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Located along the Scioto River in the heart of the Buckeye State, Columbus, Ohio, is the second-most populous Midwestern city, behind only Chicago. Columbus boasts a range of quality options to accommodate the needs and preferences of its growing senior population. With 45 assisted living communities among A Place for Mom’s Columbus senior living partners, your loved one can find a community that fits their unique lifestyle. Columbus’ assisted living communities are thoughtfully designed with cozy private living spaces, elegantly furnished gathering spaces, and favorable amenities. Outside the community walls, residents can find an endless array of cultural events, unique eateries, scenic parks, and lively attractions.
We’ve created this comprehensive guide to Columbus, Ohio, assisted living options based on our extensive senior living experience, proprietary data, and access to local senior living experts. Find information about payment options, health and safety regulations, and other resources for Columbus seniors below.
Types of care available in Columbus, OH
I would give a five to pretty much everything, but I'm not sure as far as activities goes. I don't know that there has been any activities for her. She seems a little bored. Some times she doesn't seem to like being in that section because it seems like she doesn't have any other people to be able to talk with except the employees. We would recommend this community to other families based on the experience we have had.
The community has raised the price twice; one for COVID related and the other one being due to the increasing care of my loved one. On Bickford's website and Facebook page I've been lucky enough to see my loved one engaged in activities. I have a co-worker who I am encouraging to go to Bickford of Worthington for their loved ones.
We were very fortunate that The Inn was able to arrange for my dad's hospice care with Capital City Hospice while he was there. They were so very helpful and kind and they helped my mother and myself as well as my dad. I would definitely recommend them
5435 Morse Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230
Caring for a parents with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is a very difficult and challenging situation. StoryPoint made the best out of it. Difficult behavioral issues were always met with patience and...
Welcome to StoryPoint Gahanna! This isn’t just a place to reside — it’s a place where our community members truly shine, and we are glad to share this experience with them. Our various senior living options include independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Throughout each service...
4303 Trueman Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026
There has been a complete turnover of management in the past month. There is a new management team that is coming on board. I am very hopeful there will be some changes. The housekeeping in the residents...
Hilliard's Assisted Living Program offers residents a balance of personal care and assistance while allowing for their independence. The innovative At Your ServiceSM concierge services are available even on weekends. The around-the-clock staff supports and motivates residents to be as active and...
775 East Johnstown Road, Gahanna, OH 43230
The staff at Sunrise of Gahanna is fantastic! Even the management participates in the activities and they are always available for help and assistance. The policy of having a resident dog and cat is great...
In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...
4615 Library Way, Hilliard, OH 43026
It is the most wonderful place. Mom is very happy. I would recommend it to anyone. Staff know everyone by name. It is clean, good food, with lots of activities and amenities to keep the residents busy.
5201 Morse Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230
I would recommend Sage Park Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care to others. The staff were helpful with the move-in process. They're always willing to answer questions. I understand that it takes a...
Sage Park is more than just a memory care facility; we are a memory care community. Located in the picturesque suburb of Gahanna, Sage Park offers a homey, small-town feel just minutes from the sights and sounds of Columbus. We provide top-notch care and amenities for those in need of assisted...
5800 Forest Hills Blvd, Columbus, OH 43231
My loved one is currently a resident at Westerwood in Independent Living. I have been very pleased with everything at this facility. The staff and fellow residents are so friendly and accommodating. The...
Friendship Village of Columbus is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community established in 1978. Nestled in a residential setting on 25 acres of naturally wooded grounds, we are conveniently located near downtown Westerville. Our community is based on respect for older adults and...
3011 Hayden Road, Columbus, OH 43235
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I would definitely recommend Mayfair Village Dublin Assisted Living. The staff are friendly and helpful. My loved one hasn't complained about the food. We're satisfied with the cleanliness. My only negatives...
Mayfair Village Dublin Assisted Living is committed to being the premier provider of healthcare in central Ohio. It is our desire to be the facility of choice in Franklin County. Our programs, services, and facilities are designed and operated with superior quality in order to satisfy the needs...
1195 North Street, Westerville, OH 43081
[name removed] is top-notch in communication! it's obvious she cares about resident needs, life purpose, and ability to transition as changes occur in one's life. Inniswood is beautiful, comfortable, great...
Inniswood Village is a new senior community in Westerville that’s designed for life. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in attractive rental apartments next to the serene beauty of Inniswood Metro Gardens. The heart of Inniswood Village is its Town Center, offering many of the...
7041 Bent Tree Blvd, Columbus, OH 43235
The cost was within budget! One of the cheapest independent living facility around! Really the only one I could find in budget! Everyone at Claremont is really friendly and helpful! Initial communication...
Claremont Retirement Village is “a warm and friendly place to live”. Located on 12 acres of neatly landscaped grounds gives residents plenty of space for walks. The Village offers worry-free retirement living, companionship and independence. Our attractive 200 apartments garden style and park...
4175 Stoneridge Lane, Dublin, OH 43017
It was a wonderful facility for my dad. Dad's last months were spent there and they made it an experience we treasured. The staff in the facility were a blessing to Dad and our family.
At Sunrise of Dublin, we do more than make our residents feel at home—we meet their specific needs using an individualized approach and specially tailored services. Whether it's assisted living, memory care, a short-term stay or hospice care coordination, our team provides the care necessary to...
363 Braun Pl, Westerville, OH 43081
I would tell a friend, it is a great place with great staff. We picked this community because of the location, appearance and friendliness.
You’re going to feel right at home here. Westerville offers a wonderful blend of urban life with beautiful park-like surroundings. Visit nearby Sharon Woods Metro Park for a nice picnic and walk or some birding around Schrock Lake. Spend an afternoon shopping at Polaris Fashion Place or the Ohio...
5380 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43213
Overall the facility is clean and the staff members that work with the residents are very attentive to their needs.... I would recommend The Woodlands of Columbus to others looking for care for loved ones.
Discover a vibrant yet relaxed lifestyle at The Woodlands of Columbus, where residents can explore a full calendar of activities while enjoying modern-day amenities and convenient services. Our Columbus, Ohio, Independent Living community also offers Assisted Living and Memory Care services. From...
3570 Heritage Club Dr, Hilliard, OH 43026
I would recommend! The tour experience was really pleasant and informative. We picked this community because of staff knowledge and friendliness, the accommodations and location.
Carriage Court of Hilliard is the Premier Assisted Living and Memory Care in Hilliard. Our community offers just the right amount of stimulation, engagement and care needed to thrive and maintain the highest quality of life.Built in 1999 and renovated in 2018, Carriage Court of Hilliard offers a...
717 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
I've lived here now for 5 years and it's been a great experience. I love my apartment and the staff but most of all, I love the people here. This is an educated community where people are able to have actual...
Westminster-Thurber Community is an assisted living community located in the metropolitan city of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Our vibrant community is located in the largest city and the capital of Ohio. Columbus is an exciting and fun place to call home and to invite family members for a...
215 Huber Village Blvd, Westerville, OH 43081
My aunt lived there until she passed away. She was happy, well cared for and had friends. Thank you for taking such good care of her.
A most distinguished senior living community Welcome to The Village, a distinctive and gracious senior living residence. We are nestled in the charming community of Westerville on the northeast outskirts of Columbus, Ohio. This historic village features a beautifully restored “uptown,” many...
6000 Riverside Dr, Dublin, OH 43017
I chose Friendship Village because of a lot of good recommendations from folks and they have all proved out to be true. The apartment sizes are bigger than other facilities that we looked into/have lived in....
Friendship Village of Dublin is a lively, non-profit assisted living community that was originally founded by compassionate and committed residents of Columbus, Ohio. A suburb of Northwest Columbus, Dublin is home to the Memorial Tournament, a stop on the PGA Tour. The Scioto River, which passes...
690 Cooper Road, Westerville, OH 43081
I would recommend Paramount Senior Living to those who are looking. the memory care unit is not in the same building, but the dining room is communal. so some memory care residents get to come over and eat...
Paramount Senior Living at Westerville is a high quality senior living community located in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, Ohio. The town of Westerville is a special place to call home and features beautiful outdoor areas as well learning opportunities for people of all ages, including an...
3500 Trillium Crossing, Columbus, OH 43235
My friend likes the food and I like the fact that BT does 30 days of physical therapy/exercise instruction with new residents. My friend is getting stronger and has better control of some of her health...
Make our house your home, and live a more lovely life. Visit Brookdale Trillium Crossing and you’ll find a stunning, pet-friendly senior living community offering independent living and assisted living services in Columbus, Ohio. Our city has been ranked as one of the best cities in America by...
5500 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43229
The staff were responsive to our needs, especially one of the nurses. Had plenty of activities for whomever wished to participate. And fellow residents were friendly. My loved one was not thrilled with the...
Oakleaf Village of Columbus is an assisted living community located in the growing town of Columbus, OH. Columbus is located in Fairfield, Delaware and Franklin Counties, and home to just over 836,000 people. Columbus has a lot of great stores, shopping, and restaurants allowing residents the...
79 Blossom Field Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43213
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We are working thru some issues. When it comes to the cleanliness it is a very nice facility. Everyone there is awesome. With the care services, again we are working through some issues. Generally the good...
There is a place for you or your loved one at Cherry Blossom Senior Living in Columbus, Ohio that centers around friendships, family, a life filled with independence and purpose, tender and trusted care when and how you need itand the feeling that you’re home.Find out more about Cherry Blossom’s...
4590 Knightsbridge Blvd, Columbus, OH 43214
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The Forum at Knightsbridge went above and beyond for my brother. What he wanted was not realistic, they presented a solution. They didn't want to set him up for failure.
A hallmark of the Central Ohio senior living community, The Forum at Knightsbridge is a well-established retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term nursing care, and rehabilitative care. Offering leasing programs with no endowments, The Forum offers...
3700 Sturbridge Court, Hilliard, OH 43026
People there genuinely want to help residents. There was a good vibe and atmosphere when we arrived. People were around and staff was very interactive with them.
7780 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
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We chose The Bristol because it was very clean, beautifully decorated, fir into our budget plan ,and it was very close and convenient to our house and shopping. They have a lot of amenities offered such as a...
There is a place for you or your loved one at The Bristol in Columbus, OH. We've designed The Bristol community to be resort-like, with our own professionally trained chef, fine dining experiences, salon services, social events, housekeeping and more. We're also close to the Worthington Hills...
5546 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
They are very caring for their patients. They do a good job of checking on them and looking out for them. The administration is top. Meals seemed to be bland and seems cafeteria style.
Meet a Memory Care Community in Ohio…That Focuses on More Than Mom or Dad’s MemoryYou’ve focused on your loved one’s memory loss long enough. It’s time to find a memory care community that embraces Mom or Dad’s abilities…and your relationship together.Meet The Grove Columbus. Opening in summer...
800 Proprietors Road, Worthington, OH 43085
I think Kemper House is a wonderful place. The staff is very loving and respectful towards all of the residents. They have a lot of staff working there, so they do not seem to be short staffed like so many...
Welcome to Kemper House Worthington, a purpose built, state-of-the-art, specialized dementia care community centrally located in beautiful Old Worthington Ohio. While we take pride in utilizing the latest in research, technology, nutrition and fitness to pushback against the disease, it is our...
Assisted living communities in Columbus cost an average of $4,837 per month, according to A Place For Mom’s proprietary data. This figure represents the actual amount paid by seniors referred to our partner Columbus assisted living communities. This cost includes rent plus the costs of add-ons, such as the following:
The rates outlined below represent a baseline of assisted living costs in the Columbus area before add-on fees.
Columbus residents can combine several private and public assistance options to help pay for assisted living. An assessment of your loved one’s unique financial circumstances will help you determine the best way to pay for room, board, and personal care in assisted living.
If they have the resources, your loved one may be able to fund assisted living care in Columbus through private pay methods. Private pay methods can include any income source, such as your loved one’s savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, investment returns, and any of the following:
Assisted living facilities, or residential care facilities as they are designated in Ohio, must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The ODH performs facility inspections before licensing the facility and then a minimum of every 15 months after licensure.
A residential care facility is defined as one of the following:
While there are no minimum staff requirements for residential care facilities in Ohio, facilities are required to employ the following types of personnel:
Staff in Ohio assisted living facilities must undergo proper training for their responsibilities, as outlined in Ohio Administrative Code Rule 3701-16-06.
Ohio assisted living facilities must provide residents with the following services:
Ohio assisted living facilities must uphold building code standards for health and safety. Each facility must be approved by the local certified building department.
Assisted living facilities are required to have their plumbing, electrical, and sanitation systems in safe and working order. They must comply with fire and carbon monoxide safety, have evacuation and disaster preparedness plans, and perform and document regular evacuation drills.
You can access Ohio senior care facility inspection reports through the Health Care Provider Survey Reports. To look up a particular facility’s inspection report using this tool, select the category of care provider from the drop-down menu, then narrow your search by entering the county, the city, or the name of the specific organization you’re searching for.
For additional information on rights and resources, view the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging Housing Guide for Seniors and Individuals Who Have a Disabilities.
Ohio Department of Health
246 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Ohio assisted living facilities are recommended to implement precautionary measures against COVID-19 in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Individual communities may have their own rules in place. The general guidelines are as follows:
Testing. Staff and residents should be tested if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if they are experiencing symptoms.
Masking. Masks should be worn by individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, by health care workers who have contact with COVID-positive patients, and by individuals who are immunocompromised.
Quarantining. Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 should be placed in isolation or in rooms with other COVID-positive patients.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
Columbus assisted living offers seniors an environment where they can receive personal care services that promote wellness and quality of life, while fostering as much independence as possible. Assisted living communities in the area feature elegantly furnished common areas where residents can relax, socialize over meals and cups of coffee, and participate in enrichment activities.
On-site amenities at our Columbus assisted living partner communities generally feature communal leisure areas and on-site conveniences like the following:
At our Columbus assisted living community partners, residents can enjoy cozy private accommodations with convenient features like the following:
Finally, as a resident of Columbus assisted living, Ohio seniors can get the most out of their retirement with many service offerings dedicated to improving their quality of life. From dignified personal care to errands and home upkeep, assisted living services in Columbus typically include the following:
Out of our partnered Columbus communities offering assisted living, over 82% feature some combination of independent living, assisted living, and memory care, all in the same community. Communities that integrate multiple levels of care enable residents to conveniently transition to a support level that fits them if their needs change, making it ideal for aging in place. Having multiple care types together also offers more variety among residents, often providing more opportunities for friendships and social engagement, regardless of an individual’s specific level of need.
Columbus assisted living offers residents an array of social opportunities, both in the community and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Dubbed “everyone’s neighborhood” for its inclusivity and its variety, downtown Columbus offers events at the Columbus Commons, beautiful views at popular rooftop restaurants, and lovely riverside parks on the Scioto Mile. Downtown Columbus is easy to traverse on foot or through public transportation.
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Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Columbus population
Columbus is home to two state-of-the-art teaching and general medical hospitals.
According to U.S. News and World Report, Wexner Medical Center is ranked No. 1 in Columbus and No. 2 in the state of Ohio. Wexner is a general medical facility and teaching hospital. It is nationally ranked in nine adult specialties, including cardiology and cancer treatment.
Of A Place for Mom’s partner assisted living communities in Columbus, 79% offer complimentary transportation services, and 63% offer at-cost transportation to residents. Whether transportation is complimentary or at-cost may depend on whether or not the community offers on-demand or scheduled services. Distance may also affect pricing. For residents in communities without transportation, Columbus is highly walkable and bikeable, and it has great public transportation options.
The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAA) comprehensive Transportation Guide offers information on free and low-cost transportation dedicated to serving seniors and individuals with disabilities.
For the out-and-about residents, the city of Columbus boasts an award-winning public transportation system, the Central Ohio Transit Authority, or COTA. The American Public Transportation Association awarded COTA its Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award in 2018 and 2020. With buses serving an over 1.2 million people, COTA has innovative trip planning tools and multiple services, like Bike and Ride or Park and Ride. It also features the free Emergency Ride Home system to make sure Columbus residents don’t get stranded. Depending on their own individual needs, some seniors may want to bring a caregiver along for their safety and well-being.
Most errands in the downtown Columbus area can be accomplished on foot. The city has a bike share system called CoGo in addition to other public transportation options. Further outside of downtown, however, Columbus residents are more likely to need a car to get around easily.
Walkscore.com has ranked downtown Columbus as “very walkable” with the following transportation ratings out of 100:
Columbus offers a wealth of events to its residents, including its growing senior population. Below, find highlights of area attractions, family-friendly fun, continued education opportunities for seniors, and more.
Columbus offers unique experiences for all ages, both educational and entertaining. Family favorites include the following:
The city also has miles of trails for hiking, and professional sports for any season and preference. The city’s North Market — a 150-year-old farmers market — features locally grown produce, food samples to taste, and more. When you’ve had your fill of activity, enjoy a meal at one of Columbus’ many rooftop restaurants.
A foodie destination, Columbus has restaurants to suit any taste. There’s food to please meat lovers and herbivores alike, all ranging from the comfort foods of the Midwest to the exotic delicacies of Spain, Italy, or Germany. Find distilleries, breweries, bistros, coffee shops, delicatessens, and food truck gatherings, all in the Experience Columbus restaurant guide.
For lovers of the performing arts, Columbus is abundant with experiences. The Columbus theater district has four large theaters:
The Columbus Symphony features breathtaking orchestral performances. For the music lovers with more modern or eccentric tastes, the Columbus Theater site will direct you to local concerts, plays, musicals, stand-up comedy, and more. Columbus also hosts a myriad of festivals, from Pride festivals to celebrations of various cultures, as well as art, music, and literature festivals.
Columbus has many community centers where seniors can participate in various activities and enjoy numerous membership benefits, such as priority registration for classes, activities, vacations, and educational trips. Members also get a Leisure Card which gives them access to community centers and swimming pools. Columbus’ six golf courses offer an unmatched golfing experience for putters of any skill level.
Columbus Recreation and Parks offers social opportunities for residents age 55 and over, including fitness programs and arts and special interest classes. Grandparents and grandkids aged 8 to 12 can get some quality time at Gram and Gramp Camp, where all can participate in structured activities and enjoy quality time together.
Senior artisans can also sell their wares at Golden Hobby Gift Shop, an arts and consignment shop that sells quilts, pottery, paintings, and other one-of-a-kind goods made by Columbus seniors. The Golden Hobby Gift Shop is itself an older Columbus resident, with over 50 years of selling members’ handmade products.
The average cost of Assisted Living in Columbus is 4,340 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.
United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101): Columbus [Data set]. American Community Survey.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12). VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance.
Ohio Department of Aging. Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver Program.
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Residential Care Facility, Ohio Revised Code § 3701.16 (2018).
Center for Disease Control. (2022, September 27). Interim infection prevention and control recommendations for healthcare personnel during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
United States Census Bureau. (2021). Population 65 years and over in the United States (S0103): Columbus. [Data set]. American Community Survey.
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