Abilene, Texas, has been ranked among the best places to retire by Forbes magazine and for a good reason. The city has a sound economy, low crime rate and a low cost of living that's about 17% lower than the national average. It also has a high number of doctors per capita, and residents have great access to reputable health care facilities such as Hendrick Health System.
Residents enjoy numerous parks, zoos and nature attractions, and the Midwest city is a haven for hunting and fishing due to its abundant wildlife. The city's history is celebrated in museums such as Frontier Texas! and the Grace Museum. Seniors can also explore the city's Pappy Slokum Brewery, Winery at Willow Creek, Paramount Theatre and many notable dining areas. The region has a humid subtropical climate with summer temperatures rising to the 80s and 90s and winter temperatures dropping to the 30s and 40s.
The assisted living costs in Abilene are also lower than the national average. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019, the cost of assisted living in Abilene is $3,839, a figure slightly lower than the national average of $4,051 but higher than the Texas state median of $3,750.
Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Abilene.
Lyndale Senior Living
6565 Central Park Blvd.
Abilene, TX 79606
Located on the outskirts of Abilene, Lyndale Senior Living is ranked in our top 10 assisted living facilities because it offers seniors a great place to enjoy their independence while receiving high-quality assistance from caring staff. There are lots of fun activities, including tailgate parties, movie nights, Wii gaming and happy hour. As well as having lots of common areas for recreational activities, Lyndale has a library, games room, coffee bistro and beauty salon and barbershop. There are many floor plans to choose from, including those with efficiency kitchenettes.
The Covenant Place of Abilene
3234 Buffalo Gap Road
Abilene, TX 79605
Covenant Place of Abilene assisted living works with each resident to create and implement an individual care plan based on their specific needs. Programs such as wellness, walking and balance classes and specialized diets are all part of meeting this goal. The cozy studio and one-bedroom apartments are all outfitted with emergency call buttons, separate thermostats and wide doorways to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. The facility features an activity center for cards and games, a library, a beauty salon, a lounge and a private dining room for family events.
Chisholm Place Assisted Living Community
1450 E North 10th Street
Abilene, TX 79601
Seniors living in Chisholm Place appreciate the warm family feeling and lovely outdoor spaces where they can enjoy fresh air and sunshine. The studio and one-bedroom apartments have generous storage spaces, and each room has a kitchenette with a microwave, although three meals are provided daily. Residents are paired with a Dedicated Resident Care Partner who quickly learns each individual's needs and preferences. The library has some computer stations for those wishing to browse, and there is a robust activity program designed around residents' wishes.
Highland Assisted Living
2310 S 7th Street
Abilene, TX 79605
Highland Assisted Living promotes itself as "a special place for special people." Their specific population is any adult with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, compulsive disorder or other mental illness who needs some assistance with daily living. Many activities are available for residents to enjoy, including volleyball games, horseshoes, group walks and movies. The atmosphere is family-like but secure. Medication supervision is provided.
Melissa's Assisted Living and Senior Home
1543 N 19th Street
Abilene, TX 79601
Melissa's is a private home that also provides in-home Christian services for seniors as well as assisted living, respite care and hospice care. The facility has a very home-like atmosphere and caring staff who can help residents with housekeeping services, transportation, laundry and cleaning.
1700 Hoyt Avenue
Sweetwater, TX 79556
Hoyt Place in Sweetwater is situated about a 40-minute drive from Abilene and provides another option for seniors looking to maintain independence with some assistance. The community provides stimulating activities including tai chi, movie nights and a baking club as well as outdoor events like gardening, cookouts and picnics. This community was ranked in our 10 best assisted living facilities because it is pet-friendly.
2410 Songbird Circle
Brownwood, TX 76801
For seniors who relish a small-town feel and enjoy discovering local businesses and activities, Redstone Park in Brownwood might be the answer. The staff at this assisted living community believes activities that enrich social, physical and mental stimulation help keep people young, so residents can participate in book clubs, tai chi and yoga and computer or cooking classes. All meals include fresh fruits and vegetables.
1605 Calvert Road
Brownwood, TX 76804
The Chatfield in Brownwood offers seniors a caring environment combined with a wide range of fun activities. Residents can enjoy art classes, discussion groups, dancing, movies, gardening and bingo games. They can also participate in activities away from the facility because the Chatfield helps arrange transportation for shopping, banking and other outings. All suites have one bedroom, but there is also a central living room, a covered front porch for enjoying even rainy days outside and a common dining room for meal service.
Lyndale San Angelo Senior Living
6101 Grand Court Road
San Angelo, TX 76901
Lyndale San Angelo values the safety of its assisted living residents and is the only facility in a 45-mile radius to have QuietCare, an advanced motion sensor technology that alerts staff to falls and other irregular activities. The facility offers a Dining for Wellness Education program plus a variety of great activities like billiard tournaments. There's a spacious library, fitness center and beauty salon.
New Haven Assisted Living
2501 Sawgrass Drive
San Angelo, TX 76904
It's easy for residents of New Haven to enjoy the community of San Angelo because there are plenty of organized outings for luncheons, theater and museum visits and scenic bus tours. We ranked this facility in our top 10 because of its unique layout. Long hallways have been eliminated so each private suite opens to a central kitchen and common room. There are sunrooms, a gazebo and a patio for enjoying nature.