At The Cottage, you’ll find a cozy, Southern community that offers both physical support and a welcoming and active environment for your loved one.


We understand this can be a difficult time for your family and your budget. The cost of care and service varies for each individual resident based on the size and location of the apartment they choose, as well as the kind of care and services needed.

Ask about our service inclusive pricing!

For more detailed information on the cost of care at the Cottage and advice on the transition to assisted living, please contact us with any questions, (256) 229-2681.

A Place for Mom Best of Senior Living Winner

Columbia Cottage is honored to have been awarded A Place for Mom’s Best of Senior Living Award for 2023! The 2023 Best of Senior Living Award recognizes the top 1-2% of nearly 45,000 senior care providers in the United States and Canada based on reviews from those who matter most: residents and families.


Private Rooms

With different sizes and styles of apartments, the Cottage is a unique assisted living community that offers the attention, care, and home-like environment your loved one deserves. Our private apartments come equipped with a private bathroom, emergency alert system, and spacious closet. Each apartment is also cable TV and telephone ready.

Cozy Community Areas

The Cottages designed its community around the premise of cozy common areas for friends to gather and a family-style dining room to enjoy during meal times. With a spacious living room, quiet library, sunny porch, and a warm Country Kitchen, our residents always have a place to read, meet with friends, and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Columbia Cottage Florence - Sitting Area


Central to The Cottages’ mission is CareSteps, the customized personal care program that provides just the right kind of help at the right time. Along with this individualized care program, Cottage services include:

  • 24-hour staff attention
  • Three home-style meals daily (and snacks!)
  • Weekly thorough housekeeping and daily tidy up
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Planned off and on-site recreation
  • Weekly personal laundry


Unique activities are available in each Cottage community and are scheduled by our staff based on the interests of our residents. Calendars are carefully planned to ensure that residents and their families have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that support their mind, body, and spirit. Residents have numerous opportunities that support an active and healthy lifestyle.

From holiday parties to bingo and chair exercises, there’s always something happening at the Columbia Cottage in Florence. Check out the daily activities and special events on this month’s calendar!



Heather is from Florence AL and has been a nurse since 2009. Graduating from NWSCC, she knew early on that she wanted to work with the elderly. She started her career in a Long Term Care facility caring for the elderly for 7 years. Heather then worked in the Home Health field before joining the Cottage team as the Resident Services Director.


Heather and her husband Jonathan have 4 children. Heather and family currently reside in the Hatton community.

Ericka, a resident of Killen, has always been passionate about working with the public. Ericka joins The Cottage team as our Enrichment Director. Prior to joining the Cottage team, Ericka has operated her own photography business for 17 years. Ericka and her husband of 25 years, Russell have three beautiful children and three “fur babies.”

When asked about what she loves about working at The Cottages Ericka said, “to see joy in a senior’s eyes after spending time with them or taking them on an outing and enjoying them exceed their personal expectations is an incredibly rewarding experience; they become our family.” Ericka believes it’s important to, as the great Maya Angelou once said, “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

Selena is from Russellville, Alabama and first joined the Cottages in 1998 as the Resident Services Director for our Country Cottage in Russellville. Since that time she has been a member of the Cottage team in various positions, including Managing Director for several of our locations. Selena has been a nurse for 25 years, and has enjoyed 22 years caring for the elderly.

“The reason I love caring for the elderly is because of my many wonderful grandparents who played such an important role in my life,” says Selena.

Find the perfect CoMMUNITY for your LOVED ONE

At the Cottage, we know that home is more than just a place to live – it’s a feeling of warmth and comfort. With different sizes and styles of apartments and the customized CareSteps service program that’s tailored to suit the needs of each resident, the Cottage is a unique assisted living community that offers the attention, care, and home-like environment your loved one deserves.