You won’t have trouble finding a Rochester assisted living facility (ALF). Finding the right one? That’s another story. At SeniorLiving.org, we’ve provided some tools to make your search easier from resident reviews to assisted living costs. Here’s what you can expect from this city on Lake Ontario.
Rochester has long been known for its parks and landscaping ever since Frederick Law Olmstead “the father of American landscape architecture” turned donated city land into an urban oasis of beauty. Of the city’s 3,500 acres of parks, Olmstead designed Genesee Valley Park, Highland Park, Seneca Park and Maplewood.
In addition to the parks, Rochester has several “nationally recognized” recreational trails including the Erie Canal Heritage Trail and the Genesee Greenway Trail, an 18-mile path that links 11 city parks. The 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail is another highlight of Rochester’s natural surroundings (along Lake Ontario) while also commemorating historic sites such as battles.
The City Bureau of Recreation offers weekly seniors programs at the Danforth Community Center including crafts, exercises, cards, clubs and field trips.
Among Rochester’s many spring and summer festivals are two Greek Festivals, Rochester Music Festival, Fourth of July, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Rochester-High Falls International Film Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Clothesline Art Festival, and the most popular, the Lilac Festival, which attracts 500,000 people every year.
Rochester’s overall cost of living is 15% lower than the national average. According to a Genworth Financial survey, a one-bedroom in a Rochester assisted living facility averages $3,700 a month. A private room in a nursing home averages $334 a day, while a semi-private averages $322 a day. The daily services of a home health aide average $52,624 a year based on a 44-hour workweek.
To further help you in your selection of a Rochester assisted living facility, read “Finding the Best Assisted Living Community.”