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Assisted Living in New York

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OVERALL STATE RANK

Overview of assisted living in New York

New York’s assisted living provides aging adults a safe and comfortable place to receive quality senior care, engage in fun activities, and indulge in all the locale has to offer. Although the cost of living is on the higher end overall, New York offers a unique mix of small towns and large cityscapes. “Excelsior,” New York’s motto meaning “ever upward,” hints at the state’s strong character, from NYC’s robust arts and culture scene to the suburban lifestyle of upstate New York and every eccentricity in between.
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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 New York cities for assisted living overall

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in New York

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Yorktown Assisted Living Residence

2276 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
10
Review Score
28 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Joan W - I'm a current/former resident or client

Yorktown Assisted Living has all of the best aspects of a warm, loving and caring home. Residents' rave about the incredible quality of the cuisine. The list of activities is too long to list here but it...

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Babalola Family Type Home For Adults

84 Sprague Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940
10
Review Score
5 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Esther L - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The family type home's quality of living is excellent and allows for a very comforting environment for residents and visitors alike. One worker I really enjoyed working with was [name removed]. She's...

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Tanglewood Manor

560 Fairmount Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701
10
Review Score
37 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Mark O - I'm a current/former resident or client

I have been for a few years now, I love my room, it has enough space for all of my belongs and a private bathroom. The food is great and we have a large variety and it changes daily. I really like the...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Manhattan

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Sunrise at East 56th

139 East 56th St, New York, NY 10022
9.6
Review Score
10 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Leonard L - I'm a current/former resident or client

The freindliness & helpfulness of the admin staff is excellent who listen and try to resolve any complaints or issues that arise All to often in the case of care givers and in house nursing staff they seem...

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Atria West 86

333 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
9.4
Review Score
128 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Sue P - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mother is 99 years old and has been at Atria West 86 for approximately 2 months now. She says it has been a godsend and that the staff is wonderful and takes excellent care of her. She loves the food...

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The Apsley by Sunrise

2330 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
8.9
Review Score
3 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Erica Martin - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

At 95, my mother didn’t want to go into assisted living. Then she saw The Apsley, and everything changed. Unlike any senior home, The Apsley is for the young at heart. Gorgeous private apartments with huge...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in New York

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Atria Forest Hills

112-50 72 Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375
9.8
Review Score
80 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Alex R - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I can't day enough good things about the Atria Forest Hills facility and it's wonderful staff. My mom unfortunately has memory issues that have gotten worse over time and a number of years living alone...

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The Belvedere

5110 19th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204
9.8
Review Score
33 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Izzy Lax - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Belvedere is a wonderful Assisted Living that offers Kosher living in a premium setting. This facility is just like a beautiful hotel but has a warm and cozy feeling. The staff are always so helpful and...

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Sunrise at East 56th

139 East 56th St, New York, NY 10022
9.6
Review Score
10 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Leonard L - I'm a current/former resident or client

The freindliness & helpfulness of the admin staff is excellent who listen and try to resolve any complaints or issues that arise All to often in the case of care givers and in house nursing staff they seem...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Queens

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Atria Forest Hills

112-50 72 Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375
9.8
Review Score
80 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Alex R - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I can't day enough good things about the Atria Forest Hills facility and it's wonderful staff. My mom unfortunately has memory issues that have gotten worse over time and a number of years living alone...

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Atria Kew Gardens

117-01 84th Avenue, Kew Gardens, NY 11418
9.4
Review Score
78 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I would definitely recommend this facility. The staff are warm and friendly. Communication is managed well by email or phone call. Staff do their best to personalize care. Staff are approachable during...

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Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills

108-25 Horace Harding Expy, Corona, NY 11368
8.3
Review Score
30 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Problem is they've gone downhill a bit over the year with new management, so done decline on cleanliness, Food, Activities since we joined. They accept Medicaid which was huge for us. It's the first thing...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Brooklyn

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The Belvedere

5110 19th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204
9.8
Review Score
33 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Izzy Lax - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Belvedere is a wonderful Assisted Living that offers Kosher living in a premium setting. This facility is just like a beautiful hotel but has a warm and cozy feeling. The staff are always so helpful and...

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Sunrise of Mill Basin

5905 Strickland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234
9.5
Review Score
77 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Compared to other places, I'm happy my mom is here. But it is understaffed. My mom pays for additional care.Often, however, my mom has to wait a long time before someone shows up to help her to the bathroom...

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Sunrise of Sheepshead

2211 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235
9.5
Review Score
68 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jo G - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

We could not be more impressed with the caregivers and nurses at Sunrise. They helped us transition my father to a supportive, caring community that he needed at this stage of his life. Thank you!

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Cost of assisted living in New York

According to A Place for Mom’s internal data, the average cost of assisted living in New York is about $6,000 per month, but can range from about $3,300 to $9,400. In comparison, the national average cost of assisted living is approximately $5,100 per month.[01] There are a handful of factors that play a role in determining a community’s cost, including location, amenities, care levels, and apartment floor plan size.

You can generally expect to see costs rise in communities that offer luxury amenities, large floor plans, and advanced or specialized care services. Additionally, locations with a high cost of living typically have higher costs of assisted living. The cost of living in New York is just over 1.5 times more expensive than the national average, which could explain why the cost of assisted living is also above average.[02]

The assisted living costs above account for all fees paid, including services, amenities, and care. Our figures reflect actual prices paid by families referred to one of A Place for Mom’s partner assisted living communities in New York. To cover these costs, most families use a combination of public and private payment methods, which you’ll read about below.

Compare costs of New York vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

New York

$5,526/mo

US National average

$4,632/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

New York

$5,526/mo

Connecticut

$9,420/mo

New Jersey

$6,985/mo

Pennsylvania

$4,283/mo

Vermont

$6,197/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in New York vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

New York

$5,526/mo

New York, NY

$6,745/mo

Brooklyn, NY

$6,819/mo

Buffalo, NY

$4,327/mo

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

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in New York

While many people can rely on personal funds to cover their assisted living costs, it’s most common for families to use a combination of private and public payment methods. New York offers a range of financial aid programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, and veterans benefits. Read about assisted living payment methods below, or for a higher level overview, explore our guide to paying for long-term care.

Private pay doesn’t only mean pulling money from a personal savings account to pay for assisted living. Private pay can also include leveraging home equity, taking out a reverse mortgage loan, utilizing long-term care insurance, and more. Click on the cards below to learn more about your options.

Selling a house can generate funds to help pay for assisted living in New York.

Reverse mortgage loans convert home equity into cash so you can pay for assisted living in New York.

Health savings accounts (HSAs) can cover long-term care insurance premiums and health care costs in New York.

Life insurance policies can be sold or surrendered to pay for assisted living in New York.

Long-term care insurance can cover certain assisted living services in New York, depending on the specific policy.

Social Security benefits can be used to pay for assisted living in New York.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in New York

For licensing purposes, assisted living in New York is referred to as any of the following:[06]

  • Adult-Care Facilities are defined as a family-type home for adults that provides residential care, either short-term or long-term, and services to older adults or adults with certain disabilities who cannot care for themselves.
  • Adult Homes are defined as a type of adult care facility that provides long-term residential care to at least five adults, as well as housing, housekeeping, personal care, and supervision. Accommodations in adult homes are apartment-style.
  • Enriched Housing Programs are defined as an adult care facility that provides long-term residential care to at least five adults aged 65 or older, as well as housing, housekeeping, supervision, and personal care. Accommodations in an enriched housing program are independent housing units.
  • Assisted Living Residences are defined as a type of adult care facility that has a base licensure as an adult home or enriched housing program but provides a higher level of care. These residences can be certified as special needs assisted living to provide dementia care. They can also be certified as enhanced assisted living to support aging in place.

The New York Department of Health licenses and regulates Adult Homes, Enriched Housing Programs, and Assisted Living Residences. Adult Care Facilities aren’t licensed to provide nursing or medical care. Licensed Adult Homes and Enriched Housing Programs have similar provisions. However, Adult Homes aren’t required to provide more than one meal per day or private rooms for residents, while Enriched Housing Programs are.

You can learn more about New York’s specific assisted living regulations by visiting the New York section of the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)’s Assisted Living Regulatory Review.

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Ease of access to assisted living records in New York

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports and 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 New York assisted living records: Exceptional

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

  • New York has dramatically increased in transparency and accessibility due to their new NYS Adult Care Facility Profiles page being a searchable database of licensed assisted living communities.
  • New York has had increase in frequency of inspections as inspections now occur on an annual basis.

How to look up New York assisted living licenses and records

  • View the state’s “Do Not Refer” list for communities to definitely avoid.
  • Visit New York’s NYS Adult Care Facility Profiles to search for information about assisted living facilities in New York. Unfortunately, the state only lists the citations found in the inspections and does not make the survey viewable online. An Open Record Request will need to be made to view the surveys in their entirety.
  • View the state’s Adult Care page for a directory of communities.
  • Visit the US Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator to locate the appropriate long-term care ombudsman who can often provide specific information about communities and their backgrounds.

How we arrived at our New York rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and 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? No
  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? Yes
  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? Yes
  13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every 12 months
  14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. Livingcost.org. Cost of living in New York.

  3. United States Census Bureau. QuickFacts New York.

  4. New York State Department of Health. (2023, August). New York State Medicaid.

  5. New York State Department of Health. (2023, March). Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NY Medicaid Benefits.

  6. National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). (2022). Assisted living state regulatory review.

Top cities in New York for assisted living

8.6
Queens, NY
46 facilities
8.6
Brooklyn, NY
42 facilities
8.6
Rochester, NY
39 facilities
8.5
Manhattan, NY
48 facilities
8.4
New York, NY
47 facilities
8.2
Buffalo, NY
27 facilities

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