The Best Assisted Living in New York City

Matthew Jones Matthew Jones Writer and Editor

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New York City is the most populous (and most densely populated) city in the United States.1 It also has one of the largest populations of older adults, with roughly 4.6 million residents ages 60 or older.2 There are dozens of NYC senior communities to accommodate seniors who can no longer live independently. However, the state of New York uses specific language to refer to different kinds of adult care facilities (ACFs) based on the type of care that can be provided,3 including multiple types of assisted living.

In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of the best assisted living communities in New York City. Continue reading to see which community may be the right choice for you.

Our Methodology: How We Chose the Best Assisted Living in New York City

New York City is a unique location for assisted living. Not only is it home to a large population of seniors, but the state also sets specific requirements for different kinds of assisted living facilities, such as ALP facilities and EALRs. We spent over 50 hours researching communities and considered various factors when choosing the best assisted living facilities in NYC.

  • Cost: The cost of assisted living in New York City is very high, but programs like ALP can help lower-income seniors get coverage for their care. We examined a wide range of communities, from low-cost, not-for-profit facilities to luxury, resort-style communities.
  • Available care: Many assisted living communities offer multiple types of care so seniors can age in place as their needs change. We focused on communities that offer multiple types of care, such as memory care.
  • Reviews: While conducting our research, we read hundreds of reviews to get a better idea of the advantages and drawbacks of each community. That helped us provide a clearer picture of what life at the best NYC assisted living communities is really like.
  • Amenities: Amenities can help make an assisted living community feel like a home away from home. Focusing on communities offering quality and varied amenities helped us narrow our list.
  • Location: Location is an extremely important factor in New York City. Each of the five boroughs is unique, and many seniors may have specific preferences about where in the city they want to live. We tried to identify the best assisted living communities throughout New York City, not just Manhattan.
  • Staff size: We highlighted assisted living communities that offer high staff-to-resident ratios, often with a maximum of eight residents per caregiver.

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