Home to the famed Ohio State University Buckeyes football team, the large college town of Columbus offers senior sports enthusiasts a spirited, proud community to join. The city serves as the state capital, and with over 890,000 residents, it also functions as the most populous city in Ohio. Along with its growing economy attracting tech, health care, insurance and retail companies, these attributes make it an attractive place for seniors seeking big city amenities within a friendly, well-educated community.
Columbus seniors have access to Ohio’s historic state capitol, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the impressive Columbus Museum of Art. For those who revel in spending time outdoors, the city’s numerous park offerings range from the trails at Scioto Mile to diverse county Metro Parks and Franklin Park’s colorful gardens. History buffs can explore the restored architecture throughout the bustling German Village neighborhood or catch a show at downtown’s beautiful Ohio Theatre. In this vibrant city named by Kiplinger magazine as a great one for a healthy retirement, it can be difficult for seniors to choose from the wide variety of attractive assisted living options. That’s why we’ve developed this list of our 10 favorite Columbus assisted living facilities.
Brookdale Trillium Crossing
3500 Trillium Crossing
Columbus, OH 43235
The pet-friendly Brookdale Trillium Crossing offers seniors independent and assisted living in an elegant, amenities-filled facility with 18 choices of apartment floor plans. Residents have easy access to downtown, Dublin Sawmill Shopping Center and Brookside Golf Country Club. For those wishing to run errands from the comfort of their own home, the community’s on-site general store and bank make it easy. To stay active, residents can swim in the indoor pool, soak in the hot tub or exercise in the fitness center.
Friendship Village Columbus
5800 Forest Hills Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43231
With decades of experience, Friendship Village Columbus’ staff members help residents maintain healthy, independent lives while assisting with activities of daily living as needed. Residents can choose from several apartment styles with kitchenettes, and in addition to being served two meals per day in the shared dining hall, receive a healthy breakfast delivered directly to their rooms. The facility offers a wealth of on-site amenities, including a library, therapy room, general store and chaplain services.
The Woodlands of Columbus
5380 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43213
The Woodlands of Columbus provides assisted living and memory care in a convenient location close to Columbus Country Club and the Mount Carmel East hospital. Wall-to-wall carpeting in the studio and one-bedroom apartments enhances the facility’s cozy, homelike feel, and each apartment has an emergency call button so residents can rest assured that help is always nearby. In addition to the attractive, shared dining hall, the facility offers a private room for birthday celebrations and family events.
Danbury in Columbus
2870 Snouffer Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235
Located across the street from the beautiful Brookside Golf & Country Club and close to the shops at Sun Center, Danbury in Columbus provides the perfect setting for residents seeking comfort and convenience in an upscale assisted living environment. To relax and socialize, residents can sit and chat in the cozy fireside living area or view a classic film while enjoying a snack from the movie theater’s popcorn machine. Outside, a spacious patio invites residents to breathe in the fresh air or play with their furry friends. The facility offers weekly housekeeping, organized group excursions and church services for those with spiritual or religious interests.
Kensington Place Retirement Community
1001 Parkview Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43219
We selected Kensington Place Retirement Community for our list of Columbus’ top 10 assisted living facilities for its warm, friendly environment that’s operated by Lutheran Social Services. Staff members engage residents through exciting events, such as big band live music concerts, antique car shows and outings to the local symphony. Additionally, the community works to improve residents’ health through the on-site fitness center where residents can take group exercise classes or choose to work with a personal trainer. The dining hall serves nutritious meals prepared from fresh ingredients by a professional chef, and the private apartments include full kitchens. Outside, residents can enjoy the views from the rooftop terrace or take a walk on the ground’s paved paths.
Chestnut Hill Senior Living
5055 Thompson Rd.
Columbus, OH 43230
Chestnut Hill Senior Living provides assisted living services to residents with varying levels of needs. To help seniors better transition to their new environment, staff meet with residents, and their family members, to learn about their unique abilities, habits, interests and struggles. The fitness center houses carefully selected equipment, and the on-site library includes numerous books for leisurely and informative reading. Along with the excellent meal services provided in the restaurant-style dining hall, residents receive medication management and scheduled transportation services.
Bickford of Scioto
3500 Riverside Dr.
Columbus, OH 43221
Nestled in a beautiful location surrounded by the Scioto River, Griggs Reservoir Park and Fancyburg Park, the pet-friendly Bickford of Scioto creates a warm, homey yet upscale atmosphere for assisted living and memory care residents. A qualified staff of registered nurses assist residents with activities of daily living as needed and help to manage medications. Residents can leisurely explore the well-landscaped grounds with walking paths, or they can commune over a delicious meal made from scratch in the restaurant-style dining hall. Along with accommodating residents’ special dietary needs, the facility provides transportation and chaplain services.
6377 Cooper Rd.
Columbus, OH 43231
Residents’ security and safety is of the utmost importance at the Brookdale Westerville memory care and assisted living facility, which is why we selected it for our list of Columbus’ top 10. Apartments are equipped with keypad entries, and the community’s security system is active around-the-clock. There’s a serene, enclosed indoor patio that’s filled with natural light, and residents can peruse the outdoor garden to enjoy fresh air and nature views or take a stroll with their pets along the manicured walking paths. For extra pampering and relaxation, the community also offers a wellness center, whirlpool spa and on-site beauty salon.
Creekside at the Village
2200 Welcome Pl.
Columbus, OH 43209
At the well-maintained Creekside at the Village assisted living facility, staff members provide varying levels of compassionate care based on residents’ needs. Each month, staff meet with residents and their loved ones to perform monthly assessments of residents’ changing health status, habits and preferences. The facility’s on-site bank and postal services allow residents to attend to their own errands. Residents also enjoy a professional beauty salon, concierge services and convenient access to the nearby Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus.
Gardens of Scioto
433 Obetz Rd. #200
Columbus, OH 43207
We selected Gardens of Scioto for our list of Columbus’ top ten for its astounding list of unique, fun amenities. Here, residents have access to a beautiful fountain room, an aviary for bird lovers and a sports lounge for socializing and watching the latest game. Residents can enjoy their favorite treat in the ice cream parlor or have their hair styled in the on-site beauty salon. The facility also provides transportation for appointments, errands and outings, employs a skilled nursing staff and serves healthy meals in an elegant dining hall that has a baby grand piano.
Is Columbus the Right Choice for You?
Seniors in Columbus enjoy a wealth of assisted living options at a lower cost than the state’s average and an overall cost of living that’s lower than the U.S. average. The city’s robust Senior (50+) program provides local aging adults with free memberships to two resource-filled senior centers. Additionally, seniors have access to the nationally ranked Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. With so much to do and the ability to live an affordable, healthy lifestyle, Columbus is a city we think any senior should consider when choosing the next place to call home.