With nearly 37,000 adults age 65 and older, Fort Wayne offers seniors a low cost of living and relaxing lifestyle with a small-town, friendly Midwestern feel. It’s affordability and charm, however, aren’t the only thing that draws seniors to the city, as Fort Wayne is filled with a wide range of cultural amenities to compliment a variety of interests. Art enthusiasts can explore the walkable Main Street Arts Campus located in the city’s quaint downtown. Within one block, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art offers exceptional American exhibits, the Civic Theatre hosts live Broadway shows and seniors can attend performances by the Fort Wayne Ballet. Minor league sports fans can catch a TinCaps game at the downtown baseball stadium or a hockey game at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Additionally, seniors who enjoy hiking and the outdoors can plan nature walks to explore the many trails spreading over 100 miles throughout Allen County.
With low property taxes and an active community center offering lively senior exercise classes, dance groups and wellness seminars, Fort Wayne even topped a list of the country’s best places to retire. Additionally, Reader’s Digest dubbed the city one of the best places to move in the United States. For seniors ready to make the transition to enjoy a high quality of life in this charming city, we’ve put together a list of our top nine Fort Wayne assisted living facilities.
1717 Maplecrest Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
We selected Georgetown Place for our list of Fort Wayne’s top nine assisted living facilities for its luxurious yet cozy building filled with state-of-the-art amenities and inviting common areas where residents can socialize, relax and engage in stimulating mental and physical activities. The swimming pool is heated for year-round use, the library is stocked with interesting books and the movie theater has a large screen and rows of comfortable, reclining leather seats. Without leaving home, residents can receive haircuts in the on-site beauty salon, attend church services or join a group class in the exercise room. In the elegant restaurant-style dining hall, where large windows overlook lush, tree-filled grounds, friendly staff members serve residents three nutritious meals per day.
The Hearth at Sycamore Village
611 W. County Line Rd. S.
Fort Wayne, IN 46814
Located close to Fort Wayne’s attractive and amenities-filled downtown, The Hearth at Sycamore Village offers residents easy access to a multitude of shops, restaurants and cultural entertainment. Residents can use the facility’s complimentary car service to run personal errands or attend medical appointments, or they can stay on-site and explore their personal interests by reading a book from the library, attending a monthly food demonstration or planting vegetables with the gardening club. The facility is set on 12 manicured acres and provides independent living, assisted living and memory care.
Park Place Senior Living
4411 Park Place Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
At Park Place Senior Living, a friendly, caring staff creates a warm and family-like environment for independent living, assisted living and memory care residents. Residents are treated to upscale, restaurant-style dining with breakfast available all day, and the well-balanced meals are prepared from fresh, nutritious ingredients. Additionally, the facility hosts frequent lively holiday celebrations and live performances by visiting musicians. The personalized Varietas memory care program helps residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia experience reduced stress and participate in stimulating social, physical and artistic activities.
Brookdale Fort Wayne
4730 E. State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
A pet friendly community surrounded by a picturesque white picket fence, Brookdale Fort Wayne provides highly skilled, compassionate assisted living and memory care where comfortable amenities enhance the cozy, homelike feel. The shady porch has cushioned chairs and hanging plants, making it a peaceful place where residents can enjoy the fresh air, and the large, secure and landscaped courtyard offers a scenic green lawn, a gazebo and paved walking paths. Inside, residents can read books in the library or visit the beauty salon for a fresh haircut or styling.
3320 E. State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
At Apple Ridge, residents can choose from a variety of apartments that include spacious suites with beautiful vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets and private bathrooms with handrails and walk-in showers. The facility strives to make residents’ lives as easy and enjoyable as possible, with on-site amenities including a luxurious shared living area with high ceilings and a cozy fireplace, restaurant-style dining, a beauty salon and a library. Residents can visit the computer room to communicate with loved ones online, and when family or friends visit, they can share intimate meals in the private dining room. Outside, a secure, lush courtyard sits below a second floor deck.
BrightStar Senior Living of Fort Wayne
11430 Coldwater Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
Providing personalized assisted living and memory care, BrightStar Senior Living of Fort Wayne is an upscale, two-story facility nestled in the Pine Valley neighborhood. A designated life enrichment staff of highly trained caregivers encourage residents to lead vibrant, active lives through the integration of stimulating technology-based programs, scheduled group activities and spontaneous interactions. The community floor plan is open and easy to navigate, and the comfortable shared living areas include tasteful furnishings and warm, homelike fireplaces.
3110 E. Coliseum Blvd. East
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Chapman Place is an assisted living and memory care facility selected for our list of Fort Wayne’s top nine for its beautiful Victorian-style building with elegant, thoughtfully decorated interiors and its impressive, well-landscaped grounds filled with flowering plants, walking paths and a shady gazebo. The compassionate, attentive staff members maintain a peaceful, stress-minimizing atmosphere where residents are encouraged to enjoy their sense of independence. Residents can participate in lively social activities such as happy hours and cooking demonstrations as they please, schedule hair appointments in the beauty salon or relax by themselves on the serene outdoor patio.
Five Star Residences of Fort Wayne
2601 Covington Commons Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
We selected the pet-friendly Five Star Residences of Fort Wayne for our top nine list due to its exceptional location within walking distance of Greenlawn Memorial Park and the many shops and restaurants at Covington Plaza. The facility offers independent living, assisted living and respite care in well-maintained, easy-to-navigate one-story buildings, each with a warm and inviting feel. Here, residents can eat when and where they please, whether it’s in the all-day, restaurant-style dining hall, the community kitchen or in their own private apartment containing a full kitchen or kitchenette. For entertainment, residents can partake in friendly competition in the game room or attend a showing of their favorite film in the movie theater. Residents can also take group exercise classes and visit the on-site beauty salon providing manicures, hair stylings and spa services.
2116 Butler Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Hamilton Place is an intimate assisted living community with a welcoming, pet-friendly policy and a supportive staff. Making it a must for our list of Fort Wayne’s top nine, the facility’s beautiful, homelike interiors are filled with green plants, comfortable furnishings, high ceilings and soothing neutral colors. The facility has multiple pianos for live music performances, and outside, the lush, well-manicured courtyard is paved with peaceful walking paths and adorned with attractive statues and bird baths. Residents enjoy weekly assistance with housekeeping and laundry as well as scheduled transportation services for errands, appointments and fun outings with friends.
Is Fort Wayne the Right Choice for You?
Fort Wayne seniors are fortunate to enjoy monthly assisted living costs that are significantly lower than the national average and an overall cost of living over 20% lower than the country’s median. The population of just under 270,000 residents makes it a manageable size while still offering many big-city perks. With its abundance of museums, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and its many beautiful parks, the city makes the perfect place from which seniors can welcome visiting family and friends.