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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in New York City

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in New York. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in New York City

Seniors who live in New York City pay an average of $5,750 for assisted living, $1,250 more than the national average and $1,280 more than New York State.

Assisted Living in New York City vs. Nearby Cities

The cost of assisted living in New York City is greater than in locations west of the metro region, at $1,153 more per month in Binghamton and $980 more in Poughkeepsie. Cities north of New York City reflect New England’s higher cost of assisted living, offering it for $523 less per month than Bridgeport, CT, and over $2,300 less than Trenton, NJ.

  • New York City: $5,750
  • New York: $4,580
  • National: $4,500
  • Bridgeport, CT: $6,273
  • Poughkeepsie: $4,770
  • Trenton, NJ: $8,145
  • Binghamton: $4,597

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in New York City, NY

The cost of assisted living in New York City is almost $7,000 less than a semiprivate room in a nursing home, which costs $12,471 on average per month for 24-hour skilled nursing care, access to specialized treatments and activities. Adult day health care is the least expensive type of care available at $1,950. Seniors in New York City also have an option of in-home care. Those who need assistance around the house and personal care can receive homemaker services for $5,529 per month, while seniors who require more medical care can pay $5,720 per month for a home health aide.

  • Assisted Living: $5,750
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,950
  • Homemaker Services: $5,529
  • Home Health Aide: $5,720
  • Nursing Home (semiprivate): $12,471

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New York City

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in New York City

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

Veterans Benefits

Life Insurance Policy

Long-Term Care Insurance

Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to assisted living in New York City.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in New York City

The huge number and variety of nonprofit organizations in the New York City metropolis can make it difficult for seniors to find specific information or assistance. The table below is a compilation of free or low-cost senior resources that can help residents locate the financial or practical assistance they need.

Resource Contact Service
New York City Department for the Aging 212-244-6469 OR 311 The Department of Aging (DFTA) partners with local organizations to provide NYC seniors with a range of services, from ensuring that seniors have access to shopping and transportation to providing referrals to local service providers who can help them stay active and healthy.
New York State Long-Term Care Ombudsman 855-582-6769 The New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is designed specifically for residents of long-term care facilities. They act as advocates and mediators for seniors who need representation because of a conflict with administrators or caregivers in a senior community. Its program provides information and consultation services.
Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) 800-701-0501 This state program has over 500 counselors around the state at local offices to help aging seniors with advice and assistance for applying to Medicaid, Medicare (managed care and prescription drug coverage), Medigap and other long-term health insurance.
Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens 718-722-6001 Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens (CCBQ) offers seniors in the New York City area a range of services, including depression and elder abuse screenings, adult day programs for those with Alzheimer’s and access to senior programming through 17 senior centers in the city. At these community centers, seniors can take classes, join discussion groups, take part in outings and receive free health screenings.
City Bar Justice Center Elderlaw Project: 212-382-6658 This NYC-based program offers free legal aid for seniors age 60+ who have limited financial resources. Volunteer attorneys work with seniors to help them create wills, power of attorney documents and health care proxies.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New York City

Assisted Living Communities in New York City are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in New York

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the New York City Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the New York City area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 163 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 36 hours researching assisted living communities in New York City
  • Read more than 1,304 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 24 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of New York City is $5,750, which is considerably higher than the state average of $4,580 and also considerably higher than the national average of $4,500.

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Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner

Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Chicago, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 163 communities in the New York City area.

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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