Akron was once known as the Rubber Capital of the World, for the pioneering role the city played in starting both the American rubber and tire industries. Today, the city is a hub of polymer and advanced materials research, but it's still surrounded by largely unspoiled wilderness areas where seniors can hike, camp, fish or hunt. The nearby Cuyahoga River flows through a national park that offers 75% discounts on admission to seniors aged 62 and over who buy the annual pass.
Over 14% of Akron's 198,000 residents are seniors aged 65 and over, and the city is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. This means that the community's elected leadership has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city, county or state a great place to live for people of all ages. One benefit for seniors with limited mobility is rides on demand from the METRO Regional Transit Authority, which operates disabled ride services throughout Summit County.
Seniors in Akron pay an average monthly cost of $4,560 for assisted living. This is somewhat higher than the Ohio state average of $4,278, and nationwide average of $4,000 a month, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
Find your new home on this list of the 10 best assisted living communities in Akron.
100 Brookmont Road
Akron, OH 44333
Brookdale Montrose provides assisted living for seniors, with compassionate staff on hand around-the-clock to help residents with self-care and mobility, focusing on preserving as much independence as possible. Accommodations range from companion suites to two-bedroom apartments, and each unit includes a small kitchenette. For those who prefer not to cook, the dining room serves three healthy meals daily. Seniors are encouraged to meet new friends and keep their wits sharp through organized games and classes. Brookdale has an on-site fitness center with workout equipment and fun classes. Health care includes medication management and physical therapy and a nurse is available 24-7. Resident parking is available and so is transportation for those who no longer drive.
101 N. Cleveland/Massillon Road
Akron, OH 44333
Apartment-style assisted living and compassionate staff available around-the-clock allow aging seniors to retain their independence while receiving help with daily living as needed. Chef-prepared meals are served in the community dining room, with a special private area available for residents to entertain guests. Socialization is encouraged through planned activities and welcoming common areas designed for games, crafting and conversation. Residents have access to the facility fitness center for group classes. A licensed nurse and hospice and respite care services are also available. Transportation for off-site group outings, shopping trips, and medical appointments is provided. Small pets are allowed.
Ohio Living Rockynol
1150 West Market St
Akron, OH 44313
Ohio Living Rockynol provides a beautiful environment where seniors live comfortably and happily. There are plenty of opportunities on- and off-campus for seniors and visiting family members to enjoy social and cultural experiences. The facility is minutes away from major highways, quality theater and entertainment, convenient shopping, and various other recreational facilities. Residents at Ohio Living Rockynol don't have to worry about upkeep and maintenance of their living space, and there is a wide range of apartment options to fit different lifestyle preferences of the seniors. The dedicated staff at the facility serve the residents and help them with various day-to-day tasks such as managing medications.
Hudson Grande Senior Living
5400 Darrow Road
Hudson, OH, 44236
The philosophy followed at Hudson Grande Senior Living is that this assisted living community in the quiet northern suburbs of Akron should be an extension of home. To that end, the community encourages residents to visit with loved ones in the lavish common rooms of the main facility, where music, movies and guest speakers are scheduled almost every evening. Community members enjoy group outings to local attractions with complimentary transportation to and from events. Back at home, seniors at Hudson Grande can partake in amenities such as games, a modern fitness facility and a full-service restaurant. Catering staff can also provide food service for residents who wish to host private dinners in their rooms.
209 Merriman Road
Akron OH, 44303
Seniors who need help with daily living needs, mobility assistance, and skilled nursing care all day and night will find The Merriman a welcome home to age in place. There is medication management, as well as occupational, speech, and physical therapies. The studio-style apartments are cozy, with light housekeeping services included. Residents may choose to eat their meals in the community dining room, or room service is available for those who wish. Socialization is encouraged, with a bright community room for hobbies and games and a library with floor-to-ceiling windows. Planned activities, including religious services, are available on-site. For those who need transportation on shopping trips or for medical appointments, The Merriman provides it.
Cardinal Retirement Village
171 Graham Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Cardinal Retirement Village is located in Cuyahoga Falls, a northern suburb of Akron. We included this community in our top 10 list because reviewers consistently rank it highly for its comfortable, well-decorated accommodations. Assisted living residents here enjoy pet-friendly, one-bedroom apartments with vaulted ceilings, individual climate control and screened porches. Each apartment has an attic storage space, so residents can bring their favorite items from home. An on-site exercise room and regular fitness classes make it easy for residents to stay active. The dining room, which offers a varied menu and restaurant-style service, has high ceilings and a wall of windows that provide plenty of natural light.
Maplewood at Cuyahoga Falls
190 W. Bath Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Nestled in one of Akron's northern suburbs, Maplewood of Cuyahoga Falls is just minutes away from the 665-acre Hampton Hills Metro Park. Two studio floor plans are available and both have senior-friendly features such as built-in shower benches and grab bars. The community has on-site dining options which include a bistro, pub-style dining room and an elegant dining room where seniors can enjoy seasonal menus made with locally sourced ingredients. Residents can also watch movies in the theater, read their favorite books in the library or get some fresh air in the courtyards or garden.
Sunrise of Cuyahoga Falls
1500 State Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Located in a wooded area in the city's south end, Sunrise of Cuyahoga Falls isn't far from the Cuyahoga River and Gorge Metro Park. The community's walking paths and courtyards give residents the opportunity to enjoy nature, either alone or with members of the walking club. A variety of floor plans are available, including studio, one-bedroom and companion suites, and visitors appreciate the scenic views. Meals are made from scratch, often with fresh, local ingredients, and residents' preferences influence the menu. The facility provides transportation for regular outings, such as scenic rides and lunch trips.
487 Austin Drive
Barberton, OH 44203
Brookdale Barberton provides signature assisted living services for aging seniors, with staff available around-the-clock to help with daily tasks and help each resident retain their independence. Nutritious meals, prepared on-site, are served three times a day in the communal dining room, where guests are welcome to join. For those who prefer to cook their own meals, each unit is equipped with a kitchenette. Light housekeeping and linen service are also included. Residents are encouraged to make new friends by participating in group activities, games or off-site trips. Transportation to appointments and shopping is also provided. Small pets are allowed and can be walked through Brookdale's gated grounds.
Danbury in Tallmadge
73 East Avenue
Tallmadge, OH 44278
Life at Danbury in Tallmadge is full of activities and a variety of services designed to make the transition from independent living to assisted living seamless and stress-free. Multiple floor plans offer units that range in size from studios to two-bedroom, some with full kitchens and balconies or patios. All apartments are ADA compliant, so seniors can get around easily and enjoy their privacy. For mealtimes, residents can pull up a chair at the pub, bistro or restaurant-style dining hall. Danbury in Tallmadge didn't just make our list of the top assisted living communities near Akron, it also was the first place winner of the Beacon's Best award for 2019.