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Best Assisted Living Nashville Tennessee

The Senior List® set out to find the best assisted living facilities in Nashville, Tennessee.  We compiled reviews from top senior housing review websites to pull together our “Best of” list.  Click here to read about our methods, and interpreting the List.  All ratings are based on 5 stars.

Best Assisted Living Nashville, Tennessee | Who makes the list?

Nashville, TN, has a lot to offer the right retiree. Being both a major music town, as well as the seat of several colleges, Nashville strives to make itself both friendly and interesting to a wide range of people.

This town is highly eclectic, not only in its architecture, but in the ambiance from neighborhood to neighborhood. For instance, Germantown (Nashville’s oldest neighborhood) is strewn with lovely examples of Victorian architecture accented by equally elegant shops and restaurants.

If you’re looking for a more boisterous night out, then explore Downtown or West End/Elliston Place. The 12South neighborhood is rife with art galleries, boutiques, bars and coffee shops. You, and anyone visiting you, will always have something to do.

Besides being a seat of entertainment, Nashville is also the home of several colleges, including Vanderbilt University and Fisk University. The access to education as well as the performing arts could make this an even more appealing place to call home.

Best Assisted Living Nashville Tennessee
Skyline of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. © Can Stock Photo / SeanPavonePhoto

What people like about Nashville:

  1. Among US states, Tennessee has the second lowest cost of living.
  2. Though summers are hot, winters tend to be mild.
  3. Music aficionados can listen to live performances from their favorite genre: country, opera, rock, blues, jazz, the Schemerhorn Symphony – whatever you like.
  4. Among the numerous theaters is the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. (As for the NSF, don’t be misled by the term “Festival”; it’s open year-round.)
  5. The Nashville Ballet Company.
  6. Housing prices lower than national average.
  7. Fine shopping, regardless of what you’re looking for.
  8. The Farmers Market, open 362 days a year.
  9. The 19 colleges and universities in Nashville, not to mention several nearby. Nashville is home to not only Vanderbilt and Fisk Universities, but also the Nashville Film Institute.
  10. Ample hospitals, clinics, for first-class medical care.
  11. Many parks and hiking and biking trails.
  12. An exciting array of restaurants and nightlife.
  13. The Nashville Zoo.
  14. A range of tours, historical and otherwise. How about the “Nashville” TV show tour?
  15. Water events, including a trip on the General Jackson Showboat or River Queen Voyages.
  16. The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s plantation. Research African-American history and enjoy the café and museum.

What people may not like about Nashville:

  1. Thanks to tourists who help fund the economy, it can get rather crowded.
  2. Their crime statistics are higher than the national average, so pick your neighborhood carefully.

A few things to remember: In many cases the comments are drawn from several years’ worth of reviews, and a facility can change hands at any time, affecting – during and after the takeover – the overall quality of services and atmosphere of that facility.

When reading these comments, you may find blatant contradictions. E.g., one reviewer may praise the quality of the food or the size of the rooms while another describes the same negatively, possibly in very harsh terms.

As you can imagine, this discrepancy could occur for any number of reasons. So, while reading the comments below, look for what appeals to you, and, should you contact or visit a given facility, don’t hesitate to ask about any issues of concern.

Belmont Village Green Hills | Nashville, TN 37215

Belmont Village Green Hills offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Circle of Friends, Memory Care, Short-stay.

Caring– 18 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2
SeniorAdvisor– 30 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews– No Reviews

What they liked: Very clean, nicely decorated, well maintained, animal-friendly, light, airy, extremely fresh smelling, kept up to date, did not feel institutional, staff will walk them, very good neighborhood, high-class facility, love their Circle of Friends program [to slow Alzheimer’s], food pretty good, very good food, great menus, liked food, good variety/good size servings, well-balanced meals, 3 meals a day/no assigned seating, residents friendly/seemed contented, stimulation and memory games, staff very likable, helpful, caring, they do a good job, accommodating, reassuring, knowledgeable, friendly, responsive, interested in residents’ well-being, remembers names, caring and respect, very courteous, [staff] very vibrant, great attitude, extremely professional, seem to have good relationship with their residents, administrative staff to the nursing staff is very good, setting a little urban/a little commercial, woods, lovely outdoor garden area, 5 or 6 activities every day, bingo 5 nights a week, exercise classes, arts and crafts, a bit less money than some of the places, doesn't require any upfront investment, price reasonable, encourage lots of artistic creativity, music, nice social community, very friendly, very cheery place, very nice and spacious outdoor area, Independent and Assisted areas much nicer/more comfortable [than Memory Care], [Memory Care] staff and care seem to be reasonable/in the patient’s interests, Mom’s room was clean, bridge, outings, aerobics, exercise equipment, [resident’s] room cheerful and clean, opportunities to socialize, beautiful rooms, 3 floor plans available, [price] all inclusive, medical/physical/mental condition greatly improved

What they didn’t like: Communication is poor, staff failure to coax resident to shower, community areas very cramped, resident never receives prompt help when needed, [Memory Care] small wing with cramped halls & dining area, oppressive, didn’t have as welcoming an atmosphere, too expensive, improve activities/interactions with residents, overheard staff talking about not wanting to come in to work, concerned about elevator/size of facility, rooms kind of small

Brookdale Belle Meade (Formerly Homewood) | Nashville, TN 37216

Brookdale Belle Meade offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and Health Care Services.

Caring– 10 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor– 37 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews

What they liked: Smaller place, only 3 floors, beautiful. very clean and very orderly, peace & comfort, always smells nice, home-like feeling, recreation area, courtyard, patio, beautiful lobby, lovely landscaping, more inviting and on a larger scale, warmth, clean and beautiful, trees, lake, welcoming, residents well-groomed/happy/engaged, offer activities all day, great service options, sometimes an outing after lunch, a movie or something after dinner, Bingo, caring community. staff seemed patient & competent, love the staff, maintenance/cleaning crew always keeps residents’ rooms clean & tidy, take the time to know you as a person and as a family, staff and surroundings great, staff goes above and beyond, making transition easy, apartments very nice and clean, rooms spacious and very clean, variety of activities, seemed safe, they took care of their people, memory care: [staff is] more caring/ more aware,/they know the family members, conscientious and compassionate, prompt, accommodating, gracious, residents stay very active, food is excellent, a top chef, food appealing with good variety, dining room beautiful, snack food from buffet 24 hours a day, family night once a quarter, re-do the room [to client’s tastes] as the client moves in, rooms pretty standard/felt very clean, nice view & lots of light

What they didn’t like: [Resident] hates the food, food okay but could be improved, Dad complains about the food, kitchen had just a microwave and a little refrigerator, can’t cook in own apartment, common area furniture felt dated, too expensive, only downside: the meals, so dark & no natural light, rooms a lot smaller than usual, Brookdale takeover running place on shoestring budget, newer community/didn’t have all ducks in a row, too expensive

Elmcroft of Brentwood (Formerly known as Carestone at Brentwood) | Nashville, TN 37211

Elmcroft of Brentwood provides Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care.

Caring– 10 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor– 21 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews

What they liked: Staff is very friendly, courteous, caring, communicative, very informative, staff very knowledgeable and very nice, go above and beyond, low turnover, kindness and friendliness security good, attentive and quick to respond, friendly and understanding, nice hotel rooms, group singing, bingo, other table games, very nice facility, [all on] one floor, the layout, nice rooms, living quarters spacious/well-appointed/very clean, natural light, bright & welcoming, well maintained, dining area like a restaurant, nice menu, variety of choices, food very good, everybody seemed happy, exercise programs, small library, free transportation to doctor appointments, [price schedule] all inclusive

What they didn’t like: Bedroom accommodates only a full-size bed and nightstand, small rooms, food looks pale and tasteless, too expensive, puzzles available but small selection, understaffed, smell of urine is awful, really bad vibe memory care department, communication sometimes an issue, no book club or activity room/gym, need intellectually stimulating activities, just a feeling something wasn’t right, have to constantly remind them to do things, some mix-ups with medicine, dining room a little crowded with wheelchairs and rollers

Lakeshore Estates – The Meadows | Nashville, TN 37221

Lakeshore Estates – The Meadows offers Short Term Rehab Care, Residential Housing for the Aged, Intermediate Nursing Care, Memory Care, and Respite Care.

Caring– 6 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews

What they liked: Nice, clean, and bright, really liked overall ambiance, always clean, didn’t smell, excellent staff, staff seem adequate, exceedingly friendly, staff works hard to solve issues, staff work well with you, accommodating, rooms seemed adequate. communication seems wonderful, food is very good, food is great, nice cafeteria, a lot of things to do, a good Church of Christ community, family and staff all one team, majority of memory care staff awesome

What they didn’t like: Serious problem with catheter, Assisted Living cleaner than Memory Care, understaffed, too few activities

Mary, Queen of Angels | Nashville, TN 37205

Mary, Queen of Angels provides Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Memory Care.

Caring– 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.25
SeniorAdvisor– 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews

What they liked: Very nice place, clean and well-kept, very clean, nice & tidy, comfortable, more like a home, nice open floor plan, residents extremely cordial, [residents] seemed to be very happy, residents have been very welcoming/kind/helpful, such a sense of caring & concern among staff, staff friendly, very professional, staff has done an excellent job, helpful, answered questions, people very nice, newer well-built brick building, crown molding, hooks on back of doors, plenty of closet space, celebration center/early stage of dementia and Alzheimer's, secured, a preferred pharmacy/cost of drugs very low, medication management done by caregivers /not nurses, staff & caregivers rise to the occasion, help residents and their family, food was fair, food good, run by the Catholic Church, secured courtyard, rooms adequate sizes, [rooms] were all nice, dining room well-lighted, great dining room, church services, field trips, said that if resident ran out of money facility would work with the VA, will take [Alzheimer’s/dementia resident] to church if family requests it

What they didn’t like: Had kind of a nursing home feel, wasn't a lot of outdoors, wasn't a lot of greenery, rooms were very small, it wasn't dirty but I wouldn't put my mother-in-law in there

Morningside of Belmont | Nashville, TN 37212

Morningside of Belmont offers Lifestyle360, Assisted Living, and Respite Care/Short-term Stays

Caring– 23 Reviews, Average Rating 4.3
SeniorAdvisor– 28 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes– 4 Reviews, Average Rating 2.75
GoldenReviews– No Reviews

What they liked: Great location, heart of Hillsboro Village, older building but clean, everybody really friendly, peaceful environment, beautiful walk through rose gardens, fountains, near VA, really nice place, nice and clean, people seemed really good, people congregate, lively, staff is wonderful, friendly, easy to work with the total person concept, the most cheerful staff I have seen, attentive, accommodating, respectful, supportive, smiling faces, caregivers are helpful and kind, receptionist at the desk 24/7, receptionist friendly/kind/helpful, seems to know all residents by name, have a question or concern/staff and administration always address it, feel needs are valued, staff knew resident preferences, handymen helped customize apartment, staff address them by name, “know they have my mom’s best interests at heart,” LPN is around 24/7, cafeteria, restaurant style dining, food is good, quite nutritious, great tasting, dining room good, plenty of food, three meals a day, really good food, games, book studies, bible studies, usually invite family on holidays and parties, sun rooms, bathrooms with handrails, a studio with plenty of room, air-conditioning, rooms were small but well-kept, people very nice, good size room even for two people, price was the best, Morningside was bustling when we went there, rooms really nice and good size, several different floor plans, exercise room, bingo, people that come in and sing, wastebaskets in apartment emptied daily, clothes washed once a week, housecleaning once a week, transportation to doctor's appointments and outings, trips to places including grocery store, activity calendar is full, dance parties, art, creative writing, exercise, book club, in-house beauty salon, art, Nashville artists entertain, creative writing, outings to restaurants & shopping, plenty of music activities from Nashville artists Belmont University students, resident sing-a-longs, Belmont University campus borders Morningside’s parking lot, priced very competitively for the quality of service, apartment freshly painted and clean, replaced tub with a walk-in shower, within minutes of Vanderbilt and Baptist/St. Thomas Hospitals, physical therapy onsite, Program Director developed nice relationship with Belmont University next door

What they didn’t like: Sometimes understaffed, charge people based on each thing they want, in decline/staff turnover, could not tell who was in charge, fairly nice but very crowded, assigned seating in dining room, family needs to follow-up with staff, the place is a mess, “place is going downhill faster than a mudslide,” Thanksgiving Day and some residents went hungry, [increasing] price, very little outdoor space, understaffed, interior felt dark & stuffy, not quite as homey & cozy as others

Schrader Acres Assisted Living Center | Nashville, TN 37208

Schrader Acres Assisted Living Center provides Assisted Living plus a few additional services.

Caring– 3 Reviews, Average Rating 4.3
SeniorAdvisor– 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews

What they liked: Wonderful, clean (no smells), very attractive, beautiful, spotless, inviting, warm cozy feeling, care & services are excellent, receptionist very friendly and courteous, staff very friendly, kind, professional, courteous, lovely staff, great to work with, care is exceptional, holiday decorations are outstanding!, outdoor area comfortable and inviting, sun room, beautiful plants, comfortable cushioned slider rockers, tidy and healthy environment, staff that cares, nice setup in living quarters, apartments spacious, private & semi-private apartments with more than adequate space, dining room with lovely atmosphere, 3 meals a day, plenty of activities

What they didn’t like: Always short staffed, not enough activities

Sycamores Terrace Retirement Community | Nashville, TN 37210

Sycamores Terrace Retirement Community offers Independent Living and Assisted Living.

Caring– 3 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 29 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews

What they liked: Well-located, nearness to downtown, facility nice and clean, well-kept, very nice, not as elegant as some but spacious, people are good and caring, people (including residents) friendly and helpful, residents delightful, residents cheerful, director and assistant director are excellent, informative, knowledgeable, knowable, walked us through the process, staff kind and respectful, cheerful, patient, cordial, staff very attentive, good at keeping [family] updated, responsive, manager on premises, staff there a long time, made the whole transition very easy, very friendly, employees make you feel at home/part of a family, use humor often but know how to be firm, excellent food service, food fantastic, food good, healthy menu, really nice dining area, dining room lovely decor, food delicious, flexible meal plans, good meals, they provide medicines and doctors, Bingo, go on trips, shopping, apartments were pretty nice, small rooms of mostly one-bedroom apartments, apartment was spacious, a limited exercise room, a library, a meeting room, social and church services too, smoking in designated area

What they didn’t like: Activities section needs a little bit of work, charges for every little thing, long walk from the main entrance to the parking area, community lovely but not setup to handle residents who get confused and wander, staff underpaid/unqualified/high turnover, 1-bedroom/no walk-in shower

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