COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Columbus
For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in GA. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.
How to Pay for Assisted Living in Columbus
The average fee in Columbus is $4,223, which is around $688 per month more than Georgia’s median but $277 below the country’s.
Assisted Living in Columbus vs. Nearby Cities
Although at the less affordable end of the scale, Columbus isn’t the most expensive city in Georgia for assisted living — that’s a title held by Brunswick, where seniors typically pay $5,300. However, more affordable cities are around, such as Atlanta, at $3,845. Of the cities closest to Columbus with lower fees, the most affordable is Warner Robins, at $2,750.
- Columbus: $4,223
- Georgia: $3,535
- National: $4,500
- Brunswick: $5,300
- Warner Robins: $2,750
- Atlanta: $3,845
Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Senior Care
The most affordable type of senior care in Columbus is adult day health care, with fees averaging $1,083 per month. However, a direct comparison with assisted living’s median fee of $4,223 is only accurate if the senior includes all their daily costs, as the latter option includes accommodation with care. This is also true when comparing assisted living to homemaker services and home health aide care, both of which charge around $4,290 per month but don’t include accommodation. The high levels of 24/7 care and lodging provided in nursing homes result in the highest fees in the city, with a typical semiprivate room costing $6,813.
- Assisted Living Facility: $4,223
- Homemaker Services: $4,290
- Home Health Aide: $4,290
- Adult Day Health Care: $1,083
- Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $6,813
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Columbus
Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Columbus
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
- Veterans Benefits
- Life Insurance Policy
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Reverse Mortgage
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Columbus.
Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Columbus
Many nonprofit organizations and government agencies provide free and low-cost resources that assist Columbus’ older residents. The supports listed here can put seniors in touch with legal advisors who specialize in age-related cases, counselors who help vets get the benefits they deserve and advisors who lend a hand to seniors confused about the latest tax law changes.
The Long-Term Ombudsman Program is a state-sponsored support for seniors residing in care communities. It advocates for seniors and focuses on raising standards in Columbus’ assisted living facilities. Additionally, its volunteer ombudsmen regularly visit facilities to educate residents about their rights and investigate complaints they have with their standard of care. All complaints are treated confidentially, and the ombudsman will pursue a resolution on the senior’s behalf through negotiation.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program supports seniors who need assistance to prepare their taxes. There is an online version where the senior can use free software and get online help from IRS-certified volunteers. Alternatively, seniors can make an appointment to take their tax documents to the nearest AARP-approved center, where a volunteer will do the proper work on their behalf.
The Georgia Department of Veterans Service counsels, advises and helps vets and their families. Its advisors can identify the benefits clients are entitled to and assist with applications. They can also support VA Aid and Attendance claims for vets who qualify. Although the department isn’t directly linked to VA health care, it can refer clients to appropriate facilities dealing with medical and nonmedical health issues.
The Elderly Legal Assistance Program is a federally funded service managed by the Georgia Department of Human Services. It connects adults aged 60 and older with lawyers and paralegals who can help with civil law matters, such as neglect, elder abuse and consumer protection.
The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department operates four senior centers across the city. The centers provide stimulating programs designed to develop wellness and encourage socialization between older members of the community. Seniors can also improve their fitness on the exercise equipment and entertain themselves with books from the on-site libraries.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Columbus
Assisted Living Communities in Columbus are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.
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The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Columbus Area
In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Columbus area, our team of researchers:
- Sorted through 23 communities using our unique methodology
- Spent over 13 hours researching assisted living communities in Columbus
- Read more than 180 reviews left by residents and their family members
After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 9 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Columbus is $4,223, which is higher than the state average of $3,535 and lower than the national average of $4,500.
Jonathan FrankLicensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan FrankLicensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.
Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Columbus, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 23 communities in the Columbus area.
AssistedLiving.org Trusted Communities
AssistedLiving.org spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Columbus area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.
Community reviews emphasize the high quality of living and professionalism of the staff. They also point to an array of activities to keep residents engaged. One reviewer writes, "Covenant Woods is the best place in Columbus that we found. The place is super; I would recommend it to anybody. ... Everything is 100% great. I don't have any complaints about anything."
Magnolia Manor of Columbus
Morningside of Columbus
Oaks at Grove Park
Savannah Grand of Columbus
The Gardens at Calvary
The Landings of Columbus
Thrive at Green Island
It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes AssistedLiving.org stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.
Facility Features (40%)
Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc
Facility Amenities Graded on the available
Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.
Residential Quality (40%)
Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.
Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.
Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.
Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older adults, air quality, climate.