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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 7, 2022

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Columbus, Georgia, has a cost of living that’s approximately 25% lower than the national average and slightly lower than the state average. Groceries, health care, housing and transportation all cost seniors less in the city than in similar locations across the state. 

Georgia is also a tax-friendly state for retirees. Social Security isn’t taxed, and there’s a deduction of $65,000 per person on all other types of retirement income for those aged 65 and older. Seniors who choose assisted living in Columbus can expect to pay around $4,223 per month.

This guide covers the cost of living in Columbus and other cities across the state as well as other long-term care expenses. There’s also a list of resources that address the daily needs of seniors.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Columbus, GA

assisted living community, according to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey. This is more than the state average of $3,535 but less than the national average of $4,500. Brunswick is the most costly city in the state for assisted living at $5,300 per month. Assisted living communities in the state capital of Atlanta cost around $3,845 per month. Augusta and Savannah’s residents pay less than those in Columbus, with monthly costs of $3,606 and $3,513, respectively.

  • Columbus: $4,223
  • Georgia: $3,535
  • United States: $4,500
  • Atlanta: $3,845
  • Augusta: $3,606
  • Savannah: $3,513
  • Brunswick: $5,300

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Columbus, GA

Seniors have other options for long-term care within the state aside from assisted living at $4,223. Those who prefer to remain in their homes can choose nonmedical assistance with in-home care or skilled medical assistance with home health care. Both cost around $4,290 per month. Adult day health care is the least expensive at $1,083 for seniors who need a safe place to go during the day. The most comprehensive level of care is provided by skilled nursing homes. A semiprivate room costs around $6,813, and a private room costs about $7,422.

  • In-Home Care: $4,290
  • Home Health Care: $4,290
  • Assisted Living Facility: $4,223
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,083
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate): $6,813
  • Nursing Home Facility (private): $7,422

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Columbus, GA

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Columbus, GA

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 additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Georgia.

Free Resources for Seniors in Columbus, GA

Seniors in Columbus can get answers to questions and help with a variety of needs through multiple resources. These programs and services can help with financial assistance, meals and other community-based services.




River Valley Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging (800) 615-4379 The River Valley Area Agency on Aging coordinates and administers programs and services that address the needs of seniors and those with disabilities. The agency also serves as an advocate for community supports and funding. Programs and services include transportation, legal services, assistive technology and education.
Gallops Senior Center (706) 225-3730 The Gallops Senior Center provides a safe place for older adults in Columbus to gather with peers to take part in activities and programs. Activities include billiards, exercise classes, arts and crafts, crochet and knitting, line dancing, computer classes and regular outings.
Southwest Georgia Council on Aging

(229) 432-1124

The Southwest Georgia Council on Aging provides programs and services that help seniors live longer and more productive lives. The council provides meals, personal care services, transportation, planned outings and legal services.
Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsman

(866) 552-4464

The Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsman serves as an advocate for seniors in long-term care, such as assisted living. The ombudsman receives and investigates complaints against long-term care facilities and works for a resolution. Volunteers also help educate seniors, their families and caregivers and work with facilities to ensure they comply with state laws.
Columbus Department of Veterans’ Services

(706) 649-1265

The Columbus Department of Veterans’ Services helps prior military members locate benefits and services they’re entitled to. These include health care, counseling, education, job assistance and financial help. The Aid and Attendance Housing Benefit also helps veterans in long-term care pay for home and community-based services.

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Columbus, GA

Assisted Living Communities in Columbus are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Columbus, GA

Magnolia Manor of Columbus

One of nine Magnolia Manor facilities in Georgia, this multifaceted community features a dedicated assisted living center and memory care wing as well as separate skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers. Residents are minutes from the St. Francis-Emory Healthcare medical center, the Peachtree Mall and major transportation corridors. The community features Southern-style common areas that are used for daily activities and holiday parties.

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  • Compassionate care based on Methodist teachings
  • Value-added services, including housekeeping and local transportation

Morningside of Columbus

Housed in a charming Victorian-style building, Morningside of Columbus is a dedicated assisted living community located in a suburban setting with easy access to local golf courses. The facility features a fitness center, salon, library and elegant restaurant-style dining room that provides low-sugar and low-sodium options to accommodate special diets. Residents have access to indoor activity spaces, outdoor living areas and walking paths.

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  • Pet-friendly studio and one- or two-bedroom floor plans
  • Housekeeping and attentive 24-hour staffing

Savannah Grand of Columbus

Recognized for its exceptional customer service, Savannah Grand of Columbus is a standout in our guide to the area's top assisted living facilities. The community is located less than a mile from Interstate 185 for easy travel to and from local attractions. Seniors have access to a selection of indoor and outdoor common areas, including a formal dining room, cozy parlor, patio and gazebo. The facility's many activities include music, crafts, gardening, exercise classes, book clubs and discussion groups that support an active and enriching lifestyle.

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  • Pet-friendly accommodations, including studios, apartments and suites
  • Multiple levels of care, ranging from day services to memory support

Brookside Glen

Specializing in assisting living, memory care and short-term stays, Brookside Glen is located between Lake Oliver and Interstate 185 in scenic north Columbus. The community employs a culinary director who plans three nutritious meals daily, including Southern favorites like grits, chicken salad and pot roast. Residents participate in a wide range of daily activities, such as knitting, pampering, singing, Bible study groups and coffee socials. The community also has a dedicated men's club.

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  • On-staff nursing care during business hours
  • All-suite rooms with private baths and ample closet space

Spring Harbor

Ranked as one of the best assisted living facilities in Columbus, Spring Harbor at Green Island has received special recognition from U.S. News & World Report for its staff and short-term rehabilitation services. This continuing care retirement community offers a full range of services, including assisted living and skilled nursing. Spring Harbor at Green Island stands out for its resort-style amenities, which include an indoor aquatic center, movie theater, library and woodworking shop. Residents participate in diverse activities ranging from art classes to card games.

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  • Elegant floor plans with in-room kitchens
  • Diverse activities scheduled throughout the day

The Gardens at Calvary

Situated between Interstate 185 and U.S. Routes 81 and 27, The Gardens at Calvary provides comprehensive personal care, including medication assistance, in a relaxed, homelike environment. Residents participate in a wide range of activities, such as bingo, crafts and live musical entertainment. This midsize community features well-maintained grounds, a 24-hour emergency call system and a balanced dining program that includes three daily meals plus snacks.

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  • Faith-based care, including full-time chaplain services
  • Communal Grandma's Kitchen activity space

Covenant Woods

Centrally located near the Manchester Square shopping plaza, Covenant Woods receives excellent reviews for its food, amenities and staff, which is why we've featured it in this guide to the city's best assisted living facilities. The community offers four levels of independent and assisted living as well as a rich array of activities, including trips, hobby groups, live entertainment and social events.

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  • Premium amenities, including a pool and fitness center
  • All-inclusive leases covering utilities, meals, housekeeping and care

The Landings of Columbus

The Landings of Columbus offers assisted living and memory care in an attractive wooded area located off River Road in northern Columbus. This well-appointed community features a spa, salon, activity room and outdoor common areas for exercising or relaxing. Staff members provide housekeeping, linen service, 24-hour personal care and daily activities ranging from social outings to game nights.

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  • Person-centered care tailored to residents' unique needs
  • Furnished or unfurnished rooms with individual climate controls

Thrive at Green Island

Located in North Columbus at the corner of Mobley Road and River Road, this spacious community takes a fresh, modern approach to assisted living and memory care. Thrive at Green Island has a Great Place to Work Certification, and residents praise the caring staff who have helped it earn a spot in this guide to the best assisted living facilities in Columbus. Quality of life is a top priority that's bolstered by the facility's robust weekly activities schedule, which includes field trips, exercise classes and live music.

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  • Attractive floor plans with open layouts and natural light
  • Resort-style common rooms and outdoor living areas

Legacy Reserve at Old Town

Legacy Reserve at Old Town is an upscale continuing care retirement community chock-full of resort-style amenities, including a heated indoor saltwater pool, library and sports bar. Residents enjoy flexible Freedom Dining options at multiple venues and more than 100 monthly activities available through the community's robust Academy Program. Other perks include a chef-inspired continental breakfast, movie nights, day spa services and move-in coordination.

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  • Diverse floor plans that accommodate small pets
  • Scheduled transportation for medical appointments and errands