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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.
My loved one is currently a resident at Bickford of Upper Arlington and everything has been great for him at this facility. All of the staff are great. They get to know their residents and really want the best for them. The cleanliness and friendliness are great. The care services and value for cost are also great. I would definitely recommend Bickford of Upper Arlington to others.
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.
5435 Morse Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230
Caring for a parents with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is a very difficult and challenging situation. StoryPoint made the best out of it. Difficult behavioral issues were always met with patience and...
Welcome to StoryPoint Gahanna! This isn’t just a place to reside — it’s a place where our community members truly shine, and we are glad to share this experience with them. Our various senior living options include independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Throughout each service...
4303 Trueman Blvd, Hilliard, OH 43026
There has been a complete turnover of management in the past month. There is a new management team that is coming on board. I am very hopeful there will be some changes. The housekeeping in the residents...
Hilliard's Assisted Living Program offers residents a balance of personal care and assistance while allowing for their independence. The innovative At Your ServiceSM concierge services are available even on weekends. The around-the-clock staff supports and motivates residents to be as active and...
775 East Johnstown Road, Gahanna, OH 43230
The staff at Sunrise of Gahanna is fantastic! Even the management participates in the activities and they are always available for help and assistance. The policy of having a resident dog and cat is great...
In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...
4615 Library Way, Hilliard, OH 43026
It is the most wonderful place. Mom is very happy. I would recommend it to anyone. Staff know everyone by name. It is clean, good food, with lots of activities and amenities to keep the residents busy.
5201 Morse Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230
I would recommend Sage Park Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care to others. The staff were helpful with the move-in process. They're always willing to answer questions. I understand that it takes a...
Sage Park is more than just a memory care facility; we are a memory care community. Located in the picturesque suburb of Gahanna, Sage Park offers a homey, small-town feel just minutes from the sights and sounds of Columbus. We provide top-notch care and amenities for those in need of assisted...
5800 Forest Hills Blvd, Columbus, OH 43231
My loved one is currently a resident at Westerwood in Independent Living. I have been very pleased with everything at this facility. The staff and fellow residents are so friendly and accommodating. The...
Friendship Village of Columbus is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community established in 1978. Nestled in a residential setting on 25 acres of naturally wooded grounds, we are conveniently located near downtown Westerville. Our community is based on respect for older adults and...
3011 Hayden Road, Columbus, OH 43235
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I would definitely recommend Mayfair Village Dublin Assisted Living. The staff are friendly and helpful. My loved one hasn't complained about the food. We're satisfied with the cleanliness. My only negatives...
Mayfair Village Dublin Assisted Living is committed to being the premier provider of healthcare in central Ohio. It is our desire to be the facility of choice in Franklin County. Our programs, services, and facilities are designed and operated with superior quality in order to satisfy the needs...
1195 North Street, Westerville, OH 43081
[name removed] is top-notch in communication! it's obvious she cares about resident needs, life purpose, and ability to transition as changes occur in one's life. Inniswood is beautiful, comfortable, great...
Inniswood Village is a new senior community in Westerville that’s designed for life. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in attractive rental apartments next to the serene beauty of Inniswood Metro Gardens. The heart of Inniswood Village is its Town Center, offering many of the...
7041 Bent Tree Blvd, Columbus, OH 43235
The cost was within budget! One of the cheapest independent living facility around! Really the only one I could find in budget! Everyone at Claremont is really friendly and helpful! Initial communication...
Claremont Retirement Village is “a warm and friendly place to live”. Located on 12 acres of neatly landscaped grounds gives residents plenty of space for walks. The Village offers worry-free retirement living, companionship and independence. Our attractive 200 apartments garden style and park...
4175 Stoneridge Lane, Dublin, OH 43017
It was a wonderful facility for my dad. Dad's last months were spent there and they made it an experience we treasured. The staff in the facility were a blessing to Dad and our family.
At Sunrise of Dublin, we do more than make our residents feel at home—we meet their specific needs using an individualized approach and specially tailored services. Whether it's assisted living, memory care, a short-term stay or hospice care coordination, our team provides the care necessary to...
363 Braun Pl, Westerville, OH 43081
I would tell a friend, it is a great place with great staff. We picked this community because of the location, appearance and friendliness.
You’re going to feel right at home here. Westerville offers a wonderful blend of urban life with beautiful park-like surroundings. Visit nearby Sharon Woods Metro Park for a nice picnic and walk or some birding around Schrock Lake. Spend an afternoon shopping at Polaris Fashion Place or the Ohio...
5380 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43213
Overall the facility is clean and the staff members that work with the residents are very attentive to their needs.... I would recommend The Woodlands of Columbus to others looking for care for loved ones.
Discover a vibrant yet relaxed lifestyle at The Woodlands of Columbus, where residents can explore a full calendar of activities while enjoying modern-day amenities and convenient services. Our Columbus, Ohio, Independent Living community also offers Assisted Living and Memory Care services. From...
3570 Heritage Club Dr, Hilliard, OH 43026
I would recommend! The tour experience was really pleasant and informative. We picked this community because of staff knowledge and friendliness, the accommodations and location.
Carriage Court of Hilliard is the Premier Assisted Living and Memory Care in Hilliard. Our community offers just the right amount of stimulation, engagement and care needed to thrive and maintain the highest quality of life.Built in 1999 and renovated in 2018, Carriage Court of Hilliard offers a...
717 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
I've lived here now for 5 years and it's been a great experience. I love my apartment and the staff but most of all, I love the people here. This is an educated community where people are able to have actual...
Westminster-Thurber Community is an assisted living community located in the metropolitan city of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Our vibrant community is located in the largest city and the capital of Ohio. Columbus is an exciting and fun place to call home and to invite family members for a...
215 Huber Village Blvd, Westerville, OH 43081
My aunt lived there until she passed away. She was happy, well cared for and had friends. Thank you for taking such good care of her.
A most distinguished senior living community Welcome to The Village, a distinctive and gracious senior living residence. We are nestled in the charming community of Westerville on the northeast outskirts of Columbus, Ohio. This historic village features a beautifully restored “uptown,” many...
6000 Riverside Dr, Dublin, OH 43017
I chose Friendship Village because of a lot of good recommendations from folks and they have all proved out to be true. The apartment sizes are bigger than other facilities that we looked into/have lived in....
Friendship Village of Dublin is a lively, non-profit assisted living community that was originally founded by compassionate and committed residents of Columbus, Ohio. A suburb of Northwest Columbus, Dublin is home to the Memorial Tournament, a stop on the PGA Tour. The Scioto River, which passes...
690 Cooper Road, Westerville, OH 43081
I would recommend Paramount Senior Living to those who are looking. the memory care unit is not in the same building, but the dining room is communal. so some memory care residents get to come over and eat...
Paramount Senior Living at Westerville is a high quality senior living community located in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, Ohio. The town of Westerville is a special place to call home and features beautiful outdoor areas as well learning opportunities for people of all ages, including an...
3500 Trillium Crossing, Columbus, OH 43235
My friend likes the food and I like the fact that BT does 30 days of physical therapy/exercise instruction with new residents. My friend is getting stronger and has better control of some of her health...
Make our house your home, and live a more lovely life. Visit Brookdale Trillium Crossing and you’ll find a stunning, pet-friendly senior living community offering independent living and assisted living services in Columbus, Ohio. Our city has been ranked as one of the best cities in America by...
5500 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43229
The staff were responsive to our needs, especially one of the nurses. Had plenty of activities for whomever wished to participate. And fellow residents were friendly. My loved one was not thrilled with the...
Oakleaf Village of Columbus is an assisted living community located in the growing town of Columbus, OH. Columbus is located in Fairfield, Delaware and Franklin Counties, and home to just over 836,000 people. Columbus has a lot of great stores, shopping, and restaurants allowing residents the...
79 Blossom Field Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43213
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We are working thru some issues. When it comes to the cleanliness it is a very nice facility. Everyone there is awesome. With the care services, again we are working through some issues. Generally the good...
There is a place for you or your loved one at Cherry Blossom Senior Living in Columbus, Ohio that centers around friendships, family, a life filled with independence and purpose, tender and trusted care when and how you need itand the feeling that you’re home.Find out more about Cherry Blossom’s...
4590 Knightsbridge Blvd, Columbus, OH 43214
The Forum at Knightsbridge went above and beyond for my brother. What he wanted was not realistic, they presented a solution. They didn't want to set him up for failure.
A hallmark of the Central Ohio senior living community, The Forum at Knightsbridge is a well-established retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term nursing care, and rehabilitative care. Offering leasing programs with no endowments, The Forum offers...
3700 Sturbridge Court, Hilliard, OH 43026
People there genuinely want to help residents. There was a good vibe and atmosphere when we arrived. People were around and staff was very interactive with them.
7780 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
We chose The Bristol because it was very clean, beautifully decorated, fir into our budget plan ,and it was very close and convenient to our house and shopping. They have a lot of amenities offered such as a...
There is a place for you or your loved one at The Bristol in Columbus, OH. We've designed The Bristol community to be resort-like, with our own professionally trained chef, fine dining experiences, salon services, social events, housekeeping and more. We're also close to the Worthington Hills...
5546 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
They are very caring for their patients. They do a good job of checking on them and looking out for them. The administration is top. Meals seemed to be bland and seems cafeteria style.
Meet a Memory Care Community in Ohio…That Focuses on More Than Mom or Dad’s MemoryYou’ve focused on your loved one’s memory loss long enough. It’s time to find a memory care community that embraces Mom or Dad’s abilities…and your relationship together.Meet The Grove Columbus. Opening in summer...
433 Obetz Rd, Columbus, OH 43207
Wish I could give it higher than a 5. We liked it because it was small and from the beginning form our first interaction with [name removed] , it was just very friendly welcoming, and helpful and we got a...
Capital Health Senior Living - Where the Concept of Community Is Still Celebrated! Families have trusted our company to care for their loved ones for over twenty-five years! Gardens of Scioto has the distinct advantage of being part of a larger healthcare campus that includes independent...
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 skilled nursing facilities have minimum service requirements they must provide to residents, which include the following:
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:
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 facilities must provide residents with the following services:
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.
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
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Columbus, OH 43215
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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:
Residents of Columbus assisted living and memory care communities are offered private living spaces with the following conveniences and safety features:
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:
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Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Columbus population
Columbus seniors have access to two state-of-the-art teaching and general medical hospitals.
According to U.S. News and World Report, Wexner Medical Center is ranked No. 1 in Columbus and No. 2 in the state of Ohio. Wexner is a general medical facility and teaching hospital, and it’s nationally ranked in nine adult specialties, including cardiology and cancer treatment.
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.
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 offers unique experiences for all ages, both educational and entertaining. The following attractions make for fun outings with the whole family:
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.
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 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.
The average cost of Nursing Homes in Columbus is 5,986 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
Genworth. (2021, November). Cost of care survey.
A Place for Mom. (2022-2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.
United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101): Columbus [Data set]. American Community Survey.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12). VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance.
Ohio Department of Aging. Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver Program.
Ohio Department of Aging. PASSPORT.
Ohio Department of Medicaid. Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) Medicaid.
Nursing Homes, Ohio Revised Code § 3701.17 (2018).
Residential Care Facility, Ohio Revised Code § 3701.16 (2018).
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.
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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