Ridgefield is a small colonial town located at the foothills of the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. The town has a population of 7,596, and 18.4% of its residents are seniors. The suburban atmosphere provides a sense of community with easy access to nature. It’s a popular spot with those who want to live close to New York but benefit from a more peaceful environment and a pleasant climate.

Assisted living facilities help seniors who struggle to live alone maintain their dignity and retain as much independence as possible. They offer support with personal care and day-to-day activities such as grooming, bathing and eating. These facilities are a good option for seniors with reduced mobility or minor health issues who do not require hospital or nursing home levels of care. Seniors living in Ridgefield can expect to pay an average of $7,838 per month for assisted living. This is almost 25% higher than the state average of $6,300.

This guide looks at the cost of assisted living in Ridgefield compared to other areas of the state. It also discusses the benefits and drawbacks of retirement in the town and lists some useful information and resources for local seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Ridgefield, CT

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Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossings

640 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT, 06877

Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossings is located in Ridgefield, Connecticut and offers assisted living and memory care for seniors. Clean, spacious and modern with a gorgeous main living sec … (read more)
Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossings is located in Ridgefield, Connecticut and offers assisted living and memory care for seniors. Clean, spacious and modern with a gorgeous main living sec … (read more)

Ridgefield Station Senior Living

55 Old Quarry Road, Ridgefield, CT, 06877

It was brand new and extremely luxurious. My mom was not able to see the activity centers because of the pandemic, and that’s why she didn’t pick that one. The staff was well informed and very busines … (read more)
It was brand new and extremely luxurious. My mom was not able to see the activity centers because of the pandemic, and that’s why she didn’t pick that one. The staff was well informed and very busines … (read more)

The Greens at Cannondale

435 Danbury Rd, Wilton, CT, 06897

The Greens at Cannondale, located in the residential community of Wilton, Connecticut, is located on ten acres of landscaped grounds conveniently located right off Route 7 and near shopping and restau … (read more)
The Greens at Cannondale, located in the residential community of Wilton, Connecticut, is located on ten acres of landscaped grounds conveniently located right off Route 7 and near shopping and restau … (read more)

Keystone Place at Wooster Heights

66 Wooster Heights, Danbury, CT, 06810

My mom is a resident of Keystone Place at Wooster Heights. It is very much a welcoming home. The residents and staff are very friendly, helpful, and supportive. They have a two-bedroom, a studio, and … (read more)
My mom is a resident of Keystone Place at Wooster Heights. It is very much a welcoming home. The residents and staff are very friendly, helpful, and supportive. They have a two-bedroom, a studio, and … (read more)

Meadow Ridge

100 Redding Road, Redding, CT, 06896

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Sunrise of Wilton

211 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT, 06897


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Ridgefield

Assisted living facilities in Ridgefield are not explicitly licensed. Rather, Assisted Living Service Agencies (ALSA) are regulated by the Department of Public Health. Only a licensed ALSA is allowed to provide assisted living services. Assisted living services must be provided in managed residential communities, and those communities must comply with strict care, health and safety requirements.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Ridgefield

  • There are many points of interest for seniors in Ridgefield, including cultural events at the Ridgefield Symphony Opera and the Playhouse, as well as outdoor activities such as gentle hikes through the Weir Farm National Park.
  • The cost of living in Ridgefield is above average for Connecticut and the United States as a whole. However, many seniors feel it’s worth paying a little more to live in beautiful surroundings and enjoy a higher quality of life.
  • Crime rates in Ridgefield are low. On a scale of 1 to 100, violent crime rates are just 5.7, and property crime rates are just 9.4. These rates are both far lower than the national average, meaning seniors who choose to retire in Ridgefield can feel safe and enjoy a peaceful environment.
  • The tax situation in Connecticut is mixed. Seniors are entitled to a property tax exemption. However, retirement income is taxable. Social security income may be exempt from taxes for some low-income seniors.

  • The weather in Ridgefield is generally pleasant, and the relatively sparse population means the town has good air quality. This can be a major benefit for seniors who have respiratory conditions, as well as those who just want to escape the poorer conditions in densely populated cities.
  • Seniors should find it easy to find a place of worship in Ridgefield. Catholics, Baptists, members of the First Church of Christ and some other denominations have a presence.

Paying for Assisted Living in Ridgefield

According to the Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Ridgefield costs an average of $7,838 per month. The median cost of assisted living in Connecticut is $6,300, and the average for the United States is $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Ridgefield’s assisted living fees of $7,838 are some of the most costly in the state. The most affordable is Norwich, at $5,700 per month, with Hartford a close second at $5,733. In nearby New Haven, seniors can expect to pay $6,445 per month for assisted living.

$7838

Ridgefield

$6300

Connecticut

$4300

The United States

$6445

New Haven

$5700

Norwich

$5733

Hartford

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In addition to assisted living, seniors have the choice of other types of care depending on their current needs and health status. Adult day health care is the most affordable option at $1,926 per month for care in a group setting. Homemaker services and home health care are also affordable, at $4,767 and $5,148, respectively. Nursing homes cost $14,113 for a semiprivate room or $15,208 for a private room and 24-hour skilled care and supervision.

$4767

Home care

$5148

Home health care

$1926

Adult day health care

$7838

Assisted living

$14113

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$15208

Nursing home (private room)

Note: Data for Ridgefield was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Bridgeport, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ridgefield

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.

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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 Ridgefield

Seniors living in Ridgefield can take advantage of a variety of services to help them find suitable care facilities and access financial support, as well as find day-to-day help from community organizations.

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Contact 

Service

(203) 757-5449

The WCAAA manages and provides a variety of services for older adults in Western Connecticut. It offers congregate meals, legal services, advocacy and support. It also funds senior transportation services and responds to complaints about elder abuse and neglect. The WCAAA serves as a central contact point for senior inquiries and helps older adults access services within the community.

(203) 438-6165

The Ridgefield Commission on Aging holds monthly meetings to identify and understand the needs of seniors living in the town and find ways to better address those needs. Issues addressed by the commission include senior transportation, food services and age-inclusive training.

(203) 797-4620

The nearest Veterans Affairs office to Ridgefield is located in Danbury. This office provides a variety of forms of assistance for veterans and their surviving spouses or other family members. Eligible seniors can request assistance with Aid and Attendance payments, benefits, housing support and medical assistance. Support is provided free of charge.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Ridgefield

Ridgefield-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.

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