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Ohio’s capital city features a range of senior living options to meet the various needs and preferences of its older residents. Located along the Scioto River in the heart of the Buckeye State, Columbus is the second-most populous Midwestern city, behind only Chicago.
A Place for Mom partners with 29 independent living communities in the Columbus area. Independent living communities are designed for adults 55+ seeking a low-maintenance lifestyle with luxury amenities, including dining, on-site salon services, and recreational activities.
We’ve created this guide to Columbus independent living options based on our extensive senior living experience, proprietary data, and access to local senior living experts. Find cost information, payment tips, health and safety regulations, and other valuable 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
9180 Antares Ave, Columbus, OH 43240
I personally love everything about it. I know that my father is safe, taken care of fed, and for a great price. My dad expresses that he is bored, lonely, and that there aren't a lot of diabetic meals, and...
WELCOME TO THE POLARIS COMMUNITY LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE!At The Polaris Community, your purpose is our purpose, and we invite you to engage curiously and wholeheartedly in creating the life you want. With a large list of attractive amenities and services, our new 55+ community caters to those who...
5435 Morse Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230
People here ask my opinion and try to make my stay here enjoyable and personal. Most always call me by my name ( not hey, or hey you)
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...
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...
1201 Riva Ridge Ct, Gahanna, OH 43230
Very friendly staff and fellow residents. Have several doctors appts so unable to participate in a lot of activities. I picked this community because of more amenities , and it was cheaper.
The Worthington provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Located on beautiful grounds in Gahanna, a charming suburb of Columbus, you'll love the tasteful elegance of our facilities and the convenience of the nearby community. We're just minutes from shopping,...
5800 Forest Hills Blvd, Columbus, OH 43231
My loved one loves the people there. My loved one says everyone is friendly. There are always a lot of activities to partake in. My loved one feels very welcome.
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
The facility is older but it's nice and the staff is awesome. For the money it is the best I could find, 4 is a good rating from me. Dad doesn't use the activities but they always have something going on!...
Mayfair Village Retirement and Nursing Community is committed to beign the premier provider of health care 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...
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...
7780 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
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...
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...
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...
1131 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43222
We picked this community because it felt like home. [name removed] and other staff were so nice and friendly. It is a great place to live. I would recommend to other families.
Beyond Your Expectations, But Well Within Your Means with All Utilities Included!Gates Junction is downtown living perfect for those 55 and better!Your brand new constructed, bright and open style one bedroom apartment with all utilities included was designed specifically with you in mind
79 Blossom Field Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43213
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
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...
3500 Trillium Crossing, Columbus, OH 43235
We did the right thing at the right time and its here. One would hard pressed to find any place else as clean as Brookdale. EVERYONE here is very friendly, kind, caring, helpful FROM the housekeepers,...
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...
717 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
I moved here 18 months ago, and enjoyed 1. My apartment 2. My neighbors, their camaraderie and concern for each other. 3. The friendly and helpful staff 4. Shopping trips and other transportation 5. the...
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...
1001 Parkview Blvd, Columbus, OH 43219
I would recommend the community. The people here are very nice and friendly. My loved one likes it here. Overall the experience has been good for us. It would be nice to see more activities on the...
Kensington Place, as a member of the Lutheran Social Services Network of Hope, is dedicated to providing seniors with a comfortable, safe and inviting community with staff members who are compassionate, caring and professional.Among the highlights of our community are:•SeniorFit: a fully-equipped...
433 Obetz Rd, Ste 300, Columbus, OH 43207
They've been really accommodating. My friend has an adult son with Down's Syndrome who we were looking to place as well, and they allowed him to stay with her for a short while until we were able to place...
The Villas of Scioto are tucked away in a beautiful residential setting in a warm and inviting neighborhood close to shopping, restaurants, golf courses, sporting activities and emergency care facilities. Capital Health Care Network takes pride in maintaining a community where we provide a safe,...
2870 Snouffer Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Danbury is very nice. I negotiated a price equivalent to another community for 1 yr, but price in May goes up almost double per month.
Danbury in Columbus is an assisted living community located in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Columbus, which was ranked in BusinessWeek's 50 best cities in America, features endless events, attractions and dining and shopping opportunities. With guided tours through museums and factories, live...
1305 Lamplighter Drive, Grove City, OH 43123
Overall the experience has been great especially for my dad, however their is room for improvement. We have noticed there is shortage in aides. Some of the aides are wonderful, and others not so much....
Putting more living back into your life.It’s time to trade the worry and hassle of homeownership for the comfort and convenience of a life of redefined independence. It’s time to trade the stress of isolated life for the security and safety of a community designed from the ground up to be the...
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...
4160 Trueman Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026
My mom moved in to Stone Oak over a few months ago. She is so happy and is living her best life. The management and staff as amazing. They have made her transitions seamless.
Stone Oak is the perfect choice for people with a passion for living who are looking for comfort, independence, security, convenience, and a friendly community in the place they call home. Month-to-month rent for studio, 1, 2, & 3 bedroom suites provide all-inclusive services including Freedom...
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.
4000 Lakeview Crossing, Groveport, OH 43125
Our only complain with Brookdale Lakeview is that on the weekends there is a shortage of staffing. However the meals that are prepared there are very good. They have a lot of different food options for the...
Live your best life every day. At our Assisted Living and memory care community in Groveport, Ohio, you’ll have assistance with medications, dressing and bathing, as well as services like housekeeping and meals. You’ll also find comfort knowing that staff is on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a...
4990 Hoover Road, Grove City, OH 43123
Homestead Village is a peaceful community and has a great view. I would stay there again if I went down and based on the experience I had, I would absolutely recommend this community to other families.
Homestead Village is a community that brings neighbors together and provides convenient amenities just steps away from your doorstep. You'll have easy access to over a dozen store fronts that offer everything from Farrah's Salon to The Hemingway Library! You'll also find opportunities for...
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...
The average cost of senior living in Columbus is 3,249 per month. Cheaper nearby regions include Blacklick, OH with an average of 1,308 per month.
Planning ahead can better position you to make good choices for your loved one’s care in the future. But if your aging family member needs care now, there are ways to finance the cost of long-term care through a combination of approaches.
Independent living offers a stress-free lifestyle for older adults. Independent living communities don’t provide personal care or supervision, but do offer generally healthy adults opportunities for socialization and hassle-free living. Independent living services often include:
Columbus independent living costs an average of $4,306 per month, according to A Place For Mom’s proprietary data. This number represents the amount paid by real individuals referred to our partnered Columbus independent living communities. This cost includes rent plus optional add-ons, which may include things like the following:
The rates outlined below represent Columbus-area independent living community baseline monthly costs before any add-on fees. They are helpful to compare costs locally.
Columbus residents can combine several private and public assistance options to help pay for independent living. Take account of your own unique financial circumstances to determine the best way to pay for independent living and any additional personal care services you may grow to need.
Options like Medicaid and Medicare won’t help cover rent in an independent living community, but they may help you offset home health care costs. If you have a chronic health condition, disability, or another need for personal care, these programs may help cover the cost of home health care services in your independent living residence.
Private pay methods can include any income and asset sources. If you’re retired and no longer receive a paycheck, your income and assets may be enough to cover your expenses at an independent living facility. Depending on your resources, income and assets could include savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, investment returns, and any of the following:
Ohio independent living communities typically have an age minimum of 55, 62, or 65. Age minimums generally don’t apply to every tenant. Rather, one person in each apartment household must meet the age requirement.
Independent living communities are subject to the same regulations as any other Ohio rental units, with tenants and landlords each having their own requirements and rights. However, independent living communities with assisted living or memory care on-site may be more strictly regulated, at least in the units where medical care services are provided. For more information on the assisted living or memory care unit regulations of your potential community, visit our guide to Columbus assisted living.
Landlords of apartments in Ohio are required to maintain standards of maintenance, safety, and cleanliness for their tenants. Landlords are required to do the following:
Tenants are required to do the following:
Independent living communities must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by making reasonable accommodations and modifications for individuals with disabilities. Owners of housing facilities are prohibited by federal law from denying residency to individuals who have disabilities.
Reasonable accommodations are defined as adjustments to rules or policies, granting residents with disabilities access to the same activities and benefits offered to the other tenants. Some examples of such accommodations may include the following:
Modifications can mean making construction changes to the apartment complex and unit in order to make the space more accessible to individuals with disabilities. This could mean building a wheelchair ramp, adding a hands-free entrance, or installing handrails in bathrooms. The costs of these modifications are the responsibility of the property owner, rather than of the tenant with the disability.
Independent living communities that offer multiple care types on the same campus may have more strict regulations in their care units or wings. Some of these regulations include staff requirements, minimum staff-to-resident ratios, and service offerings like 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 a minimum of every 15 months after licensure.
To view Ohio senior care facility inspection reports, you can use the Health Care Provider Search tool. Look up a particular facility’s inspection report by selecting the category of care provider from the drop-down menu. Then, you can narrow your search by entering the county, city, organization’s name, or any information you have for the corresponding fields. To search and compare nursing home facilities, use the Medicare nursing home search tool. You can find more information on related Ohio tenant-landlord laws below.
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As most COVID-19 restrictions in Ohio have been lifted, there are no specific COVID-19 regulations required for Ohio independent living communities at this time. However, communities that include assisted living are recommended to implement precautionary measures in accordance with CDC guidelines. Individual communities may have their own rules in place, so make sure to call prospective communities ahead of time to learn about their specific guidelines. 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 or if they are experiencing symptoms.
Masking. Masks should be worn by individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, by health care workers working 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 independent living offers seniors worry-free retirement, where you can shed the responsibilities of home ownership. Live without worry of lawn care and maintenance, and gain access to many other convenient on-site amenities and services.
As a resident of Columbus independent living, you can get the most out of your retirement with the community’s many service offerings dedicated to improving your quality of life. The services available at our partner independent living communities generally include the following:
On-site amenities at our Columbus independent living partner communities generally feature communal leisure areas and on-site conveniences like the following:
At our Columbus independent living community partners, you can enjoy private apartments with convenient features like the following:
Out of our partner Columbus communities offering independent living, over 65% feature some combination of independent living, assisted living, and memory care, all in the same community. This type of integrated community enables residents to easily transition to a support level that fits them if their needs change, making it ideal for aging in place.
Multiple care types together also offer more variety among residents, often giving more opportunity for friendships and community engagement, regardless of an individual’s specific level of need.
Independent senior living communities also provide social opportunities, either through formal activity schedules or resident-run groups. With most residents being retirees, they typically share a common interest in fun and leisure.
Because many of our partner independent living communities in Columbus are centrally located in the downtown area, residents have easy access to the city’s best dining and entertainment venues. Downtown Columbus is easy to traverse on foot or through public transportation. 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.
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Columbus is home to two state-of-the-art teaching and general medical hospitals.
Wexner Medical Center is ranked No. 1 in Columbus and No. 2 in the state of Ohio, according to U.S. News and World Report. As a general medical facility and teaching hospital, Wexner is nationally ranked in nine adult specialties, including cardiology and cancer treatment.
Of A Place for Mom’s partnered independent living communities, 77% offer complimentary transportation services to residents. For residents in communities without transportation, Columbus is highly walkable and bikeable, and it has great public transportation options.
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 area spanning over 1.2 million people, COTA has innovative trip planning tools, multiple services like Bike and Ride or Park and Ride, and a free Emergency Ride Home system to make sure Columbus residents don’t get stranded.
You can find information on free and low-cost transportation specifically for seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAA) comprehensive Transportation Guide.
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 boasts a wealth of events for its residents and its growing senior population. Below, you will find highlights of area attractions, family-friendly fun, continuing education opportunities for seniors, and more.
Columbus has eateries to suit any taste, whether you’re a meat lover, an herbivore, or seeking the comfort foods of the Midwest or 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.
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. When you’ve had your fill of activity, enjoy a meal at one of Columbus’ many rooftop restaurants.
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 tastes, the Columbus Theater site will direct you to local concerts, as well as 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 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 8-12 can get some quality time at Gram and Gramp Camp, where all can participate in structured activities and enjoy quality time together.
The city features multiple community centers where residents 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.
If you’re a senior artisan, you can also sell your 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 a Columbus older resident, with over 50 years of selling members’ handmade products.
Ohio State University’s Program 60 offers tuition-free educational opportunities for Ohio residents aged 60 and over. For the empty nester who is eager to continue learning, you can enroll in university credit courses. Seniors are welcome to attend classes on a part-time or full-time basis, paying only for their textbooks and any applicable lab costs.
The average cost of Independent Living in Columbus is 3,249 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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