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Lafayette, Louisiana, is a vibrant city with a population of about 130,000 people and a unique blend of history, culture, and outdoor activities. From delicious Cajun cuisine to lively music festivals, it’s a place that offers plenty of opportunities for entertainment and exploration for everyone. And for seniors who require additional support to enjoy their golden years in comfort and safety, the city is home to a range of senior living communities, including assisted living facilities.
Assisted living facilities are designed to give seniors personalized care in a residential setting, whether that be a private or shared bedroom or an individual apartment. Most assisted living residents have access to visiting medical professionals, planned programs, and in-house staff to assist them with activities of daily living around the clock.
In this guide, A Place for Mom provides listings for our six partner assisted living facilities in the area, outlines typical living costs and payment options, shares information on local transportation, lists area hospitals and health care options, and notes some local attractions that seniors and their families may enjoy visiting.
They were pretty good. It's a really nice place, and the staff is very kind. They take care of everyone really well. It's kept very clean, it really has been a really nice place.
It's very warm and everyone is very caring. It's small, so the occupants get to know each other, and the staff encourage interaction. It's nice. It's like being in your own home. I find the care very good. They're attentive and check on the residents frequently. They contact you if they think there's anything you need to know, so I like that they keep the family involved. They encourage the residents to participate in activities . They have pop-up card games, they go for walks, they have birds nests and plants and vegetables in the back, and some religious gatherings daily. They also have activities to encourage them to move and exercise a little bit. My loved one says the food is delicious. We're very pleased.
Very attentive to the residents. Food is ok. Wish they had more outings that just walmart tours on Fridays. All in all a good place.
400 Polly Ln, Lafayette, LA 70508
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We were, and continue to be, very impressed with The Blake! The staff is polite, professional, yet very warm and friendly. The food is very good - a healthy, balanced mix of local favorites. The rooms are...
215 West Farrel Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
The time came when my dad could no longer live alone... I started searching for memory care facilities in Lafayette & the surrounding areas. My very last tour was Brookdale. When I took my first step in the...
A Full and Rich LifeTucked away on two acres of scenic property in the exclusive River Ranch neighborhood, you may be surprised to find a warm and welcoming adult residential care and memory care community. Because we operate more like a family than a traditional senior living home, we can almost...
308 Sidney Martin Road, Lafayette, LA 70507
We are very pleased. Very good staff and quality of care. We can't think of anything in particular. Mom is very happy here with everything.
Courtyard Retirement and Assisted Living is an assisted living facility in Lafayette, LA that offers residents independent living options and daily support services. Our residents range from ages fifty-five and older; most requiring assistance with activities of daily living; services are to...
2201 Verot School Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
The staff is wonderful, caring and really enjoy their residents. I believe it's a new place that hasn't got all of the bugs worked out yet. But I do feel that my parent is safe at the Vincent. Hopefully...
The Vincent offers a perfect blend of living options from Independent Living Apartment Homes and Cottages to Assisted Living and Memory Care, providing top-tier service and amenities in the beautiful heart of Lafayette, La.
203 Rue Fountaine, Lafayette, LA 70508
Mom loves it there! Highest quality of care she has received from the past 3 retirement facilities. Food - not so great. Activities - not much to speak of. But, the friendliness and personal care...
5522 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Youngsville, LA 70592
We are very satisfied with Avanti Senior Living
500 Copper Meadows Blvd, Youngsville, LA 70592
I love this community, They have a website and post pictures of all the activities they do. They go above and beyond to make sure my loved one is taken care of and I would recommend this community to...
161 S Beadle Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
Cedar Crest is the only dedicated memory care community in Lafayette. We are solely dedicated to those with memory care challenges and over the years we have developed our trademarked philosophy of care " Rhythm of the Day". Our philosophy of care assures your loved one receives; validation ( he...
601 Verot School Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
The staff are very attentive to my loved ones needs they are often checking on her and making sure she is comfortable in her new living environment. The meals are tasty and an alternative option is always...
Garden View Assisted Living contains luxury one and two bedroom apartments allowing a choice in accommodations. Our residents leave behind the burden of everyday home maintenance, repairs and other worries to live in their own private apartment with the security of a helping hand when...
103 West Martial Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70508
418 Albertsons Pkwy, Broussard, LA 70518
According to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data, assisted living facilities in our Lafayette partner network have an average monthly cost of $4,429 for residents. Compared to the national average, the cost of living in Lafayette is relatively low, making it an attractive option for those on a budget.
Assisted living cost averages are based on multiple factors, including floor layouts, amenities, and fees paid by residents in our network. The prices include meals, access to in-home care, medication management, as well as wheelchair-accessible living spaces.
The starting prices for assisted living in Lafayette and the neighboring areas are shown in the accompanying chart.
This guide contains information on how to pay for an assisted living stay with private funds, VA benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid. The resources to learn about each kind of payment are available here.
Assisted living residents pay for their stays with a range of financial options, such as personal savings, investment income, pensions, and Social Security benefits. Yet seniors and their families may want to explore other possibilities beyond these. Depending on their situation, they may find the following methods of paying for assisted living to be more advantageous:
Lafayette’s assisted living communities must be licensed by the Louisiana Department of Health Health Standards Section, though these facilities are not labeled as assisted living but as Adult Residential Care Providers. Memory care facilities that are combined with assisted living facilities are subject to these regulations because the regulations apply to both types of care.
There are four categories used to group Adult Residential Care Providers:
The assisted living regulations call for 24-hour supervision and assistance to be available, as well as health-care-related services that make it possible for residents to live as independently as possible. Opportunities for socialization, including planned activities, must be provided. Transportation, meals, laundry and housekeeping services, and medication assistance are also required.
To ensure compliance with the Louisiana laws and regulations, annual inspections are required. These reports are not available online; however, you can submit a public records request for this information.
Louisiana Department of Health
628 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In Lafayette, no strict COVID guidelines are being implemented citywide, though some health care institutions may have their own best practices they’d like visitors and residents to follow.
The Louisiana Department of Health makes recommendations for businesses and facilities to follow:
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
Lafayette is a desirable place to live for its warm climate, rich cultural legacy, high-quality entertainment, excellent colleges and universities, and classic Southern hospitality. That warmth and hospitality carries over to assisted living environments, where seniors can find help with daily activities from washing to housekeeping. These facilities also offer an abundance of on-site social activities for active seniors. Note that our partner assisted living facilities in Lafayette are true to the area’s French Cajun culture, as 33% of our partner facilities accommodate French-speaking residents, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.
Within a 10-mile radius of downtown Lafayette, there are six in-network assisted living facilities, one of which is a standalone assisted living institution. Three locations combine assisted living and memory care, and two are combination assisted living, independent living, and memory care facilities. One additional partner assisted living and memory care facility can be found within a 25-mile radius of downtown.
Half of our partner assisted living facilities have full medication management available, while 67% have some degree of specialized memory care training for staff. Nearly all our partner facilities also offer on-site hospice care. Residents with rehabilitation needs can also reap the benefits of visiting occupational, physical, or speech therapists (at 83% of in-network locations). Additionally, the staff oversees long-term care, resident diabetes care, and incontinence care.
Thanks to the full-time activity directors on staff at most of our partner facilities, residents aren’t short on things to do, including day visits to nearby attractions like parks and museums. Residents have access to indoor and outdoor common areas where they can connect with others or visit with family and friends, and two-thirds have enclosed courtyards for walking safely outside. Some of our partner facilities have yoga or stretching classes. Most facilities in our network are pet-friendly as well.
Seniors can access on-site dining options for vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-sodium meals at many facilities. Many locations also offer happy hours, birthday and holiday parties, or picnics to create social opportunities for seniors.
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Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Lafayette
Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Lafayette population
Median annual income for Lafayette seniors 65 and older
There are several renowned hospitals in Lafayette, along with two VA clinics that are a part of the VA Alexandria Health Care System. The main medical center is located in Pineville, Louisiana. There are no VA hospitals in Lafayette proper, though there are two VA clinics: the Lafayette VA Clinic and the Lafayette Campus B VA Clinic.
You can discover more about Lafayette’s top health care options by reading the section below.
Seniors and their families have some public transit options to get around Lafayette during outings or errands, but most rely on private transportation. Fortunately, 83% of our partner assisted living facilities provide free transportation to residents.
The Lafayette Transit System (LTS) maintains a bus network on various city routes accessible to disabled people and seniors. All the buses in the fleet are ADA-compliant, with preferred seating for seniors and those with disabilities. The transit system offers discounted rates or special services to older adults as well.
Acadiana Transit, a paratransit service offered by Lafayette Transit, is available to those who can’t commute by bus. The service also offers a special occasion charter or shuttle service for seniors. To apply for the paratransit service, go to the paratransit application website. For more information, Lafayette Transit also created a Paratransit Rider’s Guide.
The Lafayette Council on Aging also provides transportation for things like health care appointments and therapy sessions, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.
Walk Score, which measures the city’s walkability from 0 to 100, puts the city close to the mid-range for its walk- and bikeability. That means people are able to get around by foot or by bike in some areas but there isn’t a lot of infrastructure to support those modes of transportation.
Lafayette is known for live entertainment, historic landmarks, and genuine Southern hospitality. Tourists also come for a rare taste of the authentic Acadian experience. Seniors and their families who are looking for things to do needn’t look too far.
For example, the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park is a fantastic site to learn about local history and culture. Vermilionville’s displays, shows, and live musical acts teach visitors about the area’s Acadian, Native American, and Creole traditions. Also, visually impaired visitors can avail themselves of the site’s audio tours and wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Arts lovers can catch a performance at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, which offers various acts ranging from theater to music to dance — sure to entertain seniors of all interests. This performing arts center features wheelchair-accessible seating and audio devices for those who need them. Another local performing arts center is the Heymann Center, which also provides various programs and events that seniors and their families can enjoy.
Those who prefer to get close to nature might visit the Acadiana Park Nature Station. For visually impaired seniors, the facility includes a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, paths, educational exhibits, and audio displays. For those who love outdoor activities, the Wetlands Golf Course and Farm d’Alene Golf Club are fantastic sites to play golf. These two courses are easily accessible to Lafayette seniors.
The average cost of Assisted Living in Lafayette is 4,084 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.
Payscale. (2023). Cost of Living in Lafayette, Louisiana.
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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and Sex (S0101) [Data Set]. American Community Survey. Census Bureau Tables.
U.S. News & World Report. (2023). Hospitals in Lafayette, LA.
Walk Score. (2023). Living in Lafayette.
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