Best Assisted Living in Atlanta

Atlanta, vibrant and varied, is Georgia’s largest city with a population of over five million people. It’s not surprising that a city of this size, with its complex history and the presence of two major universities (Georgia State and Emory), has a broad range of senior housing options for its inhabitants.

What people like about Atlanta

Atlanta – and the surrounding area including Decatur and Sandy Springs, for example – has become increasingly popular as a retirement destination. The following are some of the reasons a retiree might choose this town as their new home:

  • For those who prefer identifiable seasons, Atlanta has them, along with a relatively mild climate. Though some winter days may fall below freezing, the January average temperature is 43.5 degrees. Still, some would find the hot and humid summers uncomfortable. On average, the highest temperature for the hottest month, July, is 87 degrees.
  • The cost of living is relatively low, with ranking Atlanta 142th out of 533 cities in the world for 2018.
  • Atlanta has a tremendous arts scene, whether you’re into ballet or other dance forms, music of all kinds, or theater (including touring Broadway hits).
  • Prime among the many arts festivals is the annual Atlanta Film Festival, much respected by film aficionados and those in the filmmaking industry. This event, which has been running for more than 30 years, is one of the longest-running such events in the US.
  • Among the city’s most popular historical sites is the Atlanta History Center and its 33 acres of exhibits situated in wildlife trails and gardens. These exhibits include one of the largest history museums in the Southeast, memorabilia from the 1996 Olympics (held in Atlanta), buildings used in movies (including The Hunger Games), and the carefully preserved apartment in which Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind. If you want to get a sense of Atlanta history, this is an excellent place to begin.
  • Hiking, biking, running, and boating are all easily available. If you prefer, visit one of the numerous parks including Atlanta Botanical Garden, (where you can stop and smell the orchids), Martin Luther King, Jr. National
  • Historical Park (which includes Dr. King’s resting place), Zoo Atlanta (and enjoy the pandas), or Skyview Atlanta (ride a Skyview Atlanta Gondola 20 stories in the air, for a bird’s eye view of the city), or… well, let’s agree there are a lot of options.
  • Sports teams: football, baseball, soccer, and even two basketball teams!
  • Atlanta is home to several colleges and universities including Emory and Georgia State, which can only make the town yet more vibrant.
  • Georgia’s tax structure benefits those retirees who meet the age requirement. There’s no tax on Social Security retirement benefits, and a $65,000 deduction per person on all types of retirement income for anyone over the age of 64. Additionally, Georgia has no state inheritance or estate tax.
  • Atlanta has a range of hospitals including the highly ranked Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
  • Anyone traveling to or from Atlanta can rely on the city’s airport, one of the busiest in the world.
  • For getting around the Atlanta area, there’s the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Established in 1971, the system has expanded from its original bus system to include a rapid transit system (rail), making this highly praised network the eighth-largest rapid transit system in the US (when rated by ridership).

Other considerations for Atlanta

Even as fine a city as Atlanta has its negatives. Among things people might not like are its rapid growth, that summer heat and humidity mentioned above, traffic congestion, and a crime rate that is nearly twice the national average.

Best Assisted Living Atlanta Georgia

Best Assisted Living in Atlanta, Georgia – Who Makes the List?

Brighton Gardens of Buckhead – Atlanta, GA 30324

Brighton Gardens of Buckhead offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Personal Care Services, and Skilled Nursing.

Caring – 15 Reviews, Average Rating 3.7
SeniorAdvisor – 34 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: It is very well-managed, low-key – not pushy, very very clean, beautiful place, pet-friendly, [atmosphere] incredibly cheerful and lively, homey, grounds well maintained, nice outdoor space for residents, good feeling, affordable, absolutely no smell of urine, the people are nice, people were super nice, staff and the residents were playing a video game, very diverse group of residents, population appeared to be more diverse (in age, health, and race), staff seemed very engaged, staff is wonderful, more staff than the other places I have been to, liked how the entire place was laid out, pretty awesome, beautiful facility, they provide excellent care, [staff] excellent in every way, competent, very responsive, [staff] willing to assist without asking, the kindness… and the attention that they pay to [resident], excellent family involvement, excellent memory care facility, on-site physical therapy, visitations by [residents’] doctors and nurse practitioners, optometrist [comes in ], [transportation] to doctors' appointments and to eat and to shopping, rooms looked good, rooms… all were clean and spacious with tv and cable, [resident’s] room always clean, [rooms] bright and light, spacious studio [apartment], clean the room once a week, huge closets, toasters allowed, love their dining room, looks like an elegant restaurant, good food, food is very good, [menu] variety, well-prepared food, food was awesome, meals not served on a strict schedule, one or two outings each week, do things with them to exercise their mind and their brain, a beautician comes in [to give] manicures, conveniently located near some malls, seemed to have a very good range of activities, bingo

What they didn’t like: Communication is awful, very few amenities – just card games and take you for a ride on the bus, [facility] very old and a little dark, smoke and mirrors [don’t live up to promises], rooms too small, can improve on their communication, simply not enough staff, residents abusive to each other while staff seemed not to notice, facility has ridiculous turnover, understanding of residents and quality of care is poor, always hear arguing among the med tech staff, our loved one not receiving his meds consistently, community might be a little too busy for some [residents], could use a little more help, [facility] did not have the best of layouts, halls can be long to negotiate

Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody – Atlanta, GA 30338

Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Personal Care Services, and Skilled Nursing.

Caring – 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor – 38 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Beautiful community, good value, “home,” clean, looked nice, bright and cheerful, pet-friendly, pet-based therapy, dog as [facility] house pet, calming and relaxing environment, courtyard, located near shopping and health care, very very tidy – grounds [and] rooms [and] general maintenance, light and airy, staff is well-trained and they care about the residents, excellent staff retention, staff is friendly and professional, [staff] very helpful, [staff] seem to be alert to little details, [staff] really worked to get [resident] involved in some of the activities, staff genuinely love their work, “hands on” facility, excellent staff to patient ratio, [staff] call [family] and let them know of things they are concerned about, nurses and caregivers were very supportive and let [resident’s] relatives know when anything was going wrong [or] when exciting things going on, sales team… great to work with, providers were genuinely caring people, [staff] warm and welcoming, licensed Assisted Living facility, staff very polite and informative, activities and programs for people at all different levels, cheaper than other facilities, dining facilities on each floor, everyone seemed very helpful and very nice, all the residents loved it, a pleasant location, single room with a bathroom and a large walk in closet, nice sized room, private and dual rooms available, dining setup is attractive, [dining room] service seems good, good [menu] choices, [menu] has a lot to offer, healthy meals, [place] always smelled clean, exercise class, cable television, bistro, physical activities, trivia games, activities all around this community to keep [visitors] entertained

What they didn’t like: Too crowded and too expensive, pricing a la carte, a slight odor, assigned seating [at lunch], small rooms and fairly crowded facility, some room for improvement [of food], [should be] more clear what’s included in the care package up front

Brookdale Vinings [Formerly: Emeritus at Vinings; Brighton Garden of Vinings] -Atlanta, GA 30339

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

Caring – 19 Reviews, Average Rating 3.8
SeniorAdvisor – 45 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Safe and very clean, seems like a home, like a large hotel, pets, racially mixed, beautiful foyer entryway – had a look of a grand hall, laundry room was clean, courtyard in the back and… fenced, front deck [with view of} Atlanta skyline, very affordable, upfront about care practices and billing, like a resort, no urine odor, very beautiful landscaping, walking trail, well kept, decorated well, beautiful carpeting, extensive social programs, on the smaller side but well thought out, nice location, area… grocery store and shopping areas and hotels, [many] local attractions, separate unit for Alzheimer's, a lot of staff, housekeeping once a week, dining room is nice, in-house therapy staff, therapy they offer is fabulous, staff seemed friendly, employees treated [resident] with such respect, courteous, [staff] very accessible, professional and approachable, member of staff takes time to send me pictures of my mother painting, [staff] let you know if anything unusual happened, sensitive to [resident’s] needs, help [residents] to be more sociable, staff was great, have their own rehab area, accommodate the residents' dietary needs, try to add [resident requests] to the menu, restaurant style eating, [menu offers] choice, [resident] loves the food, outdoor cookout, rooms well maintained, rooms [come in] a range of sizes, all the rooms were very nice, good sized, spacious, can come in all hours if you want to, living environment is quiet, Christmas activities, card games, shopping once a week, Bingo, Scrabble, entertainers come in, worship service there once a week, housekeeping for each one of the residents twice a week, [staff] do their laundry too, rooms… come with a miniature kitchen and a walk-in closet and own full bathroom, small under-the-counter refrigerator and a microwave, safety equipment… for each one of the residents, beautiful rooms… you could use for dinners parties [or] meetings

What they didn’t like: [Facility transportation] only a 10-mile radius, [small] size of the rooms … for people with wheelchairs, assistance is rather expensive – like with bathing, found a resident of the facility had walked away… and NO ONE [had] missed him, roads are very busy around here, too expensive, rooms are way too small, no place for cooking, [loved community but] memory care unit… dark and institutional, concerned about overall price point, community bathroom area, strong and acrid smell [but only in] hallway, understaffed, food terrible, understaffed on weekends, too expensive, aren't many activity programs

Hammond Glen Retirement Community – Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Hammond Glen Retirement Community provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Respite Care.

Caring – 12 Reviews, Average Rating 4.3
SeniorAdvisor – 24 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 3 Reviews, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Friendly and warm, nice energy, very clean and bright, allows pets, great location, value for that price, an excellent place, high rise but extremely easy to navigate, do not separate assisted from independent living, good choice for someone who wants independence with social activities, very close to hospital, active [atmosphere], residents very friendly, both employees and residents seemed very happy, administrative staff very friendly and helpful, management was terrific, staff knows all of the residents by name, [residents] treated very kindly and very respectfully, everyone so friendly and inviting, very willing to help and very welcoming, staff members were lovely, 24 hour medical care and emergency care, a more upscale and formal living situation on a larger scale with a lot more residents, very well appointed, always seemed to have games going, mahjong and bridge, seated exercise class, library, coffee shop, [facility] bus… takes you to a senior center that has everything, full schedule of activities, take [residents] to doctors’ appointments within this area for free, a movie theater, movies twice a day and then once on weekends, trips to the movies, food was good, food very good, food was excellent, one meal [of your choice] included in your rent but can choose the three meals a day plan, all-day menu, nice dining room, you pay your own electric bill – it's more reasonable, lots of storage space, very diverse programs for seniors, art classes, Japanese blossom garden where they had Japanese dancers, Danish breakfast get-together, therapist came in the afternoon and gave a lecture on osteoporosis, a library, a theater, “sports zone” area near TV, ice cream parlor, computer lab, activity room, common area, a stage, partnership with Lyft, apartments are huge, even studio is 500 sqft, parking

What they didn’t like: Rooms were small, not open and bright, no grounds [for walking], hallways were long, no wooded trail or garden plots, high-rise, no ground-level apartments, need to update lobby

Renaissance on Peachtree – Atlanta, GA 30319

Renaissance on Peachtree offers Independent Living and Assisted Living.

Caring – 12 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor – 23 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: The Renaissance was beautiful, posh building, allows pets, consistent quality of care at and management of this facility, everything is first class, looks like a five star hotel, [no] big entrance fee, like a cruise ship, community is immaculately clean, very congenial atmosphere, really social and upbeat, community very active in self-governance, peace of mind, lively buzz of conversation, social interaction, high-tech security monitors are manned 24/7, staff have been wonderful, they sincerely and genuinely care for and about all the residents, physical therapy room staffed by certified therapist, [staff] are friendly, helpful, competent, open to making improvements, take advice well, professional, well trained, a dietitian, can have food in your room, very nice housekeeping staff, a personal atmosphere, director and housekeeping staff all know your name, [facility has] four or five restaurants… but [no] big dining hall, a dining room on the third floor and a main dining room on the first floor, food is fantastic, waiters very pleasant and patient, food is delicious, very active club called Current Events, a senior rock band, a memory class, a library, computers, three nights/week happy hour before dinner, a Mardi Gras parade… complete with bead throwing, [can arrange] private catering, an atrium, hair salon, exercise classes, workout room, movies, transportation service, weekly outings to various places, close to shopping and hospitals and everything else in the heart of Atlanta, complimentary valet parking, apartment is big with a nice kitchen and living room and bedroom, movies, interesting trips, a studio apartment… with a little kitchenette [with] a microwave and a sink and refrigerator, [studio] has bathroom with a little walk-in tub and a large closet, one-bedroom apartment… has a good-sized living/dining room/small kitchen/bedroom/one bathroom and a pantry, walk-in showers, great birthday parties, apartments available to rent for families coming to visit, a beauty parlor, TV room, media room, trips to the theater, shopping, galleries

What they didn’t like: Visitor parking tight, the food is so-so, food could be healthier, could use a few more servers, food and service not that good, high rise, pricey, sales staff misrepresented assisted living amenities, traffic might be a concern for visitors, daily [apartment] cleaning promised but not given, good for independent living but not recommended for those who need assisted living services, [management] should invest in better-trained [and] better paid staff

Summerset Assisted Living – Atlanta, GA 30331

Summerset Assisted Living provides Assisted Living Program, Adult Day Care, Special Care, and Respite Care.

Caring – 13 Reviews, Average Rating 4.7
SeniorAdvisor – 28 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Very clean… and tidy, no unpleasant smells, medications administered in timely manner, the value is excellent, family-oriented, well-planned and organized, facility secured at all times, staff friendly and professional, everyone seems to be very happy, residents looked like they had a little bit more freedom, lots of places they can move inside, really nice grounds, staff was excellent, good with listening and communication, very attentive, staff keep [family] well informed, [staff] compassionate and courteous, nurturing, they encourage [resident] to participate but do not push, good laundry service, gated community, a very open environment, homey environment, daycare where they pick up and drop off, they have cameras, two-level facility, four dining halls, the food looked healthy and good, food is good, food is ok, three meals a day and snacks, foot care thing about four times a month, rooms were clean and spacious, grounds secure and well maintained, garden with a fountain area, inside and outside activities, physical activities, exercise room, arts and crafts, dances, they do hair, have a barber shop, activities mentally and physically stimulating, bingo and other games, puzzles, Every Saturday they have movies, at the end of the month… a birthday bash for anybody that had birthdays that month, sing-a-longs, devotion every morning – Monday through Saturday, Sunday they have Sunday school and church there

What they didn’t like: [Resident] had bedsores, family member has to bathe [resident], failure to return phone calls, no kitchenette, only mini fridge in rooms, no diabetic [menu] offering, newer staff members seemed less knowledgeable, mediocre [care] at best, jewelry stolen, understaffed, sometimes a little slow to respond, environment more like that of a nursing home, prefer a larger ratio of caregivers to residents, too much vague information, fees too high

Sunrise of Decatur – Decatur, GA 30030

Sunrise at Decatur offers Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s and Memory Care, and Short-term Stay.

Caring – 22 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 35 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Looks like a gorgeous old Victorian building, allows pets, very clean, smelled clean, well-maintained, looked more accommodating and homey, grounds beautiful, common areas nice, secured place, good ratio of caregivers to residents, [facility] very warm and inviting, little dog was sleeping by the fireplace, very upbeat and very welcoming, great vibe, congenial, Rocking chairs on sun porch, bistro for snacks and coffee, community and [resident’s] room always clean, staff has been kind to [resident], people seemed to be very caring, staff was friendly, [staff] fantastic [and] very accommodating, [staff does] great job engaging with the residents, answered all of my questions, liked the sizes of the rooms, studio has a kitchenette and bathroom, really nice walk-in bath, great floor plans, rooms immaculate, didn’t have that depressing ‘feel' of many nursing home rooms, many windows [looking out on] the many trees and shrubs, a lot of little nooks around where [you can] just read and work on the computer, soaking tub, TV room that was wonderful [with] easy chairs, [not] like a hospital setting, food is acceptable, food excellent, liked the food, the dining area and food were all exceptional, adequate dining area, a library, shopping excursions, movies, music game, a salon, an activity room, a bus to take you out to lunch or… on an outing, sometimes field trips, community offers transportation, gardening, arts and crafts, bingo, cards, exercises, birthday parties

What they didn’t like: Elevator in the memory – concerns about [resident] getting off on the wrong floor, rooms quite small, lack of stimulating things going on [in Memory Care Unit], not enough parking space, right on the corner of a very busy intersection so [i.e., limited walking area], rooms a little small, staff overworked and unhappy, missing paperwork, monthly billing errors, food is not good, looking for a more active community, [memory care] residents wandering around unsupervised, Corporate is revenue focused, maintenance sub-par, food could be better, 1 bedroom den was a bit small… for two people, pleased with them but not with the [in house] home health service, don’t have much [in the way of] funding options, toasters not allowed

Woodland Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care – Smyrna, GA 30080

Woodland Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care provides Assisted Living, Memory Care, Short-term Stay, and Therapy and Physician Services.

Caring – 16 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor – 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 3 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Very clean, therapy animals, small facility, a good size, beautiful facility, in a quiet setting tucked back in the woods, all 1-level, ceilings tall and it felt nice and open, Facility is cheerful and always well kept, very homey-family feel to it, rooms were nice [and] comfortable looking, [rooms] clean and well-maintained, grounds looked good, WR is excellent!, Very caring staff, Memory care… staff has been with them a long time, supportive community spirit, staff… very knowledgeable and very caring, staff was friendly and outgoing, [staff] very professional, not much turnover, [staff] are quick to call us, seemed very organized… in the memory care, staff is excellent in terms of their abilities [and] understanding of residents and communication with family, [staff] seem very cohesive… most have been there quite a long time, management team all very approachable, access to in-house medical and dental and psychiatry, residents were well-kept, family education, [apartment] bathroom big enough for a walker, common room [with] TV, [security] cameras outside the door, very good… [meals] and snacks, food was pretty good, meals are great, dining area looked very nice, menu real nice, beauty salon, barber shop, exercise in the morning, TV time, church on Sundays, rooms are big, one-bedroom apartment with a full-size bed and… a nice size closet, music, music by visiting musicians, outdoor barbecues, festivals, visits from spiritual leaders of different faiths, seasonal celebration parties, Bingo, arts, scenic and mall trips, Bridge, card games, transportation to the store or the doctor, a private suite if [guests] want to stay the night

What they didn’t like: Very expensive, [even memory care] resident must take care of pet, quite expensive, can be improvements on food quality and amount of food

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