Monroe, Louisiana, is in the northern part of the state. It's known as a Sportsman's Paradise with excellent fishing in the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Seniors who enjoy the outdoors may discover plenty of activities to fill their days, such as taking a stroll in beautiful Kiroli Park with its easy walking trails and dog park. Senior citizens make up about 13% of Monroe's population.
Warm weather year-round and the benefits of living in a midsized community can be attractive for retirees. In addition to the plentiful outdoor activities, Monroe also has several shopping centers and a thriving downtown area with coffee shops, boutiques and an art museum.
Louisiana does not tax retirement pensions or SSI, benefiting seniors who rely on these for income. Another perk, the community of Monroe has a much lower cost of living than the rest of the country, which may help seniors on a budget better afford assisted living.
According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019, assisted living costs in Monroe are $500 less per month than the state average, at $3,150 compared to $3,650. By comparison, Baton Rouge averages $3,313 per month for assisted living, and Shreveport's monthly average is $3,723.
Read our list of the top 8 assisted living facilities in Monroe to find the right fit for you.
4380 Old Sterlington Rd.
Monroe, LA 71203
Azalea Estates is in the middle of 5 sprawling acres of rolling green landscape, just minutes from St. Francis North hospital. Dedicated caregivers give seniors supervision and care in a safe, friendly environment. Help with mobility, incontinence needs and medication management allows residents to retain their independence with dignity. The single-story community is built with the ease of mobility for seniors in mind, and each private apartment is equipped with an emergency call button and grab bars in the bathroom. Socialization is important, so Azalea estates has a busy social calendar with community celebrations, hobby groups and exercise classes in the fitness center.
2299 Sterlington Road
Monroe, LA 71203
Christus is a religiously sponsored, nonprofit assisted living home for seniors. We've included this facility on our list for its comprehensive medical care and the 24-hour presence of a skilled nurse. The community creates custom care plans depending on each resident's health care needs. Those who need it have access to physical and occupational therapies, as well as services from a visiting podiatrist. Residents can also receive x-rays and lab and pharmacy services on-site. Three nutritious meals are prepared with dietary needs accommodated. A beauty and barbershop is on the premises to help residents feel and look their best.
110 Regency Place
West Monroe, LA 71291
Rosemont Assisted Living earned a place on our top 8 list due to its professional and compassionate staff who make residents truly feel loved and at home. These caregivers are available night and day to provide bathing and bathroom assistance, an escort to meals or group activities and assistance with medication management and diabetic care. The hiking trails that surround the community are ideal for strolling with friends or walking a small pet. There are several common rooms designed with mobility and flow for games, watching movies or visiting with friends and family.
37023 Cypress St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
Savannah Grand is located in the heart of West Monroe, close to several shopping centers, pharmacies and entertainment venues. Community amenities, such as a beauty parlor, pharmacy services and financial and VA benefits counseling, ensure residents can enjoy a high quality of life without leaving home. Each private apartment has its own temperature controls and utilities, as well as cable and Wi-Fi services. Delicious meals are prepared by a professional culinary team and served in the dining room. Light housekeeping, linen services and apartment maintenance are included with fees.
405 Stubbs Ave
Monroe, LA 71201
Enjoy the good life at The Gardens, the most elegant assisted living community in Monroe. The stately brick facade and impeccably landscaped lawn greet new residents and families into the beautifully appointed community. Indoors, polished hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows give the impression of a resort instead of a retirement home. Residents may enjoy chef-prepared meals in the formal dining room or cook in their own kitchens. Graceful living rooms invite seniors to gather for a game of cards or quiet conversations with new friends. Around-the-clock care from the staff ensures that residents' physical needs are met.
10280 Boswell St.
Bastrop, LA 71220
The assisted living community at Savannah Court helps seniors bridge the gap between independent living and intensive nursing care. Help with the tasks of daily living from trained aides and an environment designed for the safety of seniors help accomplish this. Scheduled transportation is provided for shopping and medical appointments. Meals are served restaurant-style in the dining room, with dietary preferences accommodated. A beautifully landscaped lawn and shady patio are popular places to relax with a cup of coffee or stroll around with a friend. Linen services and light housekeeping are included with fees.
165 Jefferson Avenue
Ruston, LA 71270
Russ Place is an elegant and vibrant assisted living community centrally located in Ruston, which is just minutes from Monroe. The community features private apartments with plenty of safety features, such as grab bars in the bathrooms, individual sprinkler systems, emergency call buttons and illuminated entryways. Awake staff, scheduled around the clock, can help in cases of emergencies or with personal care and mobility. An extensive array of amenities enhance the comfort of residents, from dining services to housekeeping and maintenance. Residents who wish to be active and social have activities, such as games, yoga classes and group outings to keep them busy, while those who prefer a slower pace may simply relax in their apartments.
4518 Highway 80 East
Ruston, LA 71270
Nestled in a quiet suburban neighborhood, The Arbor is a smaller retirement community for seniors who need assistance to retain their independence. The 24-hour staff means that help is only a moment away for emergencies. Diabetic care and medical oversight from a skilled nurse ensure residents' health care needs are met. Community events, such as wine and cheese socials and birthday parties, help seniors meet new friends, while organized interest groups encourage residents to indulge in a favorite hobby or learn a new skill. Each private apartment is equipped with its own fire alarm and emergency call button.