Best Assisted Living in Salt Lake City

There are a wide variety of assisted living options in Salt Lake City, Utah. We set out to see what people are saying about the senior housing options in the city and compiled the results here.

Salt Lake City remains popular with older adults as it has continued to develop, deliberately making itself more appealing to a broader range of tastes.

With its mix of a fine transportation system, various forms of entertainment and numerous cultural outlets – not to mention its beautiful location – this city also has that added vibrancy that comes with being a university town.

What do people like about Salt Lake City?

  • A highly walkable downtown
  • Stunningly beautiful scenery
  • Transportation including light rail (Trax) that serves the downtown and outlying areas including the SLC International Airport, as well as a bus system
  • Access to many museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues not limited to theater, the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • A huge library
  • Home to the University of Utah
  • For the sports-minded, skiing, hiking, biking and more
  • Local hospitals with departments devoted to geriatrics and Alzheimer’s care such as the University of Utah Health
  • Care and Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
  • As you likely know, Mormons don’t drink alcohol, which puts a damper on the Salt Lake City bar scene. However, as of 2009, liquor laws were relaxed substantially, which is great news for folks who enjoy the nightlife.

Other considerations for Salt Lake City

  • Utah is one of the very few states that taxes Social Security benefits, in this case at a flat rate of 5%.
  • Expect cold winters and hot, dry summers.
  • Crime is more frequent in certain neighborhoods. (The SLC police, as well as certain websites, can supply crime statistics for specific neighborhoods.)
  • The approximately 4,300-foot-altitude could cause health issues for some. If concerned, consult your doctor.
  • Despite the opening-up of the town and its culture, some may not be comfortable with a population that is 54% Mormon.

List of the Best Assisted Living in Salt Lake City

A list of the best assisted living communities in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brookdale Salt Lake City [Formerly Emeritus at Salt Lake City] – Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Brookdale Salt Lake City offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Continuous Care Retirement Communities, and Home Health Services

Caring – 23 Reviews, Average Rating 3.8

SeniorAdvisor – 17 Reviews, Average Rating 4

SeniorHomes – No Reviews

GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Exceptional staff, answered all our questions, nice and professional, kind and knowledgeable, works well with disturbed patients, helpful, allows pets up to 20 lbs., very friendly, rehab therapy staff (OT and PT) exceptional, outstanding staff, great experience, memory care unit homey, liked programs for memory loss, did not remind us of a hospital, hotel-like, doing, excellent therapy, residents friendly and cheerful, well cared-for, grounds clean, secure lawn and garden area, like open floor-plan, nice area, nice rooms, very clean, thorough cleaning once a week, spot-cleaning every day, comfortable, pleasant ambiance, good location, bigger apartments, quiet, spacious, rooms really well-kept, awesome food, price pretty competitive, outings to planetarium, bingo and anything you can think of, multiple sizes of rooms, exercise room, great view of downtown, beautiful view of the University of Utah and mountains, dining room very very nice, fireplaces, seating areas, salon, library, jetted bathtub, lots of activities, parties, field trips, food actually smells good, elevator

What they didn’t like: Nursing staff not great, withheld proper pain meds, no wound checks, no first-floor apartments, multiple floors could be confusing, not quite as nice as some, older building, little more expensive, parking a problem, seemed dark, person who gave tour cold, be sure to communicate your loved one’s needs clearly, resident sometimes had trouble getting staff to help her use bathroom, monthly fees turned out to be higher than expected, staffing problems, did not like that every extra service they offered was an add-on, a list of what a person should bring would ease confusion, very understaffed, food not so good, takes a while for food to come, internal communication could be improved

Chateau Brickyard Retirement – Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Chateau Brickyard provides Independent Living and Respite Care

Caring – 26 Reviews, Average Rating 4.7

SeniorAdvisor – 60 Reviews, Average Rating 4.25

SeniorHomes – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 3

GoldenReviews – 1 Review, Average Rating 5

What they liked: Good price, cleanliness, very accommodating, compassion, very cheerful, staff amazing, staff goes above and beyond, efficient, beautiful, great community, peace of mind, friendliest group of people, all the great amenities without the high prices, clean, pet-friendly, “They’re my family!”, love feeling a contributing part of community, friendly and helpful staff, always a hug when needed, great with unsociable residents, well-trained, shows true concern and love, made time to chat, positive energy, facility not too large, close to hospitals, so many friendly faces, treated like royalty, secure environment, spacious, bright, very nice, good people, long-term residents, apartment layout really nice, little patio right outside, three meals a day, good dining room, can have food delivered to your door, great food, excellent food, delicious, food is good, attentive servers, attentive to those with dietary needs, snacks, menu options, staff 24 hours a day, house-cleaning once a week, church onsite, fun social things, activities for all levels, live entertainment, knitting group, games, happy hour, dancing, field trips, art therapy, Oktoberfest, Elvis birthday social, musical groups come in to entertain, pet therapy, darts, Wii competitions, draft classes, Christmas and New Year's parties, “love my apartment,” location very accessible and near everything, near grocery store and bank, small movie-viewing rooms, fitness room, gym, beautiful deck added outside dining room, rooms had balconies for chairs/table/potted plants/fresh air, great value, one-bedroom apartment with kitchenette/living room/bedroom/bathroom and walk-in closet, independence and security, make own breakfast in room, celebrate birthdays, trees on each level of facility, Bible study, LDS visits, piano in the lobby, free laundry facilities with free detergent, onsite chapel

What they didn’t like: Wouldn’t recommend to those who don’t like group stuff/don’t like everything planned out for them, can’t cook for self, newcomers may feel overwhelmed, dining room noisy/echoes, management neglectful after move-in (one claim), wish they had softer foods for residents to choose from, would recommend the community but be prepared for the process, slow on maintenance and repairs, issues with providing meals for diabetics and lactose-intolerant residents, like to see more fresh fruits and vegetables, empty promises, air conditioner issues, corporate culture

Cottonwood Creek – Salt Lake City, UT 84117

Cottonwood Creek offers Independent Living. Assisted Living, and Memory Care

Caring – 19 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2

SeniorAdvisor 27 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5

SeniorHomes – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 5

GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Friendly staff, a lot of light and windows throughout, pets allowed, very clean and warm, access to doctors, nursing staff all the time, great staff, Austin the maintenance assistant is exceptionally available, staff really nice and fully staffed, staff made transition very easy, very reliable when it comes to medication services, all levels of care from independent to advanced memory care, lots of diversity in the population, really try to work with each resident, whole team very accessible and supportive, nurses are wonderful as are those at the desk, issues addressed quickly, always upbeat, nurse keeps family informed of question/issues via text or phone, cleanliness, compassionate in time of grief, plentiful and genuine kindness, very warm, encouraging, genuine, a more private location than most, large auditorium, large theater, lots of activities, nicer apartments, one-bedroom apartments, bathroom with safety features, clean, good neighborhood, community spaces really pleasant, openness and light, resort vacation style atmosphere, exercise room, three meals a day, beautiful dining room, restaurant-style dining, great cook, good food, excellent food and well-planned, delicious food and friendly service, residents better cared for than in other communities, exercise room, older building, nice walking path around building, very busy atmosphere but nice, garden, singing, water aerobics, Wii games, TV, outings to the canyons, movies, rides, lunch off-site, wine tasting on Sundays, bingo, ADA bathrooms, a laundry room, beautician onsite, rooms spacious, billing staff very good at explaining costs, great value for the money, less expensive than many, great place for family to visit

What they didn’t like: Bathroom near front door (of apartment) – not near bedroom, staff neither knowledgeable nor friendly, may be too busy an atmosphere for some, aides could use training in being happier about assisting, shorthanded, mediocre food, some staff “obnoxious and pushy,” suggest more variety on menu, food a nightmare and care terrible, everything great but the food, much good here but improvements need to be made especially in the kitchen, housekeeping neglect, night aides being a little rude and un-empathetic, CNAs are overworked and underpaid therefore turnover is huge

Highland Cove – Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Highland Cove provides Independent Living and Assisted Living

Caring – 13 Reviews, Average Rating 4.3

SeniorAdvisor – 3 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5

SeniorHomes – No Reviews

GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: All levels of care, options for meal plans, two-bedroom good value, looks very nice, beautiful facility and grounds, maintenance very good, clean, orderly, very nice environment, staff nice and kind, very positive and open, professional, people helpful and informative, people very friendly, food delicious, accommodating about meals, chef very friendly, kitchen service is fast, a lot of activities, outings, exercise classes, bowling, walking classes, singalongs, holiday parties, transportation to doctor appointments and grocery shopping, studio apartment spacious, different floor-plans, studios with large closet and refrigerator and microwave, bathroom with shower, lots of room to go outdoors, washer and dryer in each room, kitchen in independent living with stove, patio overlooking green lawn, pine trees everywhere, spacious living room in apartment, housekeeping once a week, laundry once a week

What they didn’t like: Dining room and church too far from resident’s room, bathroom in studio apartment awkward, lobby “filthy and dirty,” rooms nice but small

Silverado Aspen Park Memory Care – Salt Lake City, UT 84117

Silverado Aspen Park specializes in Memory Care

Caring – 15 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5

SeniorAdvisor – 15 Reviews, Average Rating 4

SeniorHomes – No Reviews

GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Care is top-notch, services very effective, pet-friendly, animal therapy including horses, resident cat, “It’s the best staff in the world,” dementia specialists, especially good facility for difficult dementia cases, the Cadillac of memory care, very knowledgeable about dementia and caring, staff and boss very good, staff excellent, really so friendly, wonderful in every way, round-the-clock care, informative, highly communicative, cheerful, friendly, compassion, assist with grieving process, staff seem to genuinely love their jobs, residents always cared for and groomed, atmosphere of stability, very clean, really clean, low staff turnover, immaculate, smells goods, doesn’t feel like a hospital or nursing home, treat residents with dignity and respect, absolute godsend, they do what they do very well, building setup well for memory care residents, dining room very well setup for wheelchairs and walkers, “staff acted like we were all family” making move-in much easier, staff made this difficult day a positive one, employees allowed to bring kids and pets to work, veterinarian and groomer come on certain days, lots of activities, swimming pool, boating, wood shop, gardening, cooking, family barbecues, stimulating, open, tons of walking area, all fenced, big facility, lots of dining rooms, really good food, varied menu, healthy meals, staff assists residents with eating problems, nice rooms, assisted bathing, security excellent, big facility allowed for mobility, well-lit by mostly natural light, garden area in middle of compound, residents can garden, assorted pets and aquarium made it homey, residents urged to have personal effects for homeyness

What they didn’t like: Residents had to share rooms, everything but the food was great, may not work for those who are not fond of animals, manager and doctor not personable or warm (rest of staff great), understaffed, building smells of urine, building large and often confusing

Sunrise at Holladay – Salt Lake City, UT 84117

Sunrise at Holladay offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s and Memory Care, and Short-term Stays

Caring – 23 Reviews, Average Rating 4.3

SeniorAdvisor – 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4

SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 5

GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Very nice, excellent facility, staff always encouraging participation, residents safe and in good hands, caring and kind, honest, cute little community, resident cat and dog, allows pets, huge, beautiful, gorgeous, soothing color scheme, hardwood floors or carpets, elegant, classy, homey, everything accessible, warm, inviting, clean as a whistle, BMW of Assisted Living Facilities, hospice, beautiful set-up, staff is very nice, no large turnover, very seasoned staff, helpful, staff very friendly and accommodating, knowledgeable, extremely professional, very responsive, library, activities, rooms spacious and clean, very pleasant, everyone does their job, card games, entertainment, social hours, TV room, exercise room, bingo, church services, amazingly good pastries, rooms really nice (but somewhat small), food looked like something from a cruise, healthy options, dining room, food is awesome, three entrees, food delivered to rooms, a lot of sun, open and cheerful, memory care unit very nice, memory care floor is excellent and individualized, outings, take out to lunch/various events, scenic drives, bingo, crafts, meetings, musical performances, lobby, meeting places, garden, walking path, more formal feel, studio, one-bedroom, rooms more than adequate, five-star chef, liked all the friendly people, nooks and crannies for privacy, their people seemed to be happy, majority of employees very pleasant, refunded money when loved one died

What they didn’t like: (Overall facility) too small, rooms somewhat small (but really nice), higher edge of price range, one report of inconsistent treatment, tour guide showed apartments of current residents without their permission, tour guide ignored potential resident, not as nice as elsewhere, too expensive, understaffed, meal service only thing that needs improvement, problem with kitchen staff and special diets

The Wellington – Salt Lake City, UT 84117

The Wellington provides Independent Living and Short-term/Respite

Caring – 22 Reviews, Average Rating 4.3

SeniorAdvisor – 18 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5

SeniorHomes – 2 Review, Average Rating 2.5

GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Beautiful first impression, beautiful inside and out, homey, very clean, really light, immaculate, clean (but not “hospitable sterile”), like a gorgeous hotel, pet therapy, positive, huge community, big and open, lots of sitting areas, great staff, helpful, warmth, positive, aware, comforting, reassuring, atmosphere feels like a hug, apartments very nice size, rooms bigger and really nice, apartments with kitchen and regular-size fridge and microwave, full kitchens, balconies, arts/crafts room, whirlpool, handicap-accessible bathrooms, every member of staff always goes the extra mile, maintenance people do a good job, efficient, gracious, attentive, positive, generous, genuinely caring, friendly, knowledgeable, great activities and facilities onsite lectures, outstanding and well administered, nice big dining room, food is really good, food wonderful, chef, menu, great vibe, do utmost to make sure residents enjoying life, nice courtyard, tons of activities, yoga classes, computer room, wellness classes, game room, card room, library, bathrooms large and comfortable, some assistance in showering, escorts to meals, great views, individual climate control

What they didn’t like: Understaffed and under-monitored, strict refund policy even when death occurs, very nice facility for relatively healthy residents, Emergency Call Button didn’t work, leaks, very expensive, neglect of resident, management promised more than it delivered, rooms smaller than expected, really liked community but too big for her mother – confusing, lack of communication, not enough parking, neglected resident, billing issues

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