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Indianapolis — Indiana’s capital and largest city, the Racing Capital of the World, and hometown of the Indiana Colts and Pacers — can be an ideal retirement location for seniors looking for affordable assisted living.
In fact, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Indianapolis is almost $1,000 less than the national median. The city has 26 assisted living facilities within a 10-mile radius of downtown and more than 100 options in the broader suburban area for the city’s growing senior population.
A Place for Mom can help you find your senior loved one’s new home with our guide to top-rated assisted living in Indianapolis. We’ll answer all your questions about what senior living is like in Indianapolis, what your options are, how to pay, and more.
Types of care available in Indianapolis, IN
I ended up choosing this facility because I want my Mother to be close to me. The staff here is so friendly and they communicate with me about anything that happens to my mom. It’s really an upbeat community and it feels more like a hotel setting than assisted living. The facility itself is very clean and the housekeeper comes in every day and cleans her room. She empties the trash, tidies up the bathroom, and there’s a weekly linen change. For activities, they have trips into town, church services, and monthly family brunches. I would recommend this community.
We went with Altenheim because of the extensiveness of their care. They have an attached skilled nursing facility, a memory care unit, and even a dialysis unit. They were also about $1000 a month less than where she was at previously so the value here is great. The staff is very cooperative and good at what they do. My mother loves it and would definitely recommend them to others.
It has been fantastic. We picked this community, because of the overall feel and size. Residents were very friendly and had a great rehab program that was highly recommended. It is what you would get at most places! Staff [names removed] have been amazing and extremely accommodating.
1703 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260
My mother and family have been very pleased with Traditions. From the day my mother moved in everyone has been pleasant, friendly and helpful. There are enough activities for her to partake in if she wants...
Traditions at North Willow brings a highly desirable new senior living community to the residents of greater Indianapolis. Our community is ideally located next to St. Vincent Hospital on 86th Street. Transportation is available, our residents enjoy shopping, restaurants and many entertainment...
8800 Spoon Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Greenbriar Village is an all-around great place for a loved one and has allowed me a big sigh of relief. The patient to staff ratio is good. And the staff are patient and professional.
Discover the perfect combination of compassion, comfort and convenience at Greenbriar Village, our Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Indianapolis. From thoughtfully designed floor plans and world-class services to myriad recreational and social opportunities, residents may just find...
4926 Sir Barton Way, Indianapolis, IN 46237
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My Aunt and I looked at many assisted living facilities before deciding on Magnolia Springs Southpointe. We have been pleased with our choice since 2019. MSS is clean, smells like a nice hotel and the staff...
Welcome to Magnolia Springs SouthPointe. We are located just off of Exit 101 from Interstate 65 down the street from St. Francis Hospital and north of County Line Road and Greenwood, IN.Magnolia Springs Southpointe is the premiere location for affordable, enriching senior living in Indianapolis,...
6510 N U.S. 31, Indianapolis, IN 46227
Everyone has been very nice and helpful. Always have a few bumps but nothing serious. Glad I moved him there. It was clean, friendly, listen to my needs. Didn't smell inside.
7212 US Highway 31 South, Indianapolis, IN 46227
I have lived and been here at this community as a resident for 1 year and can say that I'm very happy here and that the staff they are all a very friendly and kind staff here at the wellington at...
Capitalize on big-city amenities in a downhome setting at The Wellington at Southport, an Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Indianapolis, Indiana, designed to enhance life to the fullest. From thoughtfully designed floor plans to world-class services and myriad...
8616 W 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46234
The care services are not applicable because our loved ones are on the independent living side. The community is very nice, the staff members are super friendly and there is a lot of space. They have big...
At Westside Garden Plaza, conveniently located near a variety of retail, medical and entertainment facilities, it's all about choices. We work to ensure that each resident has the freedom to maintain a vibrant and active lifestyle.Our community offers both Independent and Assisted Living in...
2026 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Although there have been recent staffing changes, most of the higher level management has not changed and many have multiple years there. I have seen genuine caring for residents from the entry level staff...
Caring people make the difference at American Village. You can feel it the minute you walk in and meet our staff. Our healthcare professionals are here to help you and your family find answers, solutions and peace of mind. In fact, they become an extension of your family.American Village offers a...
4519 E 82nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46250
A little rocky at the start but settled in well for my parents. Nicer facility for the price. Needed to get my parents into an affordable place. Great location close to the last place that they lived.
Located in the Clearwater area, Five Star Residences of Clearwater offers Independent and Assisted living with 81 licensed apartment from studios to two bedroom/ 2 bath apartments. Our campus also provides various floorplans of 7 Garden Homes. Enjoy unlimited dining services and complimentary...
8549 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46260
We picked this community because of the cost and locationAmazingly friendly staff!!! The PT/OT speech department was outstanding!!! Communication was thorough and very helpful.
7525 Rosegate Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46237
I assisted my friend with the process. He moved into a garden home independent apartment. He has his meals at Rosegate each day. At this point I would rate each category a 5. Rosegate has been an excellent...
Rosegate offers the very best in senior retirement living and healthcare. When someone chooses to live in one of our communities, we become an extension of their family. We take the time to get to know each of our residents and their families on a personal level. Our communities are made up of...
8140 Township Line Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260
We were very pleased with Marquette. We also have a few comments, which reflect on a rating of 4 for care services. For example, toward the end of my dad's life when he was beginning to receive hospice...
Marquette is managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company. For 3 years in a row, Life Care Services ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power Senior Living Study and achieved the highest score in all seven study factors: resident services and activities; community staff; food...
5011 Kessler Boulevard East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220
I have heard that a new owner will take over some time soon so I can only tell you my mother's experience with the current owner was just so amazing. She was always happy, active and made many friends. My...
Bloom at Kessler is a family-owned and operated assisted living and memory care establishment in Northeast Indianapolis and complements Bloom's other communities on the East, West and Northeast sides of Indianapolis. Since 1965, our goal has been simple yet aspirational: to help our residents...
7721 Battery Pointe Way, Indianapolis, IN 46240
My mom has been at Traditions at Solana for 16 months and I'm so glad we chose this location. The staff are so caring, kind and patient with my mom. I have never seen an impatient or cross word spoken to any...
Traditions at Solana is a luxurious assisted living community located in beautiful and bustling Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Our waterfront community is located at Keystone at the Crossing, providing a park-like setting with abundant walking paths offering gorgeous views of the White...
4940 W. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254
They keep losing the activities director. It has been good, and the experience has been decent. They are not very secure, and they have had people coming in and out, without proper security protocols.
5354 W 62nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46268
We have been very happy with Robin Run. They are not as new and sparkly as some places, but my mother in law needs intellectual stimulation and all of the residents are super nice and down to earth. They...
Your passions didn’t just disappear when you turned 70, did they? We didn’t think so. At our continuing care retirement community (CCRC) you’ll have fewer chores and more time for adventures. Here you’ll have access to four levels of care on one campus, including independent living, assisted...
10480 Glasswater Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46231
This community is beautiful and the staff are top notch. My family and I are so happy we made the right choice for our mother. The new administration and Dietary team are doing a great job moving things...
The phrase “family-like” can be overused when talking about senior communities, but Glasswater Creek is a perfect example of how residents and staff really do become family to each other. Those who live at Glasswater Creek are the arents and grandparents of people the owners and caregivers pass...
2725 Lake Circle Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268
Our family has had a great experience with Willow Lake Place, we are truly happy with the care they are providing for the residents.
Bloom at Willow is a family-owned and operated assisted living and memory care establishment in North Indianapolis and complements Bloom's other communities on the East, West and Northeast sides of Indianapolis. Since 1965, our goal has been simple yet aspirational: to help our residents...
3525 E Hanna Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46237
The staff are very engaging. My loved one has already made friends with other residents. I feel that my loved one is happy and safe. They do not offer a low salt diet to the residents, and this is...
Nestled on 32 beautiful acres, Altenheim hasjust what you are looking for in Independentand Assisted Living services. Relax in your lovelyapartment or garden home and discover the perfect mix of tradition and modern conveniences – with an extended family of friends and neighbors who enjoythe...
1251 West 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260
My loved one was previously a resident at Rittenhouse Village at Northside and her experience at this facility was pretty good. The staff were all kind to the residents. My loved one had a very nice, private...
It's A Wonderful Senior Life At Rittenhouse Village, Our Philosophy is Different We're creating a resident-focused senior living community with you and your well-being in mind. At Rittenhouse Village At Northside in Indianapolis, we've designed the very best in senior living by blending...
3060 Valley Farms Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214
The staff are very Friendly and welcoming.
Race over to The Harrison at Eagle Valley, where desired amenities and convenient services get residents revved up about a vibrant Indy lifestyle that encourages independence through innovative recreational, educational, health and wellness programs. Our Assisted Living and Memory Care community...
1301 N. Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219
As the POA for one of your residents, I am disturbed by the staff turnover. And, why does it take more than one request of the business office to email me the invoices for our Aunts’s expenses.
Everyone loves freedom and choices...and we kept that in mind while designing our Senior Apartments. Our communities offer Assisted Living services that are tailored to meet the needs of each individual, allowing them to live life to the fullest. Our Apartments are available in studio as well as...
2002 Albany Street, Beech Grove, IN 46107
I thought Beech Grove was a nice facility. My family member was in independent living and made friends. Covid makes it hard to evaluate what they normally had for activities. Slow response to my calls...
Caring people make the difference at Beech Grove Meadows. You can feel it the minute you walk into our community and meet our staff. They are experts at senior healthcare that are not just doing a job, but following a calling. They are here to help you and your family find answers, solutions and...
3530 South Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN 46227
We were apprehensive about putting mom in any facility, even for a short time, because of all the bad things you hear about nursing homes - also called skilled nursing facilities. She was to be admitted for...
Caring people make the difference at Bethany Village. You can feel it the minute you walk into our community and meet our staff. They are experts at senior healthcare that are not just doing a job, but following a calling. They are here to help you and your family find answers, solutions and...
1635 N Arlington Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46218
I would tell my friends that it is a good place. However, you must make sure someone is overseeing your loved one. You will want to make sure your loved one is being showered on time, going to meals, and...
Arlington Place Health Campus offers an innovative approach to the design and delivery of healthcare services, with an emphasis on exceeding the expectations of our customers. The 63, 935-square-foot center offers comfortably appointed assisted living apartments and 70 private companion suites...
5651 E 30th St, Indianapolis, IN 46218
Oasis at 30th...is a awesome place to have your loved ones especially if you want them to have quality care, if they need help with activities og daily living. I attended an event here last year and it was...
Innovation in Affordable Assisted Living The Oasis at 30th offers private accommodations at an affordable price for low to moderate individuals. Our residents include private pay spend down individuals as well as those eligible to qualify for the Indiana Aged and Disabled Medicaid Waiver or...
Indianapolis assisted living costs depend on location, amenities, floor plan, and your loved one’s required care level. For families who moved into an Indianapolis assisted living community that partners with A Place for Mom, the average monthly cost was $3,796 in 2022, including all fees, such as care costs or amenities. Starting costs for assisted living in the Indianapolis area are about $3,751 on average per month. That’s lower than the median cost of assisted living nationwide, which is 4,478 a month.
While the cost of assisted living can cause some initial sticker shock even in a lower-cost area like Indianapolis, paying for assisted living can be in reach for many Indianapolis families.
Here are ways to use both your own resources (private pay) and government (public) programs set up for seniors and veterans in Indianapolis. You can also find an in-depth discussion of payment options with our complete guide to paying for long-term care.
First, let’s explore private ways to pay for Indianapolis assisted living. Take an inventory of your loved one’s savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns, and consider any of the following:
In Indiana, assisted living facilities can be either licensed or unlicensed. Both can be called assisted living facilities, and both provide help with dressing, bathing, mobility and other activities of daily living. But only licensed facilities can provide health services, such as medication administration. Residents in unlicensed assisted living facilities may, however, contract for home care services on their own.
For Indianapolis consumers, it’s hard to tell if a facility is unlicensed. Unlicensed facilities look the same as licensed, and both are called assisted living to consumers. According to a list of licensed and unlicensed facilities provided by the state of Indiana, Indianapolis has six unlicensed assisted living facilities and 20 licensed facilities.
To see if a community is licensed, you can check Indiana’s list of licensed facilities.
Licensed facilities are regulated by the Indiana Department of Health. Before a facility may become licensed, the Department of Health performs an initial inspection, and then re-inspects every 9 to 15 months. These inspections focus on regulatory compliance, investigating complaints, and ensuring residents’ safety and well-being. Inspection reports are available to the public for licensed facilities.
The Indiana Department of Health has a scoring system for licensed assisted living facilities that it inspects. A spreadsheet listing every facility and its score as of March 2020 is provided in each inspection report. The scores have not been updated since March 2020 because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic but are expected to be updated in the future.
Indianapolis Department of Health
Division of Long Term Care
2 North Meridian St., 4B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Division Director Brenda Buroker
Because of the risk coronavirus poses to the elderly, Indianapolis’ assisted living facilities are required to adhere to guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As mandated by federal guidelines, visitors are still allowed.
Vaccinations. COVID-19 vaccines are mandatory for all health care staff, but they can be granted a religious exemption. Vaccines are encouraged for residents but not mandatory.
Masking. Staff and residents who are fully vaccinated may choose not to wear a mask when outdoors or when in small groups. However, in every other circumstance masks are required for staff and encouraged for residents.
Staff safety. Staff must use appropriate personal protective equipment when called for.
Testing and screening. All staff and visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the facility. Residents must be screened for symptoms and fevers daily.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
Seniors are Indianapolis’ fastest-growing population, and with Central Indiana’s expanding elderly population, Indianapolis is making strides to expand access to health care and affordable housing. One benefit of senior living in Indianapolis is that the average cost is significantly lower than the national average cost of assisted living.
That said, Indianapolis options for assisted living are somewhat limited in the city center. More options become available as you expand your search further into the surrounding suburbs.
These communities offer some of the amenities common to upscale assisted living but with the more affordable pricing that’s common to the Indy area. They provide all the ranges of care typical of assisted living but include a wider range of amenities and services, such as on-site barber shops, movie theaters, fitness classes, and chef-prepared meals.
Assisted living in central Indianapolis includes options such as:
Assisted living communities make up the bulk of senior living options in Indianapolis. These residences can be found all across the Indianapolis metro, most in standalone buildings with specialized additions and supports for elderly residents. Other facilities feature sprawling complexes with private, apartment-like units and outdoor grounds. They offer daily food service, help with activities of daily living, personalized care, 24-hour staff on site, and regular enrichment and outings, along with other amenities. These communities range in price according to care level and room size, and some include secure memory care units for seniors with cognitive decline. Most are licensed as long-term care facilities, but some are unlicensed housing with services establishments, as allowed by Indiana law.
About 76% of Hoosiers identify as Christian, so it’s no surprise that there are a number of assisted living communities in Indianapolis that are affiliated with Christian denominations. These facilities offer the same amenities and services as traditional assisted living, but most also have on-site chapels where services take place. There are also several assisted living facilities in Indianapolis that observe Jewish holidays and traditions and provide kosher food options.
For seniors who are working within a limited budget, Indianapolis has a number of residential care facilities. These facilities take payment in the form of Medicaid waivers, making them ideal for lower-income seniors. They provide personal care services, assistance with activities of daily living, 24-hour protective oversight, medication administration, and more. They offer all the services of traditional assisted living but are only suitable for seniors who do not require skilled nursing levels of care.
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Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Indianapolis
Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Indianapolis population
Percentage increase in Indy seniors 65+ from 2010-2021, the fastest growing population in the city
Indianapolis is home to several highly rated and skilled health care systems, including:
This hospital system, associated with the Indiana University Medical School, is rated the No. 1 hospital in Indiana, according to U.S. News and World Report. It is recognized nationally for its high performance in a number of adult specialties and procedures.
Most Indianapolis residents use cars to perform their daily tasks. There are walkable areas in the heart of downtown and Fountain Square, but the majority of Indianapolis requires a vehicle to get around.
Indianapolis does have a public bus system called IndyGo, which has more than 30 fixed routes that can get you pretty much anywhere in the downtown area. There is also a senior transportation system called Way2Go, which provides shuttle services and door-to-door pickups and drop-offs for eligible seniors.
Indianapolis has a number of surprising attractions that are fun for seniors of all ages and abilities.
Seniors who enjoy the outdoors will love strolling through Eagle Creek Park, an expansive wooded nature reserve that’s located around the Eagle Creek Reservoir. The Indianapolis Zoo is another common destination, as it features hundreds of unique animal species and a dolphin pavilion with daily shows. Culture-lovers will enjoy the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, while fans of history may want to stop by Conner Prairie to see what life was like for early Indiana settlers.
One of the most famous Indianapolis attractions is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the NASCAR Indy 500, which takes place every Memorial Day weekend, and other exciting races throughout the year. The speedway also features a museum for those who want to tour the track or explore the history and evolution of racing.
The average cost of Assisted Living in Indianapolis is 3,751 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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