New Haven is a coastal city on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County. For seniors who like to remain active, New Haven is considered one of the most walkable city centers, and U.S. News ranked it #60 on its list of 150 Best Places to Retire. USA Today also states that Connecticut’s senior population is among the healthiest in the nation and ranks the state’s life expectancy of 85.4 years as the fourth highest nationwide. Over 134,000 people call New Haven home, including more than 13,800 seniors aged 65 or older.

Assisted living communities offer a safe, homelike environment for aging adults who need personalized supportive care but want to retain as much of their independence as possible. The average monthly cost of assisted living in New Haven is $6,445, which is slightly higher than the state average and significantly higher than the national average.

This guide provides information about assisted living in New Haven, including the costs of other senior care options and cost comparisons of assisted living in other Connecticut cities. It also provides several benefits and drawbacks of retiring in New Haven and a list of free senior resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in New Haven, CT

2021, 2022

Evergreen Woods

88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT, 06471


Just Like Home’s Dogwood Home

62 Dogwood Drive, Shelton, CT, 06484

Dogwood Home is an extraordinary place. It is pretty much a template for what a care home for the elderly should be. One key factor in its remarkable success is that it is small – only six residents. … (read more)
Dogwood Home is an extraordinary place. It is pretty much a template for what a care home for the elderly should be. One key factor in its remarkable success is that it is small – only six residents. … (read more)

2014

The Village at Mariner’s Point

111 South Shore Drive, East Haven, CT, 06512

The Village at Mariner’s Point is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility that boasts majestic ocean views from a seaside hilltop in East Haven, Connecticut. Family memb … (read more)
The Village at Mariner’s Point is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility that boasts majestic ocean views from a seaside hilltop in East Haven, Connecticut. Family memb … (read more)

2015, 2016

Carriage Green at Milford

77 Plains Road, Milford, CT, 06461

Carriage Green at Milford is located in Milford, Connecticut, not far from I-95, Milford Hospital and Baldwin Marsh Wildlife Area. Residents and their guests appreciate the facility’s apartment-style … (read more)
Carriage Green at Milford is located in Milford, Connecticut, not far from I-95, Milford Hospital and Baldwin Marsh Wildlife Area. Residents and their guests appreciate the facility’s apartment-style … (read more)

2014

Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull

2750 Reservoir Ave, Trumbull, CT, 06611

Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull is nestled in Trumbull, Connecticut, right beside Maefair Health Care Center and Henry Mucci Highway. Visitors are impressed by the facility’s luxurious common areas, whi … (read more)
Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull is nestled in Trumbull, Connecticut, right beside Maefair Health Care Center and Henry Mucci Highway. Visitors are impressed by the facility’s luxurious common areas, whi … (read more)

2016

Benchmark at Split Rock

708A Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT, 06484

Benchmark at Split Rock is located in Shelton, Connecticut, near Connecticut Route 8 and Shelton Square Shopping Center. Visitors are impressed by the facility’s modern, well-decorated rooms and its h … (read more)
Benchmark at Split Rock is located in Shelton, Connecticut, near Connecticut Route 8 and Shelton Square Shopping Center. Visitors are impressed by the facility’s modern, well-decorated rooms and its h … (read more)

The Hearth at Gardenside

173 Alps Road, Branford, CT, 06405

Nestled in the historic shoreline community of Branford, Connecticut, The Hearth at Gardenside features independent living, assisted living and memory care for 132 residents. Residents routinely prais … (read more)
Nestled in the historic shoreline community of Branford, Connecticut, The Hearth at Gardenside features independent living, assisted living and memory care for 132 residents. Residents routinely prais … (read more)

Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden

35 Hamden Hills Drive, Hamden, CT, 06518

Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden is an assisted living and memory care facility located in the heart of Hamden, Connecticut, offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, including companion suit … (read more)
Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden is an assisted living and memory care facility located in the heart of Hamden, Connecticut, offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, including companion suit … (read more)

Maplewood at Orange

245 Indian River Road, Orange, CT, 06477

Maplewood at Orange is located in Orange, Connecticut, situated near the PEZ Visitor’s Center, shopping and restaurants. Residents and visitors appreciate the farm-to-table meals served at Maplewood … (read more)
Maplewood at Orange is located in Orange, Connecticut, situated near the PEZ Visitor’s Center, shopping and restaurants. Residents and visitors appreciate the farm-to-table meals served at Maplewood … (read more)

Spring Village at Stratford

6911 Main Street, Stratford, CT, 06614

We saw Spring Village at Stratford assisted living and they’re very friendly and very nice. We saw the dining room, the activities room, and the chapel. They have different floors with the rooms. They … (read more)
We saw Spring Village at Stratford assisted living and they’re very friendly and very nice. We saw the dining room, the activities room, and the chapel. They have different floors with the rooms. They … (read more)

Atria Larson Place

1450 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT, 06517

Atria Larson Place is nestled next to Lake Whitney in Hamden, Connecticut and provides independent living, assisted living and memory care. Residents and their loved ones appreciate the kind and welco … (read more)
Atria Larson Place is nestled next to Lake Whitney in Hamden, Connecticut and provides independent living, assisted living and memory care. Residents and their loved ones appreciate the kind and welco … (read more)

Coachman Square at Woodbridge

21 Bradley Road, Woodbridge, CT, 06525

Coachman Square at Woodbridge is located in Woodbridge, Connecticut, near cultural attractions such as the Shubert Theater, Peabody Museum, shopping and restaurants. The community offers classes in th … (read more)
Coachman Square at Woodbridge is located in Woodbridge, Connecticut, near cultural attractions such as the Shubert Theater, Peabody Museum, shopping and restaurants. The community offers classes in th … (read more)

Masonicare at Ashlar Village

74 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, CT, 06492

Masonicare at Ashlar Village, located in Wallingford, Connecticut, is close to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and Lufberry Memorial Park. Visitors praise the community’s spacious apartment-style rooms a … (read more)
Masonicare at Ashlar Village, located in Wallingford, Connecticut, is close to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and Lufberry Memorial Park. Visitors praise the community’s spacious apartment-style rooms a … (read more)

Linden at Woodbridge

330 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT, 06525

Linden at Woodbridge is really attentive. My dad is in their assisted living. I think they have great communication. They have a lot of activities. It just feels like a really nice community, and they … (read more)
Linden at Woodbridge is really attentive. My dad is in their assisted living. I think they have great communication. They have a lot of activities. It just feels like a really nice community, and they … (read more)

Wesley Heights at Wesley Village

580 Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, CT, 06484

Wesley Heights at Wesley Village is located in Shelton, Connecticut, a town which has twice had the honor of having one of their pine trees selected as the official Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. … (read more)
Wesley Heights at Wesley Village is located in Shelton, Connecticut, a town which has twice had the honor of having one of their pine trees selected as the official Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. … (read more)

Marbridge Retirement Center

665 West Main Street, Cheshire, CT, 06410

My parents are in assisted living at Marbridge Retirement Center. They’re wonderful. They couldn’t be any better. It’s a great facility, the food is very good, and they have a couple of different chef … (read more)
My parents are in assisted living at Marbridge Retirement Center. They’re wonderful. They couldn’t be any better. It’s a great facility, the food is very good, and they have a couple of different chef … (read more)

Seacrest

588 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT, 06516

Seacrest Retirement Center is located on oceanfront property in West Haven, Connecticut, in close proximity to major highways, shopping centers and Yale University. Residents and visitors consistently … (read more)
Seacrest Retirement Center is located on oceanfront property in West Haven, Connecticut, in close proximity to major highways, shopping centers and Yale University. Residents and visitors consistently … (read more)

Smithfield Gardens Assisted Living

26 Smith Street, Seymour, CT, 06483

Smithfield Gardens Assisted Living is located in Seymour, Connecticut, close to major thoroughfares, shopping centers and Matthies Memorial Park. This senior living community is described as attractiv … (read more)
Smithfield Gardens Assisted Living is located in Seymour, Connecticut, close to major thoroughfares, shopping centers and Matthies Memorial Park. This senior living community is described as attractiv … (read more)

Montowese Health & Rehab Center

163 Quinnipiac Ave, North Haven, CT, 06473

Montowese Health & Rehab Center is tucked away in North Haven, Connecticut, just above East Rock Park. Residents describe the facility as clean, bright and organized. Activity directors host two e … (read more)
Montowese Health & Rehab Center is tucked away in North Haven, Connecticut, just above East Rock Park. Residents describe the facility as clean, bright and organized. Activity directors host two e … (read more)


What to Consider About Assisted Living in New Haven

Connecticut doesn’t license assisted living facilities. It licenses and regulates the assisted living service agencies that provide assisted living services at these facilities. The Department of Public Health, Facility Licensing and Investigations Section monitors, regulates, licenses and investigates over 1,900 licensed facilities, including assisted living service agencies in New Haven and throughout the state.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in New Haven

  • Seniors in New Haven collecting retirement benefits may feel the sting from unfriendly state income taxes. Social Security income is only fully exempt for individuals with $75,000 or couples with $100,000 or less in federal AGI. However, seniors can deduct 75% of federally taxed Social Security benefits on their state tax returns. In 2021, only 42% of income from pensions and annuities was tax-exempt for individuals with $75,000 or couples with $100,000 in federal AGI. However, this exemption percentage increases 14% annually until it reaches 100% in 2025.
  • Connecticut’s sales tax rate is 6.35%, and it doesn’t allow counties or cities to add to it. This rate is only lower than about 40% of other states. However, seniors in New Haven benefit from tax-exempt necessities, including groceries, prescription and nonprescription drugs and clothing costing less than $50.
  • New Haven has four distinct seasons and frequent weather changes due to its proximity to the water. Summers are warm, and winters are cool, with occasional frigidity. The July high is around 83 degrees, giving New Haven a summer comfort index of 9 out of 10. It boasts four comfortable months with temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees, but it also averages 113 days with nighttime lows below freezing and six months with significant snowfall.
  • The cost of living in New Haven is about 2% higher than the national average, but it’s more than 5% lower than the state average. Housing costs are around 25% less than the national average, but health care costs are about equal.
  • New Haven seniors benefit from having a local hospital that’s ranked number one in the state. Yale New Haven Hospital is nationally ranked in eight adult specialties, including ranking 21st out of 4,523 hospitals in geriatrics. It’s also rated high performing in three adult specialties, including orthopedics, and 12 procedures or conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, stroke and knee replacement, among others.

Paying for Assisted Living in New Haven

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in New Haven is $6,445. While this is only $145 per month higher than the state average, it’s $2,145 above the national median.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

New Haven’s higher-than-average monthly cost also makes it higher than many other cities throughout the state, but not all of them. Its cost per month is higher than Norwich’s cost by $745 and Hartford’s by $692 per month, but it’s lower than Bridgeport’s by $1,393. 

$6445

New Haven

$6300

Connecticut

$4300

The United States

$5700

Norwich

$5753

Hartford

$7838

Bridgeport

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors may also want to compare the costs of other types of senior care. Adult day health care is the least expensive at $1,110 but offers very limited levels of non-residential care. In Connecticut, seniors can get at-home care at a lower cost than assisted living. Homemaker services average $4,767 per month, and home health aides cost an average of $4,948. Nursing home facilities offer the highest level of residential care but can cost double the amount of assisted living. Semiprivate rooms average $12,395 while private rooms average $13,357 monthly.

$4767

Homemaker Services

$4948

Home Health Aide

$1110

Adult Day Health Care

$6445

Assisted Living Facility

$12395

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$13357

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New Haven

Any resident that qualifies for Medicaid can use the program to pay for assisted living facilities. Low-income individuals who prefer to live in an ALF rather than a nursing home may also receive help through the Assisted Living Waiver Program.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Connecticut page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Connecticut

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Connecticut page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in New Haven

Seniors in New Haven have several local, regional and statewide resources that offer free programs and services specifically for older adults. Each of these resources offers various ways to help seniors remain safe, healthy, active and engaged.

Resource

Contact 

Services

(203) 946-8550

The Department of Elderly Services assists seniors aged 55 or older by providing case management and referral services to help with medical, legal, nutritional, financial and housing needs. It strives to help seniors remain active and retain their independence and provides a variety of fun, annual events.

(203) 785-8533

The AOASCC is an independent nonprofit organization that serves seniors aged 60 or older and individuals with disabilities in greater New Haven. It provides opportunities for staying healthy and active through exercise, health classes and social involvement, and it offers advocacy and services to help clients remain as independent and engaged as possible. AOASCC also offers volunteer opportunities and partners with other nonprofits to provide an array of other services.

(203) 230-8994

IVCG is a nonprofit that serves seniors aged 60 or older in the greater New Haven area. It provides free rides to medical appointments, regardless of income, including appointments for outpatient procedures, dental visits, same-day surgeries, therapy and counseling. Rides are provided Monday through Friday by volunteers. It also provides free adult incontinence products and lends gently used durable medical equipment to seniors in need.

(860) 823-3366

The Connecticut LTCOP ensures assisted living facility residents understand their rights and operates Inclusive Communities Work Groups to address bullying, education and outreach. Volunteer advocates and ombudsmen support LTC residents by helping them work with nursing home staff for changes to improve their quality of life, and they strive to help residents and staff communicate better with each other.

(203) 946-8558

(203) 946-8541

(203) 946-8544

The City of New Haven operates three senior centers, including the Atwater Senior Center, Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center and East Shore Senior Center. Each facility offers a range of programs to help seniors stay active and social. Each site also provides congregate meals, health screenings and volunteer opportunities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New Haven

New Haven-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Connecticut are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Connecticut page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Connecticut