Page Reviewed / Updated - June 26, 2020
Retirees seeking Southern comfort and a relaxed lifestyle are sure to find it in Tucker, GA. This friendly city of about 36,000 is one of the oldest communities in DeKalb County, and its location just 15 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta offers residents easy access to big-city amenities via Interstates 285 and 85.
With its abundance of sunny days, mild winters and balmy temperatures, Tucker is a mecca for retirees, who make up 17.2% of the population. Seniors also benefit from area health care costs that are 10% below the U.S. average and are near the state's top-ranked health care facility.
Downtown Tucker has a lot to offer, including intriguing shops and eateries, a bountiful three-season farmers market, and the nine-acre Tucker Nature Preserve. There's the Main Street Theater for cultural aficionados and fun events for all to enjoy, including Tucker Day and Taste of Tucker.
Seniors can expect to pay $3,750 per month for assisted living, which is about $300 less than the national median of $4,051. It's also considerably lower than the $4,474 average monthly price paid in nearby Gainesville, and rates in adjacent Tennessee and Virginia, which average $3,900 and $4,800, respectively.
Note: Cost data for Tucker wasn't available, so information for nearby Atlanta was used.
Here's a look at the top 10 assisted living facilities in the Tucker area. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Tucker and what financial assistance programs are available.
500 Springhouse Circle
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Situated on a lush, 54-acre campus with its own lake and lovely walking trails, Park Springs offers seniors a fulfilling lifestyle and access to memory and skilled nursing care with no need to relocate. Its Cobblestone assisted living community consists of three cozy, self-contained households where residents receive individualized assistance according to their needs. The campus offers impressive amenities including four dining venues, a library, a computer center, a theater, an art room and a woodworking shop. Residents also have access to neighboring Stone Mountain Park's golf courses, and transportation is provided to shopping and cultural attractions in Atlanta.
5844 Lawrenceville Highway
Tucker, GA 30084
Atria Park of Tucker's classic brick facade and beckoning rocking porches evoke immediate feelings of warmth and home. The community is conveniently situated near downtown Tucker and close to Stone Mountain and Lucky Shoals Park. Assisted living residents benefit from discreet support services provided by a dedicated 24-hour staff, and a monthly calendar filled with more than 200 engaging activities and events. The community's private accommodations feature walk-in closets, full kitchens or kitchenettes, walk-in showers and individual climate controls, along with emergency alert systems for peace of mind. Housekeeping and linen services are also provided.
3997 Five Forks Trickum Road
Lilburn, GA 30047
Sunrise at Five Forks boasts charming Victorian-style architecture and a convenient Lilburn location just 30 minutes northeast of Atlanta's wealth of amenities. New residents have a choice of thoughtfully designed studio, one-bedroom and companion suites in a variety of floor plans. The experienced, compassionate staff is available 24/7 to provide personalized assisted living and memory care based on residents' unique needs and preferences. An array of programs, events and activities are planned to pique seniors' interests and promote engagement, such as educational, music, art and exercise classes, as well as fun group socials and excursions.
2806 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Coventry Place is on our top 10 list because of its extra spacious wheelchair-accessible apartments and caring, long-tenured ownership and staff. This full-service retirement community is located only 8 miles from Tucker in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur. The facility's assisted living program provides seniors with varying levels of support and personal care, allowing them to age in place with ease and comfort. Residents of Coventry Place can enjoy an active, well-rounded lifestyle by taking part in wellness and exercise programs, Bible studies, parties and holiday celebrations. Group shopping, group dining excursions and fun sight-seeing trips, are also planned regularly.
920 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
Sited in a quiet residential neighborhood just a few miles southeast of Tucker, Sunrise of Decatur is close to restaurants, shopping, entertainment and medical facilities. Residents can sit and relax on the wrap-around porch, go for a leisurely stroll on the shaded walking paths or take part in a bevy of activities designed with their interests in mind. Seniors can get involved in volunteer work, socialize during nightly cocktail hours or enjoy outings to Braves games and group trips to museums or the Atlanta Aquarium. The caring staff of this warm, lively community is on duty 24/7 to attend to each resident's needs.
2060 Idlewood Road
Tucker, GA 30084
Residents at The Phoenix at Tucker enjoy a luxurious lifestyle and superb level of service from highly trained dedicated staff. The small-town location ensures a relaxed ambiance, yet seniors have easy access to Atlanta's many attractions and amenities. At this exclusive community, residents receive personally tailored assisted living services and can take advantage of enviable creature comforts including scrumptious, chef-prepared meals, spacious indoor and outdoor community spaces and stylish, modern accommodations. A wide array of activities are offered to enhance residents' sense of purpose and enjoyment in life, such as stress-reducing exercise sessions, themed social events, local entertainment, worship services and cooking demonstrations.
4484 North Shallowford Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
The management and staff at The Phoenix at Dunwoody focus on residents' well-being, happiness and autonomy, making it ideal for seniors seeking a supportive community that promotes independence and an active lifestyle. This charming assisted living and memory care facility is situated about 10 miles northwest of Tucker in Dunwoody, surrounded by dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities, and is near Brook Run Park. Residents can choose between attractive studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and enjoy a daily culinary experience in a restaurant-style setting with freshly prepared meals that incorporate garden vegetables, choice meats and delectable seasonings.
1300 Montreal Road
Tucker, GA 30084
Tucker's Northlake Gardens exudes Southern charm with its plantation styling and wide, inviting front porch. Seniors living at this pet-friendly community can benefit from numerous amenities, including having a highly trained staff dedicated to their well-being around the clock. They can savor restaurant-style fine dining, take advantage of concierge service and stay active by joining various resident clubs and committees. The facility schedules regular wellness checks, on-site doctor visits and planned exercise classes to keep residents healthy and fit. Seniors can be pampered at the on-site beauty salon and spa and socialize at daily happy hours and frequent game and movie nights.
5701 Spalding Drive
Norcross, GA 30092
Located in a quaint town just a few miles south of Tucker, Village Park Peachtree Corners evokes the feel of an upscale mountain lodge. This distinctive community features expansive, comfortable common spaces and offers personalized assisted living services provided by experienced, nurturing staff. The pet-friendly studio and one-bedroom apartments include kitchenettes with stainless steel appliances for residents' convenience, but three well-balanced meals are prepared and served restaurant-style every day by the skilled culinary team. Seniors can stay active and engaged with an array of activities and events, such as computer classes, arts and crafts, gardening and lectures.
1634 Afton Lane
Atlanta, GA 30329
The spectacular design of Orchard at Brookhaven earned it a spot on our top 10 list. This chic, modern facility offers dedicated assisted living and memory care and features a variety of luxurious studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans. Residents can enjoy upscale amenities including a computer cafe, theater, lounge and beauty salon. Outside, the lushly landscaped grounds beckon with walking paths and tinkling fountains. Farm-to-table meals served restaurant-style or in-room and lighter fare offered in the Orchard Cafe provide exceptional dining options. The facility takes a proactive approach to residents' health and well-being with its holistic care plans and on-site health provider offices.
According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, senior care in Tucker is priced higher than the average U.S. city. The cost of assisted living is just $290 higher than the state average; however, both nursing home care and adult day care are more than $400 higher than the average U.S. city. Home care is priced closest to the state average at just $190 more than the average U.S. city.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Tucker, so the data for the closest city, Atlanta, was used.
Seniors in Tucker who receive residential assisted living care pay an average of $3,390 per month. Athens' average assisted living cost is about the same, while Dalton's cost is $645 more at an average of $4,035 per month. Seniors in Brunswick pay an average of $4,145 per month, which is the highest cost in the state. Seniors looking for a more economical choice can find less expensive assisted living in cities such as Valdosta, where the average cost is only $3,000 per month, as well as Albany and Warner Robins, where assisted living is priced the lowest in the state at $2,320 and $2,300 per month, respectively.
In Tucker, the average cost of home care is $3,813 per month. That's nearly $200 less than in Brunswick, where home care has the highest price tag in the state. The cost of home care in Tucker is the same as in Hinesville and is only slightly higher than in Albany and Athens, where costs are $3,527 and $3,623. Warner Robins is slightly less at $3,432 per month and in Dalton, the cost is $3,241, which is just slightly higher than in Valdosta where the average cost is $3,194 per month, the lowest in Georgia.
Tucker's senior citizens pay more for adult day care than those living in any other city in Georgia. At $1,712 per month, adult day care in Tucker is priced $1,170 higher than in Brunswick, where the average cost is the lowest in Georgia at $542 per month. Seniors in Hinesville pay an average of $867, which is slightly more than those in Brunswick, while in Valdosta and Athens the price is about mid-range when compared with the rest of the state.
The average cost of nursing home care in Tucker is $6,753 per month, which is $517 less than in Dalton, where nursing home care is priced the highest in the state at $7,270 per month. Valdosta comes in just behind Dalton at $7,178 per month. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Hinesville has the least expensive average cost at $5,779 per month, while cities including Athens and Warner Robins are priced just a bit higher at $6,083 and $6,296 per month.
Georgia's Medicaid program helps senior citizens and other financially vulnerable persons living in Georgia to access free health care services at no cost. It covers the cost of primary care as well as a variety of other costs including dental care, mental health services and prescription medications. The program also covers some long-term care costs including nursing home care and limited personal care services. Additionally, the state has several waiver programs in place that allow Medicaid to cover other long-term care options such as assisted living and home care for those who are eligible for Medicaid coverage.
To qualify for Medicaid as a senior citizen, applicants need to be at least 65 years old and meet the following financial requirements:
There may be some instances where only one person in a married couple needs to apply for Medicaid coverage. In these cases, the spouse who is applying may transfer up to $3,160.50 per month to the non-applying spouse in order to meet the above requirements.
Medicaid is an entitlement program, which means that any applicant who is approved for coverage may access benefits immediately. To apply for Medicaid, seniors who live in Tucker and surrounding areas can call (877) 423-4746.
Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE)
The SOURCE waiver is available to elderly and disabled persons who require a nursing level of care. It allows them to access services within the community, outside of nursing care facilities. It covers the cost of services that beneficiaries receive at home or in assisted living facilities, including personal care, skilled nurse visits, case management services and adult day care.
To be eligible for the SOURCE waiver on the basis of age, applicants must be 65 or older and fully eligible for Georgia's state Medicaid plan. The program only accepts 19,000 participants at a single time, which means even after approval, some applicants may be placed on a waiting list.
Seniors in Tucker can apply for this waiver by calling (866) 552-4464.
More information can be found here.
Community Care Services Program (CCSP)
The CCSP waiver helps functionally impaired senior citizens to access nursing care and personal care. It covers a similar range of services as the SOURCE waiver; however, it's open to those who only require an intermediate level of nursing level of care. The CCSP waiver pays for costs such as assisted living and in-home personal support services.
To be eligible for the CCSP waiver, applicants must be eligible for the state Medicaid plan and be functionally impaired. They must also be able to reside safely within the community despite their needs. This program is limited and approved participants may be placed on a waiting list.
Seniors who wish to apply for the CCSP may call (866) 552-4464. More information can be found here.
Home and Community-Based Services
In Georgia, home and community-based services (HCBS) are state-administered programs that aren't associated with Medicaid. Their services are provided by Georgia's Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). Seniors in the Tucker area can access services such as in-home personal care, meal delivery and case management.
Seniors who wish to participate in these programs must be at least 60 years old and submit to an assessment which is performed by AAA case workers. These programs don't have any financial restrictions.
Seniors who live in Tucker can apply for assistance by contacting the Atlanta Regional Area Agency on Aging at (866) 552-4464. More information can be found here.
|Housing Choice Vouchers||(404) 270-2500||Residents of Tucker and Dekalb County can access safe and sanitary housing via the Housing Choice Voucher program, which allows low-income families and individuals to rent the housing of their choice while subsidizing the cost.|
|Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)||(800) 436-7442||LIHEAP helps low-income Georgia residents pay for utility bills when they're unable to do so on their own. It also helps to pay for home weatherization that helps to decrease energy costs.|
|Decatur Area Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM)||(404) 373-2300||DEAM helps Dekalb County families and individuals in times of crisis by offering free food up to six times per year, as well as rent and mortgage payment assistance, funds for utility bills and prescription medication vouchers.|
|Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Inc.||(404) 284-4411||This organization helps residents of Dekalb County who are facing homelessness by providing emergency shelter, hotel vouchers, rent and mortgage assistance, rehousing services and utility bill payments.|
For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Georgia.