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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Athens, GA

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Athens is a laid-back Southern city known for its historical charm and active arts scene. The city offers several attractive parks for active seniors to explore, such as the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Oconee Rivers Greenway. At the same time, it offers enriching, low-cost activities, including touring the galleries of the Georgia Museum of Art or window shopping in Downtown Athens or the Georgia Square Mall. 

With a population of about 127,000, the city boasts a senior population of 10%, making it a great place for seniors to find friends. Seniors can socialize and meet others via the Active Adult Program, offered by Athens-Clarke County’s Leisure Services Department. Its low cost of living combined with a warm climate and mild winters make it an ideal spot for seniors to retire.

According to Genworth’s 2019 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Athens costs approximately $3,500 per month, significantly less than the national average of $4,051 and slightly less than the state average of $3,335. This makes Athens an affordable choice for seniors in search of assisted living on a fixed budget.

Keep reading to browse through our researched list of the top ten assisted living facilities in Athens, GA.

Orchard at Athens

Situated off Route 10 about five minutes down the road from Walmart and Target, the Orchard at Athens is a luxury assisted living and memory care community that utilizes the Relational-Responsive Approach. This interaction helps ensure residents feel respected, listened to, and appreciated. Assisted living residents receive personalized holistic care plans that include support with daily activities and other aspects of life, as needed. All residents have access to three chef-prepared meals a day and a monthly gourmet night wherein friends and family are invited. The upscale assisted living resort also features a wide assortment of amenities, including the Main Street bar, a movie theater, day trips, a family lounge, shuffleboard, courtyards and a sweets shop.

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Manor Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care

Situated in a rural pocket off Highway 29, Manor Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care is within a five-minute drive of several restaurants and a Kroger. The elegant senior community offers assisted living residents aid with daily activities, on-site therapy, incontinence care, medication services and scheduled transportation. Seniors are welcome to participate in scheduled trips to local superstores and the grocery store. We placed Manor Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care on our list for its beautiful, peaceful landscaped courtyard, which includes a fountain centerpiece.

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Arbor Terrace of Athens

Conveniently located adjacent to Georgia Square Mall, the elegant Arbor Terrace of Athens assisted living and memory care community offers seniors close access to dozens of local amenities in a walkable neighborhood. Arbor Terrace also provides two levels of assisted living: a traditional level that includes assistance with daily activities, housekeeping and linens and a second level that assists seniors with slight cognitive deficiencies that can still live safely alone. We included it on our list for this unique reason and that seniors have plenty of high-end amenities available, including a sunroom, beauty salon, outdoor courtyards, community dining and a cyber center.

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The Landing of Bogart

Located directly off Monroe Highway, The Landing of Bogart is an assisted living senior community that also offers memory care services, enabling seniors to graciously age in place. Residents are offered three daily meals prepared by an executive chef with decades of previous experience working in the French Quarter of New Orleans. All residents receive help with activities of daily living, as needed, along with housekeeping chores. Care plan meetings are held with each resident and family every three to six months to discuss personalized care. 

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St Gabriel of Athens

Located on the Oconee Connector and just a few minutes from the Epps Bridge Centre, St. Gabriel is a refined assisted living and memory care facility. From elegant decor to open floor plans and rustic lounge areas, the facility captures the atmosphere of a five-star resort. Assisted living seniors receive customized wellness plans and are invited to use the on-site amenities, such as a movie theater or the salon. Assistance is provided for daily activities and housekeeping services. We included St. Gabriel on our list for its luxurious lifestyle. 

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Gateway Gardens

Located behind University Parkway near the AMC Classic theater, Gateway Gardens is a modern senior living community offering assisted living and memory care in 37 spacious apartments. Common areas feature high ceilings and common areas for seniors to spread out when they're not in the dining hall enjoying restaurant-style home-cooked meals. Assisted living residents receive help with grooming and mobile activities, daily housekeeping and laundry services. Seniors are often spotted in the sunrooms, strolling along walking paths in the courtyard or enjoying games with friends in the lounge areas. 

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Magnolia Estates of Winder

Magnolia Estates of Winder provides assisted living and respite care and offers a safe, homelike environment. Residents can choose between spacious single and two-room suites with full bathrooms. In addition to daily personal assistance with activities, assisted living residents also receive housekeeping, medication management, laundry services, and three daily meals. Activities include exercise classes, worship services, group games and music therapy. We included Magnolia Estates Winder on our list for their excellent communication skills with daily updates to relatives concerned about their loved ones.

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Jackson Oaks Senior Living

Nestled in a rural area next to Jackson lake, Jackson Oaks Senior Living is a big, beautiful pet-friendly facility in a charming community. It offers assisted living and memory care, and the nursing staff is on-site 24/7 and highly trained to care for the changing needs of the residents, plus personalized care plans are provided and updated regularly. Residents can receive in-house therapy if needed and have access to an activities program, transportation to doctor appointments and outings and restaurant-style dining. Seniors can enjoy the warm Georgia air from the wrap-around porch or a little pampering at the on-site salon.

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  • Emergency response and security system monitored 24/7
  • Weekly cleaning and linen service and daily light housekeeping

The Landing of Winder

Situated along the Williamson Creek, The Landing at Winder offers 32 suites for assisted living residents and an additional 16 memory care suites in a separate, secured area. Residents receive personalized care plans, and the assisted living suites are spacious and are homey with personal belongings. Resort-like amenities are on-site and include a hair and nail salon, fitness center and an Odyssee spa. Three daily meals are provided to seniors in a community dining hall, and large outdoor courtyards enable seniors to enjoy the Georgia sun.

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Morningside of Athens

Located five minutes from a dozen shopping options, Morningside of Athens is a senior community that provides assisted living accommodations to seniors with the goal of ensuring their time is spent enjoying life. Residents receive help with all daily activities, chores and errands and have the comfort of medical resources available if needed. They can enjoy a film in the movie theater, dinner in the community dining hall with friends or day trips into the city.

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