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Assisted Living in Kentucky

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OVERALL STATE RANK

Overview of assisted living in Kentucky

Assisted living in Kentucky provides long-term residential living in a community setting, with care services tailored to seniors’ individual needs. Assisted living communities offer a variety of activities for seniors, but also provide support with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and eating. The median cost of assisted living in Kentucky is $4,100 per month or $49,200 annually, according to A Place for Mom’s internal data on our partner assisted living communities in Kentucky.[01]While the Bluegrass State is known for its annual derby, horse racing isn’t the only thing Kentucky has going for it. The state’s Appalachian region is teeming with natural beauty, music, and several historical sites. Cities offer a homey feel with plenty of Southern hospitality, and for those who like the taste of a fine bourbon, Kentucky is home to several well-known distilleries.
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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 Kentucky cities for assisted living overall

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Kentucky

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Legacy Living of Florence

8520 Gunpowder Rd, Florence, KY 41042
10
Review Score
47 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Stacey C - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The positive atmosphere of Legacy truly won me over during my search for a new home for Dad. The staff all knew him by name within his first week of residency and have remained consistently attentive, kind,...

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4 Floor plans available

Magnolia Springs Louisville

8225 Whipps Mill Road, Louisville, KY 40222
9.8
Review Score
133 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Richard Brown - I'm a current/former resident or client

We are very pleased overall. There is one big problem that we along with other residents that needs a soluton. THE DINING ROOM IS ALWAYS COLD AND UNCOMFORTABLE. Dining should be a pleasing experience. It is...

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4 Floor plans available

Sunrise of Louisville

6700 Overlook Drive, Louisville, KY 40241
9.8
Review Score
49 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Experience to-date has been exceptional. Caring, informative staff. Mother has no complaints. We chose this community based on the type of environment me felt our mother would choose. Nice, clean,...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Florence

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Legacy Living of Florence

8520 Gunpowder Rd, Florence, KY 41042
10
Review Score
47 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Stacey C - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The positive atmosphere of Legacy truly won me over during my search for a new home for Dad. The staff all knew him by name within his first week of residency and have remained consistently attentive, kind,...

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3 Floor plans available

Magnolia Springs Florence

7665 Ewing Blvd, Florence, KY 41042
9.5
Review Score
137 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff has been very responsive and compassionate. Overall, very good experience. My sister doesn't participate in activities.

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Dominion of Florence

4009 Seligman Drive, Florence, KY 41042
9.3
Review Score
19 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff at Dominion of Florence are helpful, patient and kind. The housekeeping is efficient. Communication with the family is good. The move in process was smooth. The meals are of good quality. The...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Louisville

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Magnolia Springs Louisville

8225 Whipps Mill Road, Louisville, KY 40222
9.8
Review Score
133 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Richard Brown - I'm a current/former resident or client

We are very pleased overall. There is one big problem that we along with other residents that needs a soluton. THE DINING ROOM IS ALWAYS COLD AND UNCOMFORTABLE. Dining should be a pleasing experience. It is...

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19 Photos available
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4 Floor plans available

Sunrise of Louisville

6700 Overlook Drive, Louisville, KY 40241
9.8
Review Score
49 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Experience to-date has been exceptional. Caring, informative staff. Mother has no complaints. We chose this community based on the type of environment me felt our mother would choose. Nice, clean,...

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Magnolia Springs East Louisville

13600 LaGrange Road, Louisville, KY 40245
9.8
Review Score
82 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Shannon - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

When we started looking to move my in-laws to Louisville, this was the closest community and the parents of a friend of mine who lived here, where very happy so, we thought we'd check it out. So glad we did...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Lexington

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Magnolia Springs Lexington

2701 Magnolia Springs Dr, Lexington, KY 40511
9.8
Review Score
158 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Pat H - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I moved my wife into the memory care unit at Magnolia Springs after things didn’t work out at another community. Magnolia Springs welcomed her with open arms and has done a wonderful job caring for her. It...

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Cedarhurst of Beaumont

1165 Monarch Street, Lexington, KY 40513
9.4
Review Score
21 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Joe - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Dad is very happy there! Everyone seems to be on the same wavelength on resident care. They are friendly and very helpful. When we looked at other places, Cedarhurst was far above the others!

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Richmond Place

3051 Rio Dosa Drive, Lexington, KY 40509
9.2
Review Score
117 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Margaret L - I'm a current/former resident or client

I have lived here 10 years, 2nd oldest resident here, and I have loved every minute. Met so many friends who I feel like I have known for a lifetime. Staff too, they treat me as they would treat their own...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Bowling Green

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Chandler Park Assisted Living

2643 Chandler Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42104
9.5
Review Score
14 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I would recommend to others. The only thing I would add would be a full sized refrigerator. We picked this community because of the location.

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Cardinal Landing Memory Care

1310 Campbell Lane, Bowling Green, KY 42104
9.5
Review Score
17 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Scott B - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My family was starting to be overwhelmed with the care for my mother. She was diagnosed with dementia and was needing constant supervision. We contacted A Place for Mom and was informed about Cardinal...

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Charter Senior Living of Bowling Green

445 Middle Bridge Rd W, Bowling Green, KY 42103
9.2
Review Score
18 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Robin T - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

[name removed] really lives it at Charter. She has lots of Friends and this is her first time living on her own. She is thriving. [name removed] can't stand or walk without a walker. She has fall a few times...

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Cost of living in Kentucky

The median cost of assisted living in Kentucky can range from approximately $2,700 to $6,300 per month, which is lower than the national median. This range is based on A Place for Mom’s internal data and reflects what referred families actually paid at partnering assisted living facilities in Kentucky.

There are several factors that affect costs, including location, services, and amenities offered, as well as the specific care needs of each senior. Communities located near larger cities like Louisville or Lexington are likely to be more expensive. Luxury amenities can affect price, as well as specialized services and programming, such as chef-prepared meals, concierge desk, or on-site educational classes.

Other factors that can affect the cost of assisted living may include the following:

  • Room size and design
  • Admission fees
  • Pet fees

Families typically pay out of pocket for assisted living room and board fees. However, to reduce the costs of medically necessary care, many families look into Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, or veteran’s benefits.

Compare costs of Kentucky vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

Kentucky

$4,106/mo

US National average

$4,606/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

Kentucky

$4,106/mo

Indiana

$3,861/mo

Tennessee

$4,059/mo

West Virginia

$4,513/mo

Ohio

$4,953/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in Kentucky vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

Kentucky

$4,106/mo

Lexington, KY

$4,447/mo

Florence, KY

$5,226/mo

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

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in Kentucky

It’s common for families to blend a variety of payment methods to pay for assisted living in Kentucky. Keep in mind that, even with a variety of options for payment, early planning often provides families with the widest range of options. The following section has information on private pay, public and private insurance options, and veteran’s benefits. For a more detailed overview, you can also visit our complete guide to paying for long-term care.

Private pay is the use of personal funds to pay for assisted living costs. Personal funds may include money from a savings account, pension payments, or retirement accounts. Many families use a combination of personal funds to pay for assisted living. The seniors and families we refer to assisted living most commonly use the following options.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in Kentucky

Kentucky has implemented laws and regulations for assisted living facilities to help ensure the safety and care of seniors. Assisted living communities are required to be licensed and undergo regular on-site reviews. The following rules highlight the system of accountability developed for communities when managing resident care and facilities.

Services and amenities

Assisted living communities are required to provide the following types of services and amenities:[08]

  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Three meals daily and access to snacks
  • Assistance with self-administration of medication
  • Care plan assessments

Resident rights

Seniors living in an assisted living facility can expect to be treated with dignity. All residents have the right to live in an assisted living facility without experiencing abuse and/or neglect. Kentucky state law requires staff to report any suspicion of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.[09]

Staffing requirements

In Kentucky, staffing requirements dictate that assisted living facilities be sufficiently staffed round-the-clock to meet the needs of residents. Regulations also require facilities to have one staff member always on-site and awake.

Facility requirements

Kentucky’s facility requirementsfor assisted living require communities to maintain adequate utilities and safety codes in regards to the following systems:

  • Fire prevention equipment
  • Water
  • Air conditioning
  • Heat
  • Ventilation

Assisted living communities in Kentucky are certified annually through the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living. Kentucky doesn’t provide online reports for annual reviews. However, you can find a list of currently licensed facilities at the Kentucky Division of Health Care website.

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Ease of access to Kentucky assisted living 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 Kentucky assisted living records: Basic

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

  • Kentucky doesn’t make information about inspections, violations, and complaints for assisted living facilities available online.
  • Kentucky is in the lowest quartile for assisted living transparency.

How to look up Kentucky assisted living licenses and records

How we arrived at our Kentucky rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and 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? No

4.   Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? No

5.   If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently (within 90 days)? No or N/A

6.   If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No or N/A

7.   If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations and inspections searchable at all? No

8.   Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes

9.   Is capacity shown? Yes

10. Are payment types shown (e.g., Medicaid, private pay)? No

11. Is the administrator/contact name shown? No

12. Can the state fine a facility? Yes

13. What is the frequency of inspections? [Every 12 months]

14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

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

  2. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. (2019, July 1). Division of Family Support Operation Manual Volume V.

  3. Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services. (2022). Home and community based (HCB) waiver. Division of Community Alternatives.

  4. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. (2022). Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

  5. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. (2022). Medicare Savings Program.

  6. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. (2022). State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).

  7. Kentucky General Assembly. (2023, August 21). Services provided to assisted living community residents194A.705

  8. Kentucky General Assembly. (2023, August 21). Rights of residents and duties of facilities194A.705

Top cities in Kentucky for assisted living

8.8
Florence, KY
18 facilities
8.7
Paducah, KY
6 facilities
8.6
Bowling Green, KY
9 facilities
8.4
Louisville, KY
46 facilities
7.6
Elizabethtown, KY
5 facilities
7.5
Lexington, KY
21 facilities

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