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Rich in scenic landscapes and urban attractions, Salt Lake City is a haven for nature-loving senior city dwellers. Its unique four seasons create different spectacular views of the Wasatch Range, making park visits, golf rounds, outdoor shopping and annual festivals always something to look forward to. Utah’s capital and largest city is also the Beehive State’s first age-friendly city, offering a multitude of cultural experiences. In addition to free public performances by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, seniors can enjoy classical and modern acts at the downtown area’s numerous performing arts venues. Museums and art galleries are plentiful and diverse, as are sports events, including Utah Jazz, Salt Lake Bees and collegiate games.
Take a look at our top 10 assisted living facilities in Salt Lake City to find the ideal community you’re looking for. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Salt Lake City and what financial assistance programs are available.
777 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
At Pacifica Senior Living Millcreek, residents are empowered to remain independent and assured that assistance is readily available. We included this pet-friendly independent and assisted living facility in our top 10 list for its true homelike environment and convenient location near St. Mark’s Hospital. Its cozy family room has a fireplace, beverage station and plenty of comfortable seating, and there’s also a private dining room for intimate family gatherings. Other inviting amenities include an activity center, library, salon and resident-tended gardens. Exciting activities include music entertainment, cooking demos, family parties and group outings.
6898 South 2300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Located in Cottonwood Heights, The Wentworth at Coventry offers a picturesque suburban setting against the Wasatch Mountains. This retirement community is in our top 10 list for its supportive independent living care option in addition to assisted living and memory care, catering to different senior lifestyles and needs. Its two two-level buildings share a central courtyard with pergola-covered sitting areas and raised gardening beds, and each building has front and rear second-floor patios for breathtaking mountain views. Other modern, elegant common spaces include fine dining rooms and fireside lounges with library shelves.
4650 South Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
The convenient location and upscale environment of Sunrise at Holladay make it one of our top picks for retirement living. This independent and assisted living community is close to Cottonwood Square Shopping Center, Mt. Olympus Senior Center and two Big Cottonwood Regional Park areas. While its two connected three-level buildings have their own main and private dining rooms, bistros and front porches, they share a landscaped rear garden and upper-floor patio areas that provide stunning mountain views. Other shared features include a gym, activity room, movie theater and salon.
76 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Ideally situated in the northern portion of the Central City neighborhood, Capitol Hill Senior Living is our top recommendation for seniors who want to stay close to Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and the Downtown area. This Stellar Living community accommodates independent, assisted living and memory care residents in spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments. It has a fitness and therapy room, multiuse activity room, library and indoor gardening station. The secured outdoor garden has a barbecue grill and pergola-covered sitting area, and the on-site salon is open daily for hair and nail treatments.
464 East 3700 South
South Salt Lake, UT 84115
Accommodating only 29 residents, Rosewood Assisted Care is our top pick for seniors who prefer a small community with a family-like atmosphere. This two-level homelike facility is in a peaceful residential neighborhood next to Lincoln Elementary School. Its cozy fireside living area has a flat-screen TV, piano and mini library, while the adjacent dining area offers a casual restaurant-style ambiance. There’s also a private dining room for special gatherings with visiting loved ones. The facility’s Super Caregivers are state-certified, carefully screened and continually trained to provide compassionate care and quality services that give residents a WOW experience.
1871 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
The Wentworth at East Millcreek is a 49-bed assisted living community in a pleasant residential neighborhood near the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, and it’s conveniently situated across from a fire station. We included this two-level facility in our top choices for its peaceful suburban setting and homelike environment. Its fireside lobby has a fish tank, flat-screen TV and snack and beverage station, while the second floor has a cozy fireside library. The landscaped backyard has a pavilion and barbecue area, and there’s a private dining room for special family gatherings. Residents can participate in group exercises, arts and crafts, poetry reading, devotionals and afternoon socials.
2011 West 4700 South
Taylorsville, UT 84129
We recommend Golden Living Taylorsville to seniors who prefer an accessible single-floor assisted living facility. This Blue Harbor Senior Living community is a block from Taylorsville Town Center and close to a major Interstate 215 junction, providing a convenient route to Salt Lake City. Its large parklike backyard features a private duck pond, and most apartments have private patios with access to the facility’s surrounding gardens. Residents have easy access to the fitness center, activity room, library and full-service salon. The facility is pet-friendly and has on-site RN and LPN staffing.
4522 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Winning Utah’s Best of State awards in the senior living category multiple times, The Wellington exemplifies excellence in providing quality care. This MBK Senior Living facility in Millcreek is among our top recommendations for its luxurious amenities and person-centered Home 2 Stay rehospitalization prevention program. It has two landscaped courtyards and a patio area with a barbecue station. Sunday brunches are enjoyed monthly at the restaurant-style dining room, and there’s a casual bistro for all-day snacks. Other well-appointed common areas include a fitness center, art studio, recreation room and salon.
2363 South Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Thoughtfully designed as an eco-conscious facility with contemporary five-star amenities, The Ridge Foothill made it among our top picks for carefree retirement living. This pet-friendly assisted living and memory care community has an attractive elevated location in the southwest portion of the Sugar House neighborhood, offering great views of Mount Olympus. Its main courtyard has an outdoor kitchen, fire pit lounge and raised gardening beds. The state-of-the-art fitness center has a massage room, while the main dining area has a demo kitchen with a pizza oven. Other upscale common areas include a multipurpose function room, movie theater, salon and spa, art studio and game room.
737 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
The Sarah Daft Home is in the University neighborhood, keeping seniors close to George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and the University of Utah Hospital. Its historic Colonial Revival building is surrounded by landscaped gardens and provides a true homelike setting for up to 39 residents. We added this nonprofit Type I assisted living facility for its affordable quality care and warm, tight-knit community. Its private and shared apartments have personal telephones and service alarm systems. In addition to on-site activities, residents can join scheduled trips to senior centers, shops, restaurants and local events.
On average, residents of Salt Lake City pay more than the Utah average for senior care. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care report, assisted living in this city costs about $250 more per month than in the state as a whole, and nursing home care here costs nearly $700 more than the statewide average. Home care services are about $500 more than the state average. Adult day care services are only about $60 more here than the Utah average.
While senior care is expensive in Salt Lake City relative to the state average, the city is generally cost-effective compared to the U.S. average. In the nation as a whole, assisted living costs an average of $4,000 per month, compared to the Salt Lake City average of $3,600 per month. Nursing home care in Salt Lake City comes in about $650 below the national average of $7,441 per month, and adult day healthcare is nearly $500 per month below the national average of $1,560. Only home healthcare is more expensive in Salt Lake City, coming in about $760 over the national average of $4,004.
Compared to other major cities in Utah, assisted living in Salt Lake City is relatively expensive, coming in at $3,600 per month. The only city with more expensive assisted living services is Ogden, where seniors pay almost $300 more per month for this level of care. The most affordable city for assisted living is Provo, where the average monthly cost is $2,898.
Salt Lake City is among the priciest options in Utah for home care, with homemaker services costing an average of $4,767 per month. Ogden is the most expensive city for this type of care at an additional $1,500 per month. St. George and Provo are near the statewide average of $4,195 per month, and Logan is the most affordable city for home care at $3,909 per month.
Adult day healthcare services in Salt Lake City are near the state median at $1,067 per month, and among the major cities in the state, it is one of the most cost-effective options. The only city that has a lower adult day health care average is St. George, where seniors pay an average monthly rate of $542. Logan is the most costly city for this type of care, with average monthly rates coming in at $2,600.
Of all the major cities in Utah, Salt Lake City has the high nursing home costs, with average monthly costs for semi-private rooms coming in nearly $700 more than the statewide average. Logan, Ogden and Provo all have lower average monthly rates, coming in at $5,855, $6,296 and $6,083, respectively. The most affordable city for nursing home care is St. George, where families pay a little less than $5,300 per month.
Utah Medicaid provides healthcare coverage for low-income seniors with limited resources in Salt Lake City. This program is jointly administered by the federal government and state government and is an entitlement, meaning that all who qualify for coverage receive it. In Salt Lake City, the state Medicaid program provides coverage for nursing home care for seniors, as well as some in-home care services.
To qualify for Utah Medicaid, Salt Lake City seniors must have a monthly income of no more than $1,041 per month and no more than $2,000 in countable assets. For couples in which both spouses are applying for coverage, the maximum monthly income allowance is $1,372, and the asset limit is $3,000. Institutional Medicaid does not have an income limit, but it does have a countable asset limit of $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples.
Seniors who do not meet income guidelines may still qualify for Medicaid through the Medicaid Medically Needy program. This program, which is also called a spend-down program, allows seniors to "spend down" their monthly income to the Medicaid income limit.
To learn more about Utah Medicaid or to apply for benefits, seniors may visit their local Department of Human Services office or call (801) 538-4171.
The Aging Waiver is a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver that is designed to provide services to help adults aged 65 and over remain in their homes or a community-based setting. This program supports independent living through supports like adult day healthcare, meal delivery personal attendant services and respite care. Program participants are able to self-direct their care and hire the caregiver of their choice, including some family members.
To be eligible for the Aging Waiver, applicants must be 65 years old or over and require nursing home-level care. They must also meet Medicaid’s enrollment requirements. For a single applicant, the maximum monthly income allowance is 1,041 and the asset limit is $2,000. For couples, the maximum monthly income allowance is $1,372 and the asset limit is $3,000.
The Aging Waiver has an enrollment cap, so eligible applicants may be placed on a waitlist. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit our Aging Waiver guide.
New Choice Waiver
The New Choices Waiver program is for individuals who are currently residing in a long-term nursing facility or licensed assisted living facility and wish to transfer into an integrated community-based setting if their needs can be safely met in the setting that they’ve chosen. This program provides an expanded package of supportive services through Utah Medicaid.
Some services that this waiver covers include:
To qualify for this program, applicants must currently live in a nursing home, assisted living facility or small healthcare facilities, and they must have resided in these facilities for a minimum period of time. Nursing home residents must have lived in the facility for at least 90 days prior to enrollment in this program, and assisted living and small healthcare facility residents must have lived in their facilities for at least one year.
Applicants must also meet Medicaid’s income and asset eligibility guidelines. Single applicants may have an income of up to $1,041 per month and $2,000 in countable assets, and married applicants who are both applying for this waiver may have a monthly income of up to $1,372 and up to $3,000 in countable assets. Program participants only have access to the services for which they’ve been approved. This waiver program has an enrollment cap, and eligible applicants may be placed on a waitlist until services are available. To learn more about this waiver program and how to apply, review our guide.
Home and Community-Based Alternatives Program
The Home and Community-Based Alternatives program allows seniors to receive financial assistance with in-home care, avoiding or delaying nursing home placement. This state-funded program prevents seniors from having to spend down their income and enroll in Medicaid. Some services covered by this program include case management, homemaker services, skilled healthcare, respite care and medical equipment rental or purchase.
To qualify for this program, applicants must be at risk of nursing home placement. Single applicants must have a monthly income of no more than $1,508 per month and a maximum of $6,000 in assets. Married applicants may have a monthly income of up to $2,030 and up to $12,000 in assets.
This program has an enrollment cap, and qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list. To learn more about this program, review our guide or contact the local Area Agency on Aging at (385) 468-3200.
Utah Caregiver Support Program
The National Family Caregiver Support Program, which is a nationwide program that is known as the Utah Caregiver Support Program in Utah, provides grants to the state to fund programs that assist those who serve as caregivers for a loved one. This short-term program provides respite services and supplemental services, depending on an applicant's eligibility, as well as informational resources and support groups.
To be eligible for this program, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Salt Lake County. Those who are receiving care must be at least 60 years old and need assistance with two or more activities of daily living. There are no financial eligibility requirements.
This program has limited funding, which means that eligible applicants may be placed on a waiting list. To learn more about this program, Salt Lake City residents may review our guide contact their local Area Agency on Aging at (385) 468-3200.
|Glendale Senior Housing||(801) 952-9115||Glendale Senior Housing features 41 one-bedroom units for low-income seniors age 62 and over. Rent is set at 30 percent of income and includes utilities.|
|Housing Authority of Salt Lake City||(801) 487-2161||The Housing Authority of Salt Lake City provides and manages affordable senior housing options in Salt Lake City. Fixed-income housing is available to older adults age 55 and over whose income is 80 percent or less of the average median income for the area.|
|Aging and Adult Services||(385) 468-3200||Aging and Adult Services provides a variety of resources to low-income seniors in Salt Lake City, including free or low-cost respite care, senior companion services, nutritional programs and volunteer opportunities for Medicaid-eligible seniors.|
|Utah Non-Profit Housing Corporation||(801) 364-6117||Utah Non-Profit Housing Corporation manages 11 low-income senior apartments in Salt Lake City. Income restrictions, age requirements and community amenities vary.|
|Utah Community Action||(801) 521-6107||Utah Community Action provides the HEAT program, which assists low-income residents in Salt Lake City in paying their energy bills during the coldest months of the year.|
|Salt Lake County Treasurer||(385) 468-8300||The Salt Lake County Treasurer provides two property tax relief programs for residents age 66 and over, including the Circuit Breaker program and the Indigent program.|
For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Utah.