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Located along the Scioto River in the heart of the Buckeye State, Columbus, Ohio, boasts not only wonderful attractions and culinary experiences, but also an array of quality senior care options to accommodate its growing population of older residents.

While the term nursing home is sometimes used to describe all senior care communities, it’s actually one specific type of senior living option among many. Nursing homes offer round-the-clock medical care and skilled nursing services for seniors who would otherwise require hospitalization. If you’re seeking care for a senior loved one who only needs assistance with daily tasks or support for dementia, their needs may be better suited for an assisted living or memory care facility rather than a nursing home.

A Place for Mom partners with 48 assisted living and memory care facilities within a 10-mile radius of Columbus. This guide to Columbus senior care communities comprises our extensive senior living experience, proprietary data, and access to local senior living experts. While A Place for Mom does not partner with any stand-alone nursing homes, several of the Columbus assisted living and memory care facilities in our network offer on-site skilled nursing services in addition to their standard services.

Browse these Columbus senior care options according to your loved one’s specific needs. Find information about the different types of senior care, payment options, regulations, and other helpful resources to benefit Columbus seniors, whether your loved one requires skilled nursing, assisted living, or memory care.

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1111 Photos available
88 Floor plans available
9.9
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33 reviews
9.9
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33 reviews
5 star
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My loved one is a resident at Danbury of Columbus. These folks are stellar. The most important thing to say about them is that they are kind, competent, and they are dealing with my mother in a manner that...
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.
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...
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1616 Photos available
9.8
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94 reviews
9.8
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94 reviews
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We are so glad we chose StoryPoint Gahanna for our loved one. We even moved another family member there because we were so happy with the experience. She has since died, but we were so glad she could be...
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.
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...
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1111 Photos available
11 Floor plan available
9.8
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66 reviews
9.8
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66 reviews
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My family and my Mom had a great experience at Sunrise of Gahanna. Sadly, Mom passed last July; but, the care she received while there was amazing. I also am impressed that the staff is trained on the many...
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.
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...
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1010 Photos available
9.5
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13 reviews
9.5
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13 reviews
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It is amazing. The facility is beautiful and always clean. Atmosphere is always upbeat. The staff is so nice. My mom has been there 5-6 weeks and it feels like family.
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.
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1111 Photos available
66 Floor plans available
9.4
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29 reviews
9.4
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29 reviews
5 star
74%
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We would definitely recommend! Staff was great and very kind. Beautiful facility...not a lot of formal orientation upon move in but she figured it out. Residents were friendly and she adjusted very quickly.
Provides: Assisted Living, 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.
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.
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...
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1616 Photos available
55 Floor plans available
9.3
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34 reviews
9.3
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34 reviews
5 star
47%
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Love Sunrise, everyone is warm and welcoming and fun. Being here is like a warm hug. Mom is well taken car of. Love it so much!
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.
At Sunrise of Dublin, we do more than make our residents feel at home—we meet their specific needs using an individualized approach and specially tailored services. Whether it's assisted living, memory care, a short-term stay or hospice care coordination, our team provides the care necessary to...
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1616 Photos available
44 Floor plans available
9.3
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44 reviews
9.3
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44 reviews
5 star
72%
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My loved one passed away in April. We were very pleased with her stay at Cherry Blossom. Their care for her was exceptional.
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.
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...
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2222 Photos available
55 Floor plans available
9.3
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82 reviews
9.3
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82 reviews
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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...
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.
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...
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9.2
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32 reviews
9.2
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32 reviews
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The Forum at Knightsbridge is just an overall great community and based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend this community to other families who may need a place for their loved ones.
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.
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...
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1010 Photos available
1515 Floor plans available
9.1
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38 reviews
9.1
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38 reviews
5 star
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We really liked the facility and staff. The Memory Care unit is quite different from the rest of the facility. Sometimes they were short on staff, sometimes the residents were a handful,... Everyday was...
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.
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...
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Photo of The Woodlands of Columbus
1313 Photos available
22 Floor plans available
8.9
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51 reviews
8.9
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51 reviews
5 star
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The staff is friendly and care to get to know you and your family member. With me, they stay in the loop okay. I wish there was more communication just because I'm a helicopter daughter. Housekeeping is...
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.
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...
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1414 Photos available
11 Floor plan available
8.9
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39 reviews
8.9
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39 reviews
5 star
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I would recommend Sage Park Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care to others. The staff were helpful with the move-in process. They're always willing to answer questions. I understand that it takes a...
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.
Sage Park is more than just a memory care facility; we are a memory care community. Located in the picturesque suburb of Gahanna, Sage Park offers a homey, small-town feel just minutes from the sights and sounds of Columbus. We provide top-notch care and amenities for those in need of assisted...
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1313 Photos available
33 Floor plans available
8.7
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20 reviews
8.7
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20 reviews
5 star
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Staff is super friendly, value for the money is outstanding compared to other facilities in the area. Room size and furniture are 10 times better than the previous facility she was in that cost twice as...
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.
Mayfair Village Dublin Assisted Living is committed to being the premier provider of healthcare in central Ohio. It is our desire to be the facility of choice in Franklin County. Our programs, services, and facilities are designed and operated with superior quality in order to satisfy the needs...
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1414 Photos available
8.7
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50 reviews
8.7
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50 reviews
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Sadly it was the rate lock on the room which made it affordable - that was the main reason we chose Bickford. The staff being great was a bonus. They really do care about their residents.
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.
Bickford isn’t just another senior living community. Our caregiver family is committed to ensuring that every resident lives their most fulfilling life. Here, your loved one will savor meals made from scratch, always have a dedicated caregiver by their side, and enjoy a vibrant social calendar. A...
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1818 Photos available
8.6
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5 reviews
8.6
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5 reviews
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My 94 year old mom was living in another facility for a year. One day she made the comment “I feel like I’m here just waiting to die” and I knew that was it …..we needed a place where she could be happy. ...
Provides: Assisted Living, 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.
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.
Set to open our doors in August 2023, The Coventry Senior Living is a brand new highly anticipated addition to the senior living landscape in Upper Arlington,Ohio. Operated by Continental Senior Communities, a locally owned senior living management company based in Columbus, OH, The Coventry aims...
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11 Photo available
8.5
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9 reviews
8.5
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9 reviews
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I've lived here now for 5 years and it's been a great experience. I love my apartment and the staff but most of all, I love the people here. This is an educated community where people are able to have actual...
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.
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...
Photo of Friendship Village of Dublin, a CCRC
55 Photos available
8.5
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9 reviews
8.5
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9 reviews
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I chose Friendship Village because of a lot of good recommendations from folks and they have all proved out to be true. The apartment sizes are bigger than other facilities that we looked into/have lived in....
Provides: Assisted Living, 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.
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.
Friendship Village of Dublin is a lively, non-profit assisted living community that was originally founded by compassionate and committed residents of Columbus, Ohio. A suburb of Northwest Columbus, Dublin is home to the Memorial Tournament, a stop on the PGA Tour. The Scioto River, which passes...
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88 Photos available
1818 Floor plans available
Pricing promotion expiring soon
8.5
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83 reviews
8.5
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83 reviews
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5 for all categories, Brookdale Trillium is a wonderful place!! My family likes that I'm so happy here, the food is excellent, the residents and staff are friendly and helpful and I'm enjoying my life so...
Provides: Assisted Living, 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.
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.
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...
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66 Photos available
8.5
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99 reviews
8.5
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99 reviews
5 star
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The staff at Chestnut Hill Senior Living are very easy to work with and are helpful. The meals are good...just not what my mom was used to, but since she can't remember what she likes it doesn't matter. I...
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.
Chestnut Hill Senior Living is an exceptional assisted living and memory care community located in the fun and vibrant city of Columbus, Ohio. Situated on 10 wooded acres, our setting provides a peaceful environment where residents can walk through our paved pathways and savor the gorgeous...
Photo of Wexner Heritage Village Creekside and Cottages
1212 Photos available
66 Floor plans available
8.4
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26 reviews
8.4
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26 reviews
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All staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help out and make you comfortable. I highly recommend it to anybody looking for care for a loved one.
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.
As part of Wexner Heritage Village — Central Ohio's oldest and most trusted source of senior healthcare and housing services — Creekside at the Village is uniquely positioned to give older adults a one-of-a-kind independent and assisted living experience. Sophisticated, elegant and warm,...
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Photo of Hilliard Assisted Living and Memory Care
66 Photos available
33 Floor plans available
8.4
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55 reviews
8.4
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55 reviews
5 star
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This facility is very flexible with responding to individual needs. My husband has Alzheimers but I am not yet ready to place him in Memory Care. They allow him to attend the activities in Memory care during...
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.
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...
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1313 Photos available
8.4
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74 reviews
8.4
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74 reviews
5 star
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I would recommend Carriage Court to others.We picked it because my mom seemed to like it best, and they accept Medicare waiver at least in some circumstances, and the staff seemed friendly.
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.
Carriage Court of Hilliard is the Premier Assisted Living and Memory Care in Hilliard. Our community offers just the right amount of stimulation, engagement and care needed to thrive and maintain the highest quality of life.Built in 1999 and renovated in 2018, Carriage Court of Hilliard offers a...
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Photo of Westerville Senior Living
1010 Photos available
88 Floor plans available
8.3
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39 reviews
8.3
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39 reviews
5 star
51%
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3 star
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The food and food service has been below average. They run out of an item but do not relay this information and sometimes they will substitute while other times do not substitute. They have staffing issues....
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.
You’re going to feel right at home here. Westerville offers a wonderful blend of urban life with beautiful park-like surroundings. Visit nearby Sharon Woods Metro Park for a nice picnic and walk or some birding around Schrock Lake. Spend an afternoon shopping at Polaris Fashion Place or the Ohio...
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Photo of The Ashford at Sturbridge
66 Photos available
22 Floor plans available
8.2
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28 reviews
8.2
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28 reviews
5 star
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We'd recommend Ashford. Our selection was based on the high ratings we found, on the convenient location, and the simplicity of their pricing structure.When we visited, we were impressed with the cleanliness...
Provides: Assisted Living, 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.
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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How we rank order the Columbus community options above

We developed a proprietary recommendation system that orders Columbus community options based on factors we know are important to seniors and their families:

  • Proximity to your search location
  • Availability of recent, high-quality reviews
  • The amount of detailed community information available

Where we source our information

14,000+ communities

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Costs of nursing homes in the Columbus area

Knowing what level of care your loved one requires will help you plan for the costs of senior living. Due to the varying levels of support services offered by each, the monthly costs of different senior living community types can greatly vary.

  • The monthly cost of a Columbus skilled nursing facility starts at an average of $7,498. This figure represents the cost before adding amenities, such as private accommodations, transportation services, or occupational and physical therapies.[01]
  • The monthly cost of assisted living in our Columbus partner communities averages $4,327, according to A Place for Mom proprietary data for 2022-2023. This amount includes amenities like meal services, pet fees, errand services, and other add-on fees.[02]
  • Memory care costs are often slightly higher than assisted living costs, with the average in our Columbus network hovering around $4,983 including add-ons.[02]

Costs pulled from A Place for Mom’s proprietary data, such as the costs of assisted living and memory care outlined above, represent the average costs for care paid by real Columbus families referred to senior care by our Senior Living Advisors.

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Columbus, OH vs. nearby cities

Columbus, OH
$4,844/mo
$4,827/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Columbus, OH vs. the state and national average

Columbus, OH
$4,844/mo
$4,763/mo
U.S. national average
$4,779/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Columbus vs. other types of senior living

$4,756/mo
Nursing Homes
$4,844/mo

Median monthly costs of Nursing Homes in Columbus, OH by room type

Semi-Private
$3,933/mo
Studio
$4,777/mo
1 Bedroom
$4,852/mo
2 Bedroom
$5,642/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$3,400/mo

Average cost of Nursing Homes in Columbus over time

Columbus, OHOH stateNational

What families are saying about nursing homes in Columbus

Recent reviews for nursing homes in Columbus

Hilliard Assisted Living and Memory Care

5.0
I love living at beautiful Stone Oak Retirement Community. I am happy, safe and busy My family doesn't have to worry about me. Everyone is very friendly and our many activities are outstanding. I can have my pet with me.

The Forum at Knightsbridge in Columbus, OH

4.0
My sister is doing as well as expected there, and we are grateful. Yes, I would recommend this community to others, but there are so many personal variables, some may do better than others. We have found the Forum to be responsible and as attentive as possible to our sister and all her ...
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Capital City Hospice in Columbus, OH

5.0
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

How people pay for a nursing home in Columbus, Ohio

There are several private and public assistance options to pay for Columbus nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or memory care services in Columbus. Taking an inventory of your loved one’s financial situation is key in determining which methods to use to cover care costs.

Even if using private pay methods is an option for your loved one, you’ll still want to check their eligibility for public aid. Your loved one may be eligible for disability-specific assistance, which can help their private pay options go even further toward their care.

Private pay methods in Columbus

If you or your senior loved one has the resources, you may be able to fund Columbus skilled nursing care homes, assisted living, or memory care using private pay methods. Private pay methods can include your loved one’s income sources like savings, pensions, returns on investments, and Social Security benefits. Additional private pay options may include the following:

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VA benefits for nursing homes in Columbus, Ohio

If your loved one is a U.S. military veteran, they may be able to receive financial support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which can help cover the cost of care in a skilled nursing, assisted living, or memory care facility. Veterans pension benefits, such as the Aid and Attendance benefit, can help senior veterans and their surviving spouses improve their quality of life with supplemental income.[04]

Veterans service officers

Applying for veterans benefits can be a challenging process. Even for eligible veterans, successfully applying usually requires assistance or advocacy. You can receive assistance and referrals from veteran service officers in your area by visiting one of the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs field offices. As fellow veterans who are trained and certified in benefits offerings, veteran service officers are available to help Ohio senior veterans get the most out of their eligibility.

Additional assistance with VA benefits

You can visit the Ohio Department of Veterans Services webpage or contact the local VA office for assistance with finding veterans benefits. The Ohio Attorney General website offers information on additional community resources for veterans, including the following:

  • Financial support
  • Legal advocacy
  • Housing assistance
  • Rehabilitation

The VA vets Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) in each state, including specialized departments for aiding veterans with disabilities and veterans of foreign wars. Find information on Columbus VSOs below.

36560

Number of veterans who live in Columbus

About 62% of Columbus veterans are 55+

Resources for Columbus veterans

Columbus veterans support

Franklin County Veterans Service Commission
280 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-525-2500
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Veterans Services Coordinator
Zane Jones
77 N. Front St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Email: zdjones@columbus.gov

Ohio veterans resources

Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS)
Verne Riff State Office Tower
77 S. High St., #7
Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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ODV state veteran benefits

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
VFW — Ohio
35 E. Chestnut St., Suite 506
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-1838
Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
DAV — Ohio
35 E. Chestnut St., Suite 503
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-221-3582
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Columbus VA Clinic — Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Outpatient Clinic
420 N. James Road
Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-388-7650
Mental health line: 614-257-5631

Columbus Medicaid for nursing homes

Medicaid is a federal- and state-funded program that offers medical insurance coverage to Americans with disabilities or low incomes. While each state’s Medicaid program varies, all Medicaid programs must follow federal guidelines. Ohio’s Medicaid program is simply named Ohio Medicaid. To receive Medicaid benefits in Ohio, your loved one must be enrolled in a Managed Care Organization (MCO), and the agency providing the care services must be contracted with that MCO.

If your loved one is eligible for Ohio Medicaid and they require skilled nursing, their Medicaid will cover their nursing home costs.

Ohio Medicaid may also offer some coverage for qualified individuals in assisted living or memory care facilities; however, it will only cover care-related costs, as opposed to room and board.

Assisted Living Waiver Program

Ohio Medicaid offers the Assisted Living Waiver Program, designed to provide coverage for qualified Ohio residents in an assisted living or memory care community. The Assisted Living Waiver will cover costs associated with personal care and medical care, including dementia care. Room and board costs, however, will need to be covered by the senior’s income or other financial resources.

The Ohio Assisted Living Waiver can be used to cover two categories of services: assisted living and community transitional.

Assisted living services include the following:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • 24-hour emergency response
  • Housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparation
  • Nursing services
  • Recreational programs

Community transitional services typically consist of moving a senior from a skilled nursing facility to an assisted living community, including moving their furniture and other household belongings.[05]

Ohio Medicaid PASSPORT waiver program

The PASSPORT waiver is for Ohio residents age 60 and over. Eligible seniors can use this waiver to cover the cost of care in their own home, an assisted living or memory care community, or another type of senior care facility, instead of moving into a skilled nursing facility.

The PASSPORT waiver can cover costs of care needs such as the following:

  • Personal care, such as assistance with activities of daily living, housekeeping, and meal preparation
  • Nutritional guidance and meal delivery
  • Adult day services
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Medical equipment

PASSPORT waivers also include basic Medicaid coverage and may cover costs such as prescription medications, physician visits, and hospital stays.[06]

Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) Medicaid

Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) Medicaid offers coverage to Ohio seniors and individuals with qualifying disabilities. To qualify for ABD Medicaid, Ohio residents must meet Medicaid’s basic eligibility requirements and one of the following criteria:

Qualifying Ohio seniors can use ABD Medicaid to cover the costs of medical care, as well as some long-term care services.[07]

If your loved one receives Ohio Medicaid, their care can be managed through the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline Member Portal. The Ohio Department of Aging has several Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) where Ohio residents can receive additional support with Medicaid, Medicare, and other services. A long-term care ombudsman can also provide advice and advocacy on your loved one’s rights as a resident in senior living.

Columbus resident Medicaid resources

Ohio Medicaid support

Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline
Ohio Medicaid Member Portal
Phone: 800-324-8680

Ohio Department of Medicaid
50 W. Town St., Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215

Ohio Area Agencies on Aging

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
3776 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: 800-589-7277

Ohio Department of Aging
Seek an Ombudsman

Medicare coverage for Columbus nursing homes

Medicare is a federally funded program designed to extend health coverage to Americans 65 or older and individuals with qualifying disabilities. Medicare has multiple parts that cover different aspects of health care, such as the following:

  • Inpatient hospital stays or skilled nursing care
  • Doctors’ services, medical services, and medical supplies
  • Prescription medications

Medicare health insurance doesn’t cover the cost of room and board at an assisted living community; however, it will cover many of the costs associated with medical treatment, including some services received as part of dementia care. You can find more information on Medicare costs and coverage by visiting the federal Medicare website or by reaching out to one of your local Ohio Social Security Administration offices. Qualified seniors may get help paying for Medicare deductibles and premiums through Medicare Savings Programs.

Your loved one may be eligible for dual enrollment in Medicare and Medicaid, which will enable them to pay Medicare premiums using Medicaid benefits. Through Ohio’s Medicare Premium Assistance Program, eligible seniors may be able to use Medicaid to cover their Medicare copays, premiums, deductibles, and more. If your loved one receives Medicaid and Medicare and lives in a participating county, they can manage their care using the dual enrollment health plan program MyCare Ohio.

The U.S. Social Security Administration can help seniors receive access to Medicare support. A local long-term care ombudsman can help your loved one access the benefits they qualify for and advocate for their rights. A long-term care ombudsman can also investigate complaints of long-term care residents and help ensure that seniors receive the quality of care they deserve. Find links to these resources below.

Columbus resident Medicare resources

Columbus Medicare resources

Find a Social Security Administration office near you
Social Security Office Locator

Apply for Medicare
Online Medicare application

Ohio Department of Aging
Seek an Ombudsman

Understand Ohio laws and regulations for nursing homes

The state of Ohio regulates senior care facilities to help ensure the health and safety of their residents. Columbus nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and memory care facilities are all required to 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, regardless of the care type.[08,09]

Ohio nursing home staff requirements

Ohio nursing homes must meet specific staff requirements that enable them to offer adequate nursing care. Skilled nursing facilities in Ohio must have a registered nurse on staff who operates as a director of the facility. Facilities must also have enough nursing staff (registered nurses and licensed practical nurses) to provide each resident with a minimum average of 2.5 hours of direct care daily. Nursing facilities must also have a nurse on call at any time that one is not on duty.

Ohio nursing home service requirements

Ohio skilled nursing facilities have minimum service requirements they must provide to residents, which include the following:[08]

  • A personalized care plan based on a comprehensive assessment of each resident’s physical and psychological needs
  • At least three meals daily, prepared with food safety procedures, and assistance with eating if residents require it
  • Support for each resident in maintaining their highest level of function
  • Supervision of residents who are at risk of falling, wandering/elopement, or both

Ohio assisted living and memory care staff requirements

While there are no minimum staff requirements for assisted living and memory care facilities in Ohio, facilities are required to employ specific types of personnel. Memory care facilities have one additional staff requirement, which is that the facility must have a psychologist or physician either on staff or contracted to oversee the care of residents with late-stage cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.

Other Ohio staff requirements for both memory care and assisted living facilities are as follows:

  • The facility must have an administrator who is responsible for overseeing operations. The administrator must be on-site a minimum of 20 hours per week and available at all times when off the premises.
  • The facility must have direct care staff. If the facility provides personal care services, there must be one staff member trained in first aid on-site at all times.
  • If the facility offers medication administration, they must have a registered nurse, a physician, or a licensed nurse practitioner on staff who is certified in medication administration.

Staff in Ohio assisted living facilities must undergo proper training for their responsibilities, as outlined in Ohio Administrative Code Rule 3701-16-06.

Ohio assisted living and memory care service requirements

Ohio assisted living and memory care facilities must provide residents with the following services:[08]

  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Laundry and housekeeping services
  • A minimum of three meals per day or food-safe storage where residents can keep their own food on hand

Ohio senior care facility building standards

Ohio nursing homes, assisted living, and memory care facilities must uphold building code standards for health and safety. Each facility must be approved by the local certified building department.

Ohio nursing home, assisted living, and memory care facilities must have plumbing, electrical, and sanitation systems that are in safe and working order. They are required to comply with fire and carbon monoxide safety, have evacuation and disaster preparedness plans, and perform and document regular evacuation drills.[08,09]

You can access Ohio senior care facility inspection reports through the Health Care Provider Search tool. To look up a particular facility’s inspection report using this tool, select 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.

For additional information on rights and resources, view the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging Housing Guide for Seniors and Individuals Who Have a Disabilities.

Ohio Department of Health contact information

Ohio Department of Health
246 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-3543

COVID-19 regulations for Columbus nursing homes

Ohio nursing homes and other senior care facilities are recommended to implement precautionary measures against COVID-19 in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Individual communities may have their own rules in place, so it’s best to call prospective communities ahead of time to ask what specific guidelines they have in place. The general guidelines are as follows:

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Testing. Residents and staff of senior care facilities should be tested if they are exhibiting symptoms or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Masking. Masks should be worn by residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, health care workers who have contact with COVID-positive patients, and individuals within the facility who are immunocompromised.

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Quarantining. Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 should be placed in isolation or in rooms with other COVID-positive patients.

What to expect from nursing homes in Columbus, Ohio

While A Place for Mom does not partner with nursing homes, 19% of our memory care and assisted living partners in Columbus offer on-site skilled nursing care as an additional service.

Columbus senior care communities offer their residents an environment where they can receive personal care services that promote wellness and quality of life, while still continuing to maintain as much independence as possible. Assisted living and memory care communities in the Columbus area feature elegantly furnished communal areas where residents can relax, mingle with friends over meals and cups of coffee, and enjoy enrichment activities.

Multiple tiers of care on one campus

Out of our 48 partnered Columbus communities offering assisted living and memory care, over 79% feature some combination of independent living, assisted living, and memory care all in the same community, and 19% offer on-site skilled nursing. Communities that integrate multiple levels of care enable residents to seamlessly transition to a support level that fits them if their needs change, making it ideal for aging in place. Senior care communities with multiple care types offer more variety among residents, often providing more opportunity for friendships and social engagement, regardless of an individual’s specific level of need.

Assisted living and memory care amenities in Columbus

On-site amenities at our partner assisted living and memory care communities in Columbus typically feature communal leisure areas and accommodations such as the following:

  • Beauty salons/barbershops
  • TV and movie lounges
  • Patios
  • Fitness centers
  • Libraries/media centers
  • Dining areas
  • Cafes/bistros
  • Bars/pubs
  • Central fireplaces
  • Game/craft rooms

Columbus memory care communities strive to offer customized care to senior residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Care staff aim to foster a holistic relationship and cultivate quality care and engagement with each resident by getting to know their preferences, interests, and idiosyncrasies.

In addition to the assisted living amenities above, Columbus memory care communities usually also feature the following:

  • Alert systems to prevent dangerous wandering
  • Activities designed to support cognitive function
  • Indoor and/or enclosed outdoor walking spaces

Residents of Columbus assisted living and memory care communities are offered private living spaces with the following conveniences and safety features:

  • Private balconies or patios
  • High-speed internet
  • Kitchenettes
  • Wheelchair-accessible showers
  • Multiple floor plan options
  • Optional ground floor units
  • Bath tubs
  • Cable or satellite TV

Columbus personal care services

Residents of Ohio senior care communities can get the most out of their retirement with the numerous care and service offerings provided daily. From dignified personal care to errands and home upkeep, senior care services in Columbus usually include most or all of the following:

  • Ambulatory assistance
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Incontinence care
  • Medication management
  • Diabetic care
  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • On-site management staff
  • Transportation services
  • Laundry, linen, and dry cleaning
  • Planned events and recreational activities
  • Grocery and errand services

Columbus nursing homes services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Columbus nursing homes communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Columbus, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select care services in Columbus nursing homes

Nursing homes communities offer a variety of care services and visiting health care providers to meet seniors’ health needs. The chart below shows the percentage of nursing homes partners in Columbus that offer these care services compared to the percentage of partners that offer them nationally.
Columbus, OHNational
Full medication management
Full medication management
50.5%
2.4%
Doctor on call
Doctor on call
52.7%
9.5%
24-Hour awake staff
24-Hour awake staff
79.6%
26%
Diabetic care
Diabetic care
83.9%
26.6%
*Visiting health care professionals
*Visiting health care professionals
63.4%
9.8%
Home care agency on-site
Home care agency on-site
36.6%
0.8%
Non-ambulatory care
Non-ambulatory care
79.6%
22.8%
Respite or short term stays
Respite or short term stays
53.8%
7%
Hospice available on-site
Hospice available on-site
64.5%
17.3%
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*Including nurse, dentist, OT, PT, speech or podiatrist

Availability of select dementia care services in Columbus nursing homes

Our community partners provide many services to keep residents with dementia or other memory concerns safe and engaged. Below, take a look at what percentage of Columbus Nursing Homes partners offer the selected dementia care services compared to the percentage of partners nationally.
Columbus, OHNational
Dementia behaviors care
Dementia behaviors care
52.7%
3.8%
Specialized memory care training for staff
Specialized memory care training for staff
34.4%
0.2%
Secured community and/or wander guard
Secured community and/or wander guard
48.4%
5.4%
Memory care only community
Memory care only community
15.1%
1.2%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Columbus nursing homes

Nursing homes communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of Columbus partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Columbus, OHNational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
44.1%
0.5%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
35.5%
1.4%
No sugar
No sugar
31.2%
1.4%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
34.4%
3.5%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dining options in Columbus nursing homes

Our nursing homes communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of Columbus communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Columbus, OHNational
Professional chef
Professional chef
40.9%
0.2%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
44.1%
0.4%
Room service
Room service
39.8%
0.4%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
22.6%
0.7%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in Columbus nursing homes

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered nursing homes communities in Columbus offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Columbus, OHNational
Activity director
Activity director
50.5%
0.4%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
33.3%
0.2%
Community service programs
Community service programs
34.4%
0.3%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
55.9%
6.3%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
52.7%
0.4%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
60.2%
6.5%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
48.4%
0.4%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
39.8%
0.2%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
44.1%
0.3%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
49.5%
0.4%
Live performances
Live performances
49.5%
0.4%
Dances
Dances
25.8%
0.2%
Fitness center
Fitness center
33.3%
0.3%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
48.4%
0.4%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

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101698

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

11%

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Columbus population

33495

Median annual income for Columbus seniors 65 and older

Health care for seniors in Columbus

Columbus seniors have access to two state-of-the-art teaching and general medical hospitals.

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Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

According to U.S. News and World Report, Wexner Medical Center is ranked No. 1 in Columbus and No. 2 in the state of Ohio. Wexner is a general medical facility and teaching hospital, and it’s nationally ranked in nine adult specialties, including cardiology and cancer treatment.

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OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

OhioHealth’s largest hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital, is ranked No. 2 in Columbus, according to U.S. News and World Report. Riverside is outstanding in neuroscience, cardiovascular care, and cancer treatment.

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Transportation for seniors in Columbus

Of A Place for Mom’s 48 Columbus assisted living and memory care partners, 76% provide complimentary transportation services, and 64% offer transportation to residents at an additional cost. Whether the community’s transportation services are complimentary or at cost may depend on distance and whether or not the services are on-demand or scheduled.

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAA) comprehensive transportation guide offers information on free and low-cost transportation that is dedicated to serving seniors and individuals with disabilities.

If taking public transportation with a caregiver, Columbus seniors can take advantage of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). The American Public Transportation Association awarded COTA its Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award in 2018 and 2020. With buses serving an area of 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.

Senior activities in Columbus

Columbus offers its growing senior population and their families a wealth of events and attractions. Below, find highlights of family-friendly attractions, social opportunities for seniors, activities suited for individuals with memory loss, and more.

Columbus attractions

Columbus offers unique experiences for all ages, both educational and entertaining. The following attractions make for fun outings with the whole family:

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Columbus Historical Society
  • Columbus Museum of Art

Another popular option is the city’s North Market, a 150-year-old farmers market, which features locally grown produce, food samples to taste, and more.

Dubbed “everybody’s neighborhood” for its inclusivity and variety, downtown Columbus offers events at the Columbus Commons, beautiful views at popular rooftop restaurants, and lovely riverside parks on the Scioto Mile. Downtown Columbus is easy to traverse on foot or through public transportation.

Columbus activities for seniors with memory loss

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra offers concerts that are appropriate for individuals with sensitivity to stimulation, including those with dementia and memory loss. Ohio State University is host to The Dementia Project, a student-led organization that facilitates therapeutic musical activities to foster wellness, reminiscence, and connection for seniors with dementia.

Columbus 55+

Columbus Recreation and Parks presents social opportunities to Columbus residents age 55 and over. Columbus seniors can enjoy fitness programs, arts and special interest classes, and more. Grandparents and grandkids age 8-12 can spend quality time together at Gram and Gramp Camp, where all can participate in structured activities with other Columbus grandparents and grandkids.

For more than 50 years, senior artisans have featured their handcrafted 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Carroll Place, Danbury of Columbus and Middleton Senior Living are the top-rated Nursing Homes facilities near Columbus, OH. These Nursing Homes facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Nursing Homes in Columbus is $4,844 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. Genworth. (2021, November). Cost of care survey.

  2. A Place for Mom. (2022-2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  3. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101): Columbus [Data set]. American Community Survey.

  4. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12). VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance.

  5. Ohio Department of Aging. Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver Program.

  6. Ohio Department of Aging. PASSPORT.

  7. Ohio Department of Medicaid. Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) Medicaid.

  8. Nursing Homes, Ohio Revised Code § 3701.17 (2018).

  9. Residential Care Facility, Ohio Revised Code § 3701.16 (2018).

  10. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, September 27). Interim infection prevention and control recommendations for healthcare personnel during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

  11. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Population 65 Years and Over in the United States (S0103): Columbus. [Data set]. American Community Survey.

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