The southernmost state in New England, Connecticut is a popular retirement destination for seniors from the New York metropolitan area. Although it can be more expensive than many other states, Connecticut is a serene, picturesque escape from the big city — particularly during October, when fall colors are most vibrant. Known as the “Constitution State” for its nation-building contributions following the Revolutionary War, Connecticut is rich with historic Colonial landmarks in cities like Hartford and New London. The southern coastline along the Long Island Sound includes Hammonasset Beach State Park, as well as New Haven, the state’s second-largest city. Here you’ll find Yale University, the antique carousel at Lighthouse Point Park, and the famous New Haven-style thin crust pizza.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 125 senior living communities in Connecticut that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Connecticut is about $5,300.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Regulation and Licensure. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Connecticut is rated as moderate. You can view the state’s Regulatory Action Reports to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Connecticut, an assisted living community — also called an assisted living residence or managed residential community (MRC) — primarily serves adults age 55 and older who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) or some health or nursing care, but not the skilled care a nursing home provides. ADLs include but are not limited to: dressing, eating, bathing, and transferring from a bed to a chair. Unless they are licensed as an Assisted Living Services Agency (ASLA) with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), these communities cannot contract with other facilities or provide health services such as medication administration or supervision, rehabilitation therapy, or nursing care to residents. DPH requires communities to provide certain “core services,” such as regular meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, social and recreational programs, and 24-hour security and emergency call systems in each living unit.
Overall, the cost of living in Connecticut is less affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 18% of Connecticut’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Connecticut leaned liberal.
Connecticut’s climate is divided into two main sections, with the northern area classified as humid continental and the lower section — bordering the Long Island Sound — classified as humid subtropical. All of Connecticut typically has four distinct seasons, including warm summers, cold winters, and a decent amount of rain and snowfall. Northern Connecticut tends to have colder temperatures in the winter compared to the coastal region of the state to the south, where the humidity is usually higher and winters are milder. Given its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Connecticut is prone to severe weather like hurricanes and nor’easters.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.