This term, Athens GA retirement communities means different things to different people. I think of a retirement community as a planned development where all homes are a similar size and price range. The development includes amenities like a clubhouse for group gatherings, and possibly tennis courts or other outdoor activities for older adults. The Georgia Club in Statham is considered to be one of the top retirement communities in the country.
Georgia Club listings
We often have calls from people approaching retirement age who have read about how great Athens is for retirees. They envision Athens as a town where you can live in or very near downtown, walk to the grocery store, shops and restaurants and live without a car. Athens doesn’t have many options that fit that, but we do have good hospitals, and areas where it’s easy to get around with a car.
Good options for retirement living may be ranch style homes. They are not necessarily in walking distance but may be easier than climbing stairs.
Depending on your needs, a smaller, one level home may work. Below you will see different styles and price ranges for one level living.
One Level Homes around Athens
When I did a Google search for Athens GA Retirement Communities, I was directed to Senior Living (independent or assisted) facilities.
My step-father recently decided that he was ready to consider moving to Athens. My mom passed away last year and he was determined to continue living on his own. That all changed after getting lost on a trip to drop off dry-cleaning. Thankfully, he realized that he was going to need more assistance. He lived 2-1/2 hours from me so the trip was usually a 2 day commitment. This made it harder for me to spend the time he needed to keep the house up.
Assisted Living Facilities
Iris Place was the first place we visited. We saw about 5 different floor plans for 1 bedroom apartments, then walked into the one that he chose. It had a large balcony, a larger than average living area and lots of windows. This was perfect for him and he committed to it right away. Two weeks later, we moved him in and he loves living there. They provide 3 meals a day, plus he has a kitchenette with a small refrigerator/freezer so he can keep plenty of ice cream and other snacks. He has made lots of new friends and is now working on his balcony landscaping.
Other facilities that we’ve have first-hand experience with are Morningside in East Athens and Highland Hills, owned by St. Mary’s Hospital. Highland Hills has an excellent Alzheimer’s home that would have been good for my mother if my step-father had been unable to take care of her at home.
Athens GA retirement communities aren’t necessarily the same as some you’ll find in larger cities. There have been discussions about various developments so we expect to see new options coming soon.