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Assisted Living in Connecticut

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OVERALL STATE RANK

Overview of assisted living in Connecticut

Connecticut defines assisted living as managed residential communities that provide assistance with activities of daily living and nursing services for seniors 55 and older. Residents are often independent and active but may require increased supervision and support. The median cost of assisted living in Connecticut is $6165 each month, which equals approximately $73,980 per year according to A Place for Mom’s internal data.Assisted living is a more affordable senior living option than memory care or nursing homes. And while assisted living is a more expensive than independent living or group home communities in Connecticut, it does offer a higher level of care services than those options.
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Assisted living state rankings report

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Overall state ranking out of 50

State scorecard

How we determine rankings

Our 2023 state ranking for assisted living uses A Place for Mom’s proprietary data collected from our community partners. First, we sorted through our metrics and grouped them into three pillars that are key in a quality assisted living experience. We weighted these pillars differently based on insights from our senior living experts. Then, we used these categories and their weighting to determine how each state ranks.

Read our full methodology

Top ranked Connecticut cities for assisted living overall

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Connecticut

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Maplewood at Orange

245 Indian River Road, Orange, CT 06477
10
Review Score
49 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Terri M - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I struggled with in home care for my Mom who has dementia. I felt such guilt to have to move her out of her home. Moving her to Maplewood at Orange is the best decision my family and I could have made. She...

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Atria Darien

50 Ledge Road, Darien, CT 06820
10
Review Score
33 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Julie C - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The entire team at Atria Darien, especially [name removed], went out of their way to make our mother’s transition from home to assisted living a great experience. [name removed] attention to detail, patience...

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The Ivy at Watertown

655 Straits Turnpike, Watertown, CT 06795
9.9
Review Score
19 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The Ivy at Watertown is beautiful, we have no problems there at all, the services are fine and the rooms are beautiful. We have had a few meals there ourselves and they are really good. The activities also...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Stamford

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Atria Stamford

77 3rd Street, Stamford, CT 06905
9.8
Review Score
62 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Emily - I'm a current/former resident or client

It’s just like home, I was always a crybaby since I was young I never liked change but when I moved here I fell in love with this place and the people. The people here are very friendly and I love making...

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Brighton Gardens of Stamford

59 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT 06902
9.2
Review Score
41 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I like Brighton Gardens of Stamford community. My friends is safe and now interacting with others. The staff is spectacular and the food is very good and well balanced. However, there is always room for...

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The Residence at Summer Street

14 Second Street, Stamford, CT 06905
9.0
Review Score
11 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
TR - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I picked this place because, the executive staff that I meet with were so engaging and helpful and are still to this day. Also it was new so it looked so homey and inviting. The rooms, we've have a studio,...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Hartford

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Avery Heights

550 Avery Heights, Hartford, CT 06106
9.9
Review Score
14 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Hugh S - I'm a current/former resident or client

I have been a resident since [date removed] and am very pleased with the Avery community - especially the staff! I have received immediate response to any of my questions and a very professional attitude...

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Southwick Village

802 College Hwy, Southwick, MA 01077
9.9
Review Score
27 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anne S - I'm a current/former resident or client

I have has lived at Southwick Village for several years. The community is set in a beautifully maintained campus with all the amenities I need as I age. Activities, food and most importantly, the staff are...

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Colebrook Village at Hebron

55 John E. Horton Blvd, Hebron, CT 06248
9.8
Review Score
32 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Julianna B - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I have seen my parents gain more independence with out the worries of injury. Sickness, isolation, nutrition deficiency... they with the guidance of the Colebrook staff has found new long lasting friendships...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in West Hartford

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Brookdale Chatfield

One Chatfield Drive, West Hartford, CT 06110
8.8
Review Score
33 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Kearney - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The entire intake process was excellent, from them doing a pre admission assessment to giving us recommendations for movers and utility hookups like phone and cable. We met with staff from executive to...

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Brookdale West Hartford

22 Simsbury Road, West Hartford, CT 06117
8.5
Review Score
43 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I get calls from the nursing staff very frequently. My loved one likes the food-loves the ice cream! Housekeeping appears to be good. When I visit, which is frequently, his room and bathroom are clean and...

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The McAuley, a CCRC

275 Steele Rd, West Hartford, CT 06117
8.0
Review Score
9 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Although founded by the Sisters of Mercy, residents have diversity of faiths (Christian & Jewish) as well as non-practicing. Most residents live independently and there is one floor dedicated to assisted...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Manchester

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Arbors of Hop Brook

403 W Center St, Manchester, CT 06040
9.7
Review Score
14 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I would say "5" for all. Although, my dad does not partake in the activities ( he's not too social and does not see or hear well). Everyone is very friendly, he says the food is good and it's well kept....

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Southwick Village

802 College Hwy, Southwick, MA 01077
9.9
Review Score
27 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anne S - I'm a current/former resident or client

I have has lived at Southwick Village for several years. The community is set in a beautifully maintained campus with all the amenities I need as I age. Activities, food and most importantly, the staff are...

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Avery Heights

550 Avery Heights, Hartford, CT 06106
9.9
Review Score
14 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Hugh S - I'm a current/former resident or client

I have been a resident since [date removed] and am very pleased with the Avery community - especially the staff! I have received immediate response to any of my questions and a very professional attitude...

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Cost of assisted living in Connecticut

Assisted living in Connecticut has a median cost of $6,165 per month, which is $2,165 higher than the national median, according to A Place for Mom’s internal data.

Pricing varies from facility to facility and is often dependent on several factors, including location, services and amenities offered, and an individual’s specific care needs. For example, a community located in an area with a higher cost of living will typically be more expensive. Additionally, luxury amenities such as private rooms, gourmet dining, and communities with opulent décor and finishes are often reflected in higher prices.

Most families pay out of pocket for assisted living room and board fees. However, it’s possible to offset some care service and medical costs with Medicare, Medicaid, or private health insurance policies.

Compare costs of Connecticut vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

Connecticut

$9,321/mo

US National average

$4,526/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

Connecticut

$9,321/mo

Rhode Island

$4,740/mo

Massachusetts

$6,711/mo

New York

$5,440/mo

New Jersey

$6,898/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in Connecticut vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

Connecticut

$9,321/mo

Milford, CT

$12,029/mo

Southington, CT

$11,255/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in Connecticut

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in Connecticut

There are many ways to pay for assisted living when families plan ahead, and it’s common for families to combine several payment methods, such as public assistance, long-term care insurance, and private pay. The following tabs outline the most common types of payment methods and benefit resources used by seniors to pay for assisted living in Connecticut. For additional tips and ideas, visit our complete guide to paying for long-term care.

Private pay is the use of personal funds to pay for assisted living costs. Examples of personal funds include money from a savings account, pension payments, or retirement accounts. Most families use a combination of personal funds to pay for assisted living. The options below are the most common among the seniors and families we refer to assisted living.

In Connecticut, selling a house is one method families use to fund assisted living.

reverse mortgage allows a home owner in Connecticut to take out a loan based on their home’s equity to pay for long-term care.

Health savings accounts (HSAs) are accounts used to pay for medical related expenses and can often be used to offset the costs of long-term care in Connecticut. HSAs vary, so it’s important to check with your loved one’s provider to understand exactly what costs can be covered.

Some life insurance policies allow seniors in Connecticut to use their benefits to pay for long-term care while they are alive. While policies differ, a “long-term care rider” may be an option your loved one’s insurance provider offers to help pay for long-term care costs.

Long-term care insurance can cover a wide range of medical, personal, and social services. In Connecticut, it may cover help with daily activities, home health care, nursing home care, or care in a group living facility. Long-term care insurance policies vary so it’s important to understand what your loved one’s provider covers.

In Connecticut, Social Security benefits for assisted living are available for qualified seniors. Titled “state supplement” in Connecticut, this program requires that residents must have financial or functional needs to qualify.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in Connecticut

Connecticut’s Department of Public Health (DPH) regulates assisted living but does so in a way that’s different from many states. DPH doesn’t license “assisted living facilities” but rather Assisted Living Service Agencies (ALSA). Once licensed, these agencies can provide assisted living services only in a Managed Residential Community (MRC), which are also subject to DPH regulatory requirements.

ASLA’s requirements regarding services and care include the following:[01]

  • Designated office on a MRC site
  • Inclusive admissions criteria
  • Care plan or service program
  • Client assessments as often as necessary but not less than every 120 days
  • Coordinate services with the client, family, and other appropriate individuals
  • Refer clients to appropriate professionals or agencies when necessary
  • Retain a supervisor who is a registered nurse
  • 24/7 on-call registered nurse

MRCs are allowed to contract with outside ALSAs or create their own ASLA to provide services inside their facility. However, most MRCs and ASLAs in Connecticut are under the same ownership structure according to a 2021 audit.[02] Before an MRC can contract with an ASLA to provide services, it must meet DPH regulatory requirements by providing certain core services, which include:[01]

  • Three regularly scheduled meals per day
  • Regularly scheduled housekeeping, laundry service, and transportation for certain needs
  • Maintenance service for the living units
  • Social and recreational programs
  • 24-hour security and emergency call systems in each living unit

The Facility Licensing and Inspection Section (FLIS) is responsible for inspecting, certifying, licensing assisted living in Connecticut. Current license status and inspection reports can be found using the Connecticut state license lookup tool. Here are a few tips for navigating the site when looking up licensing and inspection information:

  • Choose Assisted Living Service Agency in the “License Type” menu.
  • Enter the name of the organization you are looking for in the “Business Name/BDA” box.
  • Choose Connecticut from the “State” drop-down menu.
  • Click the “Submit” button.
  • Click the blue details button on the left side of results to read inspection reports.

All other boxes can be left blank.

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Ease of access to Connecticut assisted living records

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and we compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to Connecticut assisted living records: Moderate

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Connecticut is moderate. Key findings that informed this rating include:

  • Connecticut has fairly transparent records but was marked down on a few criteria, including for the relative infrequency of required inspections (every two years).
  • Connecticut is one of a handful of states where the state doesn’t have the authority to fine an assisted living community.

How we arrived at our Connecticut rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and we based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently (within 90 days)? Yes
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? N/A
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations and inspections searchable at all? No
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes
  9. Is capacity shown? No
  10. Are payment types shown (e.g., Medicaid, private pay)? No
  11. Is the administrator/contact name shown? No
  12. Can the state fine a facility? No
  13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every 6 months
  14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

  1. Connecticut General Assembly. (2020, June 19). Assisted living facility regulation. Office of Legislative Research.

  2. State of Connecticut. (2021, September 23). Oversight of Connecticut’s assisted living facilities.

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