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Assisted Living in Tennessee

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OVERALL STATE RANK

Overview of assisted living in Tennessee

Tennessee offers exceptional assisted living options with highly rated amenities, quality care, and homelike environments, all for an average cost of about $4,400 per month.[01] Senior residents can engage in on-site activities like birthday parties and barbecues, or join an off-site excursion to explore all that the area has to offer. Known for mountains and music, the state offers an ideal blend of reasonable living costs and enriching activities from border to border. Tennessee exudes Southern comfort, from soulful country and blues music to fried catfish and cornbread, making the state a wonderful place to call home.
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Assisted living state rankings report

18th

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 Tennessee cities for assisted living overall

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Tennessee

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Sycamore Trace

1098 Bradford Way, Kingston, TN 37763
10
Review Score
75 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
P - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff at Sycamore Trace really cares about their elderly clients. They are easy to work with and go out of their way to make this work under what are often stressful situations. The food is good, the...

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Great Southern Senior Living

1869 Pisgah Rd, Cordova, TN 38016
10
Review Score
11 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We are totally pleased with GSSL. The staff is great and she is very happy there. The facility is smaller and staff have a more personal relationship with the residents unlike some of the larger facilities....

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Brookdale Johnson City

2003 Waters Edge Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604
10
Review Score
39 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Linda R - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

As soon as you enter the building you get welcome and friendly. They ask if they can help and point you in the direction that you gping.

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Nashville

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The Bridge at Hickory Woods

4220 Murfreesboro Pike, Antioch, TN 37013
9.7
Review Score
18 reviews
Regina G - I live or lived in this community

Staff are very friendly. I think the facility does particularly well with their meals and activities provided. I would definitely recommend The Bridge at Hickory Woods to others.

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Belmont Village Green Hills

4206 Stammer Place, Nashville, TN 37215
9.6
Review Score
55 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Becky V - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Our mother never planned (or wanted) to have to leave her home of 55 years, but it was becoming more apparent that being alone and isolated in her home was no longer best for her. Belmont Village has more...

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Brookdale Belle Meade

6767 Brookmont Terrace, Nashville, TN 37205
9.4
Review Score
54 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff is good and friendly. It's helpful to stay on top of housekeeping for my loved one. The communication is good and there is a support group once a month. The staff work hard and are attentive to the...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Franklin

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Charter Senior Living of Franklin

105 Sunrise Cir, Franklin, TN 37067
9.5
Review Score
17 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We are very happy with the experience so far at Charter Senior Living. I think for the most part I would have to say the reason it has been a good experience is because of the staff members. We would...

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Vitality Living Franklin

1035 Fulton Greer Ln, Franklin, TN 37064
9.5
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49 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Joe S - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We have found Vitality memory care to be the best place for my 96 yr old dad after his hip fracture that made his dementia worse. We have toured 3 other places in Franklin and he has stayed in 2 more, one...

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Somerby Franklin

870 Oak Meadow Drive, Franklin, TN 37064
9.4
Review Score
24 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Dessa B - I'm a current/former resident or client

I have lived here since the day Somerby opened. I made the commitment to live here about 6 months before Somerby opened and I’m glad I did. This facility was even more awesome than I anticipated! The staff...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Memphis

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Great Southern Senior Living

1869 Pisgah Rd, Cordova, TN 38016
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Review Score
11 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We are totally pleased with GSSL. The staff is great and she is very happy there. The facility is smaller and staff have a more personal relationship with the residents unlike some of the larger facilities....

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Heritage at Irene Woods

4580 Forest Hill Irene Rd, Memphis, TN 38125
9.2
Review Score
11 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Pamela G - I'm a current/former resident or client

The heat got repaired at Heritage yesterday around noon. I’m so glad of that too. The employees there are very nice the food there is very good from what I understand. After 2 1/2 days of no heat I’m...

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Royal Retreat Assisted Living

6551 Knight Arnold Rd, Memphis, TN 38115
9.0
Review Score
12 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
HM - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Very nice community of staff and residents. My father is very happy and is thriving.It was the right fit for my father's needs. I would recommend to others.

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Knoxville

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StoryPoint Knoxville West

8501 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37922
9.9
Review Score
68 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Aleminti - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

This place is the only place I would trust my family members. The nurses are amazing and always willing to help with no issues. The caregivers are so sweet and welcoming and always have a smile on their...

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The Pointe at Lifespring

4371 Lifespring Lane, Knoxville, TN 37918
9.6
Review Score
36 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Lisa P - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The Pointe has been a wonderful place for my parents! The staff don't turn over often and are very kind and loving with the residents. They truly care and keep us informed of anything going on. [name...

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Trinity Hills of Knoxville

4611 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37914
9.6
Review Score
55 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Angie - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I felt relieved. They were able to take care of my mom when I no longer could do so. They gave me the peace of mind that I could focus on spending time with her while they took care of her medical needs. I...

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Cost of assisted living in Tennessee

In Tennessee, the average cost of assisted living is about $4,400 per month. That’s about $500 less than the national average. Because of factors like location, apartment size, care level, and quality of amenities, assisted living costs can vary quite a bit. Tennessee’s assisted living communities range between about $2,800 at the low end and $6,300 at the highest end.[01]

Typically, you can expect the cost of assisted living to increase as the cost of living in a particular city increases, apartment floor plan size gets larger, care levels become more advanced, and amenities become more luxurious.

The figures above reflect actual prices paid by families who were referred to an A Place for Mom partner assisted living community in Tennessee. They account for all fees paid, including amenities, services, and care. Seniors and their families can use a combination of public and private payment methods to cover these costs. Read more about the payment options for assisted living in Tennessee below.

Compare costs of Tennessee vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

Tennessee

$4,039/mo

US National average

$4,531/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

Tennessee

$4,039/mo

Kentucky

$4,094/mo

Alabama

$3,789/mo

Georgia

$3,577/mo

Mississippi

$3,497/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in Tennessee vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

Tennessee

$4,039/mo

Knoxville, TN

$3,855/mo

Memphis, TN

$4,277/mo

Nashville, TN

$4,396/mo

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

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in Tennessee

There are a variety of methods to pay for assisted living in Tennessee. Families can either use private pay, public pay options, or a combination of the two. Read about the payment options below, or view our guide to paying for long-term care for a more high-level overview.

While most families use a combination of different payment methods to pay for assisted living in Tennessee, there are a range of private pay options to utilize. Click on the cards below to learn more about private pay options.

Selling a house will generate funds to help pay for assisted living in Tennessee.

Reverse mortgage loans take a portion of your home equity and convert it into cash, which can then be used to pay for assisted living in Tennessee.

Health savings accounts (HSAs) can help cover long-term care insurance premiums and other health care costs in Tennessee.

Life insurance policies can be sold or surrendered to pay for assisted living in Tennessee.

Long-term care insurance, depending on the policy, can cover some assisted living services in Tennessee.

Social Security benefits can be used to help pay for assisted living in Tennessee.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in Tennessee

The official licensure terms for assisted living in Tennessee are “Assisted-Care Living Facilities” and “Residential Homes for the Aged.” Assisted-Care Living Facilities typically provide a higher level of care, such as medical services, than Residential Homes for the Aged. Both settings are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health’s Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities.[04]

The state of Tennessee defines an Assisted-Care Living Facility as an establishment that accepts mainly older adults for home or community based care and services. If necessary, these facilities may provide medical services, such as medication administration and nursing care. They must also do the following:[04]

  • Provide personal services, such as protective care, room and board, and nonmedical care
  • Meet each resident’s medical and safety needs safely and effectively through the provision of appropriate assisted living services
  • Provide services in the least restrictive and most homelike environment
  • Help residents safely age in place while encouraging their individuality, respect, and privacy

A Residential Home for the Aged is a home that accepts mainly older adults for relatively permanent care. These homes must provide room and board and personal care to at least four nonrelated residents. Residential Homes for the Aged must not provide medical care. However, if the home employs a licensed nurse, that nurse may administer medications for residents.[04]

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Ease of access to assisted living records in Tennessee

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 Tennessee assisted living records: Moderate

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

  • Information about provider licensing is available online, but inspection reports are unavailable.
  • Mandatory inspections are performed at least every 15 months.

How to look up Tennessee assisted living licenses and records

Use the following steps to look up assisted living records in Tennessee:

  • To confirm a community is licensed, use the Current Search or History Search form on the Department of Health website.
  • Visit Tennessee’s senior community Disciplinary Action page for information about the backgrounds of providers.

How we arrived at our Tennessee rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and 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 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? Yes
  12. Can the state fine a facility? Yes
  13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every 15 months
  14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

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

  2. United States Census Bureau. QuickFacts North Carolina.

  3. Division of TennCare. Covered Services.

Top cities in Tennessee for assisted living

8.8
Nashville, TN
37 facilities
8.5
Knoxville, TN
33 facilities
8.5
Murfreesboro, TN
14 facilities
8.4
Memphis, TN
42 facilities
8.4
Franklin, TN
20 facilities
7.6
Chattanooga, TN
30 facilities

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