Norwich is a city in New London County, a short journey down the Thames River from Long Island Sound. The city is home to 40,125 residents, with the 65+ age group making up about 16.9%. Norwich is an affordable city, with costs typically below the state and national averages. It also provides its older residents with numerous free and subsidized transportation options and impressive medical care. The city’s many other attractions include the Slater Memorial Museum, home to an abundance of Greek, Roman and Renaissance sculptures and American and world art. For those who like to gamble, there’s Mohegan Sun, a casino resort on the Mohegan Reservation.

Assisted living communities are homes for seniors who would otherwise struggle with common tasks, such as managing their medications. Seniors are free to use their time as they wish, while staff ensures their rooms are cleaned and meals prepared. The average cost in Norwich is $5,700 per month, about 10% below the state average of $6,300.

This guide reveals the average fees for other types of senior care in Norwich and discusses the pros and cons of living in the city. There’s also a short list of resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Norwich, CT

Sachem Home

33 Sachem Street,, Norwich, CT, 06360

Sachem Homes is an assisted living facility. They provide meals and the residents either have their own rooms or shared room. They have 24-hour staff. It caters to smaller community. The meals are pre … (read more)
Sachem Homes is an assisted living facility. They provide meals and the residents either have their own rooms or shared room. They have 24-hour staff. It caters to smaller community. The meals are pre … (read more)

Sheltering Arms Retirement Residence

165 McKinley Avenue, Norwich, CT, 06360

Sheltering Arms just didn’t have the best levels of services. It wasn’t quite on the level of assisted living, and that’s why it just wasn’t working for my mother anymore. I can say that it wa … (read more)
Sheltering Arms just didn’t have the best levels of services. It wasn’t quite on the level of assisted living, and that’s why it just wasn’t working for my mother anymore. I can say that it wa … (read more)

St Jude Common

3 Myrtle Dr, Norwich, CT, 06360

Our tour at St Jude Common was ok. It’s an older facility that they’re trying to update. At the time we were there they were putting in a new heating system and security. I just noticed a lot of thing … (read more)
Our tour at St Jude Common was ok. It’s an older facility that they’re trying to update. At the time we were there they were putting in a new heating system and security. I just noticed a lot of thing … (read more)

2015

Atria Crossroads Place

One Beechwood Drive, Waterford, CT, 06385

As a visitor, the tour we had at Atria Crossroads Place was very favorable. The reason we did not choose it is that it was very isolated from other parts of the town in which it is located. My mom did … (read more)
As a visitor, the tour we had at Atria Crossroads Place was very favorable. The reason we did not choose it is that it was very isolated from other parts of the town in which it is located. My mom did … (read more)

2015, 2016

Academy Point at Mystic

20 Academy Lane, Mystic, CT, 06355

My mother moved into Academy Point in Mystic in 2018 after falling several times in her home. Her last fall resulted in a severe leg break which required extensive surgery. She was bedridden in a ‘n … (read more)
My mother moved into Academy Point in Mystic in 2018 after falling several times in her home. Her last fall resulted in a severe leg break which required extensive surgery. She was bedridden in a ‘n … (read more)

Elmbrook Village

380 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah, CT, 06334

My mom is already at Elmbrook Village At Bozrah. It’s been very good. It’s really friendly. The staff and also the clientele, the people that are living there, are very friendly. The place is only two … (read more)
My mom is already at Elmbrook Village At Bozrah. It’s been very good. It’s really friendly. The staff and also the clientele, the people that are living there, are very friendly. The place is only two … (read more)

Masonicare at Mystic

45 Clara Drive, Mystic, CT, 06355

We toured Masonicare at Mystic. To us, their common areas were large, but they had more like an institution kind of feel to them, not a homey feel. And so for somebody with memory care, there’s someth … (read more)
We toured Masonicare at Mystic. To us, their common areas were large, but they had more like an institution kind of feel to them, not a homey feel. And so for somebody with memory care, there’s someth … (read more)

Complete Care at Groton Regency

1145 Poquonock Road, Groton, CT, 06340

I have a friend in the Groton Regency Center. It has quite a few levels of care. It reminds me of what you’d think of an old nursing home, although it does have some nice outdoor areas to sit or a pla … (read more)
I have a friend in the Groton Regency Center. It has quite a few levels of care. It reminds me of what you’d think of an old nursing home, although it does have some nice outdoor areas to sit or a pla … (read more)

Fountainview Care Center

88 Clark Lane, Waterford, CT, 06385


Alternative Services

84 Linwood Avenue, Colchester, CT, 06415

The staff did seem under-trained, plain old people, most were impolite and moody. The facilities themselves are just houses/condos that are poorly reconfigured for the needs of their occupants. The am … (read more)
The staff did seem under-trained, plain old people, most were impolite and moody. The facilities themselves are just houses/condos that are poorly reconfigured for the needs of their occupants. The am … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Norwich

The Connecticut Department of Public Health doesn’t license individual assisted living facilities, issuing licenses to the agencies that provide assisted living services in managed residential communities instead. The department is authorized to conduct unannounced inspections to ensure agencies are abiding by the terms of the assisted living regulations and revoking licenses from those that continually underperform. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Norwich

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, Norwich offers an affordable alternative to other cities in Connecticut and many across the country. Its average cost of living index is 93.5, which is below the national average of 100 and substantially below the state average of 107.8. Although not the only category outperforming other cities, Norwich’s below-average health care costs may be of particular interest to seniors considering assisted living placements in the city.
  • Instances of property and violent crime happen less often in Norwich than the average U.S. city, although in both cases, they also happen more often than the Connecticut average. However, crimes occur more often in specific areas, which in Norwich tends to be the city center and the neighborhoods east of it. Also, many of the city’s assisted living communities provide 24/7 security in addition to care services.
  • Considering its location in the north, Norwich has a generally good climate, although winter’s snow and ice may be a concern for some seniors. The city gets 200 sunny days per year, only five below the average, and in summer, temperatures of 81 degrees are normal. At 51 inches per year, rainfall is more frequent than usual, but without it, residents wouldn’t be able to enjoy the numerous dense forests and green parks that circle Norwich.
  • Eastern Connecticut Transportation Consortium, Inc. is a private nonprofit that brokers low-cost or free transportation services for Norwich’s seniors. It can connect the city’s residents with the appropriate service for their needs, such as ADA Paratransit, a curb-to-curb service for seniors unable to use fixed-route buses, and the Eastern CT Travel Voucher Program, which subsidizes taxi costs for qualifying seniors.
  • The William W. Backus Hospital is the primary medical facility in Norwich. It’s rated as high-performing by U.S. News & World Report, particularly in treating heart and kidney conditions. There are also 86 internal medicine physicians in the city registered to treat seniors with Medicare.

Paying for Assisted Living in Norwich

The average monthly fee for an assisted living placement in Norwich is $5,700. The findings of the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey also reveal that the city is one of the most affordable in Connecticut, although still more costly than the $4,300 average paid in the typical American city. Since Connecticut is in the top 10 most expensive states in the country, this shouldn’t be a surprise.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

In New Haven, a senior can expect to pay around $6,445 for assisted living, making the city the most affordable in the state. Hartford’s seniors pay a little less than Norwich’s, at $5,753, while Bridgeport’s seniors are loaded with the most expensive fees in Connecticut, at $7,838.

$5700

Norwich

$6300

Connecticut

$4300

The United States

$5753

Hartford

$6445

New Haven

$7838

Bridgeport

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Nursing homes charge the highest fees, typically $13,688 for a private room, reduced to $12,463 if the room is shared. Assisted living comes next at $5,700, although it should be remembered this is for care and accommodation. Housebound seniors who can remain at home without 24-hour supervision can get home care and home health care services for $4,767, even though the latter includes basic medical support. Seniors able to attend adult day care centers can get professional care for $1,907 per month.

$4767

Home care

$4767

Home health care

$1907

Adult day health care

$5700

Assisted living

$12463

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$13688

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Norwich

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 Norwich

Seniors in Norwich can benefit from a wide range of low or no-cost resources. The following examples can help seniors productively use their free time to help their communities, get support in a dispute with their care provider and assistance with identifying and applying for benefits they’re entitled to.

Resource

Contact

Service

(860) 887-1755

The Norwich Vet Center provides help to U.S. military vets and their families. It operates a number of support groups for people dealing with bereavement, struggling with addiction and needing counseling because of past traumas. It can also refer vets to Veterans Services, where they can get help with applying for benefits, such as VA Aid and Attendance, which covers some assisted living costs. 

(860) 823-3366

Seniors who can't resolve disputes with their care providers can call on the free support of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, who defends them while pursuing reasonable solutions with the owners and managers of their facilities. Anyone can register a complaint with the ombudsman, including the families of residents and third parties. Additional services include providing seniors with inspection reports relating to facilities they may be considering for their long-term health care needs.

(860) 889-5960

Rose City Senior Center is a hub for Norwich's older citizens. It operates a wide range of activities to help seniors tone up and develop their stamina while simultaneously providing a mental boost. There is also a range of more relaxing activities, such as games of pitch and filling in coloring books. Frequent trips to local events, such as The Big E, provide seniors with fun days out with their friends and educational classes, such as the AARP Driver Safety class, helps them improve their driving skills.

(860) 774-9286

Seniors with spare time who want to help their communities can contact RSVP, a nonprofit organization specializing in connecting seniors with government agencies and charities that rely on the support of volunteers. Those with special skills and experience can use them to mentor and tutor younger residents of Norwich. Alternatively, seniors can assist their housebound peers, collecting groceries and making wellness checks while delivering hot meals.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Norwich

Norwich-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