One of northeast Ohio’s major cities, Akron has a lot to offer retiring seniors looking for a place to spend their golden years. The greater Akron/Canton area is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the fully handicap accessible Akron Zoo and many museums. It also has plenty of parks and hiking trails to explore within the Summit Metro Park system, and train buffs can enjoy a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic railroad.
Around 14% of Akron’s 198,000+ population is comprised of seniors aged 65 years or older, and the low cost of living is one reason why this city is popular with retirees. Ohio already enjoys an overall cost of living that’s 12% less than the U.S. average, but living in Akron is even cheaper thanks to a cost of living that runs almost 26% less than the rest of the country. Of particular interest to seniors, health care, transportation and groceries come in at 16%, 8% and 7% lower than national average. However, assisted living costs do run a bit higher than the $4,501 national number, with area seniors paying around $4,625 per month on average. For seniors considering assisted living in the Akron area, this guide provides an overview of the top 10 facilities and everything they have to offer.
100 Brookmont Rd.
Akron, OH 44333
Located less than a mile from Interstate 77 and Route 21, Brookdale Montrose offers residents convenient access to the surrounding Akron/Canton area and is less than an hour from Cleveland. This facility is within walking distance of local restaurants and is just a few blocks from Summit Mall. Residents of this facility love the well-appointed apartments — which come in studio and one- and two-bedroom layouts — activities like book clubs, exercise classes and social events and the many amenities, including resident transportation services and an on-site fitness center.
101 N Cleveland Massillon Rd.
Akron, OH 44333
Brookdale Bath puts residents in the heart of the Montrose shopping district, which makes it convenient to run errands, go out to lunch or pick up some special items for dinner from the Mustard Seed Market. Seniors here enjoy chef-prepared meals in the formal dining room, and apartments are also equipped with kitchenettes for eating between mealtimes. A licensed nurse is on call 24/7, and this pet-friendly facility provides housekeeping and medication management services.
Ohio Living Rockynol
1150 W Market St.
Akron, OH 44313
Situated just south of the prestigious Portage Country Club and a few blocks from the Highland Square shopping district, Ohio Living Rockynol has spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments as well as cozy studio and one-bedroom layouts. Residents here get the opportunity to tend plants in the raised container garden, stay active in the fitness center and heated outdoor pool and enjoy the 15-acre campus.
Danbury Woods in Cuyahoga Falls
1691 Queens Gate Cir.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Just a few blocks from the Summit County Fairgrounds and situated between Route 8 and the Munrow Falls Metro Park, Danbury Woods in Cuyahoga Falls offers its residents a peaceful feel while still keeping them close to nearby shops and attractions. This resort-style facility serves most resident needs on-site with amenities that include spacious apartments with full kitchens, a fireplace lounge, a library, a wellness clinic and daily scheduled activities.
209 Merriman Rd.
Akron, OH 44303
The Merriman assisted living facility has been providing care to area seniors for more than 50 years, and the beautiful building and experienced staff are just a few reasons we included it in this top 10 list. It’s located in a historic 1917 mansion in the Highland Square neighborhood, and the campus spans five acres. Activities such as exercise classes are offered on a daily basis, and residents can enjoy delicious prepared meals in the dining room.
The Landing of Stow
5511 Fishcreek Rd.
Stow, OH 44224
The Landing of Stow offers residents a cozy, homelike atmosphere with staff members on-site for when they need a little extra help. Group activities and events are scheduled on a regular basis and are focused at playing into residents’ natural interests and existing hobbies and keeping them active and engaged. Chef-prepared meals are served in the community dining room, and special diets can be accommodated if necessary. Other amenities include a resident garden, a courtyard, concierge doctors and transportation services.
Maplewood at Cuyahoga Falls
190 W Bath Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood and just a few miles away from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Maplewood at Cuyahoga Falls has an upscale, modern feel with plenty of green spaces. Its deluxe suites offer private, spacious rooms with built-in shower benches, and the courtyard, garden and four-season potting room ensure residents have plenty of opportunities to interact with nature year-round. The prepared meals are sourced from local ingredients whenever possible, and the residents can take advantage of a relaxing spa day anytime at the AcaiSpa and Beauty Salon, which is located on-site. We included Maplewood at Cuyahoga Falls on our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Akron for its resort-style feel and all-inclusive amenities.
Sunrise of Cuyahoga Falls
1500 State Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Sunrise of Cuyahoga Falls offers residents the best of both worlds when it comes to easy access to shopping and the nearby Babb Run Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Cascade Valley Metro Park. This facility has a licensed nurse on staff who conducts monthly wellness checks, and it’s also located near several area hospitals for emergency or ongoing medical needs. The landscaped grounds include a walking path as well as gardens and courtyards, and group activities include movie screenings, daily exercise classes and meditation.
487 Austin Dr.
Barberton, OH 44203
Brookdale Barberton is located in one of Akron’s suburbs. It’s between Canton and Cleveland, so residents can visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame or take in a Broadway show at Playhouse Square. Amenities at this facility include a beauty and barber shop, a library, a fireside living room, resident parking and plenty of outdoor space. Brookdale Barberton is pet-friendly and lets residents choose from studio or one-bedroom apartments.
Concordia at Sumner
970 Sumner Pkwy.
Copley, OH 44321
Concordia at Summer finishes off this top 10 list for the assisted living facilities in Akron because of its full list of amenities and attentive staff. Residents here can enjoy the on-site salon, indoor pool, computer center and fitness center or spend the day running errands and visiting nearby attractions via the scheduled transportation services. This facility is also pet-friendly and includes all utilities except phone services in its costs.
Is Akron the Right Choice for You?
The city of Akron is a great choice for seniors who want to retire somewhere that has all the amenities and attractions of a big city within easy driving distance but also has a small-town, community feel. With Cleveland an hour to the north and Amish country an hour to the south, Akron delivers just this. Residents here also enjoy a low cost of living compared to many other cities of the same size, and residents get to enjoy all four seasons.