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8 Assisted Living Communities in Shelby County, Alabama

The average cost of assisted living in the county is $2,958 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 8 Assisted Living Communities in Shelby County and several in surrounding areas. The Cost of Senior Care in Shelby County, AL

  • Assisted Living: $2,958
  • Nursing Home Care: $6,159
  • In-home Care: $3,432
  • Adult Day Health Services: $758

Assisted Living Facilities near Shelby County, Alabama

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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Shelby County



May 11, 2021

I am/was a resident of this facility

I am currently living at Robinwood, and it's a beautiful place. I think it is a great place in many ways. We have many wonderful people here, the facilities are good, and the people are good. The room is great. I was in a more expensive room, but I moved down to one that was a little lower priced, and this helped me a great deal. It is a good thing that we can come and go as we wish. We have three meals a day, and the food is good. I have fallen a couple of times, but I press a button and people come to pick me up, put me on my feet, and help me. We need this type of help. If someone is interested, they could just come in, take a look for themselves, and make their own determination. We do not have a swimming pool, but we have an exercise room, and we have many activities. They have a great library, but I have my own library with me -- and I just gave away over 300 books. It's a great place. We have different kinds of activities where we participate with each other.



March 8, 2021

I visited this facility

We had a good and very well-planned tour of Robinwood. I liked the fact that they had the cottages; that attracted me to it. I was given information regarding the amenities. The staff was very informative and answered the questions that were asked. They have a dining room with three meals a day and a snack portion. They also have a library and an exercise room.



February 22, 2021

I visited this facility

I went to Somerby At St. Vincent's. It was a wonderful reception. The lady that I had planned to meet got tied up, but apparently they were two there who did tours, and the other staff was great. He and I had a lot in common; we've been into a lot of the same places. That made me feel real at home. The rooms were well done, they were very open. It's also a newer place. It is more expensive, but it is very lovely. Everything was lovely there. Everything was great. I had a meal there. They were thoughtful enough to do that, and that tells me that they really care about everybody. It was fresh fruits and it was their recipe for chicken salad. It was very good, but the cheesecake was not good. They have all of the amenities and a free membership to what's like a health club. They are also across the street from St. Vincent Hospital, which means if you ever have an emergency you'd be right there at the hospital. I like the way the rooms are arranged circularly. I can look out and see the street on one side and something else on another. I didn't feel at all shut in. They have a lot of interesting activities that I might like.



January 28, 2021

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

The staff at Brookdale Germantown is really nice and cordial. I can't go in there because they're locked down since last January. When my dad needed supplies, they'd call me, and I'd bring the supplies to the front door. They're being so cautious and just staying in house, taking care of everybody and just keeping everybody safe. The staff members that I met were pleasant and as helpful as they could be. They have activities and three meals a day, and they do all the things to take care of him. However, I got a notice from the mail that they're going to raise the rent. They're trying to ask for more and more they can get, so that's a problem.



November 23, 2020

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My friend lives in Bellevue Woods. She showed us her apartment. Her apartment is a one-bedroom. It is very big. It's like 790 square feet. It's a little bit big for me, but she loves it. It has a kitchen, a dinette, a large living room, and a decent closet space and floor space. It's one level. It's just nice. The place is very nice. It's beautiful. However, because of COVID, we didn't see anybody. They were not doing tours. They don't provide food because it's strictly independent living. It's a nice place. It's large, new looking, and well kept. It feels homey.



November 7, 2020

I visited this facility

For the money, The Parkview is a nice place. I saw the small room, and the next one, and they were nice. It's a cheaper place, so it's not the Taj Mahal, but it's nice for what it was. They have a room where they do exercises, they had an area downstairs with a grand piano, then I saw the dining area, which was very nice, and then he showed me the rooms, and he was very nice. I thought he was really good, the director.



January 2, 2020

I visited this facility

Apple Grove was a nice option, but care was a little bit further along than we need. I liked it. Everything was locked down, so Alzheimer's patients can't get out. I liked the kitchen, and the residents could do some cooking if they wanted to do that. It was very nicely laid out. There was a large area for a living space, and they had a theater room. There were plenty of areas for them to walk outside, and they had a garden area. It's a very lovely facility.



January 1, 2020

I visited this facility

Page Robbins Adult Day Center was small, but it was very neat and clean. We got to meet the staff and some the residents, and they're so pleasant and happy. They told me how much they loved it there and how they preferred to be there than staying at home every day. They enjoy the extracurricular activities at the facility. I liked that it was very much half men and half women. They had different activities for different genders, but they had some activities they do together. I also liked that they offered additional care as far as being able to bathe, and they had a beauty shop where they get their hair and nails done. They had a secure facility with a beautiful garden.



November 29, 2019

I visited this facility

Everything at The Parkview was favorable. The apartments were good. The staff members were very friendly, very competent, and very professional. The dining area looked good. I had lunch there and it was good. They had a library, a game room, and an exercise area. I like this community.

Map of Shelby County, Alabama

Assisted Living Costs in Shelby County

According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care study, assisted living in Shelby County costs $2,958 per month. This is considerably less than Alabama cities such as Daphne ($3,850), Auburn ($3,700) and Montgomery ($3,992). It’s also below both the state ($3,271) and national averages ($4,000). Less expensive assisted living can be found in Dothan ($2,663) and Gadsden, which has the lowest average monthly cost in Alabama at $2,075.

Note: Specific senior care cost data isn’t available for Shelby County. Data for the nearest major city, Birmingham, has been used instead.

Shelby County/Birmingham Area


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Care Cost Comparison

Senior care costs in Shelby County differ depending on the type of care needed. Adult day health services cost an average of $758 per month, while assisted living rates are much higher at $2,958. Nursing home care is more than double the cost of assisted living, and home care services are close to $500 more expensive. The cost gap with in-home care widens when household expenses are factored in, such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, food and general upkeep, which are usually included in the cost of assisted living. 

Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart

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Home Health Aide


Adult Day Health Services


Nursing Home Care


Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Shelby County

Medicaid in Alabama

Medicaid in Alabama covers a range of health care services for low-income families and individuals. The program covers physician care, hospitalization, laboratory tests, prescription medications and emergency transportation. Medicaid is administered by the state of Alabama and operates within parameters set forth by the federal government. 

To be eligible for the state Medicaid plan, Alabama seniors must be age 65 or older and meet the following financial requirements:

Single applicants



  • An income of $791 or less per month
  • No more than $2,000 in countable assets


Married applicants applying together





  • An income of $1,177 or less per month
  • No more than $3,000 in countable assets


Medicaid counts income from all sources. Some assets don’t count, such as a home, personal effects, furniture and one vehicle. 

To apply, seniors can visit the Birmingham Medicaid office at 468 Palisades Boulevard or call (866) 371-4073.

Alabama Community Transition Waiver

The ACT waiver helps seniors and those with disabilities transition out of a nursing facility and back into their home or an assisted living facility with the goal of reducing the cost of care. The program covers the cost of transitional assistance, as well as various other services such as skilled nursing care, assisted living and personal care services, personal emergency response systems, medical equipment and case management.

There’s no age requirement for this program. However, applicants must currently reside in a nursing care facility and be physically and cognitively capable of safely transitioning back into the community. Applicants must undergo a comprehensive assessment to determine their eligibility. To qualify, applicants must have a monthly income below $2,313 and no more than $2,000 in countable assets. 

To apply, seniors can contact the Alabama Department of Senior Services at (800) 243-5463.



Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

Optional State Supplementation

Low-income seniors who require long-term care may be eligible for an SSI top-up benefit through the Alabama OSS program. This money is added to an SSI recipient’s monthly benefit and can be used to pay for assisted living expenses not covered by Medicaid. Eligibility and the exact monthly benefit amount are determined by an applicant’s living situation and income but may be up to $60 per person or $120 for married couples. 

Seniors can apply by contacting the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213. 

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance can help cover the costs associated with assisted living and nursing home care. Most insurance providers require that applicants are in reasonably good health; therefore, it’s important to consider purchasing insurance before the need for long-term care arises. 

While the coverage and terms differ depending on the specific provider and plan, most long-term care policies have copay and deductible requirements. The provider may then pay the remaining cost for covered services directly or reimburse the policyholder. 

Elderlife Financial Services works with seniors to help them understand and manage long-term care policies and claims. To learn more, seniors can call (888) 228-4500.

Senior Centers

Senior centers in Shelby County provide enriching and entertaining activities for local residents. Individual centers offer a variety of free programs including bingo and card games, craft circles and lunches, as well as special activities such as day trips that may require a nominal fee. 

Hoover Senior Center
400 Municipal Dr, Birmingham, AL 35216
(205) 739-6700

Columbiana Senior Center
110 Mildred St, Columbiana, AL 35051
(205) 669-3969

Alabaster Senior Activity Center
1097 7th St SW, Alabaster, AL 35007
(205) 663-1307

Pelham Seniors Center
50 Racquet Club Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124
(205) 620-6064

Area Agency on Aging

The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging offers assistance to seniors seeking aging-related resources and programs in Shelby County. The agency provides Medicaid, Medicare and long-term care counseling, legal services and access to nutritional and prescription assistance programs. Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging
209 Cloverdale Cir, Alabaster, AL 35007
(205) 670-5770

Veteran’s Services

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs provides a variety of benefits to military veterans and their families including medical care and financial assistance. Seniors living in Shelby County can inquire about available benefits by contacting the Shelby County Veteran Affairs office, and health care services can be obtained at the Birmingham VA Medical Center or community outpatient clinic. 

Shelby County Veteran Affairs
54 Kelly Ln, Columbiana, AL 35051
(205) 669-3835

VA Community Outpatient Clinic
2415 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 933-8101

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