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New York City, The Big Apple, Gotham — this self-proclaimed Center of the Universe is the most iconic and populous metropolis in the country. For many loyal residents who have spent their lives in The City That Never Sleeps, there simply is no other place to live. If you are looking for an assisted living community for your loved one near New York City, we have over 50 providers in our network from which to choose.

With so many options in the area, you likely have many questions such as: How do I choose an assisted living community? How much does it cost? What are the facilities like? A Place for Mom can help you answer these questions and our free service will provide you with full details about assisted living options in the New York City area, including level of care, cost, community features and available services.

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  • VillageCare at 46 & Ten

    VillageCare at 46 & Ten

    510 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
    (4)
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    VillageCare at 46 & Ten respects your independence and privacy while providing basic services that foster an urban lifestyle of comfort and quality. What separates us from the rest are the people who live and work here, the city we call home and the culture that thrives all around us. VillageCare at...

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  • Atria West 86

    Atria West 86

    333 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
    (46)
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    Ideally situated and all-inclusive, this luxury residence is tailored exclusively to older New Yorkers – and makes it easier to live in the artistic and cultural heart of the City, just one block from scenic Riverside Park. Featuring handsome pre-war architecture, art deco-inspired finishes and...

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  • Alaris Health at The Atrium

    Alaris Health at The Atrium

    350 Ninth St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
    (6)
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    The Best of Everything under One Roof The Hamilton Park campus has been providing care to the Hudson County community since 1989. The Health center has been custom designed to fulfill the needs and wishes of those who share our values and our love of life. Our complete continuum of care provides...

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  • Hudson Hills

    Hudson Hills

    3505 Bergen Turnpike, North Bergen, NJ 07047
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Hudson Hills Senior Living invites residents to a home of endless possibilities, growth and comfort. Residents choose from spacious studio, one and two bedroom apartments and live a maintenance-free lifestyle. All daily amenities are included in this North Bergen, New Jersey Independent Living...

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  • Signature Senior Living

    Signature Senior Living

    631 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230
    (36)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Signature Senior Living we provide our residents with a wide array of services and amenities to meet each individuals needs while providing a safe and pleasant environment.. We have beautiful rooms to accommodate every budget, starting with semi-privates, privates and even one bedroom apartments!...

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  • Sunrise of Edgewater

    Sunrise of Edgewater

    351 River Road, Edgewater, NJ 07020
    (17)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Sunrise of Staten Island

    Sunrise of Staten Island

    801 Narrows Road North, Staten Island, NY 10304
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Sunrise of Mill Basin

    Sunrise of Mill Basin

    5905 Strickland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234
    (35)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Atria Kew Gardens

    Atria Kew Gardens

    117-01 84th Avenue, Kew Gardens, NY 11418
    (37)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    For more than 15 years, Atria Kew Gardens has served the families of Queens. With a continued commitment to quality, they have just completed an extensive renovation and expansion to enhance the beauty and functionality of their community — and better serve the growing needs of those living...

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  • Sunrise at Sheepshead Bay

    Sunrise at Sheepshead Bay

    2211 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235
    (38)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Harbor View Home

    Harbor View Home

    3900 Shore Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11235
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Licensed by New York State. Dept. of Health. Park like surroundings with lush gardens and expansive sun decks. Close to transportation and shopping. Gourmet kosher cuisine with special diets ac comodated Harbor View offers a wide array of social activities throughout the day. Physical rehabilitation...

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  • The Waterford on the Bay

    The Waterford on the Bay

    2900 Bragg Street, Brooklyn, NY 11235
    (55)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Waterford on the Bay is Brooklyn's premier waterfront senior living residence. It is one of the most popular assisted living residences which feature a luxurious, hotel-like atmosphere, five-star concierge assistance, daily housekeeping, and a lavish fine dining room, our mission is to combine...

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  • Sutton Gardens Assisted Living

    Sutton Gardens Assisted Living

    147-02 34th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354
    (77)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Sutton Gardens Senior Living, we place great emphasis on Personal Care. Our unique home--like environment allows us to give more attention to each resident. We are like one big family. Our Mission is to preserve dignity and well--being,by providing quality care and enjoyment in a warm and...

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  • The Brielle at Seaview

    The Brielle at Seaview

    140 Friendship Ln, Staten Island, NY 10314
    (12)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Brielle at Seaview, a non-profit community, is nestled in a natural wooded oasis right on Staten Island. We offer assisted living and memory care on a 10-acre campus that's comfortably removed from the surrounding noise and hectic pace. It's an idyllic setting where you can enjoy walking paths,...

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  • Amber Court of Elizabeth

    Amber Court of Elizabeth

    1155 E Jersey St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Amber Court of Elizabeth offers comfortable, caring and affordable Assisted Living choices for seniors. We are located in the thriving downtown area of Elizabeth. We are near many urban conveniences, such as restaurants, shopping, banking, entertainment, and much more. Major highways and public...

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  • Five Star Premier Residences of Teaneck

    Five Star Premier Residences of Teaneck

    655 Pomander Walk, Teaneck, NJ 07666
    (16)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Are you ready to embrace a whole new level of independence? Five Star Premier Residences of Teaneck, formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt, is the community where you'll find The Vital Elements that are important to living life to the fullest: Home, Wellness, Connection and Vitality. Enjoy the...

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  • Canterbury Village

    33 Mount Pleasant Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Established in 1921 in West Orange, NJ Canterbury Village is an experienced Assisted Living Residence. With only 53 residents we offer personalized assistance, support and healthcare services, available 24 hours a day. Our reasonable monthly service fee includes a spacious private studio with...

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  • Atria Riverdale

    Atria Riverdale

    3718-3726 Henry Hudson Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10463
    (57)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Conveniently located just minutes from the City, Westchester and New Jersey, Atria Riverdale has been the Bronx's senior living community of choice for more than 15 years. With a continued commitment to quality, they have just completed a $14 million renovation to enhance the beauty and...

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  • Essex Guest House of Montclair

    271 Claremont Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Essex Guest House of Montclair is a NJ State Licensed Class C boarding home that houses up to twenty-seven residents. It is a 150 year old Victorian home (registered with the Montclair Historical Society), and located conveniently near the downtown Montclair shopping district. The aim of the...

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  • The Serenity Gardens

    The Serenity Gardens

    145-54 231 Street, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Serenity Gardens opened its doors in May 2019. Our staff members boast over 30 years of combined senior care experience. We keep current with new care technique by participating in inservice meetings and online trainings. We are detailed in providing care to our residents and notification to...

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  • Brookdale West Orange

    Brookdale West Orange

    520 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
    (27)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    You’ll have the care you need if you need it so you can focus on having fun. With assisted living and memory care on one campus, we customize your care to your specific needs. And our community is just 30 minutes away from New York City so you can enjoy all the great shopping and restaurants that...

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  • La Paula Manor

    25 South Paula Drive, Bergenfield, NJ 07621
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    La Paula Manor is a 12 bedroom home located in a nice residential neighborhood. Alzheimer's care is our specialty and with one person per room we are able to give our full attention to each resident.

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  • Brighton Gardens of West Orange

    Brighton Gardens of West Orange

    220 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052
    (25)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Brighton Gardens of West Orange is located in a beautiful suburban setting only 20 minutes from New York City amenities. We are nestled between a premier golf course and the historic South Mountain Reservation, which includes acres of protected land with parks, walkways and trails. We partner with...

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  • La Paula at Main

    244 East Main Street, Bergenfield, NJ 07621
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    La Paula at Main is a company dedicated to providing care and services to the growing number of elderly persons in Northern New Jersey affected with Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. We are designed to be a therapeutic environment. We are committed to improving the quality of life of the elderly by...

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  • Five Star Premier Residences of Yonkers

    Five Star Premier Residences of Yonkers

    537 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10705
    (62)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    A charming neighborhood setting combined with a location convenient to the fabulous attractions of Manhattan and Westchester County. Located in Westchester County, Classic Residence is close to the historic attractions and cultural allure of Manhattan. #800-S-124 Memory Support #800-F-979

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  • Atria Cutter Mill

    Atria Cutter Mill

    96 Cutter Mill Road, Great Neck, NY 11021
    (34)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located in the heart of Great Neck, with easy access to village shopping, restaurants and the LIRR, Atria Cutter Mill is a senior living community designed for those looking for the simple life, along with discreet, round-the-clock support from a friendly and professional staff. Atria Cutter Mill is...

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  • Brightview Tenafly

    Brightview Tenafly

    55 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670
    (13)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    This community, located in Tenafly, NJ, serves seniors and their families in Bergen County, as well as those living on the upper West side of Manhattan. Brightview Tenafly features residential apartments and offers personalized care services for seniors who need help with the activities of daily...

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  • Atria Park of Great Neck

    Atria Park of Great Neck

    51 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021
    (15)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Since 1999, Atria Park of Great Neck has served the families of Nassau County. With a continuing commitment to quality, the community recently completed an extensive renovation and expansion to enhance its beauty and functionality. Residents enjoy a host of exciting new spaces and amenities,...

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  • Long Island Living Center

    Long Island Living Center

    431 Beach 20th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Long Island Living Center/ Assisted Living Program offers personalized assistance to the frail and elderly residents' giving them a homelike atmosphere. Our home is designed to help meet the physical, emotional and social needs of the elderly in a totally safe community environment. In...

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  • Atria Cranford

    Atria Cranford

    10 Jackson Drive, Cranford, NJ 07016
    (58)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Conveniently located just off the Garden State Parkway, down the road from Rahway River Park, Atria Cranford has served Union County families for more than 20 years. A friendly, tenured staff – including more than 60 employees with over a decade of experience at the community – is available 24/7....

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  • The Bristal at North Woodmere

    The Bristal at North Woodmere

    477 Hungry Harbor Road, North Woodmere, NY 11581
    (34)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Bristal at North Woodmere is one member of a growing family of Assisted Living communities that have been built on Long Island, by Long Islanders, bearing The Bristal name. Like all of our communities, North Woodmere has been designed to strike the ideal balance between privacy and protection....

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  • Sunrise of Cresskill

    Sunrise of Cresskill

    3 Tenakill Park Drive East, Cresskill, NJ 07626
    (19)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    About Sunrise of Cresskill Community & Location Highlights: •Sunrise of Cresskill, NJ, offers a range of Bergen County senior living options, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and short-term stays •Shopping and recreation, including swimming, are less than a mile away...

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  • Brookdale Paramus

    Brookdale Paramus

    186 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652
    (52)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Live your best life where you never stop growing. If you’re living a mostly independent lifestyle, but you could use an extra hand with some of your day-to-day activities, our senior living community with both assisted living and memory care could be the right fit for you and your family. You’ll...

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  • The Bristal at Garden City

    The Bristal at Garden City

    1001 Axinn Ave, Garden City, NY 11530
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Bristal at Garden City will be the sixteenth in our family of assisted living communities. With our years of experience and expertise, we’re sure that you will find no equal – in luxury, dedication, or quality of care. Our Garden City community will offer independent senior living, assisted...

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  • Sunrise of Westfield

    Sunrise of Westfield

    240 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090
    (12)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Spring Meadows Summit

    Spring Meadows Summit

    41 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901
    (21)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Discover a verdant community in bloom at Spring Meadows Summit, offering Assisted Living services in Summit, New Jersey. Completely refurbished in 2012, our warm and inviting community features experienced and professional staff members who are committed to improving the quality of life of our...

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  • Arbor Terrace Mountainside

    Arbor Terrace Mountainside

    1050 Springfield Avenue, Mountainside, NJ 07092
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Arbor Terrace Mountainside provides the highest quality of geriatric care and assisted living in the Mountainside, New Jersey area, including innovative memory care designed specifically for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Every resident will receive unique and...

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  • Willow Towers Assisted Living

    Willow Towers Assisted Living

    355 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Enjoy living in our brand new over-sized apartments with wonderful views of the Long Island Sound. Willow Towers is a not-for-profit Assisted Living community, licensed by the state of New York. Willow Towers provides an elegant lifestyle, which includes gourmet meals by our Johnson and Wales...

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  • The Bristal at Lynbrook

    The Bristal at Lynbrook

    8 Freer Street, Lynbrook, NY 11563
    (44)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Bristal at Lynbrook is one member of an ever-growing family of Assisted Living communities that have been built on Long Island, by Long Islanders, bearing The Bristal name. Like all of our communities, Lynbrook has been designed to strike the ideal balance between privacy and protection. Fully...

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  • Arbor Terrace Roseland

    Arbor Terrace Roseland

    345 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Arbor Terrace Roseland offers quality assisted living and dementia care in Essex County, New Jersey. We honor individuality and celebrate each person's unique life through deep connections with our residents and families. We create delightful surprises and meaningful moments within a safe and caring...

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  • Sunrise at Fleetwood

    Sunrise at Fleetwood

    500 North Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10552
    (31)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • The Bristal at North Hills

    The Bristal at North Hills

    99 South Service Road, North Hills, NY 11040
    (23)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    When you enter The Bristal at North Hills, you are filled with a sense of the familiar. You witness the care. You feel the compassion. And you become reassured by something even more, something fundamental. You perceive a community's commitment to excellence that is second to none. It's a dedication...

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  • Sunrise at West Essex

    Sunrise at West Essex

    47 Greenbrook Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Sunrise of North Lynbrook

    Sunrise of North Lynbrook

    53 Franklin Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563
    (35)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Sunrise of Paramus

    Sunrise of Paramus

    567 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Assisted living in Paramus, NJ, begins with Sunrise of Paramus, a cozy community filled with the warmest touches of home. Our very convenient location makes visiting loved ones easy. We’re just 20 minutes from the George Washington Bridge and close to all major highways. Our fantastic staff members,...

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  • Brighton Gardens of Mountainside

    Brighton Gardens of Mountainside

    1350 Route 22 West, Mountainside, NJ 07092
    (22)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Brighton Gardens of Mountainside offers personalized care for older adults in Union County, NJ. Our compassionate team, including our Designated Care Managers, provides individualized care to fit your unique needs and preferences. We work to promote your independence, while providing you the support...

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  • Brookdale Emerson

    Brookdale Emerson

    590 Old Hook Road, Emerson, NJ 07630
    (26)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Redefine your independence and do more every day. If you’re living a mostly independent lifestyle, but you could use an extra hand with some of your day-to-day activities, our assisted living and memory care community could be right for you. So go ahead and take a dancing class or join your friends...

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  • CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living

    CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living

    76 Passaic Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039
    (28)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living is conveniently located near major highways and sits between the Livingston Mall and Short Hills Mall on Passaic Avenue.  We take pride in providing a broad continuum of health care services in a Campus setting. Part of a CareOne Senior Care Community ...

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  • Van Dyk Park Place

    Van Dyk Park Place

    644 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    When visitors come to Van Dyk Park Place, they immediately notice the friendly and pleasant surroundings here. Owned for sixty years by the Van Dyk family, our CEO, Bob Van Dyk, is dedicated to giving the highest level of care to our residents and patients alike. Park Place is decorated warmly, with...

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  • Atria Tanglewood

    Atria Tanglewood

    125 Ocean Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Atria Tanglewood is one of the premier independent living communities on Long Island, where residents enjoy opportunities for staying active. Join the knitting group, which donates hats to cancer survivors at nearby South Nassau Hospital; stay abreast of current events with the News and Views club;...

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Assisted Living in New York City

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living residences offer long-term supportive housing options for seniors who can live independently for the most part but require some assistance with activities of daily living. Assisted living is part of a continuum of residential care for seniors that bridges the gap between independent living and skilled nursing facilities in terms of the level of care offered.

Assisted living residences provide housing, limited medical services and daily support while facilitating as much independence, autonomy, privacy and freedom of choice as possible for individual residents. Assisted living does not generally include intensive medical care such as managing catheters, administering IVs or dressing wounds and not all facilities offer memory care services for dementia.

Seniors who are best served in an assisted living residence are those who prefer to live in a social and supportive environment, have needs that can be safely met in an assisted living community, can walk or use a wheelchair alone, can move independently and can accept direction from others in time of emergency.

What Services Are Available?

In the state of New York, all assisted living facilities (ALRs) are required to provide the following basic services:

  • Housing
  • 24-hour on-site monitoring (not 24-hour care)
  • Daily meals and snacks
  • Personal care services in a home-like setting
  • Case management
  • Individualized service plans (ISPs)

Assisted living communities in the New York City area vary widely in amenities offered and specialty care provided.

Additional services may include:

  • Onsite barber shops or salons
  • Medical support services, such as podiatrists, physical therapists and occupational therapists
  • Therapeutic groups, such as art and music therapy, exercise, structured games, etc.
  • Senior shuttle buses and medical transportation to outside appointments
  • Trips to local museums, shopping centers, sporting venues, and community events
  • Allowing pets and/or overnight guests
  • Incontinence service
  • Memory care

What Is Senior Living Like in New York City?

In addition to Broadway, Times Square, extraordinary dining and shopping, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the Statue of Liberty, another attraction for seniors in New York City are the world-class medical facilities, doctors and specialists.

There really is no place on earth quite like New York City with its bounty and diversity and assisted living facilities in the area reflect the great variety in choices of services and options in different settings, environments and price ranges. While the number of choices may seem daunting, having so many options allows you the opportunity of finding a great fit for your loved one’s needs, preferences, lifestyle, care requirements and budget.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in New York City?

The average cost of assisted living in New York City is $5,807 per month which is considerably higher than the state average of $4,777. Prices at different facilities vary greatly depending on care needs, type of room or apartment, amenities, neighborhood and style of housing. Locations outside of the metro area are also generally less expensive.

Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

Medicare does not pay for long-term assisted living facilities. Medicare may pay for short-term nursing care following hospitalization and may cover certain medical procedures while your loved one is at assisted living, but the cost of residential housing is not covered.

How Can I Afford/Pay For Assisted Living?

There are financial assistance programs available to help defray costs of assisted living. Contacting the local elder care service center or talking to a financial advisor at a chosen assisted living facility can be of help when looking for options to finance senior care. Some of the most common ways to pay for assisted living include:

  • Utilizing funds from the sale of a home
  • Reverse mortgages
  • Short term bridge loans utilizing equity on a home
  • Savings or retirement accounts
  • Cashing in life insurance policies
  • Veterans Aid and Attendance (for veterans or their spouses over age 65)

How Can I Find Out About Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in New York City?

All adult care facilities in the state of New York are licensed and inspected every 12-18 months and results of these inspections can be found on the New York government health website. Additional information on local regulations and resources for assisted living is contained in the New York Consumer Information Guide for assisted living residences and in the comprehensive database of The Assisted Living Research Institute.

What Are the Signs It's Time for Assisted Living?

Mismanagement of medications, difficulty physically moving about, behavioral issues, general safety concerns and caregiver stress are all warning signs that living independently may pose a health risk to your loved one. If you are here looking, chances are that you already have some apprehensions about your loved one’s safety living alone.

One way to assess how your loved one is doing and what level of care they might need is to pay attention to how they are managing basic activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). ADLs and IADLs are used to assess a person’s level of functioning. Any significant difficulty performing these basic tasks usually indicates a problem with cognitive and/or physical health and is a key sign that it is time to consider assisted living for your loved one’s continued well-being.

What Are ADLs and IADLs?

Activities of daily living (ADLs) are the basic self-care tasks that we learn as children. The essential skills considered to be the basic ADLs necessary to managing daily physical needs are:

  1. Functional mobility: Is able to walk or move from one place to another
  2. Toileting: Can get on and off the toilet and clean oneself independently
  3. Continence: Has control of bowels and bladder
  4. Self-feeding: Can move food from plate to mouth and can chew and swallow
  5. Bathing and showering: Is able to bath self completely or requires assistance with only one area of the body
  6. Dressing: Can select and put on appropriate clothes and outerwear independently

Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) are higher-level tasks that require more complex thinking skills and organizational abilities. Examples of IADLs include:

  • Housecleaning and home maintenance: Can keep one’s living space reasonably tidy, can clean kitchen after meals and is able to manage basic home maintenance tasks
  • Managing finances: Is able to manage basic financial assets and pay bills
  • Shopping and meal preparation: Can do everything required to prepare a meal and can shop for food, clothing and other items required for daily functioning
  • Managing medications: Is able to obtain and take medications as prescribed
  • Managing communication: Can independently communicate via phone and mail
  • Managing transportation: Is able to drive or organize alternate means of transportation

Difficulty managing one or more of these activities is generally an indication that support is needed in daily life and that assisted living may be an ideal option for your loved one.

How Do I Begin My Search?

Knowing your loved one’s functioning level and care needs based on looking at how they are managing their ADLs is a great start. If you know your family member will need memory care, specialized medical care and/or help with incontinence, you will need to look for assisted living communities that can accommodate these conditions. After that, it comes down to budget and your loved one’s preferences regarding style of community, various additional amenities, social and activity groups and the general feel of the facility.

What to Look For When Touring Assisted Living Facilities

Once you have selected a few possible assisted living communities for your loved one, it is important to tour several different facilities. Ideally your loved one and others involved in their care can go with you to get the most information possible. If you would like assistance, call or contact A Place for Mom and we can help you set up your tours.

It is a good idea to make a list of questions and things you want to observe in advance so that you can remain focused and get the best information possible. The following is a basic list of tips for touring assisted living communities:

  • Pay attention to your first impression: What is the general mood of the facility? Do you feel at ease? How are you greeted? Do residents seem happy and engaged? Is the staff friendly?
  • Is the facility clean and well-tended: Are you able to tour resident rooms? Are they clean and well-lit? Are you seeing everything or being shown only parts of the facility? Ask about frequency of housekeeping and laundry services and check for safety features in living spaces such as shower bars, hand rails and call buttons.
  • Investigate the grounds and outdoor areas: Are they clean, well-maintained and accessible to residents? Are there adequate options for outdoor activities and exercise? Is the area secure and safe for your loved one?
  • Stay for a meal: What is the menu like and the quality of the food? What is the atmosphere in the dining area? Make sure that if your family member has special dietary needs that they can be accommodated.
  • Observe a group or social event: It is very important that your loved one be at a similar social functioning level to at least some of the other residents. Are the other residents a good fit for your family member? Are the groups and outings relevant and appropriate to your loved one’s care needs?
  • Ask about security and medical emergency protocols: What will happen if there is a medical emergency and how will you be notified? Is there necessary security and an appropriate staff-to-resident ratio for your loved one? Is the entrance locked or have an attendant during all shifts?
  • Pay attention to red flags: While the need to place your loved one may be urgent, it is important to make sure you don’t rush into a decision and ignore any warning signs you may register.

Write down your impressions and don’t immediately dismiss any signs that this particular facility may not be a good fit. Listen to your intuition and compare notes once you have seen a few sites.

How do I Make the Right Choice?

A Place for Mom knows this is a very important decision and that you want to make the best choice for the health, comfort and peace of mind of your loved one and family. Our Senior Living Advisors are on hand to help you understand what care services your loved one might require, as well as the type of physical setting, groups, and activities that might be beneficial and well-suited to your family member’s needs.

If you have any questions at all about senior living in the New York City area or would like assistance in your decision-making process, you are welcome to contact us. We offer free consultations and it would be our privilege to help you and your family.