1312 Assisted Living Communities in Georgia
Lakes Crossing Senior Care
Orchard At Tucker
Benton House Of Grayson
Silverleaf Alzheimer's Care Of Athens
Summer's Landing Bayberry Trace
The Palms At Lake Spivey
Cobis Personal Care Home
Azalea Estates Al &Amp; Retir Cent
Thrive At Athens
Benton House Of Augusta
Merryvale Assisted Living
Gardens Of Fayetteville
Baptist Village Lake Park
Also known as the Peach State and immortalized in the annals of history by Ray Charles’ famous song “Georgia on My Mind,” the state of Georgia is among the most dynamic in the southeast United States. The populous cities that provide much of the state’s income and GDP are nestled among quieter, cozier towns that make up much of the state’s culture.
Georgia’s variety of scenery offers aging citizens many options for senior living. The state bird is the brown thrasher which can be up to 12 inches in length and features one of the largest song repertoires of North American birds. The state flower, Rosa laevigata, or the Cherokee rose, is white with a golden center and can be found throughout the state. Those looking forward to relaxing in their later years listening to wildlife and admiring summer and fall blossoms will love assisted living in Georgia.
What Is Assisted Living?
In Georgia, assisted living facilities are also referred to as care homes. These senior communities offer housing, meal service, and personal services which include assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing and everyday toilet activities. Typically, 24/7 nonmedical assistance is available, and some forms of medical care may be provided, depending on the facility. These are not to be confused with independent living and memory care.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Georgia?
The average monthly cost for assisted living across the state is $2,880 according to the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This cost varies substantially depending on the type of accommodations available, the location of the community and the size of the living space. Georgia's senior communities may also offer condo-style apartments with private living suites or shared rooms.
Approximately 10.4 million people live in Georgia. Of these, 13.5 percent are senior citizens. In comparison, Georgia’s population in 2010 was nearly 9.7 million with slightly more than one million, or 10.3 percent, of state residents age 65 or older. The senior population has risen by more than 3 percent since 2010 and continues to grow.
The most popular city for assisted living is Atlanta, although given it’s the biggest city in the state, that’s not surprising. Just under half a million people live here. Alpharetta and Marietta follow closely behind, even though they’re not the biggest metro areas in the state, with populations just exceeding 60,000 people each. Augusta and Columbus have a grand total of around 200,000 people in each city, and they also have a large number of assisted living communities that serve the seniors in this population.
How Is Assisted Living Regulated in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Community Health provides visitors with a wealth of regulation information that may affect senior living communities and personal care homes in the state. For example, Healthcare Facility Regulation 111-8-62 outlines the rules and regulations for personal care homes in Georgia. It lays out the standards for everything from staffing and workforce qualifications to medication and nutrition. It also addresses requirements for specialized memory care units and memory care services.
A helpful resource for senior citizens and caregivers is Georgia’s Division of Aging Services. Here, you can browse dementia resources, mental health resources, caregiver resources, and mobility resources in Georgia. There is also information on advance directives and state or local benefits that may be available to aging citizens. The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is a one-stop resource for caregivers and seniors in need of help navigating available services.
How Is Assisted Living Affected by Laws and Taxes
The tax structure in Georgia is supportive of seniors in that there is a retirement income exclusion. Retirement income under this exclusion may include income from pensions, annuities, interest, rental property, capital gains, royalties, and up to $4,000 of earned income.
Georgia also does not tax Social Security retirement benefits. There is both federal and state income tax in Georgia; however, most retirees benefit from the exclusions previously mentioned. Senior citizens age 64 and older also benefit from a maximum $65,000 deduction that applies to all retirement income. The sales tax in Georgia is low compared to nearby states at 4 percent.
In Georgia, estate distribution is managed by the state if a senior citizen does not have a will in place. The legal logic distributes property and assets based on closest blood relation and not necessarily in the order an individual would have specified in a will. Georgia's Division of Aging Services offers an Elder Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) designed to offer legal counsel on non-criminal matters to Georgians ages 60 and older.
When you work with our Seniorly Guides to find a home to love, this is always a free service for families. The Seniorly Guide is compensated directly from the community you eventually select in Georgia.
Politics in Georgia
Georgia’s state politics have leaned Republican since approximately 2003. As of 2017, the state political landscape was primarily Republican with Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and Governor's seat. The politics of Georgia mirror nearby states like Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida.
The Peach State is also known for two other P's: peanuts and pecans. While these three crops are considered "official" crops of Georgia, the Vidalia onion is a fourth specialized crop and is considered to be the sweetest commercially grown onion available. The Vidalia onion only grows in the areas around Vidalia and Glennville, which are located in east central Georgia. One of the nearest towns to Vidalia is Santa Claus.
Because Georgia is quite long from north to south, prospective residents have the option to choose which climate best suits their taste. In south Georgia, winters are mild with some snowfall and summers are warm and comfortable. In comparison, residents in north Georgia can choose to spend winters indoors near the fireplace and take advantage of mountainous terrain in the summer, which is perfect for exploring.
Georgia is famous for its association with chicken. Each year, it hosts the International Poultry Trade Show, the largest in the world. Gainesville, GA, is also known as the chicken capital of the world, and it's reportedly illegal to eat chicken there with a fork.