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Home to a variety of museums, as well as the Horizon Convention Center, the city of Muncie has plenty to offer its residents, including the high number of seniors who choose to settle here. It has a population of just over 65,000 people, and as of 2020, 13.9% of those living here were aged 65 and older. Seniors in this city benefit from Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, which is ranked fourth-best in the state by U.S. News and World Report. It also boasts a low cost of living, which is a perk for seniors looking to stretch retirement savings.
Many seniors find they can benefit from a little extra help in their day-to-day lives as they enjoy the amenities in Muncie, and assisted living communities offer that. According to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, seniors in Muncie pay an average of $4,645 a month for assisted living care. Though this is higher than the $4,300 a month national average, yet fairly close to average costs in nearby cities. That includes Indianapolis, which has a $4,573 a month average, and Kokomo, which averages $4,516.
We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 assisted living communities in and near Muncie to help seniors make informed decisions about their care options.
Whether they're cozying up with a good book or enjoying a song on the piano in the lobby, seniors at Lynd Place have many options for how to spend their time. We chose this community due to its homelike environment and its location on a residential street surrounded by mature wooded lots. Here, a full-time nurse is on-site at all times to help coordinate care. Special activities take place each day, such as Bingo game nights, yoga classes, and arts and crafts. When residents want a trip into town, transportation service is an amenity that’s part of the community’s offerings.
- Kitchenettes in apartments
- Weekly housekeeping
Muncie Estates Senior Living
The focus of care at Muncie Estates Senior Living is relationships. Caregivers strive to build relationships with each resident, and also encourage residents to stay close with their family members. A low staff-to-patient ratio helps with this, and pets are also welcome to come with their owners to help provide a supportive environment. The community also has the healthcare needs residents require, including physical and occupational therapy and pharmacy services on-site, as well as an on-staff nurse. Book clubs, religious services, cooking demonstrations and Wii sports tournaments are all types of activities hosted here.
- Licensed nurse on-site
- Resident fitness room
Morrison Woods Health Campus
Morrison Woods Health Campus provides a helping hand to active seniors who require some assistance with daily living tasks. This level of care starts with move-in assistance and continues throughout the resident's stay. Residents have their choice of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, with the option for companion suites. Each apartment also has a kitchenette. We appreciate this community’s dedication to lifelong learning, which is why it is part of our top 10 list. Residents study everything from art and computers to languages and math, depending on their interests.
- Chef-prepared meals
- Pet-friendly community
Silver Birch of Muncie
Silver Birch of Muncie is a large assisted living community with many amenities for its residents. Certified caregivers are always on hand to provide assistance, and emergency call monitors keep residents connected when they need help. Every week, the staff assists with laundry and housekeeping services, which gives seniors the freedom to enjoy the social and recreational programs of the community. A restaurant-style dining room serves three daily meals and tasty snacks as well. There’s even a general store for residents to pick up essentials when they run out of something.
- On-site theater
- Private dining room for special occasions
Keystone Woods has a beautifully landscaped property in Anderson, not far from Muncie. The outdoor spaces are inviting and encourage residents to spend time in the fresh air, and it even has a fenced deck overlooking a fishing pond. Residents can often be found fishing or watching the birds fly over the pond. We chose this community because of the friendly, happy atmosphere residents experience. An on-site salon provides space for sprucing up a bit. When it’s time to go to town, the local transit system offers reasonable pricing or residents can hop on the community bus for scheduled trips.
- Individual mailboxes for each apartment
- Resident party space
Sugar Fork Crossing
Sugar Fork Crossing is located in Anderson. This assisted living community has a unique dining program, which is why we included it in our list. A partnership with Duet Hospitality brings chef-inspired meals to the table that feature superfoods and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The culinary team also cooks heirloom recipes suggested by the residents. In the common areas, bright, well-lit spaces are inviting and welcoming. This community offers maintenance-free living, an on-site beauty salon and the option for furnished or unfurnished apartments, depending on resident preferences.
- On-site religious services
- Multiple apartment floor plans available
Anderson Primrose provides everything a senior needs for a comfortable retirement. This community's array of amenities made it stand out. Here, seniors have access to a computer room and TV room for their media needs, as well as a beauty and barber shop for personal care. Physical therapy services and an on-staff nurse provide for healthcare needs without the need to leave the campus. Each apartment is equipped with cable TV, a washer and dryer hookup, and a kitchenette, and caregivers take care of laundry and housekeeping services.
- Resident ice cream parlor
- Garage spaces for resident vehicles
Bethany Pointe Health Campus
Bethany Pointe Health Campus has a robust life enrichment program that encourages active living, both mentally and physically. This Anderson community encourages continued learning through regular classes in topics of all types. The Music to My Ears program allows residents to play their favorite instruments or sing together multiple times a week, while Out and About is a program that takes residents into the community for local events. Once a month, intergenerational programming connects residents with the younger generation.
- Resident garden and patio
- On-site physical therapy
Rawlins House & Fall Creek Retirement Village
Rawlins House and Fall Creek Retirement Village in Pendleton has a family-centered philosophy to senior care. Residents are encouraged to keep connected with their families, and families are always welcome to visit to participate in meals and events. Gazebos and gardens in the outdoor areas make it a refreshing place to live, and it has amenities such as a beauty shop, library and entertainment room to assist residents with their daily needs and wants. A fully equipped therapy gym with modern equipment means physical therapy activities are easy to tackle.
- Located near major medical centers
Harbour Manor & The Lodge
Harbour Manor and The Lodge in Noblesville rounds out our list of communities. The spacious apartments here really stand out, as do the full-service amenities. The community resembles a rustic lodge, with fireplaces, wood beams and vaulted ceilings in many of the common areas. With space for less than 50 residents, this is a close-knit community where caregivers can take a personal interest in each resident. Here, fun activities like cooking demonstrations in a kitchen classroom, movie nights in the movie theater and trips into town keep life interesting. A pub and general store are also part of the services here.
- Resident computer room
- Overnight guest accommodations