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Known as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis is an excellent location for anyone who loves music, a pleasant climate, and delicious barbecue. In this guide, you’ll learn all there is to know about assisted living in the area. A Place for Mom partners with 13 assisted living communities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Memphis, giving seniors and their families plenty of options to choose from.

Assisted living is a great option for people who want a balance of support and independence. In Memphis, Tennessee, senior residents of assisted living communities can receive support with their activities of daily living when needed. They can also enjoy customized meal plans, socializing with neighbors, and entertaining activities. These on-site services and amenities at Memphis’ assisted living communities help seniors of all abilities and interests to thrive.

Browse this guide to find real resident ratings on cleanliness, activities, amenities, services, and other features of our partner Memphis assisted living communities. This guide also reviews local costs, how people usually pay, senior-specific benefit resources, and aging-friendly activities in Memphis.

For people who need more assistance when it comes to dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other memory-related issues, many of our listings are combination of assisted living and memory care facilities.

How do we rank Memphis assisted living?

Our goal is to help you find high-quality assisted living facilities that fit your needs. Using our 20+ years of experience in senior living, we developed a proprietary rating system based on the following:

  • Recent, high-quality reviews. We take into account reviews from the past two years. Then, we look for the assisted living communities people prefer. Communities that have mostly positive ratings in the past two years are prioritized over facilities that have low or no reviews in the past two years. Reviews also help us understand what matters most to families like yours and how you rate communities based on subcategories like meals and dining, staff, and cleanliness.
  • Facility transparency. Communities that have robust information are prioritized over facilities that don’t offer the same level of transparency.
  • Location. Assisted living facility options vary based on proximity to your desired location.
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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...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Heritage at Irene Woods was designed by nationally known real estate developer Edwards Rose & Sons and is the area’s most sought after option for a beautiful senior living choice. Heritage at Irene Woods offers independent living apartment homes, assisted living apartments and memory care...
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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.
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Royal Retreat Senior Living Community is a home like no other. We are locally owned and managed by Memphians who have an authentic understanding of the needs and culture of the community we serve. We are driven by passion to improve the quality of life for our senior residents and provide them a...
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The facility is always well kept. No funny smells and the director is outstanding. The negative side is the aids are sometimes not as helpful as they should be. For us the main reason we chose this place...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Our community offers social, life-enriching activities every day for connecting with friends and family, sharing memories and experiencing a sense of belonging. The Village at Primacy Place is more than senior living—it's a way of life. If you’re looking for a community that understands and...
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I would put mom there again if I had the chance. Mom passed after a bout with pneumonia. Day care flexibility and access to staff were excellent. I refer them to everyone.
Provides: Memory Care
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
For assisted living in the Memphis community, Apple Grove Alzheimer's & Adult Day care offers a family oriented atmosphere for members and their families. This community is a short drive from Memphis, Germantown, Collierville and North Mississippi and is great for quick and easy visits. Apple...
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Sometimes hard to get any answers. They won't allow to have hearing devices plugged up to charge. It helps patient anxiety if they can hear and communicate with staff. They should know that being a memory...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Located in the middle of Shelby County is Foxbridge Assisted Living and Memory Care community, a unique, quiet, gated, eight-acre campus featuring five residential cottages with twenty-four apartments each. Walking paths, gardens, pond, ducks and ducklings, geese and goslings, many kinds of birds...
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Our loved one was only there for a month and during his stay the staff were very very nice. The community was always clean, the staff were helpful, genuinely caring, compassionate and such. It was a...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
HarborChase of Germantown is a place where unrivaled hospitality and classic elegance converge in a timeless setting of peaceful tranquility. Here, you’ll find much more than amazing value in the award-winning cuisine, personalized housekeeping, exhilarating activities, generous amenities and...
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It's a great place but pay close attention before signing any leases on the money side. Things get added on that unless you go over all the details you will not know what's being charged. The thing we like...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Belmont Village of Memphis, Tennessee is located in the attractive Germantown residential area shaded by Crape Myrtle and Dogwood trees, not too far from the Mississippi River. Situated near shopping, restaurants, places of worship and outstanding medical facilities — not to mention everything...
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I've been extremely satisfied.I am so pleased with our selection of the pointe at Kirby Gate. Management went above and beyond to help me get my husband moved as we were under a time crunch. He's so much...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Located right outside of Germantown, our community offers you a whole new world of friendship, gracious living, comfort and convenience in an ultimate location. Put them together and you have the perfect combination for an independent, rewarding and fulfilling retirement. We invite you to call...
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I think it was a good place. The staff seemed to sincerely care about my mom. I would recommend. I picked it because it wasn't huge, it was clean and we had a very positive feeling as we spoke to people that...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
A great life. For great seniors.Take the short drive from Memphis to the upscale town of Germantown, Tennessee, and you’ll find a premiere assisted living community that helps seniors find a new kind of independence. Here, you have access to world-renowned health care while also enjoying the...
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Everything was great. The staff was always pleasant & always answered any questions right away or found out the answers to the questions that they did not know. What stood out about Pinnacle was their...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Hermitage Gardens of Southaven is a beautiful, 55-suite retirement community offering Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care. Step inside our doors and discover charming assisted living with a distinctive grace reminiscent of Southaven's celebrated history. Personal touches create a community rich...
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I like the care that my father is getting at this community from the excellent staff. The menu is very good and he seems to be happy with the variety of meals. I am happy that the community is clean and he...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Photo of Trezevant Episcopal Home
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They're great. I love the staff. I love the way they take care of my mother. The nurses are just the best. My mother is on the second floor in the Terrace assisted living section. And they are so...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Trezevant is the Mid-South's only accredited continuing care retirement community providing the highest quality of life, wellness and independence for senior adults. Our new program at Trezevant Terrace introduces gracious assisted living and memory support services bringing superior care,...
Photo of Laurel Glen at Memphis Assisted Living and Memory Care
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Laurel Glen at Memphis was head and shoulders above other places we toured. It is very updated and nice. With any facility like this, there is a period of time where you really have to follow up and make...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
For more than 20 years, the dedicated team at Laurel Glen at Memphis has been providing the finest Assisted Living/Memory Care community services in the Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Shelby and Desoto area.We know how difficult it can be for a loved one to make the transition from home to a...
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No one greeted us when we moved in.They weren't even expecting us to move in.She's supposed to wear a watch but they don't check if She loves the food there. They emphasis they have a lot of activities but...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Kirby Pines Retirement Community is an award winning 50-acre life care retirement community located in Memphis, Tennessee. With the incomparable lifestyle and comprehensive life care offered, we offer you a beautiful home, whether it is an Independent Apartment or Garden Home, an Assisted Living...
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My loved one was very ill, and they assisited with everything she needed in every way. And they made her last days as good as they could possibly be.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Home Care, Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Home Care: Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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If there is an issue it is addressed very quickly and this is great. They also have really good meals. For what I am paying I am receiving very good services. I would highly recommend this community. There...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
When a loved one is in need of the type of assistance provided by a Memory Care community, choosing the right one is critically important. Our highly experienced and compassionate team knows how challenging such a time can be and we are here to help families in every way possible.Every one of our...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
South Breeze Assisted Living is a 28-unit, single-story residence. The intimate 20,000 square-foot floor plan puts dining and common living space within a short walk from each resident's living quarters. South Breeze offers five floor plans ranging from a studio to 2-bedroom. Your job is living...
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Our dear mother bought in/ moved into the Village 5+ years ago, and has enjoyed it very much. The staff, service, friends, activities, and food, etc. have been excellent and we've had no problems. She is...
Provides: Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Wesley Highland Place Is a small assisted living facility. Each room opens up to the common area where the residents receive their meals and socialize. The facility has a home like atmosphere making it a warm and inviting place to live. Wesley Highland Place offers an intimate community with...
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Provides: Memory Care, Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Metro Community Care Homes Assisted living is good living at Metro Care Homes in Memphis Tennessee. We are conveniently located in the heart of bustling Memphis where the best in dining, shopping and culture can be shared by you and your friends and family. Our beautiful grounds offer ample...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Opus provides residents with a lifestyle focused on wellness and meaningful social connections. Our independent living apartments, independent living cottages, assisted living options, and dementia care options allow us to provide individualized care and assistance to everyone who calls our...
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Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

What families are saying about assisted living in Memphis

Recent reviews for assisted living in Memphis

Germantown Plantation

5.0
It's taken Mom a while to get use to everything. She's been there a few months and she's starting to get settled in. I love everything about Germantown Plantation...the staff is beyond fabulous! I would soooo recommend Germantown Plantation to anyone! Thank you so so much! The staff have made ...
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Quail Ridge Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care in Bartlett, TN

5.0
My overall experience was very good. The staff are very approachable. They kept our family informed. However the initial adjustment was difficult. No visit from family for 2 weeks, but the reason for the policy was explained. When my loved one passed away, Quail Ridge was acknowledged on ...
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Apple Grove Alzheimer's and Dementia Residence in Memphis, TN

5.0
I would put mom there again if I had the chance. Mom passed after a bout with pneumonia. Day care flexibility and access to staff were excellent. I refer them to everyone.

Costs of assisted living in the Memphis area

The average cost of assisted living at our partner communities in Memphis is $3,985 including fees for amenities and services, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.[01] Factors such as location, amenities, choice of floor plan, and additional services play into the cost of assisted living facilities in the area.

Amenities and services differ between assisted living facilities in Memphis, but you can typically expect the following to be included in the cost above:

  • Meals and dining services
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • Help with personal care
  • 24-hour on-call staff
  • On-site and off-site activities

The following costs represent the greater area’s average baseline costs without additional fees.

Average monthly cost of Assisted Living in Memphis, TN vs. nearby cities

Memphis, TN

$4,277/mo

Blanton, AR

$4,135/mo

Southaven, MS

$4,256/mo

How people pay for assisted living in Memphis

There are several ways to pay for assisted living in the Memphis area through private pay and public means. While some families choose one payment method, most people use a mix of private and public funding methods to pay for assisted living. In this section, you will learn about the kinds of resources used to pay for costs related to assisted living, including private pay, VA benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Private pay methods in Memphis

Private pay is often combined with other income sources to finance a move to assisted living. This may include Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns.

Seniors may also be able to use long-term care insurance to pay for assisted living. Policies vary, so it’s recommended that you consult with your loved one’s insurance provider to determine what assisted living costs are covered.

Additional options that seniors often use to cover their assisted living costs can include the following:

VA benefits for assisted living in Memphis
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Number of veterans, 65+, who live in Memphis

About 47% of Memphis seniors, 65+, earn retirement income.

Senior veterans or their surviving spouses may be eligible to receive pensions or disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help with their costs of living and long-term care services.

The VA Aid and Attendance benefit is a common benefit for disabled veterans. It’s added to a veteran’s existing monthly VA Pension payments and can be used to help a veteran improve their quality of life, including paying rent at an assisted living community.

A veteran must have a service-related disability to be eligible. This can include many conditions and circumstances, and the requirements can change depending on individual military histories, so it’s useful to work with a veteran service officer for benefit advising to see if your condition qualifies.

The benefit application process is also complicated and time consuming, so it’s highly recommended that you utilize the supportive services of local veterans service organizations (VSO) to help expedite this process. The VSOs that serve Memphis veterans conveniently operate out of the Shelby County Administration Building. From this one location, senior veterans can be connected to local, regional, and national services offered by VSOs, like the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion.

Resources for Memphis veterans

County veteran office

Shelby County Veteran Services
1060 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: 901-222-4237
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Appointment only

State veteran office

Tennessee Department of Veterans Services

Memphis Field Office

VA Medical Center
1030 Jefferson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Memphis Medicaid for assisted living

Medicaid is a public health insurance program jointly funded by the federal government and states. Individual states create and administer their own programs within federal guidelines. It can’t be used to pay rent at an assisted living community, but it can be used to cover certain long-term medical and personal care services provided in an assisted living community.

Tennessee’s Medicaid program is called TennCare. It’s a managed care program that provides services such as basic health care, inpatient care in a hospital, and dental care. Seniors 65+ who meet income and asset qualifications are eligible to enroll.[03]

The TennCare CHOICES program is for seniors 65+ and individuals with disabilities who require long-term care. The program can provide supportive services for seniors who live in a nursing home or in a community-based alternative to a nursing home which may include the following environments:

  • Assisted living facilities (licensed in Tennessee as Assisted Care Living Facilities ACLF) are residential communities that provide help with personal care needs, homemaker services, and medication management. Residents must pay for room and board.
  • Community living supports are shared homes where no more than four residents live. Support is dependent on the resident’s level of need and can include hands-on assistance, supervision, transportation, and other supports.
  • Family model community living supports are shared homes where no more than four residents live with a trained host family. The level of support depends on resident’s needs and can include hands-on assistance, supervision, and transportation.
  • Critical adult care homes are shared homes of no more than four people who have special health and long-term care needs. A health care professional lives on the premises to provide 24 hour care. This option is only available to people who are ventilator dependent or have a traumatic brain injury. Residents must pay room and board.[04]

As of 2023, to qualify for the CHOICES program, a senior must meet the following income and functional requirements:

  • Income can’t exceed $2,742 per month.
  • The total value of assets can’t be more than $2,000, excluding the value of the home where a senior lives.
  • Possessions can’t be given away or sold for less than what they are worth for five years prior to applying for program.
  • A senior requires a nursing home level of care or must be at risk of needing a nursing home level of care unless they receive home care.[05]

For any questions about Medicaid eligibility, you can contact Tennessee’s Commission on Aging and Disability, long-term care ombudsman, and the Aging Commission of the Mid-South using the contact information provided below. These resources can guide seniors and their families through the Medicaid eligibility and application processes and to the proper Medicaid programs for their needs.

Memphis resident Medicaid resources

Medicaid resource offices

TennCare
310 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 800-342-3145

Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
502 Deaderick Street, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 866-836-6678

Aging Commission of the Mid-South
160 N. Main Street, 3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-222-4111

Long-Term Care Ombudsman – Memphis Delta

Zev Samuels
Phone: 901-529-4565
Email: zsamuels@mifa.org

Carlos Royston
Phone: 901-529-4562
Email: croyston@mifa.org

Medicare assisted living coverage in Memphis

Because assisted living housing is considered custodial care, Medicare doesn’t cover the costs of room and board. However, people over the age of 65 can use it to cover their daily medical expenses.

There are three parts to Medicare: A, B, and D. All cover different costs related to health care and will determine what a senior is eligible for. Here’s a summary of the three parts:

  • Part A is hospital insurance and will cover some home health care, skilled nursing facility care, and inpatient hospital care.
  • Part B is medical insurance covering health care providers and outpatient care services, otherwise known as medically necessary services and preventative services.
  • Part D is drug coverage and covers the cost of prescriptions, vaccines, and other shots.

For people over the age of 65 with Part A and Part B, coverage can include the following:

  • Occupational and speech therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Part-time in-home care
  • Occasional skilled nursing
  • Medical social services
  • Injectable osteoporosis drugs

For financial counseling and support with Medicare, Tennessee’s State Health Insurance Program (TN SHIP) can help, while the Medicare Savings Program can help with financial assistance for medical premiums, deductibles, prescription drugs, and coinsurance.

Some seniors may also qualify for specific programs aimed to support long-term care for seniors. One example is the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) which provides access to certain in-home care benefits which allow them to continue living in their community as long as possible.[06]

To safeguard people with grievances, complaints, or appeals, the Tennessee long-term care ombudsman and the other listed resources are available for support and advocacy. There are three Social Security Administration offices in Memphis where you can go to apply for Medicare.

Memphis resident Medicare resources

Medicare resource offices

Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP)
1104 England Drive
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: 1-877-801-0044

Tennessee Medicare Savings Program
Contact the Tennessee Department of Health
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-741-3111
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tennessee Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
Contact TennCare
310 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 1-800-342-3145

Memphis Social Security Administration (SSA) offices

SSA Location 1

3602 Austin Peay Highway

Memphis, TN 38128

Phone: 1-800-772-1213

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SSA Location 2

1330 Monroe Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104

Phone: 1-800-772-1213

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SSA Location 3

3461 S 3rd St.

Memphis, TN 38109

Phone: 1-800-772-1213

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Medicare benefits assistance

Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability

502 Deaderick Street, 9th Floor

Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: 1-866-836-6678

Aging Commission of the Mid-South
160 N. Main Street, 3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-222-4111

Long-Term Care Ombudsman – Memphis Delta

Zev Samuels
Phone: 901-529-4565
Email: zsamuels@mifa.org

Carlos Royston
Phone: 901-529-4562
Email: croyston@mifa.org

Understand Tennessee laws and regulations for assisted living facilities

In Tennessee, assisted living communities must be licensed by the Office of Health Care Facilities within the Tennessee Department of Health. Tennessee licenses assisted living facilities as either assisted-care living facilities (ACLF) or residential homes for the aged. Residential homes for the aged are smaller communities that provide room and board and personal care services. Assisted-care living facilities take it a step further by having the ability to provide medical services, such as part-time intermittent nursing care and medication administration by licensed medical professionals.[07]

To be licensed, facilities must meet several requirements, including passing regular inspections, hiring an administrator who is certified by the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities and maintaining staff whose qualifications meet standards determined by the Department of Health. Licenses are reviewed annually.

Facilities are regularly inspected by the Department of Health to ensure regulatory requirements are maintained and residents receive high-quality care. Inspections cover things like the following:[08]

  • Medication management
  • Resident rights
  • Staffing protocols
  • Safety protocols
  • Cleanliness
  • Infection control

Families or residents can access health care facilities’ licensing information and inspection reports by searching for prospective communities on the Tennessee Department of Health website. The report provides information about current licensure status, expiration date, most recent inspection date, and the date of the original license. If a community has been cited for a violation, that information will be highlighted in red with the number of disciplinary actions, a description of the violation, and the actions that were taken.

Tennessee Department of Health contact information

Tennessee Department of Health
710 James Robertson Parkway

Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-741-3111
Hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for Memphis assisted living facilities

Tennessee doesn’t follow any state mandates around COVID-19. However, health care facilities like assisted living communities are recommended to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), including:

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Vaccinations. Staff and residents are encouraged to get fully vaccinated and boosted.

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Masking. Staff are encouraged to wear a well-fitted face mask. When transmission rates are high, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask. Masks are also recommended among residents and visitors in communal spaces.

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Facility cleanliness. Staff must clean visiting areas after each visit. And high-touch areas should be regularly disinfected.

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Staff safety. When necessary, staff should use personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Social distancing. During peak visiting hours or during parties, social distancing is encouraged.

Get to know assisted living in Memphis

13Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
3.7/5.0 average in-network rating
92% of our partner communities in Memphis offer on-site activities
69% of our partner communities are pet-friendly
69% of our partner communities in Memphis offer an on-site physician
8% of our partner communities in Memphis offer on-site skilled nursing
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Number of people we have referred to our partner communities in Memphis in 2022-2023

80%

Average age of resident we have referred to partner communities in Memphis in 2022-2023

Gender split:  67% female

What to expect from assisted living in Memphis

Assisted living in Memphis combines the need for supportive care with the desire for an active, engaging lifestyle. Communities offer a variety of social and recreational activities that encourage social interaction and strengthen bonds between residents. Book clubs, cooking classes, movie nights, and group outings are just some examples of activities hosted at these communities that enrich the environment and promote mental and emotional well-being.

Aging in Memphis can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Whether you’re engaging with the vibrant local culture, enjoying one of the many activities, or experiencing the camaraderie and care in an assisted living community, Memphis provides a stimulating environment wherever you are.

Levels of care

People choose assisted living because it can provide additional support and care to the senior living experience. However, some assisted living communities combine additional levels of care and living options. Three partner communities of the 13 in the Memphis area are standalone facilities, while the remaining communities also offer memory care and independent living options.[01]

The benefit of having additional levels of care available at one facility allows residents to age in place while accessing care as their needs change. For example, a senior may move to an independent living apartment in a community that offers assisted living and memory care. If their needs change as they age, they can transition to higher levels of care without having to move to a completely new community. They’re able to remain in a familiar place surrounded by neighbors and friends.

Assisted living communities in Memphis help residents stay active and healthy

While all assisted living facilities are different, certain features, services, and amenities are common in Memphis assisted living communities. You should expect to find on-site fitness classes, support with medication, and mobility assistance, among other services. Some communities provide specialized health and wellness services and additional care programs all in the same facility. The following information provides an overview of the different types of services and amenities you can find in our partner Memphis assisted living communities:[01]

  • 77% offer stretching classes
  • 15% offer water aerobics
  • 85% provide medication management and non-ambulatory care
  • Nearly 50% offer the services of a nutritionist or dietitian
  • 15% offer psychiatric care services
  • 8% have a skilled nursing facility on-site

The social scene

For those who prefer to be socially active, there are a number of different social activities and outings planned regularly in assisted living. Common activities offered at our Memphis assisted living partner communities include:

  • Day trips and cultural outings
  • On-site picnics and birthday celebrations
  • Live music performances
  • Pet-focused events for residents who live with their furry friends
  • Devotional activities

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88,789

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Memphis

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Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Memphis population

$34,417

Average annual retirement income for Memphis seniors 65 and older

Health care for seniors in Memphis

Memphis offers several robust medical centers. Whether seniors are looking for geriatric care, mental health services, or palliative care, several highly ranked hospitals in Memphis serve the community’s needs. Check out some information on Memphis’ top-rated hospitals below.

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Baptist Memorial Hospital — Memphis

Baptist Memorial is a teaching hospital and surgical facility on the east side of Memphis. Highly ranked for a dozen adult procedures, it’s also ranked as the number one regional hospital in Memphis, according to U.S. News and World Report. This hospital is especially well known for its hip and knee replacement surgeries and treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or COPD) and other heart conditions.

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Methodist Le Bonheur Hospitals

Spread over five campuses in Memphis, Methodist Le Bonheur is ranked as the second-best regional hospital in Memphis. This hospital is very well known for its cancer care.

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Memphis VA Medical Center

For Memphis veterans, the VA Medical Center offers everything from primary care to treatment of various conditions.

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Transportation for seniors in Memphis

Nine of our partner communities offer transportation services for residents. Because of the geographic spread of Memphis, most people rely on a car to get around. However, the East Midtown, Idlewood-East End Historic, and Barry F. Homes are neighborhoods where people can easily walk and navigate via bicycle.

Another option is Memphis’ public transportation system, operated by the Memphis Area Transport Authority (MATA), which runs 26 fixed-route and express buses. MATA also operates a trolley service downtown which, while not extensive in coverage, is a fun way to see the city.

In addition to MATA’s bus and trolley service, several public transportation options and services are available to seniors or people who cannot use the fixed-route bus system due to disability.

  • Offered through MATA, MATAplus is a door-to-door service for those unable to use MATA buses independently. This service extends three-quarters of a mile beyond the fixed route system and operates within the same service hours. Once an application to ride has been approved, reservations can be made via phone.
  • For a service similar to a taxi or rideshare, iTN Memphis (aka the Independent Transportation Network) is available throughout Tennessee. This 24/7 service is open to anyone over the age of 60 who lives within the I-240 loop.
  • On its way to Memphis is the Shelby County Senior Volunteer Transportation Network, which pairs vetted volunteer drivers with seniors looking for accessible rides.

Walk Score rates how walkable and easy a city is to get around on a scale of 0-100, based on public transportation, public density, and the availability of walk and bike lanes. Due to its sprawl and lack of consistent walk lanes, Memphis’ walk score is 35.[11] Beyond the downtown area, a car is often needed in Memphis.

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Walk Score

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Senior activities in Memphis

Steeped in rock ‘n’ roll history, Memphis is alive with activities that will have your heart singing. Clinging to the banks of the mighty Mississippi, this river town also boasts a variety of scenic areas, parks, and activities that make Memphis a great place to live no matter how you get around.

A number of assisted living communities plan accessible outings around arts, history, and culture at one of the many museums in Memphis. The Brooks Museum of Art is one that hosts a wide range of art exhibits, including painting, sculpture, and photography. The Pink Palace (also known as the Museum of Science and History) has a rotation of compelling exhibits, films, and even a planetarium. Another popular attraction is the National Civil Rights Museum which explores the history of the civil rights movement in the United States.

The Mississippi breathes life into Memphis, providing a stage for several events and activities. Memphis River Parks hosts outdoor concerts, walking tours, and different kinds of festivals. The river parks also provides wide, paved paths for strolling, grassy areas for picnicking and several areas to just relax while watching the river boats float past.

Just across the river in West Memphis, Arkansas, the Southland Casino Hotel provides a variety of accessible entertainment. Try your luck among the cacophony of ringing slot machines or take in a live show. Treat your favorite person to an intimate dinner or meet friends for a drink in one of the bars.

For outdoor activities visit Shelby Farms Park, where people of all abilities can access trails, restaurants, and many of the park’s lakes. The Memphis Botanic Garden is a great spot to spend the afternoon. With its wide, smooth paths that wind through the gardens, visitors can engage all of their senses while marveling at the incredible vegetation.

The FedExForum sits on the edge of downtown and is easy to navigate, with elevators and wide, smooth walkways. The FedExForum plays host to several events throughout the year. Most notably, it’s home to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies basketball team. Games are a great way to spend time with family or friends. And senior discounts are offered for many games.

You can’t spend time in Memphis without taking a step through the city’s musical history. Visiting Elvis Presley’s famed home in Graceland is a great way to spend the day for seniors and loved ones. Most of the 120-acre estate is wheelchair accessible and features tours of Elvis’ home, plane, and vintage cars. There’s also an on-site museum dedicated to music memorabilia.

Beale Street, is another attraction for music lovers or those interested in Memphis’ storied culinary scene. The sidewalks in some places can be narrow but all have ramps at street crossings. And each evening, portions of the street are closed to auto traffic, allowing the night to come alive with a variety of performers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Great Southern Senior Living, The Gardens of Germantown and Heritage at Irene Woods are the top-rated Assisted Living facilities near Memphis, TN. These Assisted Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Assisted Living in Memphis is 4276.76 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. United States Census Bureau. (2021). American Community Survey: Population 65 years and over in the United States (S0103): Memphis, Tennessee [Data set].

  3. TennCare. TennCare Medicaid.

  4. TennCare. CHOICES: What services are available to me?

  5. TennCare. To Qualify for CHOICES.

  6. TennCare. The program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE).

  7. US Department of Health and Human Services. (2015). Compendium of residential care and assisted living regulations and policy: Tennessee.

  8. Tennessee Health Facilities Commission. (2022, July). Standards for assisted-care living facilities.

  9. Tennessee Department of Health. (2021). Letter to long term care providers.

  10. U.S. News and World Report. (2023). Best Hospitals in Memphis, TN.

  11. Walk Score. (2023). Memphis.

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