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Page Reviewed / Updated – August 26, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Memphis, TN

Located along the banks of the iconic Mississippi River, Memphis is a hub for music, culture and culinary innovation. Founded in 1819, Memphis serves as the seat of Shelby County, the most populated county in the state. Memphis is home to 651,073 residents, and 12.3% are aged 65 and older. 

There’s plenty of historic attractions, parks, restaurants and music venues for seniors to explore in Memphis. Graceland, the 100-acre estate owned by Elvis Presley, is a must-visit for music fans of all ages. The National Civil Rights Museum, which preserves the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hosts thought-provoking exhibits and events. Shelby Farms Park is a sprawling, 4,500 acre urban park that’s filled with walking paths, ponds and incredible gardens that’s a favorite destination for day trips and picnics. 

This guide profiles the 10 best assisted living facilities in Memphis. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Memphis and what financial assistance programs are available.

HarborChase of Germantown

Located in the vibrant Germantown neighborhood, HarborChase of Germantown is a bright, modern senior living community that offers assisted living, memory care and respite services. Attentive, caring staff work to anticipate the needs of each resident by planning exciting activities, personalized dining options and offering a helping hand when it's needed. 

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  • Regular escorted outings to local shopping centers, museums and attractions
  • Barrier-free suites

The Pointe at Kirby Gate

The Pointe at Kirby Gate is a pet-friendly senior living community with assisted living and memory care services. Residents enjoy nutritious meals served in the well-appointed dining room, and the fireplace lounge includes a grand piano and cozy seating area. There's a full-service beauty salon, games room and enclosed courtyard complete with a pergola that's the perfect place to catch up with family and friends. 

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Signature Healthcare of Memphis

Signature Healthcare of Memphis is a large faith-based community that focuses on health, wellness and overall quality of life for residents. Multi-denominational religious services are conducted by the full-time chaplain, and the in-house chef designs appealing, restaurant-style meals and snacks. There's a hair salon and multi-sensory room, and on-site dental, optometry and podiatry services are available.

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  • Close to Baptist East Memorial Hospital
  • One-storey, wheelchair-accessible community

Carriage Court of Memphis

Conveniently located close to shopping centers, restaurants and services near Saint Francis Hospital, Carriage Court of Memphis is a warm, inviting assisted living and memory care community. Daily programming is designed to keep residents active and engaged, and includes outings to area museums, shopping centers and special events. There's a spacious community room, library and outdoor patio, and friendly staff are always available to help out. 

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South Breeze

South Breeze is a welcoming, single-storey senior living community that is privately owned and operated. Located in the desirable Germantown  neighborhood, seniors here enjoy made-to-order meals served restaurant-style, a well-equipped fitness center and private apartments with kitchenettes. Daily activities include pet therapy visits, Bible study classes, chair yoga and organized games. 

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The Village at Primacy Place

Located right next to Saint Francis Hospital, The Village at Primacy Place is a well-appointed senior living community that offers assisted living and respite services. There's a modern fitness center, theater and library, as well as a beauty salon and landscaped patio. Residents can choose between studio, one or two-bedroom suites, each with individual heating and air conditioning controls. Transportation to local appointments, events and shops is included, and on-site speech, occupational and physical therapy is available. 

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  • Scratch-made meals created with fresh ingredients
  • Daily recreational and social programs

Ave Maria Home

Located within easy walking distance of Saint Ann Catholic Church, Ave Maria Home is a Catholic senior living community with assisted living services. The studio, one and two-bedroom suites are located in a single-storey building, and residents are free to bring along their own furnishings. Daily Catholic Communion is celebrated daily in the on-site chapel, and Protestant service is held every Saturday morning. 

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The Glenmary at Evergreen

Located just a few blocks from Overton Park near the Memphis VA Medical Center, The Glenmary at Evergreen is a large, multi-storey assisted living community. With a full-time activity director planning plenty of groups, clubs and day trips, there's plenty of fun and engaging activities to choose from. Three nutritious meals are served daily, including hot breakfasts with fruits, biscuits and gravy, and freshly-cooked eggs. Staff are on-site 24 hours a day, and each suite is equipped with an emergency call system. 

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Foxbridge is a cottage-style gated senior living community situated on a scenic 8-acre campus. The property features a stocked fishing pond, beautiful gardens, trails and plenty of benches where residents can relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. Each fully-furnished suite includes a private, wheelchair-accessible bathroom, and an emergency call device that connects with on-site staff. Seniors can stay active by joining the many recreational activities such as the walking club, and there's regular religious services and outings to local attractions and shopping areas. 

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Belmont Village Memphis

Situated on a large, landscaped campus just a few blocks east of the Saint Francis Hospital, Belmont Village Memphis is a lively senior living community. Caring staff, including a licensed nurse, are on-site 24/7 to provide residents with support and assistance. There's a comfortable patio dining area complete with a grill and smoker, and the professional in-house chef prepares 24 daily menu choices. Wi-Fi is available throughout the community, and on-site physical and occupational therapy is available. 

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Memphis

According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Study, the average monthly cost of senior care in Memphis is near or below the state average for the most part.

Compared to the state averages, the cost of adult day care is about even, while the cost of assisted living is around $300 less, and the cost of home care is about $175 less. Nursing home care in Memphis is $6,540 per month, which is actually slightly higher than the state average of $6,388. 

Memphis Assisted Living Costs

When comparing assisted living in Memphis with that of other major cities throughout the state, the cost is about mid-range. In some of the state’s smaller cities, such as Jackson and Chattanooga, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $100 to $570 lower than in Memphis. In Nashville, Tennessee’s capital city, the average cost of assisted living is the highest in the state at $4,500 per month — over $900 more than Memphis.

Memphis Home Care Costs

The average monthly cost of home care in Memphis is $3,432, lower than in most other cities surveyed except Cleveland and Jackson, where costs are $3,289 and $3,314, respectively. The most expensive home care in the state can be found in Chattanooga and Johnson City, both of which have average monthly home care costs of $3,718. Home care in those cities costs nearly $300 more per month than in Memphis. 

Memphis Adult Day Care Costs

In Memphis, the average monthly cost of adult day care is $1,452, which like assisted living, is about mid-range when compared with other major cities in Tennessee. The cost of adult day care in Memphis is approximately $1,000 less than in Jackson, where the cost is $2,600 — the highest in the state. At the other end of the cost range is Johnson City, where the average monthly cost of adult day care is about $400 less than Memphis at only $1,083. 

Memphis Nursing Home Costs

The average monthly cost of nursing care in Memphis is also mid-range when compared with other cities in Tennessee. The cost of care in Memphis is $6,540, nearly $500 less than Knoxville where the cost of nursing home care is highest at $7,026 per month and about $600 more per month than in Cleveland, where the cost of nursing home care is lowest at $5,931.

Financial Assistance Programs in Memphis

Medicaid Program in Memphis

In Tennessee, the Medicaid program is known as TennCare. It provides healthcare to low-income residents of Tennessee, the majority of whom are elderly or disabled. TennCare’s standard coverage provides elderly individuals with some personal care services and covers the cost of care in licensed nursing homes. Additionally, all TennCare participants are provided with access to a broad range of health care services, including doctor visits, medical treatment and hospitalization, dental care, optometry, prescription medication and diagnostic testing. 

To qualify for TennCare as an elderly individual, applicants must be 65 years of age or older and long-term care must be medically necessary. To receive access to home care services under the CHOICES program, seniors must either require a nursing level of care or a high-level of home care assistive services and be able to live safely at home. Financially, applicants can’t have an income higher than $2,313 per month or assets that are valued at more than $2,000. 

To apply for TennCare, seniors living in the Memphis area can contact the West Tennessee Regional Office at (866) 372-5709. 

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Memphis

TennCare CHOICES Waiver 

The TennCare CHOICES program is part of TennCare. It’s the state’s Home and Community-Based Services waiver, and it provides seniors and disabled individuals with access to supportive services including assisted living, home care services, nursing care and transportation services. The CHOICES program can be accessed by those living at home or within an assisted living or nursing facility.

For seniors who continue to live at home, covered services also include respite care, home-delivered meals, minor home modifications, personal emergency response systems and assistive technology. Eligibility requirements and the application process for the CHOICES program are the same as for TennCare’s state plan, which are detailed above. 

Tennessee OPTIONS for Community Living 

This program helps seniors who continue to live at home by providing services, such as meal delivery, home care services and personal emergency response systems, as well as recreational activities, adult companions and respite care. Seniors participating in the OPTIONS program have the opportunity to direct their own care, which means they are able to choose their own service providers and may choose to hire a friend or family member to provide their care.

To qualify for OPTIONS, seniors must be 60 years of age or older and a legal resident of Tennessee. They must also require assistance with the activities of daily living. Financially, applicants may not have an income that is more than 600 percent above the federal poverty level, which is $12,490 per year. Preference is given to those with the lowest income. 

Tennessee Adult Day Care Services

This program provides a range of services to seniors who choose to continue living at home throughout the day time. While the program doesn’t include round-the-clock care, participants receive a substantial amount of supportive services, including meal preparation, medication reminders and transportation services.

To be eligible for this program, income must not be more than 125 percent of the federal poverty level. Applicants must be legal residents of Tennessee aged 60 or older, and they must require daily supervision or care. 

To apply for any of the programs listed above, seniors can call (866) 836-6678. 

More Senior Living Resources in Memphis

Resource Phone Number Description
HUD Units for the Elderly

(202) 708-1112

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) keeps an inventory of subsidized apartments and multi-family units specifically for low-income seniors and disabled individuals. 
Housing Modification Program/Ramp Program

(615) 242-4091

Low-income seniors who are living in their own home can apply for a grant to modify their home in order to increase accessibility. Covered modifications may include ramp additions, widening doorways or modifying bathrooms for increased safety. 
Emergency Home Repair Program

(800) 228-8432

This program provides seniors and disabled individuals with grants to assist with necessary home repairs. Those who are unable to afford the cost of roof repairs, electrical systems, septic systems, furnace replacement or other emergency repairs can work with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to receive funding assistance.