoody Place

1460 S Johnson Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
9.0
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50 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
David K - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I found Dunwoody Place Google and moved my mother-in-law in on [date removed]. It has been a wonderful experience for our entire family1

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The Piedmont at Buckhead

650 Phipps Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
9.0
Review Score
19 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Sandy - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The Piedmont at Buckhead is a great community to they have a very caring staff. They are getting a new chef. The activities are great. Thanks for your help. The Piedmont at Buckhead is a great fit!! It has...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Decatur

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Medlock Gardens Senior Living

460 Medlock Rd, Decatur, GA 30030
9.4
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24 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Karlotta B - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My experience with Medlock Gardens Senior Living has been wonderful. The entire staff has provided our loved one and our family with excellent service. From my initial visit and tour to the present, the...

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Sunrise of Decatur

920 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030
9.2
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58 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
DP - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Understand "things" will happen but the genuine effort of all the staff (all services ) for professional and personal care is very good. Cost is high as far as my loved one is concerned as she's not able to...

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Presbyterian Village of Austell

2000 E West Connector, Austell, GA 30106
10
Review Score
24 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Thomas M - I'm a current/former resident or client

Wife and I moved to Presbyterian Village-Austell over two years ago and we love it. The Wellness Center offers 25 different classes every week. We look forward to the Beginners Balance, Tai Chi, Beginners...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Marietta

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Carriage Crossing Marietta

1345 Milford Church Rd, Marietta, GA 30008
9.6
Review Score
78 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mom is in the memory care wing - I like how small it is and the apartment-like living. Many new staff since the change in management - the new staff do not seem to be as caring as before.

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Arbor Terrace of Burnt Hickory

920 Burnt Hickory Road, Marietta, GA 30064
9.2
Review Score
18 reviews
Patricia Morris - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I Moved my elderly uncle to Arbor Terrace - Burnt Hickory Rd, Marietta GA several years ago. It was unsettling for him to leave his home but very shortly after arriving at Arbor Terrace he stopped being...

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Winnwood Retirement Community

100 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta, GA 30064
8.9
Review Score
16 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Burton - I'm a current/former resident or client

I am a resident at Winnwood Retirement Community and things have been great for me. They serve breakfast and dinner. It's great because I don't cook and the staff is very nice and helpful. I would recommend...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Cumming

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Oaks at Hampton

5610 Hampton Park Drive, Cumming, GA 30041
10
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72 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Yesi A - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

There are not enough words to adequately express how pleased I am with Hampton. The staff, the residents and the managers. All make you feel like you are apart of a family. There is always something for them...

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The Villas at Canterfield

815 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA 30040
9.2
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60 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Margaret - I live or lived in this community

It's not perfect but there's nowhere else I'd rather be. We picked this community because we put down a deposit. My daughter wanted to move in. She went with me when I took the tour.

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Cumming Senior Living

2775 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040
9.2
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5 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Nancy M - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Cumming Senior Living has been a very nice, clean loving home for our mother for several years. The staff is like family, and treats Mom with great respect and comfort. They bring a smile to her face, so I...

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Cost of assisted living in Georgia

The median monthly cost of assisted living in Georgia can range from approximately $2,600 to $5,900. This range reflects care and amenities as well as the cost of room and board across A Place for Mom’s partner communities. The national median cost of assisted living is just slightly over $4,800 per month.[01]

While many communities cost less than the national average, those closer to a large city, like Atlanta, are likely to be more expensive. Several communities across Georgia offer additional luxury services, like wine tasting, educational speakers, and errand services, all of which can increase the monthly cost.

Several other factors can affect the cost of assisted living, including the following:

  • Level of care
  • Room size and layout
  • Admission fees
  • Monthly medication fee
  • Pet fees

To reduce the cost of assisted living, some seniors use Medicare or Medicaid to pay for the medically necessary portion of their care services. Check with your prospective community to see if they can provide care services through Medicaid or skilled nursing services through Medicare.

Compare costs of Georgia vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

Georgia

$3,592/mo

US National average

$4,536/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

Georgia

$3,592/mo

Alabama

$3,789/mo

Tennessee

$4,041/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in Georgia vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

Georgia

$3,592/mo

Atlanta, GA

$3,357/mo

Albany, GA

$4,914/mo

Macon, GA

$2,986/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in Georgia

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in Georgia

Seniors and their families will likely rely on several payment methods to cover their assisted living costs. Personal income is one of the most common ways seniors and their families fund assisted living, and this may include retirement income like Social Security benefits.

Georgia doesn’t tax Social Security benefits, meaning your loved one’s dollar might go a little further.[02] Georgia also provides seniors with a deduction of up to $65,000 on any retirement income.[03] Private payment isn’t the only option for Georgia’s seniors, however. Your loved one may qualify for veterans benefits or other public assistance options.

It’s important to remember that planning ahead for these expenses can help your loved one tremendously. Some public assistance options have long waiting periods before benefits may apply. For more information on how to fund your loved one’s assisted living costs, consult our guide to paying for long-term care.

Private pay refers to any savings or income, including retirement funds, pensions, and even life insurance policies that can be sold or converted to free up funds.

Selling a house

If your loved one sells their Georgia home, those funds can help pay for monthly assisted living costs.

Reverse mortgage

Sometimes caregivers or seniors take out a reverse mortgage on their home to use their equity to pay for Georgia assisted living.

Health savings accounts (HSA)

Georgia seniors can use an HSA to help pay for the medical aspects of their care in assisted living.

Life insurance

Seniors can surrender or convert their life insurance policy in Georgia to free up those funds for assisted living.

Long-term care insurance

If your Georgia loved one has a long-term care insurance policy, it may help pay for assisted living costs.

Social Security benefits for assisted living

Seniors can use their monthly Social Security benefits, which are not taxed in Georgia, to pay for assisted living.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in Georgia

In Georgia, assisted living communities must be licensed through the Georgia Department of Community Health, Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD). Requirements for assisted living communities are similar to personal care homes. The biggest difference between the two is in the number of seniors a community serves. Assisted living communities care for 25 or more seniors. Memory care may be offered in an assisted living community, however, those communities require additional licensing.[04]

Once licensed, assisted living communities are inspected every 16 months. If a complaint is filed against a community, the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division provides a 10 day notice of an upcoming inspection, and the community must come up with a plan to address the complaint.

Georgia’s requirements for assisted living communities include the following:[04]

  • Communities must assume 24-hour responsibility for residents, including protective care and watchful oversight.
  • Communities must provide medication administration from a certified medication aide.
  • Communities must complete a care assessment for new residents. New residents must be capable of independently moving from place to place.
  • Communities should maintain a staff to resident ratio of one to 15 during waking hours and one to 20 during non-waking hours.

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Ranking Georgia’s system of regulation and records

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to Georgia assisted living records: High

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Georgia is high. Key findings that informed this rating include:

  • Georgia’s state directory has recently been updated and overhauled. The directory includes an interactive map. Also, an Open Records request is no longer necessary for assisted living or personal care home inspection reports.

How to look up Georgia assisted living licenses and records

For more information on assisted living communities, licenses, and records, visit Georgia’s site, GaMap2Care.

How we arrived at our Georgia rating

We developed a standard rating methodology for state data collection and evaluation. We based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently? [within 90 days] Yes
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all? Yes or N/A
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes
  9. Capacity shown? Yes
  10. Payment types shown, [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]? No
  11. Administrator / Contact name shown? Yes
  12. State may fine facility? Yes
  13. Frequency of inspections? Every 16 months

Website includes pricing of facility? No

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022-2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. Georgia Department of Revenue. Retirees — FAQ.

  3. Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. (2023, February 3). Tax incentive evaluation: Retirement income exclusion.

  4. National Center for Assisted Living. (2022). Assisted living state regulatory review.

Top cities in Georgia for assisted living

8.9
Savannah, GA
26 facilities
8.4
Cumming, GA
27 facilities
8.2
Atlanta, GA
59 facilities
7.9
Marietta, GA
77 facilities
7.7
Decatur, GA
90 facilities
5.8
Augusta, GA
10 facilities

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