With its southern charm and rich, vibrant history as a pivotal area in the civil rights movement, Birmingham offers seniors a wealth of cultural and outdoor attractions. It includes a population of approximately 210,000 residents, with 13.8% being seniors aged 65 or older. The historical movie palace, called the Alabama Theater, hosts musical, film and comedic events, and the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is a notable site for motorcycle and antique vehicle enthusiasts. The Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team also provides a sense of unity for the city’s avid sports fans.
Birmingham’s southern climate may appeal to seniors with its warm summers and annual average of 213 sunny days; while winters only accumulate one inch of snow on average per year. Additionally, seniors can find benefits assistance, low-cost meals and camaraderie through five senior centers operated by the Jefferson County United Way Area Agency on Aging. Seniors considering a move to Birmingham may find assisted living costs well below the $4,000 national median at an average monthly cost of $2,958. With so much to gain from assisted living in Birmingham and its affordable prices, we decided to help seniors narrow down their options by putting together a list of our top 10 facilities.
Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen
200 One Nineteen Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35242
Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen offers seniors a quiet, peaceful assisted living environment surrounded by trees. It’s adjacent to the One Nineteen Fitness Center, and residents automatically receive membership, which includes exercise classes and access to its state-of-the-art aquatics center with a whirlpool spa, and heated therapy pool. The facility houses a wealth of entertainment amenities, including a library, an art studio and a movie theater. Upscale and casual dining options as well as the on-site coffee shop provide residents an abundance of meal and snack choices. Outside, a fishing pond is available for recreation among nature.
Brookdale University Park
400 University Park Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35209
At Brookdale University Park, residents receive compassionate assisted living services in a pet-friendly continuing care community. Errands such as banking and shopping in the facility’s general store can be done on site, and the resident chapel provides a place for worship and meditation. With its high ceilings and comfortable chairs surrounding a tall fireplace, the cozy living area is an inviting space for residents and guests to gather. Outside, a shady porch and putting green provide spaces for residents to relax, have fun and enjoy the fresh Birmingham air.
3850 Galleria Woods Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35244
We selected this facility for our list of Birmingham’s top 10 for its beautiful tree-filled, park-like grounds that are close to attractions, including the Cahaba River, Paradise Lake and Patton Creek Shopping Center. Galleria Woods is an elegant, resort-style assisted living home with an outdoor swimming pool and an on-site chapel. With their diets, preferences and special requests taken into account, residents enjoy chef-prepared meals. Additionally, the bright, cheerful apartments include walk-in closets and kitchens.
River Highlands of Birmingham
1851 Data Dr.
Hoover, AL 35244
With an excellent location minutes from the Riverchase Galleria mall, River Highlands of Birmingham offers residents a homelike feel, and caregivers are committed to seniors’ health and well-being. Concierge medical services are available on-site, and assisted living residents receive bimonthly visits from doctors. The wellness program, Masterful Moments, invites seniors of all care levels to participate in various stimulating, holistic activities. Residents enjoy daily restaurant-style dining with nutritious, fresh and tasty meals as well as more casual fare in the courtyard bistro. A library, billiards room and game room are also available for learning, socializing and recreation.
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
2366 Old Springville Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35215
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley is an elegant, upscale assisted living facility boasting all-inclusive rates and a bright, open shared living area adorned with an abundance of windows, tasteful furnishings and a fireplace. Dogs are welcome, and residents can relax with their furry friends on the shady front porch with rocking chairs. When seeking adventure, residents can join a facilitated group outing to a local museum or cultural site. Seniors are free to use the on-site beauty salon and concierge services as desired, and staff provides compassionate, 24-hour personal assistance as needed.
Columbia Cottage – Mountain Brook
3776 Crosshaven Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35223
Located just five miles from the golf course at Mountain Brook Club, the Birmingham Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Columbia Cottage – Mountain Brook is an intimate, homelike residence providing personalized care plans with ongoing assessments that ensure residents are receiving the services they need. The front porch is filled with rocking chairs, and comfortable shared living areas compliment the private rooms with kitchenettes. Residents enjoy scheduled transportation services and a full calendar of activities.
The Bluffs at Greystone
6328 Farley Ln.
Birmingham, AL 35242
The Bluffs at Greystone is part of the well-established Phoenix Senior Living Group and offers luxurious assisted living care in a quiet neighborhood just minutes from Oak Mountain State Park and the shops at Brook Highland Plaza. The facility has vibrant, modern decor and provides restaurant-style dining with fresh, nutritious ingredients. We selected this facility for our list of Birmingham’s top 10 for its unique intergenerational programs that connect residents with the youth in the community. Staff members encourage a balanced, holistic lifestyle through facilitated exercise classes, educational programs and social events.
St. Martin’s In the Pines
4941 Montevallo Rd.
Irondale, AL 35210
Conveniently located in the quiet suburb of Irondale near the shops at Crestwood Festival Center, St. Martin’s in the Pines is a faith-based community offering compassionate assisted living and chaplain services. Private studio and one-bedroom apartments include full or half baths and personalized thermostats, and shared facility amenities include a well-stocked library and beauty salon. Licensed nurses are available on-site to provide medication management and personal care assistance.
Regency Retirement Village – Birmingham
285 W Oxmoor Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35209
Regency Retirement Village – Birmingham provides residents with clean, smoke-free interiors and convenient amenities, including an on-site beauty salon, housekeeping and transportation services. The facility is also pet friendly and has an abundance of outdoor living spaces, and residents with musical talents can play a baby grand piano or relax and enjoy visiting entertainers. Seniors can join the council to stay involved and provide community input.
Greenbriar at the Altamont
2831 Highland Ave.
Birmingham, AL 35205
Nestled in the historic and upscale Highland Park neighborhood between Rushton Park and Rhodes Park, Greenbriar at the Altamont is staffed with compassionate caregivers. Residents receive personalized assistance and three nutritious meals per day. The apartments, which come in a variety of layouts, are furnished by residents for a personal feel and include private bathrooms and emergency pull cords. Additionally, scheduled transportation is available for errands and fun outings.
Is Birmingham the Right Choice for You?
Along with its friendly residents and wealth of cultural amenities, Birmingham offers senior nature enthusiasts easy access to beautiful parks, including Oak Mountain State Park, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Birmingham Zoo. Of the city’s 13 unique neighborhoods, Homewood, Hoover and Vestavia earned spots on Niche’s 2018 list of best places to live in the state. With its low-cost of living and so much for seniors to enjoy, we think an assisted living home in Birmingham is an excellent choice.