Nestled in the Tennessee Valley just 40 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville is rich in Cherokee, Civil War and Appalachian history. The original Tennessee capital, the city is the perfect setting for seniors interested in learning more about the United States’ past while benefiting from stunning mountain views and modern, big city amenities. The scenic Tennessee River runs through the bustling downtown, which is filled with carefully restored buildings, one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries and the farmers market in Market Square.
Comprising 13.2% of the city’s approximately 187,500 residents, Knoxville seniors enjoy a lower than average cost of living and a home in an area ranked as the 13th best place to retire in the United States. Numerous senior centers provide a plethora of low-cost or free resources including health screenings, social functions and exercise and computer classes. Additionally, at an average rate of $3,625 per month, fees at the city’s many top-notch assisted living homes fall well below the nation’s median. For seniors interested in exploring Knoxville’s many desirable assisted living options, we’ve curated a list of our top 10 facilities.
Morning Pointe of Powell
7700 Dannaher Dr.
Powell, TN 37849
Morning Pointe of Powell is conveniently located close to North Knoxville Medical Center and within 10 minutes from Tommy Schumpert Park. Residents at this intimate, homelike facility receive compassionate assisted living and memory care services from a friendly, highly skilled staff. To stay active in the greater community, residents engage in stimulating volunteer programs with local churches and schools. On-site, residents can spend their leisure time relaxing in the facility’s cozy shared living areas, enjoying professional salon services and dining restaurant-style three times per day.
Atria Weston Place
2900 Lake Brook Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37909
We selected Atria Weston Place for our list of Knoxville’s top 10 assisted living facilities because of its unique amenities, which are designed to enrich residents’ daily lives. Every month, a community store opens where residents can shop for personal items and gifts without leaving the comforts of home. A professional chef prepares delicious, healthy meals, and on warm sunny days, residents may dine outside on the shady patio. Residents can spend their free time gardening, engaging in pet therapy sessions, pampering themselves in the on-site beauty salon and taking advantage of the facility’s scheduled transportation services for fun group outings and trips to the nearby swimming pool.
NHC Place, Farragut
122 Cavette Hill Ln.
Knoxville, TN 37934
NHC Place, Farragut offers residents six varying care levels, so they receive just the right services and amenities to fit their unique needs. The facility’s spacious apartments include private bathrooms, kitchenettes and personally controlled thermostats, and personal alert pendants help residents request assistance at any time from the skilled, 24-hour nursing staff. Residents enjoy weekly laundry and housekeeping assistance, haircuts in the full-service beauty salon and a family-like environment with easy, restaurant-style dining.
Manorhouse Assisted Living
8501 S. Northshore Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37922
With more than 30 years of experience providing high quality senior care, Manorhouse Assisted Living uses its innovative InStep and LifeConnections programs to train staff members in the most up-to-date communication and service methods for assisted living and memory care residents. In the upscale dining hall, a professional chef prepares dietician-approved meals three times a day in addition to delicious snacks. To indulge their personal interests, residents can select a book from the well-stocked library or play cognition-stimulating games in the activity room.
555 Rain Forest Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37923
The pet-friendly Raintree Terrace is situated in a desirable location minutes from Luxmore Drive Natural Area and Downtown West Shopping Center. Selected for our list of Knoxville’s top 10 assisted living facilities for its serene, tree-filled ground that includes outdoor patios and walking paths, the community offers residents the option of private balconies for easy access to the city’s fresh mountain air. Apartments include roomy closets and kitchenettes, and residents can choose from several dining areas including a private dining room for special family occasions.
Elmcroft of West Knoxville
8024 Gleason Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37919
This upscale yet homelike facility boasts an abundance of entertaining amenities, making it a must for our list of the city’s top 10. The on-site deli serves residents favoring a casual meal or special treat, and for stimulating time with friends, residents can shoot pool on the billiards table, take a group fitness class or watch a classic film in the on-site movie theater. The chapel hosts interfaith religious services, and the cozy living areas offer residents a choice of comfortable spots to spend quality time with visiting loved ones. Elmcroft of West Knoxville welcomes pets and is set in a prime location close to West Town Mall and Lakeshore Park.
Elmcroft of Halls
7521 Andersonville Pike
Knoxville, TN 37938
Elmcroft of Halls is located in northern Knoxville and provides assisted living and memory care within a tight-knit community staffed by compassionate and skilled therapists, 24-hour nurses and on-call doctors. The cozy front porch is lined with rocking chairs, and the cheerful yet elegant restaurant-style dining room is adorned with colorful place settings and an abundance of windows. Residents can listen to live performances on the lobby’s piano, read a book on the screened-in porch or converse with friends on the secure, well-maintained patio.
3020 Heatherton Way
Knoxville, TN 37920
Nestled in a quaint country setting near the banks of the Tennessee River, Williamsburg Villas is comprised of six intimate villas designed to provide varying levels of specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care through the facility’s award-winning, Montessori-based programming. The luxurious buildings have high ceilings and are decorated with soothing neutral colors and elegant furnishings. Pets are welcome, and the pristine grounds have paved walking paths perfect for leisurely afternoon strolls. Additionally, residents can eat in the facility’s restaurant-style dining hall any time.
Deane Hill Place Assisted Living Community
401 Catherine McAuley Way
Knoxville, TN 37919
Situated minutes from restaurants and West Town Mall, the pet-friendly Deane Hill Place Assisted Living Community earned a spot on our list of Knoxville’s top 10 for its lush, shady, tree-filled grounds complete with serene walking paths and a shuffleboard court. The facility helps residents stay social and active through Bible study sessions, walking groups and golf outings. Residents can choose from spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments, and there’s an on-site hair salon and restaurant-style dining hall. The staff also provides scheduled transportation services for resident errands and appointments.
Arbor Terrace of Knoxville
9051 Cross Park Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37923
Located blocks from the 10 Mile Creek Greenway Park and Cedar Bluff Shopping Center, Arbor Terrace of Knoxville offers residents a convenient location and an impressive three decades of experience providing amenity-rich assisted living care. The pet-friendly facility is surrounded by well-manicured grounds, and the building contains a well-decorated lobby with a fish aquarium, cozy living areas, a piano for live music performances and an on-site convenience store. Residents participate in frequent community celebrations and volunteer events, and scheduled transportation is available for stress-free rides into town.
Is Knoxville the Right Choice for You?
Senior outdoor and nature enthusiasts in Knoxville have much to appreciate, with East Tennessee’s breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains, seven lakes and the 633,000-acre Cherokee National Forest. The city is home to famed attractions such as World’s Fair Park, the Knoxville Zoo and the parent campus of the University of Tennessee, which offers opportunities for seniors to attend college courses and spirited football games. Additionally, Knoxville seniors are within easy reach of several high-performing hospitals and medical centers.