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Page Reviewed / Updated – May 18, 2023
Frankfort is one of the most small town-feeling state capitals in America. Home to less than 29,000 people, nearly 15% of Frankfort’s residents are age 65 and over. The community village vibe flows through the local museums, private entertainment venues and senior-friendly public parks which dot the city.
Seniors on a budget can appreciate Frankfort’s lower-than-average cost of living, while older adults who enjoy changing seasons can revel in the 188 bright sunny days a year. Seniors have access to local golf courses and hiking and fishing on the nearby Kentucky River. Highly rated medical services, including dedicated senior care units, are available at local hospitals, such as Frankfort Regional Medical Center and UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital.
The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey shows assisted living costs in Frankfort averaging $4,568 a month. This is $68 more than the national average, though it’s $1,120 more than the $3,448 average for the rest of Kentucky. Care in Frankfort is still competitive with costs in Cincinnati, just across the river, where assisted living averages $4,666.
Note: Data for Frankfort was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Lexington, was used instead.
This guide lists our picks for the top 10 assisted living communities in Frankfort, KY, with an eye toward helping seniors and their families find a great place to live.
Pleasant Meadow Assisted Living Frankfort
Pleasant Meadow Assisted Living Frankfort takes care of its residents with more than its 19 cozy private rooms, set within a community designed to look and feel like a family's private residence. The community provides all-inclusive care which includes family-style dinners in the private dining room, where three meals are freshly prepared each day. Housekeeping, linen and personal laundry are provided in the standard living package, as are caregiver assistance and daily medication reminders. Rooms are available fully furnished at Pleasant Meadow, though new residents can easily bring their own favorite pieces with them to personalize their living space.
- High-security community with monitored cameras and fire systems
- Intercom systems in every room
Dominion Senior Living of Frankfort
Dominion Senior Living of Frankfort is a family-owned and operated, faith-based community offering assisted and independent living on a quiet back street convenient to the local mall, Frankfort Regional Medical Center and the vast green fields where Interstate 64 meets state highway 127. Residents at Dominion get full-spectrum care, from medication reminders to skilled nursing and memory care. Shared amenities include the cyber cafe, salon services and a party space available for private celebrations. Each studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment comes with a kitchen, spacious closets and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower.
- Nurse on staff 24/7
- Small pets allowed
Morning Pointe of Frankfort Senior Living
Morning Pointe of Frankfort Senior Living belongs on our list of the top 10 for the effort they put into creating a continuous community for all of its residents. Family members are encouraged to keep in contact with LifeLoop Family Activity Connection, a private social media tool for easily sharing updates between residents and far-flung families. When loved ones visit, they're welcome to join residents for meals in the restaurant-style dining room which serves local farm-fresh food, or for long rambling walks on the nearby hiking trails.
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Religious services
Liberty Ridge Senior Living
Hiking trails wend their way around the property at Liberty Ridge Senior Living, earning it a place on our list for a variety of pleasant outdoor experiences. Residents can take their pets on these trails, since all furry companions are welcome in this community. Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments have kitchenettes for at-home meal prep, while the detached homes have full kitchens. Room service is also available for nights when a resident simply wants to stay home. Downstairs at Liberty Ridge, seniors can gather with their friends at the coffee shop, go for a stroll on the manicured lawns or attend services with the on-site pastor in the chapel.
- Arts and crafts center with classes
- All-inclusive rent
Magnolia Springs Lexington
Magnolia Springs Lexington offers an all-inclusive assisted living environment which includes complimentary transportation, laundry and linen service, home sale assistance and companion care for trips off the grounds. The 97 units at Magnolia Springs include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, as well as detached homes, condos and townhomes on a huge and beautifully landscaped property. There's a TV room, library and fitness center, and a generous covered patio stretches all the way around the main building for residents who like the fresh air without too much rain or direct sun.
- Financial aid available
- Respite and hospice care
Richmond Place has won J.D. Power and Associates first-place award for senior living four years in a row, from 2019 to 2023, which makes it a must-have for any list of the 10 best assisted living communities in Frankfort. This three-story Colonial has sleek interior spaces decorated in an understated modern style, including the party space, coffee lounge and computer room. An indoor pool and fitness center with modern exercise equipment provide ample opportunity for maintaining physical health, and the closely managed landscaping even includes a few holes of golf. Rooms in this community all have Wi-Fi and cable TV, and movie nights are regularly scheduled in the downstairs TV room.
- Guests at mealtime and overnight
- Home sale assistance
Highgrove at Tates Creek
Highgrove at Tates Creek has a lot of variety to offer its incoming residents. Floor plans at this sprawling estate run the gamut from small efficiency studios to one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments featuring their own kitchens, with an extra measure of privacy available in detached homes adjacent to the main building. Inside the main facility, residents share a party space, TV room, outdoor patio and garden area and spaces for walking small pets. Residents who've served, or who are the widow or spouse of a veteran, can get free VA benefits consultation from a staff expert.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Restaurant-style dining with an executive chef
Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm
The Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm earns a place on this list for creating a luxurious resort-style experience for its residents. From the heated indoor saltwater swimming pool to the well-equipped fitness center, there's plenty to keep seniors active. Residents can stroll around the elaborately landscaped grounds with their favorite pets, enjoy seasonal dining on the terrace prepared by Legacy Reserve's own chef, and then head back inside for cocktails and billiards in the on-site sports bar. The Grand Day Spa provides salon, pedicure and manicure services as well.
- Weekly housekeeping and flat linen services
- Concierge chauffeur service
Sayre Christian Village
The one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments at Sayre Christian Village all have their own kitchens, and shared meals in the dining room are included with the monthly fee. Rooms are also set up with free basic cable and high-speed internet, along with a pull-cord to summon staff for assistance with daily living needs. Residents have on-site access to beauty and barber services, physical therapy in the fitness room, a spacious outdoor patio and a resident-tended garden. Guests are welcome anytime, including overnight and for meals, and both resident and guest parking are available at no cost in the secure parking lot.
- Walking wheelchair assistance
- VA benefits consultation
Meadowthorpe Assisted Living and Memory Care
Meadowthorpe Assisted Living and Memory Care makes our top-10 list for several reasons. The low caregiver-to-staff ratio stays near 1 to 8, rather than the 1 to 20 average for assisted living communities. It has also received several awards, including being a Three Best ranking from U.S. News and World Reports, a 5-star Google rating, 5-star Facebook review rating and an Excellence Award from the state of Kentucky. The public spaces at Meadowthorpe are all designed to look as much like home as possible, and every unit has its own climate controls, kitchenette and mobility-safe bathroom.
- Medication reminders and medication assistance
- Emergency call system with personal help buttons