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Brooklyn is New York City’s most populous borough and is right behind Queens when it comes to its senior population. Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, and the borough’s other unique attractions draw seniors to retire in the area. As the geographical center of NYC, Brooklyn’s prime location allows seniors to get to surrounding boroughs with ease. The borough is also known for its senior friendliness, great health care options, diverse activities, and senior living options — including independent living.

Independent living communities offer a safe place filled with luxe amenities and fun social activities. They allow seniors to forget about the stresses of home maintenance and daily chores by offering services like housekeeping, transportation, meal plans, and more. It’s ideal for seniors who don’t need assistance with their personal care but would like convenient on-site services and activities. In Brooklyn, the rent for independent living communities is around $7,800 per month. It’s higher than some assisted living and memory care communities due to independent living’s luxurious offerings.

Learn about Brooklyn’s independent living costs, payment tips, care and amenities, housing regulations, health care resources, and senior-friendly activities in this guide to Brooklyn independent living.

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Independent Living
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Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
Assisted Living
Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
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Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
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Memory Care
Memory Care
Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
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Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
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Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Average starting price $X,XXX/month
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Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.
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5 / 5.0

My mom has been here for 3 weeks. The first few days she called me constantly. Now, she never calls me because she's happy! She's getting great attention and is making friends. I'm so comfortable with my choice.

3.4 / 5.0

We went with The Senior Residence at Se. Peter Apostle because they offered a comparable level of service for almost $2000 less a month. The facility is smaller with only 20 rooms, it is a former convent so you have to be ok with a small room versus some other places that had large rooms. They have ...

4 / 5.0

My father in law is doing okay here at this community, he is still adjusting, but they are caring for him well. We do feel comfortable with his move to this community, it is a nice place. [Removed] is amazing. She was great to work with, she was very helpful, and understanding. The front desk recept...

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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...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
estled in the vibrant heart of Brooklyn, Kings County, The Belvedere stands as a beacon of elegance and warmth in assisted living and memory care. This charming community, surrounded by the bustling energy and conveniences of a cosmopolitan neighborhood, offers its residents not just a place to...
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The people here at Sunrise are very nice to me and helps me with whatever I need. Everyone one here is so wonderful. I'm so happy I decide to stay here because living at home alone is not safe for me.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Additional Amenities at Sunrise of Sheepshead Bay: Sunrise of Sheepshead Bay has a residential feel and feels set away from the hustle and bustle Brooklyn has to offer. Right outside our doors though we also offer a large parking lot for our residents and their visitors. Our location affords many...
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The staff is very friendly and informative. The main reasons we chose Sunrise of Mill Basin was because it was in a quiet neighborhood and they seemed organized and helpful. They listened and tried to help...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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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It's very clean. They are very good. I have had a positive interaction with the staff. There is no complaints about the food. My loved one has enjoyed the activities. They are very responsive, attentive, and...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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...
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What I like the most about The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights community are the other residents living there, the lectures we get to listen to and my apartment.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Nestled in a vibrant New York neighborhood, yet with a friendly small-town atmosphere, The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights provides an exceptional setting for seniors who want an exceptional lifestyle. This elegant, pet-friendly community offers upscale living spaces and amenities, accompanied by...
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I am so pleased that my mother and our family found our way to Atria Forest Hills at a moment when my mom, now in her 90s, welcomed a change from a lifetime of household responsibilities. At Atria, my mom...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Atria Senior Living is a leading operator of independent living, assisted living, supportive living and memory care communities in more than 200 locations in 26 states and seven Canadian provinces. Atria communities are home to more than 23,000 seniors and employ more than 14,000 people.
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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...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
At Sunrise at East 56th we deliver personalized assisted living and memory care with a caring staff trained to the highest standards. We are home to New Yorkers with refined tastes, and offer programs catering to your unique interests and NYC lifestyle. All so you can thrive in the city where you...
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Visited [date removed]. I found the establishment to be clean and smell pleasant. Also greeted with friendly smile and helpful staff. My mom was slouching in her chair and called the staff to help her sit up...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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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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...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
KosherTwo blocks from Forest ParkIn house religious servicesMemory Care25 minutes from ManhattanOne block from restaurants and shoppingTenured team with over 20 years of experienceOne block off Lefferts and MetropolitanDirectly off Jackie Robinson Parkway
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They get all 5 stars. My experience with my Aunt as a resident at Atria West 86 for 3 months has been wonderful. The entire staff has been attentive, kind, caring and accessible. It is a perfect fit for my...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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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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...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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My father live at Castle. This place are amazing . I'm very thankful that I was able to place my dad there , staff are amazing ,food is good it's very clean place . He is able to get his therapy here . They...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills offers a unique supportive living environment with all the comforts of home. Conveniently located off the Long Island Expressway, we offer elegant suites, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, and linen service and three delicious kosher meals served daily in...
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Our loved one is doing very well at Harborview Senior Living community, overall it has been a great fit. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would highly recommend this community to other families...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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...
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My loved one was a resident at The Homestead. Based on our experience, I would not recommend this facility to others. The facility needs an upgrade.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
The Homestead The Homestead is an assisted living community located in Kew Gardens, NY. Kew Gardens is an upscale neighborhood situated in Queens, an area known for its diverse museums and cultural institutions. Queens is home to the John Bowne House, the site of a former Quaker meeting place...
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There was serious staff shortage, which cut into response time and the amount of time aides could spend with residents or patients who might require more help. Not true only of Atrium, of course. My brother,...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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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I was looking for some place clean and comfortable and that was close by and affordable and this fit the bill. I know that they have a lot of activities provided for the residents, things like arts and...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
New South Shore ManorNew South Shore Manor is an assisted living community located in the bustling city of Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn is located in Kings County, about 20-minutes from Manhattan, and home to about 2.7 million people. Brooklyn is home to lots of great shops, stores, and restaurants...
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We have a term, Heimish that means "like home," and Ateret Avot, where my loved one is staying is just like home. It's quite a small place, but it definitely provides a different kind of experience than many...
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Ateret Avot is a luxurious Jewish independent living community located in historic Brooklyn, New York. This community is located in Kings County. Our mission is to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of Orthodox Jewish seniors in a luxurious environment, enhanced by the warmth and...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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We secured a fabulous unit with a huge terrace where we can have our planters. Its about 1300sq feet and we love having our planters out there - it beats any other assisted living unit. If you are feeling...
Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Brookdale Battery Park is the premiere senior living and assisted living community in New York, New York. With a prime location in Manhattan, Brookdale Battery Park offers upscale senior living right on the Hudson River, near the Statue of Liberty. Manhattan is often called the economic and...
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My Uncle is so happy here. When I visit him he just looks so alive and he doesn’t want to leave. The staff members are so nice and are very well mannered. Everyone is so helpful and understanding. If they’re...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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I'm going to have to say after only a week it's a 5 across the board. Everyone who works here is committed to making sure the residents in memory care are safe and engaged. No one is sitting alone in their...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Imagine a lifestyle of exceptional comfort, inspiring experiences, and vibrant connection. A place to pursue your interests and embrace life’s pleasures, all in the warm company of your contemporaries. Find it all at Coterie.DELIVERING 24/7 SUPPORTServicesAt the heart of the Coterie experience is...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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...
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Im sending my uncle there starting next month. Im very happy with what they offer. Place is very clean and staff is caring and professional.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

Cost of independent living in Brooklyn

The approximate cost of rent at an independent living community is $7,800 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s 2022-2023 proprietary data.[01] This figure doesn’t include additional costs for some luxurious on-site services and amenities.

What’s included in the monthly rent

Amenities and services vary between Brooklyn’s independent living communities, but seniors can typically expect rent to cover the following:

  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • A meal plan with three meals and snacks daily
  • Building, residence, and grounds maintenance
  • A calendar of activities (like fitness classes, art lessons, group outings)
  • Access to common amenities (like movie theaters, game rooms, and crafts centers)

Several Brooklyn communities within our network also offer transportation services, salon services, and meal accommodations, but they may incur additional fees.

How Brooklyn independent living costs compare to other boroughs

At $7,800, Brooklyn is not as affordable as some other boroughs within our partnering independent living network but is more affordable than Manhattan. Here are our 2022-2023 proprietary rent estimates to give you a monthly cost comparison of independent living communities in other boroughs:[01]

  • The Bronx: $5,000
  • Queens: $7,000
  • Manhattan: $13,500

A Place for Mom doesn’t partner with many independent living communities in Staten Island, therefore we don’t have accurate cost data for that borough. Staten Island is generally known to be more affordable than the other boroughs and similar in costs to the Bronx.

How to pay for independent living in Brooklyn

Medicaid and Medicare don’t cover independent living community costs in Brooklyn because they are not considered long-term care communities. Therefore, Brooklyn seniors typically use these public programs to fund medical expenses while they combine personal resources to pay for independent living costs.

Private income sources include savings accounts, Social Security benefits, retirement pensions, and investment returns. Depending on their circumstances, seniors may also turn to the following private pay options:

If you’d like an outline of the payment options listed above, you can visit the payment section on our NYC page or view our guide to paying for long-term care to plan for potential care needs in the future.

Additionally, veterans might use public payment methods like VA benefits to offset independent living costs in Brooklyn. Furthermore, all seniors can usually turn to Medicare or Medicaid to save on some health care and long-term care costs. Learn more about all three options below.

VA benefits for Brooklyn independent living

About 31,000 veterans live in Brooklyn and more than half of them are 65 or older.[02] Brooklyn and New York City provide a great selection of resources to help this growing veteran population cover independent living and long-term care costs. Consider reaching out to a local veterans service organization (VSO) in Brooklyn to receive benefits counseling and learn more about your entitled benefits as a veteran or surviving spouse.

The NYC Department of Veterans’ Services recommends the following offices in Brooklyn to any senior veterans searching for veterans service organizations (VSOs) in Brooklyn:

New York State Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS)

250 Schermerhorn St., Room 211

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-613-3735

Email: dvsinfo@veterans.ny.gov

Brooklyn Veteran Resource Center

25 Chapel St.

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

These organizations can connect you with VSOs like the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). VSOs help Brooklyn veterans receive and maximize their entitled benefits by putting them in contact with qualified advisors and advocates.

Medicare and Medicaid

Neither Medicaid nor Medicare cover the cost of independent living in Brooklyn, but seniors can use these health insurance programs to save on medical expenses and some long-term care costs. Learn more about both options below.

Medicare for Brooklyn independent living

Medicare is a federal health insurance program that provides coverage to seniors 65 years of age and older. It can pay for medical expenses, but it doesn’t cover room and board costs for independent living in Brooklyn. Medical expenses include doctors’ visits, hospital stays, prescriptions, medical equipment, and other medically prescribed services. It can also cover care costs — like hospice care and home health care — that may become necessary for aging seniors with health conditions.

To receive assistance with Medicare services in Brooklyn, you can use the Social Security Office Locator to contact a local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. Type in the ZIP code and click on “I Need Other Services” to find the nearest office. You can also contact New York State’s HIICAP (Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Programs) to receive benefits counseling and assistance.

To save on Medicare costs in Brooklyn, you can check out New York State’s consumer guide to community-based long-term care. The guide also includes information about the following in NYC:

Medicaid for Brooklyn independent living

Medicaid is a health insurance program that’s jointly funded by the federal and New York governments. It provides coverage to low-income seniors and is called New York State Medicaid (NYS Medicaid). The following factors can affect one’s eligibility:[03]

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Income
  • Household/family size
  • Place of residence

NYS Medicaid doesn’t pay for room and board in a Brooklyn independent living facility. However, it can cover medical costs provided in or outside of a facility. Medical costs include doctors’ visits, immunizations, medicine, hospital stays, medical supplies, and other medically necessary costs. It can also cover health care services for seniors who need round-the-clock care in an assisted living community through its Assisted Living Program.

Medicaid offices in Brooklyn

To access Medicaid benefits in Brooklyn, seniors can reach out to the following offices:

Coney Island

1912 Mermaid Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11224

Phone: 929-221-3790

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

East New York

404 Pine St., 2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11208

Phone: 929-221-8204

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kings County Hospital

441 Clarkson Ave., “T” Building, Nurses’ Residence, 1st Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11203

Phone: 718-221-2300. Extension #2301.

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Brooklyn South

785 Atlantic Ave., 1st Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone: 929-221-3502

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Note: Some of these offices offer online appointments, while others may be temporarily closed. Be sure to call before your visit.

Independent living laws and regulations in Brooklyn

Because they’re not care facilities, stand-alone independent living communities are considered to be like any standard apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York. This means they’re not regulated by a state health agency. As such, they only comply with regulations set forth by NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

As a senior who rents in an independent living community in NYC, you have several tenants’ rights and responsibilities. As a tenant, there are many laws that protect you from being discriminated against and work to ensure a safe, well-maintained housing environment. But, you also have a duty to follow apartment rules, like not damaging the building and staying in communication with landlords.

Your independent living landlord is required to provide you with the following security measures and essential services in a Brooklyn independent living apartment:[04]

  • Heat
  • Hot and cold water
  • Fresh paint every three years
  • Good lighting
  • Carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors
  • Self-closing entrance doorways

Your landlord is also required to keep your apartment free of hazards, vermin, and leaks. You have the right to request repairs or remediation if your apartment lacks essential services or if you’re living in hazardous conditions. If your landlord refuses to make repairs, you can report a complaint to the HPD.

Independent living with senior care services

If an independent living community offers assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing services on-site, that facility is additionally regulated beyond just residential tenant rights and protections. Such facilities are required to comply with the New York State Department of Health on a variety of regulations.

Learn more about senior care facility regulations in the laws and regulations section of our Brooklyn assisted living page.

Inspections for independent living facilities

In New York, you can find recent information on a building’s licensing, license violations, complaints, litigations, and more using this HDP search tool. You can also learn more about HPD inspections on the website.

Amenities and conveniences for independent living in Brooklyn

Brooklyn offers different types of independent living communities throughout the borough. Some communities like The Waterford on the Bay overlook the captivating Sheepshead Bay, while others prioritize simplicity within the borough’s quieter neighborhoods. There’s even a faith-based community — Ateret Avot — that accepts seniors of all faiths.

Learn about how Brooklyn’s charming, brownstone-lined streets offer a unique retirement for seniors through independent living below.

Conveniences to minimize daily stresses

Brooklyn independent living communities offer a variety of on-site services and amenities that make day-to-day life easier for seniors. For instance, seniors don’t have to worry about cooking, cleaning, or driving, unless it’s something they wish to do. The following independent living services and amenities offer seniors safety and convenience:

  • 24-hour concierge services
  • Regular housekeeping and laundry services
  • Three meals and refreshments daily
  • Emergency call system

Most of our partner communities don’t have kitchenettes, but they do offer cooking classes or shared kitchens for those who enjoy cooking. Some communities even offer conveniences like prescription ordering, on-call doctors, and transportation for medical appointments.

Assisted living units for when care needs arise

Aging sometimes comes with conditions that require some light nursing services. In anticipation of such needs, some of our Brooklyn independent living partners offer different types of care within a different section of the same building. For instance, some of our partners offer on-site assisted living services like the following:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, etc.)
  • Medication management
  • Nursing staff
  • Rehabilitative therapies
  • Visiting doctors

On-site activities and amenities for a fulfilling retirement

One of the biggest draws of independent living in Brooklyn is the robust entertainment and social environment. These communities are known to provide seniors with activities and amenities that nourish the mind, body, and soul. From group activities like bingo and trivia to wellness activities like yoga and lifelong learning lectures, seniors have the opportunity to flourish in new ways.

Common activities and amenities found in our partner Brooklyn independent living communities include the following:

  • Fitness centers and classes
  • Crafts centers and classes
  • Libraries or reading rooms
  • TV lounges or movie theaters
  • Cafes or bistros
  • Courtyards
  • Salon and barber services
  • Group activities (game nights, musical activities, lectures, happy hours, and more)
  • Holiday and birthday celebrations
  • Outings to local attractions and events (museums, festivals, theatrical performances, etc.)

Some luxurious partners — like The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights — also offer lavish amenities like a rooftop terrace garden area, resident bar areas, and live entertainment rooms for local artists.

Health care for seniors in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has some accessible medical centers to meet the various health care needs of seniors. The borough’s top-rated hospitals provide impressive care services — see the highlights below.[05]

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. This hospital ranks No. 9 in New York and nationally in five specialties — cardiology, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology, urology, and geriatrics. Patients benefit from the hospital’s award-winning physicians and innovative approach to health care.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. This hospital is home to a world-renowned Level 1 trauma center. It has over 600 beds and is known for its diabetes care, heart failure treatment, stroke care, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care.
  • University Hospital at Downstate. This hospital ranks well in four specialties — heart failure treatment, diabetes care, stroke care, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care.

Transportation for seniors in Brooklyn

Approximately half of our independent living community partners in Brooklyn offer complimentary and/or at-cost transportation services for residents. Seniors can schedule a ride with the on-site concierge. Do remember that some communities may limit rides to medical appointments and essential errands, while others allow rides for social occasions and personal events.

For visiting loved ones and independent seniors, the city offers a variety of public transportation options including subways, buses, taxis, and more. Seniors 65+ can receive a discount on NYC’s transportation services. To obtain a Reduced Fare Metro Card from the New York City Department of Aging, seniors can show their Medicare card or call 3-1-1. You can learn more about local senior transportation options in Brooklyn on the NYC 311 website.

Activities for seniors in Brooklyn

Brooklyn offers plenty of entertainment and culture for seniors to enjoy. Seniors can enjoy local attractions and festivities during group outings scheduled by most of our partner independent living communities. Or, they can explore the borough on their own. Below, we’ve highlighted some of Brooklyn’s senior-favored activities to give you a snapshot of the borough’s entertainment options.

  • Brooklyn boat tours. With its close proximity to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn has a ton of waterfront activities. For seniors who enjoy being out on the water, Brooklyn Sail offers private sailboats for rent, group sailing tours, and even sailing lessons. Seniors can enjoy views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and more of NYC’s wonders.
  • Golf courses in Brooklyn. Brooklyn offers a few gorgeous golf courses. Golf lovers especially love the stunning, 18-hole Marine Park Golf Course in southern Brooklyn. The expansive courses feature green rolling hills, sand traps, and small ponds. Some courses even offer a senior discount, so be sure to inquire about discounts before visiting.
  • Brooklyn Museum. This extravagant museum displays over 500,000 works of art in various mediums and it’s home to unique, immersive art experiences. The artworks enable visitors to feel the power of social change through history. The museum even offers a senior discount and generous accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This blooming, 52-acre garden has unique flowers and plants from all around the world. Browse vibrant gardens like the rock garden, herb garden, Japanese garden, fragrance garden, and more. Seniors are offered a discount and it’s easily accessible to individuals with disabilities. It offers guided tours and wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Plattduetsche Home Society, The Belvedere and Van Dyk Park Place are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Brooklyn, NY. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Independent Living in Brooklyn is 5941.9 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

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

  2. United States Census Bureau. (2022). Brooklyn borough, Kings County, New York.

  3. New York State Department of Health. (2023, August). How to apply for NY Medicaid.

  4. New York City Housing Preservation and Development. (2019). Tenants’ rights and responsibilities.

  5. U.S. News and World Report. (2023). Hospitals in Brooklyn, NY.

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1.

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

2.

United States Census Bureau. (2022). Brooklyn borough, Kings County, New York.

3.

New York State Department of Health. (2023, August). How to apply for NY Medicaid.

4.

New York City Housing Preservation and Development. (2019). Tenants’ rights and responsibilities.

5.

U.S. News and World Report. (2023). Hospitals in Brooklyn, NY.