As an amenities-rich city with a small town feel, Springfield offers seniors a combination of high quality cultural attractions, annual community festivals and wide open spaces, such as those found at Nathaniel Greene/Close Memorial Park. Of the city’s nearly 170,000 residents, 15.5% are seniors age 65 and older. However, as the home of Missouri State University, the city maintains a youthful vibe and invites adults ages 62 and above to take free college courses through the MSU 62 program. Additionally, senior sports fans can root for their favorite MSU teams as well as the professional Cardinals baseball and Springfield Lasers tennis teams. In Springfield’s historic downtown, senior art aficionados can join the monthly First Friday Art Walk or visit the Gillioz Theatre to admire its stunning interiors while watching performances by national performing artists and the local opera.
Most notably, perhaps, the city’s cost of living is over 18% lower than the national average, and Springfield seniors pay more than $700 less per month than the country’s median for assisted living. For seniors considering a wallet-friendly move to the city, we’ve put together a list of Springfield’s top 10 assisted living facilities.
The Fremont Senior Living
1520 E. Bates St.
Springfield, MO 65804
The Fremont Senior Living is dedicated to providing personalized, holistic care to each independent living, assisted living and memory care resident. The facility hosts a comprehensive list of shared amenities, welcomes residents’ pets and encourages residents to remain closely connected to family and friends. Within the building, residents can dine restaurant-style anytime during the day or reserve the private dining room for intimate gatherings with loved ones. There’s a library, movie theater and a fitness center providing group classes and use of quality, senior-friendly exercise equipment. Outside, the paved Life Trail winds through the community’s well-manicured grounds.
Close to Paradise Assisted Living
3511, 3824 E. Farm Rd. 156
Springfield, MO 65809
At Close to Paradise Assisted Living, compassionate staff members treat residents with respect and attentive, loving care. Selected for our list of Springfield’s top 10 facilities for its intimate, homelike environment, the community is set in a beautiful, one-story residential-style building surrounded by an acre of peaceful grounds filled with tall, shady trees and manicured lawns. Within this country-like setting, residents receive three home-cooked meals each day and live in fully furnished rooms with private bathrooms.
The Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care – Springfield
1302 W. Sunset St.
Springfield, MO 65807
The Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care – Springfield is a pet-friendly, nonprofit community providing senior care ranging from independent living through hospice care, making it possible for residents to age in place as their needs evolve. Here, residents have on-site access to amenities tailored to benefit all areas of wellness. To nourish and strengthen their bodies, residents can eat anytime in the restaurant-style dining hall or classic diner, exercise in the fitness studio or take a water aerobics class in the indoor swimming pool. There’s an on-site chapel for residents of any faith and a library and computer room, where residents can read or connect with friends.
Joy Assisted Living
2030 W. Mt. Vernon St.
Springfield, MO 65802
Joy Assisted Living is an intimate, family-owned assisted living residence designed to enhance residents’ feelings of comfort and well-being. The quaint, homelike building is adorned with exterior hanging plants and warm, cozy interiors. Residents can choose between furnished private and shared rooms or spacious suites with kitchenettes and private bathrooms. A licensed dietitian prepares a nutritious, well-balanced menu with accommodations for specialized diets, and residents can choose to dine in the shared dining hall or invite visitors to join them in the private dining room. Additionally, residents can spend sunny days outside gardening in a raised bed or relaxing on one of the patios.
The Township Senior Living
4150 W. Republic Rd.
Battlefield, MO 65619
Residents at The Township Senior Living experience a vibrant, pet-friendly lifestyle, where they’re encouraged to live as independently as possible. Through the anytime dining program, residents can eat as they please in the restaurant-style dining hall, and the on-site fitness studio is well-equipped with senior-friendly machines. While the staff takes care of chores, such as maintenance, housekeeping tasks and laundry, residents are free to attend movie nights in the theater, check out new books from the library or stroll through the landscaped grounds with their furry friends.
Lakewood Senior Living
4685 S. Robberson Ave.
Springfield, MO 65810
Lakewood Senior Living’s convenient location offers golf enthusiasts close proximity to the Twin Oaks Country Club. Run by Americare Senior Living, the facility is set in a homelike building with a warm, friendly staff who further its mission of creating a comfortable and caring environment for assisted living and memory care residents. The welcoming, shady front porch has comfortable chairs from which residents can mingle and greet visiting loved ones, and raised garden beds make it easy for residents to exercise their green thumb. In the cheerful community dining hall, staff prepares healthy, delicious meals made according to residents’ tastes and dietary needs.
2828 S. Meadowbrook Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
Another high quality Americare Senior Living facility, Spring Ridge is a vibrant, pet-friendly community offering residents an abundance of life enrichment activities to help them feel a part of the greater community. These include intergenerational programs, on-site live music performances and volunteer opportunities with local churches. The facility is located near a plethora of shops and restaurants along Battlefield Road and minutes from Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park’s stunning botanical gardens and lake.
Morningside of Chesterfield Village
2410 W. Chesterfield St.
Springfield, MO 65807
We selected the popular Morningside of Chesterfield Village for our list of Springfield’s top 10 assisted living facilities for its abundance of thoughtful amenities and serene, plant-filled interiors. The community contains a cozy library, an upscale dining hall with soaring ceilings and an elegant private dining room perfect for intimate gatherings and celebrations with loved ones. Outside, residents can walk along the landscaped grounds’ paved paths, relax on the covered patio or practice their gardening skills with friends.
Morningside of Springfield
3540 E. Cherokee St.
Springfield, MO 65809
Morningside of Springfield is a luxurious assisted living community decorated with rich jewel tones, an abundance of green plants and tasteful furnishings. Many of the shared living areas, including the attractive dining hall, have vaulted ceilings and large windows that enhance the building’s spacious feel. The facility welcomes residents’ small pets and offers amenities that include a fitness center with exercise classes, a well-stocked library and a cozy, covered outdoor patio. Residents can also receive professional salon and spa services, pet therapy and wellness screenings on-site.
233 E. Norton Rd.
Springfield, MO 65803
With its sprawling 100-acre campus that affords residents plenty of space to explore its many walking trails and a serene fishing pond, Maranatha Village is a must for our list of Springfield’s top 10. The facility provides independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services with an active on-site chapel hosting visitors from Evangel University. Here, residents with spiritual interests can join the choir, Bible study or prayer groups. The community dining hall serves residents three meals per day, and the facility also provides scheduled transportation services to take residents out for fun group excursions, medical appointments and errands.
Is Springfield the Right Choice for You?
Set atop a plateau in southwest Missouri’s Greene County, Springfield has scenic rolling hills and the year-round beauty of four unique seasons. Seniors here experience moderate levels of annual snowfall and mild summers, when high temperatures rarely reach above 89 degrees. Along with its low cost of living, the city’s water quality is well above average. Springfield seniors can also access resources such as educational programs and minimal-cost meals through Greater Springfield Senior Services.