Page Reviewed / Updated - May. 2019
This guide is written for seniors and their families, caregivers and other loved ones in the Alpharetta area who are looking for safe and affordable senior care. It is meant to outline the various options available to seniors in the area, as well as to give a realistic picture of costs local seniors are likely to face for each level of care.Finally, this guide is intended to identify various local resources seniors can use to cover many of the costs they have to pay to live independently at home. For more information about common senior living costs and available programs, please see our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Georgia.
Senior living costs in Alpharetta are consistently higher at all levels than the average for the state of Georgia, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. The difference can be relatively small, as it is with home care costs, which run to $3,813 a month in Alpharetta and $3,623 in Georgia. In some areas, however, the difference is much greater, as it is for nursing home care, which costs an average of $6,753 a month in Alpharetta and $6,342 a month in Georgia, a $411 difference.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Alpharetta, so the data for the closest city, Atlanta, was used.
Assisted living costs an average of $3,390 a month in Alpharetta, which is $290 a month more than the $3,100 seniors generally pay in the state of Georgia. Both of these prices are close to the middle range for surveyed cities in the state.
Among the major outliers are Savannah and Columbus, where assisted living costs an average of $2,800 and $2,750 a month, respectively. The lowest cost among surveyed cities is in Albany, where seniors pay an average of $2,320 a month for assisted living, while Dalton seniors pay the highest reported cost, at $4,035 a month.
Home care in Alpharetta costs seniors an average of $3,813 a month. This is somewhat higher than Georgia's average cost of $3,623. Rome and Athens seniors pay an average cost in line with the state, $3,623 a month, while seniors in Savannah pay $3,956, somewhat more than in Alpharetta. Among Georgia cities, Gainesville reports some of the highest monthly costs for home care, at $4,004 a month, while seniors pay the least in Dalton, where the cost of home care averages $3,241 a month.
Adult day care costs an average of $1,712 a month in Alpharetta. The average cost in Georgia is significantly lower, at just $1,300 for similar care. Athens and Macon also both report costs of $1,300 a month. Some of the lowest costs in the state are found in Savannah, where adult day care averages $1,148 a month. Alpharetta seniors pay the highest price for adult day care among the surveyed cities, narrowly edging out Albany, where such care costs an average of $1,668 a month.
Seniors in Alpharetta pay an average monthly cost of $6,753 for a semi-private room in a nursing care facility. This is a few hundred dollars more than the Georgia average of $6,342, but it's not the highest price in the state. Seniors in Macon and Albany pay somewhat more than they would in Alpharetta, at $6,874 and $6,813 a month, respectively.
Dalton has the highest average cost among surveyed cities, at $7,270 a month. Rome and Savannah report some of the lowest average costs in the state. Nursing home care in Rome costs an average of $6,000 a month, while Savannah seniors pay just $5,977.
Seniors in Alpharetta who meet the necessary residency and financial guidelines may be able to get help paying for long-term care through the state's Medicaid program. Georgia Medicaid is an entitlement program that accepts all qualified applicants, with no waiting periods or enrollment caps, and delivers basic health insurance to seniors in Alpharetta. The program covers many of the costs associated with residential care through a sub-program known as Long Term Care Medicaid.
Eligibility for Long Term Care Medicaid is determined via an assessment of the applicant's income and assets over a five-year look-back period. To ensure accurate information, seniors must report any significant gifts they have given during this window. At the time of application, seniors in Georgia must earn no more than $2,313 a month from all sources combined. Married applicants who apply just for themselves can transfer up to $3,160.50 a month to their non-applicant spouse to meet income guidelines.
Applicants are also allowed to own homes worth up to $572,000 that cannot be counted against the $2,000 maximum asset cap. A single personal vehicle is also exempt from counting as an asset. Though personal homes are not counted as assets when determining eligibility, seniors should be aware that the state may seek repayment for Medicaid costs from any probate or sale of the home later on.
Seniors who would like to apply for Georgia Medicaid may do so online, or by mail at a Fulton County Health and Human Services office. Seniors can also apply for Medicaid at any Social Security office in the state, or via a benefits specialist at most hospitals, nursing homes and health departments in Georgia.
Community Care Services Program (CCSP)
Georgia's CCSP waiver covers many costs seniors in Alpharetta can struggle with when they live on their own. Neither of Georgia's Medicaid waivers are structured as entitlements, so eligible seniors may be subject to a waiting period if the year's enrollment cap has been reached at the time of application. Seniors can apply for a CCSP waiver through their Medicaid caseworker, at a Right from the Start Medicaid (RSM) office in Fulton County, or through a Social Security office. Benefits covered by the program include:
Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE)
Seniors in Alpharetta can get help paying for medical residential care through the SOURCE waiver. This program offers recipient-directed funds to help seniors choose their own nursing home or post-acute rehab facility. Seniors who live independently can get access through the program to 24-hour nursing care and other medical assistance in their homes. To apply, seniors in Alpharetta can call the Home and Community Based Services office at (866) 552-4464.
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)
In most states, Home and Community Based (HCBS) services are organized as a Medicaid waiver. In Georgia, HCBS operates as an alternative to Medicaid. This program pays many of the costs seniors in Alpharetta face when living at home. Benefits covered by the Georgia HCBS program include:
Seniors in Alpharetta who would like to apply for the program can do so through the Fulton County Area Agency on Aging.
GeorgiaCares is a joint public-private partnership that offers seniors help to deal with the cost of prescription drugs. Some financial assistance is available, as is advice from benefits experts who can help seniors find cheaper alternatives and reduce their monthly cost of care. To apply, seniors in Alpharetta can get in touch with the local Area Agency on Aging or contact the Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) in Atlanta. Seniors can also call (866) 552-4464 for information about the program.
|Housing Authority of Fulton County||(404) 588-4950||The Housing Authority of Fulton County administers the federal Section 8 housing voucher program for Alpharetta's seniors. The division also maintains a registry of both public housing developments and privately owned low-income housing in the region north of Atlanta, and it can make referrals for seniors who need help with their applications. Seniors can call the office's main telephone line for information.|
|Mobility Options for Senior Transport (MOST)||(404) 613-6000||Alpharetta seniors over 60 can get transportation assistance with on-demand service from MOST. MOST provides ADA-compliant dial-a-ride services throughout the North Atlanta region, as well as customizable medical transportation for seniors with specific mobility issues. Seniors can enroll in MOST by phone.|
|Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)||(404) 657-3427||LIHEAP offers Alpharetta seniors assistance with lowering home energy bills, preventing disconnects and some weatherization services if they live on their own. Applications can be made through a local Community Action Agency, such as the Salvation Army, or by calling the program's toll-free phone number.|
|Alpharetta Adult Activity Center at North Park||(678) 297-6140||Alpharetta residents over age 50 can access state-of-the-art fitness equipment and get expert fitness advice at no cost through the Alpharetta Golden Age Club in the Adult Activity Center at North Park. New members must complete a health screening before using fitness equipment. Applications to join can be made in person or by phone.|