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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 01, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Macon, GA

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Seniors in the mid-size city of Macon, Georgia, have much to explore, whether they’re enticed by beautiful southern architecture or interested in the quaint downtown’s many live music venues, shops and restaurants. Additionally, seniors who appreciate nature and outdoor activities can stroll along the 11-mile Ocmulgee Heritage Trail lining the scenic Ocmulgee River and stop to picnic in popular Central City Park. Senior residents can also attend the park’s annual International Cherry Blossom Festival, along with at least 20 other Macon festivals occurring throughout the year. 

Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Macon and what financial assistance programs are available.

The Cottages on Wesleyan

Assisted living residents at the Cottages on Wesleyan reside in the luxurious Main Cottage where they can choose between comfortable private or companion suites, complete with living rooms and kitchenettes. When residents prefer not to cook, they can meet friends in the main dining room,  where friendly staff members serve healthy and delicious fare three times per day. Additionally, a private dining room is available for intimate gatherings with friends and family. The facility also makes it easy for seniors to explore their personal interests through convenient amenities that include a library stocked with books, a beautiful baby grand piano and a stimulating on-site activities program.

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  • Spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments 
  • Personal laundry and housekeeping services

Magnolia Manor of Macon

Magnolia Manor of Macon is located blocks from The Allman Brothers Band Museum and close to numerous shops and restaurants along Vineville Avenue. This nonprofit, faith-based community is set on a beautiful campus containing a serene private pond surrounded by a manicured lawn and lush, green trees. Assisted living residents can participate in stimulating group activities or spend afternoons swimming in the indoor pool, exercising on senior-friendly equipment or attending on-site religious services. Residents can also take the complimentary shuttle to doctor's appointments and nearby entertainment. 

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  • Three nutritious, well-balanced meals served per day
  • Choice of one- and two-bedroom apartments 

Morningside of Macon

At Morningside of Macon, residents can take advantage of a wide range of comfortable amenities. There's an on-site beauty salon where seniors can receive stylish new hairdos, a dining hall serving restaurant-style meals prepared by a professional chef and on-site religious services for the spiritually inclined. The large, attractive and shady front porch is lined with rocking chairs, and the upscale interiors are tastefully decorated to create an elegant, calming environment. This assisted living facility is conveniently located close to shopping centers, Interstate 475 and Lake Wildwood.

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  • Scheduled transportation services
  • Spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with private bathrooms

St. Francis Assisted Living Community

This assisted living facility made our list of Macon's top 10 for its spacious, homelike design and mission to deliver compassionate, individualized care. The building has spacious common areas, a bright, cheerful feel and a convenient one-story layout that's easy for seniors to navigate. To stay physically active, residents can exercise on state-of-the-art fitness equipment or take their pets on a stroll through the outdoor gardens. St. Francis Assisted Living Community has a convenient location near shopping and a plethora of eateries at the intersection of I-475 and Eisenhower Parkway.

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  • Bathrooms with walk-in showers
  • Amenities include a beauty parlor, an activity room and scheduled transportation services

The Oaks - Peake

The Oaks - Peake is located in northwest Macon, less than 15 minutes from senior-friendly attractions including the Shoppes at River Crossing and the Brickyard Golf Club. The facility's partnership with PruittHealth helps make residents' wellness a top priority, and staff members also ensure seniors have fun and stay engaged through exciting group excursions, activities with visiting volunteers and on-site fitness programs. Additionally, residents can sip iced tea while enjoying the fresh Georgia air from the attractive building's large front porch.

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  • Linen services, laundry facilities and weekly housekeeping
  • Shared dining hall and private dining room

Stone Brooke Suites

Stone Brooke Suites is a lively assisted living facility located approximately 14 miles northeast of Macon in Gray, Georgia, within walking distance of a multitude of restaurants and shops and Bateman Lake. Here, senior residents can engage in life-enriching activities that help them stay connected to others and their personal interests. Seniors can garden, attend Sunday school, play the on-site piano and lend their voice to the residents' council. Community lounges feature a computer room, cozy seating areas and an abundance of flat-screen televisions that make it easy for residents to view their favorite shows and films.

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  • Gourmet snacks, such as fresh pastries and fruits, available daily
  • Spacious climate-controlled suites with kitchenettes and private bathrooms

Antebellum Senior Living Arlington Place

Antebellum Senior Living Arlington Place is nestled in the heart of Macon, minutes from the Navicent Health Medical Center, Walsh Memorial Library and Central City Park. The community provides independent living, personal care and memory care services, and residents are free to mingle in the secure garden courtyards or indulge their creative sides in the arts and crafts room. The caring staff also takes residents on frequent, fun and stimulating group excursions to nearby attractions. We selected this facility for our top 10 list because of its beautiful design and upscale amenities, such as the library, well-decorated dining hall and the plush yet homelike shared living room.

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  • Fine dining service with a seasonal menu of home-cooked meals
  • On-site beauty salon and barber shop

Carlyle Place, Navicent Health

We had to include Carlyle Place, Navicent Health on our list of Macon's top 10 assisted living facilities for its unique services and amenities. The facility offers banking, a resident car wash and a wellness clinic on-site, and for an extra fee, residents can receive massages or participate in a lifelong learning program through a partnership with Wesleyan College. The facility is conveniently located close to Interstate 475, 3 miles from Macon's Museum of Arts and Sciences and the numerous restaurants along Forsyth Road.

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  • Continuing care community
  • Three restaurant-style dining halls and an on-site pub

John-Wesley Villas of Macon

John-Wesley Villas of Macon provides independent and assisted living in western Macon minutes from Macon Mall and the scenic Claystone Park. The many amenities at this facility make it easy for residents to attend to their needs without ever having to leave the comforts of home. There's a full-service beauty salon providing haircuts and manicures, cozy lounges for socializing and even a convenient personal shopper. The facility's interiors have a luxurious southern feel and outside, the well-landscaped grounds are paved with winding walking paths. 

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  • Pet-friendly
  • Community clubhouse available for gatherings with loved ones

Angels Divine Personal Care Home

Angels Divine Personal Care Home is located next to Lakeside Park and reservoir, Bowden Golf Course and Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. This homelike, intimate facility is nestled on 2 acres of manicured grounds, providing an ideal retreat for seniors who seek a peaceful assisted living setting. In their free time, residents can quietly meditate, join friends in the shared living room to watch films on the large, flat-screen television or read a book in the well-stocked library. 

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  • On-site religious services and Bible studies
  • Spacious suites with kitchenettes, flat-screen televisions and emergency call systems

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Macon

According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care survey, Macon’s senior care costs are mostly reasonable when compared with state averages. The cost of home care is nearly $300 less per month in Macon than the Georgia average, and adult day care is on par with the state. While both assisted living and nursing home care are above state averages, the difference isn’t outrageous. Assisted living is just $384 per month above the state average, while nursing home care is $530 more per month.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Macon?

At an average of $3,484 per month, the cost of assisted living in Macon is relatively high for the state. It comes in just below the cost in Brunswick, which is $4,145 per month, and Dalton, which is $4,035 per month. In Atlanta, the state’s capital, the cost is slightly less than in Macon at an average of $3,390 per month.

Warner Robins has the least expensive assisted living costs at an average of $2,300 per month and Albany is just slightly more expensive at an average of $2,320 per month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Macon?

Seniors in Macon who receive home care services pay an average cost of $3,337 per month. The cost of home care in Macon is one of the lowest in the state, along with Columbus, where the average cost is the same. Only Dalton is lower at $3,241. Brunswick has the highest home care cost at an average of $4,004 per month, followed by Atlanta, which has an average cost of $3,813 per month.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Macon?

Adult day care costs in Macon are mid-range when compared with other major cities in Georgia. At $1,300 per month, adult day care in Macon costs the same as in Athens and $27 less than in Columbus. In larger cities such as Albany and Atlanta, adult day care costs are quite a bit higher at $1,668 and $1,712 per month. Brunswick has the least expensive adult day care costs in Georgia, which are only $542 per month.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Macon?

Macon has the second-highest nursing home costs in the state. At an average of $6,874 per month, the cost is just slightly higher than in Atlanta and Albany, where average costs are $6,783 and $6,874 per month, and lower than Dalton, which averages $7,270. Seniors who are looking for less expensive options can consider nursing home care in Brunswick, where the cost is the least expensive in Georgia at $5,931 per month or in Augusta, where the average cost is $6,023 per month.

Financial Assistance Programs in Macon

Medicaid Program in Macon

Georgia’s Medicaid program provides vulnerable individuals and families with health insurance that enables them to access safe health care services. The program covers a variety of expenses including primary care, dental care and prescription medication. Many seniors in Macon and throughout Georgia also require Medicaid assistance to cover the cost of long-term care. The state plan covers the cost of nursing home care and some personal care services. There are several waivers in place that amend this plan to cover additional long-term care options including home care and assisted living for those who are eligible.

To qualify for Medicaid as a senior citizen in Georgia, applicants must be 65 years of age with a maximum monthly income of $2,313 per month. They are permitted to own a maximum of $2,000 in countable assets, not including their home, vehicle, household furnishings and personal belongings. In cases of married couples where one spouse is applying and the other isn’t, the applicant may transfer up to $3,160.50 per month to their spouse prior to counting income toward eligibility. 

For asset qualification, it’s important to remember that seniors can’t give away countable assets at below market value. Medicaid has a 60-month look back period and may deny anyone who used gifts in an attempt to avoid the asset limitation. Currently, a senior’s assets are capped at $4,000, though a home valued at $585,000 or less, personal belongings, home furnishings, a vehicle and a few other types of assets are excluded from the total.

Medicaid is an entitlement program, which means that all eligible applicants are able to access benefits immediately. To apply for Medicaid, seniors in Macon can call (877) 423-4746.

Medicaid Waivers in Macon

Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE)

The SOURCE waiver helps frail elderly and disabled individuals who require a nursing level of care to access services within their community. This waiver provides skilled nursing care outside of a nursing facility to those who are able to live safely outside of a nursing care facility. It also covers the cost of care in assisted living facilities or at home, as well as adult day care, emergency response services, case management services and primary care.

To qualify for this waiver, seniors must be at least 65 years of age, fully eligible for the state Medicaid plan and require a nursing home level of care. This program only accepts 19,000 participants at a single time, which means that some applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

To apply, seniors can call (866) 552-4464.

More information can be found here.

Community Care Services Program (CCSP)

The CCSP waiver is available to senior citizens in Georgia who are functionally impaired and require an intermediate level of nursing care. Some of the services covered by this program are the same as what the SOURCE waiver covers; however, this waiver is open to those who require a lower level of care. The CCSP covers the cost of alternative living services, such as assisted living in state-licensed personal care homes, as well as in-home personal support services, home-delivered meals, nurse visits and emergency response services.

To qualify for full coverage under this waiver, applicants must be fully eligible for Medicaid and functionally impaired. They must also be able to safely reside within the community despite requiring an intermediate level of nursing care. Applicants may not participate in more than one waiver at a time. This program only accepts a limited number of participants, which means applicants may be placed on a waiting list before they receive benefits.

To apply for the CCSP waiver, seniors can contact (866) 552-4464.

More information can be found here.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Macon

Home and Community-Based Services

In Georgia, home and community-based services are non-Medicaid programs and services that help senior citizens to thrive in their own environment. Services are provided by Georgia’s Area Agencies on Aging. In Macon, available services include personal care, respite care, homemaker services, home delivered meals and case management.

To qualify for these services, applicants must be 60 years of age or older and undergo an assessment to determine their level of need. There are no financial restrictions.

To apply, seniors in Macon can contact the Middle Georgia Area Agency on Aging at (866) 552-4464.

More information can be found here.

More Senior Living Resources in Macon


Phone Number


Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program

(478) 752-5050

Housing choice vouchers allow low-income families and individuals living in Macon to access safe and sanitary housing that they wouldn’t normally be able to afford. The program works with landlords to subsidize rent, allowing families to keep a larger portion of their income for other expenses. 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

(800) 436-7442

LIHEAP helps low-income households throughout Georgia to pay for their energy bills and to weatherize their home by paying for minor home repairs. 

Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council

(478) 207-6380

This organization helps residents of Macon and the rest of Bibb County in times of crisis by providing emergency rental assistance and security deposits to those facing homelessness. The organization also provides emergency funding for health services, food and utilities. 

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