Saint Louis is considered one of the best places to retire in Missouri. Seniors, who make up 18% of the city's population of 997,000 people, can save money on housing at 63% of the national median and can expect to pay slightly less for utilities, groceries and healthcare compared to the rest of Missouri.
With 71 parks and 6 recreation centers, there are plenty of places to walk the dog, meet up with friends and participate in scheduled events — some designed to appeal to the city's aging citizens. The Missouri Botanical Garden brings beautiful greenery and exotic fauna to the urban area, and seniors can visit the Museum at Gateway Park or City Museum to learn more about the city's history or spend time with the grandkids, respectively.
There are plenty of great reasons to retire to the Gateway to the West. However, seniors may need to save their money if they wish to move into an assisted living facility here. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2018, assisted living costs average $3,500 per month in St. Louis, which is $500 less than the national average but about $660 more than the state average.
See our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in St. Louis.
12335 W Bend Drive
St. Louis, MO 63128
Conveniently located near Interstate 270 and Tesson Ferry Road, Tesson Heights gives its seniors easy access to shopping centers, local eateries, grocery stores and Mercy South Hospital. Residents can get out and enjoy the fresh air on the patio and walking paths, and apartment amenities include open floor plans, kitchenettes, private bathrooms with walk-in showers, walk-in closets and individual climate control systems. A computer lab is located on the premises so seniors can keep up with the news or social media, and residents can also have newspapers delivered to their doors every morning.
Brentmoor Retirement Community
8600 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
Situated just a few miles northwest of the St. Louis Zoo, Brentmoor Retirement Community gives seniors the ability to walk the beautiful grounds as part of their daily exercise. Activities for seniors at this facility include games, story time, book clubs, a fitness room, tai chi classes and religious services. Most apartments include a full-size kitchen, including a microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal and refrigerator, letting seniors cook a full meal or a small snack or have family over for a home-cooked dinner. We included Brentmoor Retirement Community on our list of top facilities because it has plenty of activities and local amenities to help residents stay socially and physically active.
Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living
11210 Schuetz Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63146
Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living provides comfortable apartments that include a balcony and a private patio so seniors can enjoy the fresh air while still being at home. This facility makes it easy for residents to live an active lifestyle by providing group exercise classes, such as tai chi, chair yoga and bowling. Along with on-site activities like bingo, bible studies, Wheel of Fortune competitions and crafts, Autumn View Gardens also provides off-site trips to local stores for shopping, movies and nearby seasonal events like the fall scarecrow tour.
Cape Albeon Lakeside Retirement Living
3300 Lake Bend Drive
Valley Park, MO 63088
A faith-based retirement community with a beautiful lake view and located in southwestern St. Louis, Cape Albeon Lakeside Retirement Living gives its seniors a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to live out their golden years. Residents can choose from layouts ranging from studio suites up to a 2-bedroom apartment, as well as detached homes, and most apartments include a kitchenette and a private bathroom. Some of the many on-site and off-site activities seniors can enjoy include trips to museums and shopping, water aerobics, card games and line dancing, which helps seniors maintain an active lifestyle.
723 S Laclede Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63119
Enjoy the outdoors with a walk on the hiking trails surrounding Laclede Groves' 64-acre campus. Residents can take care of errands without having to leave the grounds with the convenience of an on-site general store and bank. Home maintenance and repairs are done by the facility's trained technicians, and laundry and housekeeping services are also available for stress-free living. This facility offers skilled nursing care and medication management services along with on-site physical therapy, and other amenities include a movie theater, an art studio, an ice cream parlor and a beauty salon and barbershop.
Nazareth Living Center
2 Nazareth Lane
St. Louis, MO 63129
Enjoy your golden years at Nazareth Living Center, which is located in a quiet neighborhood close to shopping centers and eateries. Residents can choose from one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments with in-room kitchens that make it easy to make a midday snack and en-suite bathrooms for more privacy. The facility offers therapy sessions for its residents, including music therapy, aromatherapy and massage therapy to help care for the whole person, and religious services are held on site for those who want to maintain their spiritual and social connections. Other amenities include resident transportation, off-site activities, parking, a garden and patio and a fitness room.
McKnight Place Assisted Living
3 McKnight Place
St. Louis, MO 63124
McKnight Place Assisted Living is located a few blocks away from Interstate 170, allowing for easy travel for its residents. Seniors can spend time on the patio with friends enjoying the beautiful garden or interact with their neighbors while participating in exercise activities such as tai chi or yoga. Wi-Fi throughout the facility and internet-enabled rooms keep seniors connected to family and friends via social media and email. McKnight Place Assisted Living offers several amenities for its residents, such as a piano, a theater room, a library, an ice cream parlor, a greenhouse and a bistro.
Mother of Perpetual Help
7609 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63119
Located on the CRSS Shrewsbury campus, Mother of Perpetual Help provides a secure residential environment for seniors in need of assisted living services. Residents enjoy private apartments, three prepared meals a day and around-the-clock supervision. Each living unit includes an emergency call system and a modified step-in shower with grab bars. Residents are encouraged to stay active through regularly scheduled activities, which include lectures, parties and exercise classes. The facility also offers off-site outings to local restaurants, shopping centers and event venues.
5890 Eichelberger Street
St. Louis, MO 63109
DuBourg House provides residential assisted living services to low-income St. Louis seniors who require help maintaining an independent lifestyle. Residents benefit from the security of an emergency call system and 24-hour nursing staff. On-site physician appointments are also available. Seniors at DuBourg House stay active through scheduled activities, such as arts and crafts, exercise classes and outings to shop, dine and attend local events. For seniors who worship, religious services are offered in the community's on-site chapel. The facility serves three meals daily, with nutritional monitoring as needed.
4005 Ripa Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63125
Seniors looking for compassionate residential care in a beautiful setting find it at Sherbrooke Village. Nestled in a serene residential neighborhood, the facility boasts a scenic location overlooking nearby Gravois Creek Conservation Area, where residents have access to walking trails and opportunities for wildlife sightings. The community hosts a weekly happy hour and regular group outings to local points of interest, and spiritual care is available for residents of faith. Caregivers, including a nurse, are available around the clock, and seniors receive an emergency response pendant for prompt access to care.