The southernmost state in New England, Connecticut is a popular destination for residents of the New York metropolitan area looking for a scenic getaway — 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. Although Connecticut can be a bit more expensive than other states, you’ll find it to be a serene, picturesque escape from the big city and an excellent retirement destination.
The median monthly cost of a care home in Connecticut is about $3,300. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Connecticut.
In Connecticut, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or fewer. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
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.