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Cost of Tennessee Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Tennessee is $3,395 per month.

The monthly base rate for Tennessee assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Tennessee is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Tennessee. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

Missouri$2,525
Georgia$2,880
North Carolina$3,000
Arkansas$3,063
Alabama$3,075
Mississippi$3,150
Kentucky$3,350
Tennessee$3,395
U.S.$3,600
Virginia$3,933

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

Researching Tennessee Assisted Living? Ask these questions:

  • What terms does Tennessee require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
    Tennessee may require the base price, payment schedule, services included in that rate and other items to be disclosed in writing - be sure to find out.
  • What is the Scope of Care offered?
    Find out the minimum services the facility MUST provide to you, as required by Tennessee. These may include 24-hour supervision, types of meals, medical attention, etc.
  • What are the admission requirements to live at the facility?
    Each state is different; find out what the age and physical health requirements are for this specific facility as well as facilities in Tennessee. Determine if the type of care you need is offered by the individual facility.
  • Will the facility complete an assessment and create a care plan for the resident?
    Tennessee probably requires an initial evaluation and the creation of a care plan - be sure to find out exactly what the facility offers.
  • Ask about the handling of medication in the facility?
    There are sure to be specific requirements in Tennessee - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
  • Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by Tennessee?
    Tennessee will have a minimum size of rooms, a limit to number of people per room, and even requirements as to privacy of available bathrooms - make sure you ask.
  • Does the facility offer the available required staff?
    Make sure the facility staffs the proper professionals, as Tennessee requires. These may include an administrator and caregivers, as well as round-the-clock staff.
  • Is memory care offered?
    Find out of the facility is licensed to be able to handle dementia or Alzheimer's care in Tennessee.
  • Are Medicaid waivers available for Tennessee for this specific facility?
    If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a Tennessee Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at tn.gov.

Helpful Tennessee Assisted Living Resources

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in Tennessee? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the Tennessee licensing and regulatory agency at:
Department of Health, Division of Health Care Facilities
tn.gov
(615) 741-7221
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in Tennessee? Your local Tennessee long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
Commission on Aging and Disability of Tennessee
state.tn.us
Local: (615) 253-4392
Tollfree: (877) 236-0013
Tollfree TDD: (800) 848-0299
Are you aware of all the Tennessee health-based programs available to you? Your Tennessee Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
Tennessee Department of Health
Local: (615) 741-3111
Are you familiar with the Tennessee Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

The Tennessee AAAs (Area Agency for the Aging) are very helpful. These offices can provide guidance to those 60+ in Tennessee regarding elder abuse, caregiver support, insurance counseling, transportation and much more.

Find your local Tennessee AAA below:

First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Johnson City, TN
(423) 928-0224
East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Knoxville, TN
(865) 691-2551
Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Chattanooga, TN
(866) 836-6678
Greater Nashville Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Nashville, TN
(615) 862-8828
South Central Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Mount Pleasant, TN
(931) 379-2929
Northwest Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Martin, TN
(731) 587-4213
Southwest Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Jackson, TN
(731) 668-6967
Aging Commission of the Mid-South Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Memphis, TN
(901) 222-4100
Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Cookeville, TN
(931) 432-4111

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