The birthplace of Coca-Cola and home to CNN, Atlanta is Georgia’s largest city, with a population nudging toward half a million. The 65 and older age group makes up around 11.5%. In 2014, Atlanta joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network, pledging to develop senior-friendly policies that create a safer environment with more opportunities for older residents. The city also boasts great shopping malls, particularly in Buckhead, as well as restaurants serving local and international cuisine and world-class museums.

Seniors in Atlanta are well-served by the city’s assisted living facilities. They provide high levels of care for people who need assistance with everyday tasks, such as personal grooming, in addition to clean and comfortable living spaces and opportunities to socialize with other residents. According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the typical fee in Atlanta is $3,845 per month, which is more than the state average but significantly below normal for the country, which has a median of $4,500. 

This guide considers the benefits and drawbacks of living in Atlanta and the expected costs for different types of senior care in the city. It also includes some useful resources for seniors considering assisted living.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Atlanta, GA

2012

Sunrise at Buckhead

1000 Lenox Park Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319

Sunrise at Buckhead is an assisted living community in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from Interstates 85 and 75 and State Highway 400. With shopping malls, theaters and an extensive selection of rest … (read more)
Sunrise at Buckhead is an assisted living community in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from Interstates 85 and 75 and State Highway 400. With shopping malls, theaters and an extensive selection of rest … (read more)

2016, 2018, 2022

Summerset Assisted Living

3711 Benjamin E Mays Drive SW, Atlanta, GA, 30331

Summerset Assisted Living is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors praise the facility’s grounds, mentioning the ponds, fountain areas, gardens and walkways, along with the well-maintained, attractive … (read more)
Summerset Assisted Living is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors praise the facility’s grounds, mentioning the ponds, fountain areas, gardens and walkways, along with the well-maintained, attractive … (read more)

Brighton Gardens of Buckhead

3088 Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA, 30324

Brighton Gardens of Buckhead is described by residents and visitors as a clean and beautiful place. This community is located in Buckhead, an upscale area of Atlanta, Georgia. Residents and visitors g … (read more)
Brighton Gardens of Buckhead is described by residents and visitors as a clean and beautiful place. This community is located in Buckhead, an upscale area of Atlanta, Georgia. Residents and visitors g … (read more)

2012

Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs

5399 Northland Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30342

I didn’t feel that Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs was well kept up. The people and the staff were very nice and friendly, they were very helpful, but the maintenance and upkeep needed work. … (read more)
I didn’t feel that Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs was well kept up. The people and the staff were very nice and friendly, they were very helpful, but the maintenance and upkeep needed work. … (read more)

Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody

1240 Ashford Center Parkway, Atlanta, GA, 30338

In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, near Interstate 285 and Route 400, sits bright and cheerful Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody. Located near the popular Perimeter Mall, the community is located in a resid … (read more)
In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, near Interstate 285 and Route 400, sits bright and cheerful Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody. Located near the popular Perimeter Mall, the community is located in a resid … (read more)

Belmont Village Buckhead

5455 Glenridge Drive Ne, Atlanta, GA, 30342

Belmont Village Buckhead is a well-landscaped community nestled in the serene Sandy Springs neighborhood at the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. The facility is a short drive from world-class hospitals and … (read more)
Belmont Village Buckhead is a well-landscaped community nestled in the serene Sandy Springs neighborhood at the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. The facility is a short drive from world-class hospitals and … (read more)

The Social at Vinings

2401 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA, 30339

It was a nice assisted living, and our visit was very pleasant and very informative. The one-room apartment had a bed, shower and a little kitchen. They had a list of activities, and the dining area w … (read more)
It was a nice assisted living, and our visit was very pleasant and very informative. The one-room apartment had a bed, shower and a little kitchen. They had a list of activities, and the dining area w … (read more)

Atria Buckhead

2848 Lenox Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA, 30324

I went to look at Atria Buckhead. I thought their activities director was excellent. She was very engaged with the members there. The facility is dated and felt old. The bedrooms and bathrooms were ti … (read more)
I went to look at Atria Buckhead. I thought their activities director was excellent. She was very engaged with the members there. The facility is dated and felt old. The bedrooms and bathrooms were ti … (read more)

Orchard at Brookhaven

1634 Afton Lane, Atlanta, GA, 30329

I went to Orchard at Brookhaven. They were very nice, professional, and very informative. They had a very nice facility, and they answered all of my questions. The staff I’ve met were all wonderful. T … (read more)
I went to Orchard at Brookhaven. They were very nice, professional, and very informative. They had a very nice facility, and they answered all of my questions. The staff I’ve met were all wonderful. T … (read more)

Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit II

8480 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, 30350

Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit II is a senior assisted living and memory care facility conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from downtown Atlanta and close to GA-400. Sunrise is also lo … (read more)
Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit II is a senior assisted living and memory care facility conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from downtown Atlanta and close to GA-400. Sunrise is also lo … (read more)

The Providers

799 Moreland Avenue, S. E., Atlanta, GA, 30316

The Providers is a wonderful place. I’ve never seen one that was grand like that. Everything is clean. It’s a real nice place, and the employees are wonderful. It’s a personal care type home and my hu … (read more)
The Providers is a wonderful place. I’ve never seen one that was grand like that. Everything is clean. It’s a real nice place, and the employees are wonderful. It’s a personal care type home and my hu … (read more)

King’sBridge Retirement Community

3055 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta, GA, 30329

Clean, quiet, well-maintained, a wonderful facility. Caring, attentive staff. Good food, too.
Clean, quiet, well-maintained, a wonderful facility. Caring, attentive staff. Good food, too.

2012

Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody

7400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA, 30328

My mom moved into Dogwood Forest. It was the best place for my mother’s needs. The people were incredibly caring, and the facilities were lovely. I’ve eaten there a few times, and the food was very go … (read more)
My mom moved into Dogwood Forest. It was the best place for my mother’s needs. The people were incredibly caring, and the facilities were lovely. I’ve eaten there a few times, and the food was very go … (read more)

2014

The Piedmont at Buckhead

650 Phipps Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30326

The Piedmont at Buckhead is a nice place. Most of the staff are very nice. The offer activities from almost 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. They have two movie theaters and two restaurants. They have Bingo, danci … (read more)
The Piedmont at Buckhead is a nice place. Most of the staff are very nice. The offer activities from almost 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. They have two movie theaters and two restaurants. They have Bingo, danci … (read more)

Orion Star Personal Care Home

3204 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30341

I went to see Orion Star Personal Care Home assisted living. As I drove up, I just didn’t feel like the property was being kept up. It was very dated. It just seemed like there was no money going back … (read more)
I went to see Orion Star Personal Care Home assisted living. As I drove up, I just didn’t feel like the property was being kept up. It was very dated. It just seemed like there was no money going back … (read more)

Corso Atlanta

3200 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30327



2016

Arbor Terrace at Cascade

1001 Research Center Atlanta Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA, 30331

Arbor Terrace at Cascade was probably the most impressive with all of the facilities that I visited. It was a very clean facility. They had a very nice and helpful staff. The people that were there se … (read more)
Arbor Terrace at Cascade was probably the most impressive with all of the facilities that I visited. It was a very clean facility. They had a very nice and helpful staff. The people that were there se … (read more)

2013

Wesley Woods Towers Pch

1817 Clifton Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA, 30329

Wesley Woods Towers was my mother’s first choice way back when. They ended up opening after COVID for a long time so she was able to take a tour inside of the rooms and picked a room right out. She is … (read more)
Wesley Woods Towers was my mother’s first choice way back when. They ended up opening after COVID for a long time so she was able to take a tour inside of the rooms and picked a room right out. She is … (read more)

Safe Haven at Lenox Park

1137 Lynmoor Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30319

I work in the healthcare profession as a private contractor. My job requires me to visit numerous facilities every week. I can say, with confidence, that Safe Haven is one of the best personal care ho … (read more)
I work in the healthcare profession as a private contractor. My job requires me to visit numerous facilities every week. I can say, with confidence, that Safe Haven is one of the best personal care ho … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Atlanta

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Georgia. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Atlanta

Healthcare Facility Regulation is a branch of the Department of Community Health responsible for licensing and regulating assisted living facilities throughout Georgia. The division has a wide remit which includes investigating the legal and financial suitability of applicants and continual monitoring of their services after granting a license. It also frequently conducts unannounced inspections and revokes licenses from underperforming facilities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Atlanta

  • Atlanta has some of the best-performing hospitals in the country. Emory University Hospital specializes in cardiac care, oncology and transplantation. Emory St. Joseph Hospital has a great reputation for its heart and vascular and orthopedics work, and the city is also home to a significant number of Medicare-registered physicians
  • Major cities tend to attract more criminals, particularly if, like Atlanta, they’re popular with tourists. Consequently, the city has significantly higher rates of property and violent crime than normal for Georgia. However, it’s mostly concentrated in certain areas, such as downtown and some northwest neighborhoods. Generally speaking, the east side of the city has less crime. Seniors concerned by the statistics may want to know assisted living facilities typically include security systems and have staff on-site 24/7.
  • Atlanta has a relatively stable climate, with temperatures hovering around 33 degrees in January, rising to a comfortable 88 degrees in July. The city gets 12 more sunny days annually than the U.S. average of 205, and there’s some kind of precipitation on about 109 days. Rainfall is significantly higher than normal, contributing to the abundance of trees and flora in the city and the richly green landscape enveloping it. 
  • Sperling’s BestPlaces’ cost of living index for Atlanta is 107.5, which is above the state and national indices. It appears that housing and transportation costs are the biggest contributors, but the former isn’t likely to concern seniors in assisted living too much. Not all costs are higher, though, as the table shows healthcare in Atlanta to be significantly more affordable than normal for Georgia and the United States.
  • MARTA Mobility is a transportation service for frail seniors operated by Atlanta’s transport authority. All of its rail cars, stations and buses are suitable for people with disabilities. MARTA trains eligible cardholders how to use its trains and bus services, including ride-share solutions and charges $4 per one-way trip anywhere within the counties of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton.

Paying for Assisted Living in Atlanta

The results of the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey show the typical senior in Atlanta pays approximately $3,845 per month for assisted living. This is $310 more than normal for Georgia, although significantly below the U.S. average of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Despite having higher costs than average for the state, Georgia doesn’t have the highest fees in the region. Less than 80 minutes northeast of the city, in Athens, seniors typically pay $4,184 to their assisted living providers. Gainesville is as expensive, at $3,893, but it’s still more costly than Atlanta. Seniors looking for more affordable care may want to consider relocating to Macon, which has the most affordable fees in the state, at $2,860 per month.

$3845

Atlanta

$3535

Georgia

$4500

The United States

$4184

Athens

$3893

Gainesville

$2860

Macon

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living costs in Atlanta are an attractive alternative to homemaker services, at $4,290, and home health aide support, at $4,576, because the senior still has home maintenance costs after paying for their care. Nursing homes also provide accommodation, but their fees are much higher, typically $7,528 for a semiprivate room and another $1,065 per month for a private one. Only adult day care centers cost less than assisted living, with average fees of $1,327. 

$4290

Homemaker Services

$4576

Home Health Aide

$1327

Adult Day Health Care

$3845

Assisted Living Facility

$7528

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$8593

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Atlanta

Eligible seniors can apply for financial assistance with assisted living in Atlanta through two state-operated programs: Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) and the Community Care Service Program (CCSP). Both of these are Medicaid waiver programs and subject to availability.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Georgia page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Georgia

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Georgia page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Atlanta

Atlanta’s older residents can benefit from a wide range of resources aimed at making their lives more comfortable. The programs in this list are only a taste of what the city provides. They can help reduce some of the costs of medical care for vets, support seniors in assisted living in dispute with their care providers and provide free medical equipment to those who would otherwise struggle to pay for vital support devices.

Resource

Contact

Service

(404) 656-5940

The Georgia Department of Veterans Services supports and advocates for U.S. military veterans and their dependents. Its officers can assist and advise vets on the state and federal benefits to which they're entitled and help with accessing military benefits specific to long-term care, such as Aid and Attendance. The department can also support healthcare needs by referring veterans to counselors who specialize in psychological conditions common among those who served, such as PTSD.

(404) 613-6000

Fulton County Senior Services operates many resources for the area's older residents. Although many of its supports focus on helping seniors age at home, some are available to all. It administers several senior centers, which provide safe spaces for older adults to congregate and participate in a range of physically and mentally stimulating activities. The centers also include educational classes and facilities aimed at enhancing well-being, such as therapeutic pools. 

(404) 627-1057

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a program funded by the state to help seniors in residential care facilities. Ombudsmen are volunteers who regularly visit facilities to engage confidentially with residents and support them if they have issues about the quality of their care. The ombudsman can also provide copies of inspection reports for people looking for the ideal assisted living community in Atlanta.

(706) 646-2716

Managed locally on behalf of the nonprofit ALS Association, the medical equipment loan closet provides gently used devices to seniors with mobility restrictions. Subject to availability, it can supply a wide range of equipment to help seniors get around easier, such as powered wheelchairs, rollators, canes and transport chairs. It also loans equipment for use in the home, including bedside commodes and bath benches.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Atlanta

Atlanta-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Georgia are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Georgia page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Georgia