Stamford is an affluent city in Fairfield County that, although being a commuter town for residents working in NYC, is also home to a significant number of over 65s, who make up 14.4% of its 129,638 population. They’re drawn to its multitude of beautiful outdoor spaces, such as Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, and the beautiful beaches that drift into Long Island Sound. The Palace Theatre is a great venue for live entertainment, while lovers of unique creations look forward to the seasonal Arts & Crafts at Bedford festival.

Assisted living is a solution for seniors struggling with common tasks, such as cleaning, but determined to retain their independence. Many of the facilities include 24-hour security, while all ensure seniors have clean new homes and meals prepared three times daily by chefs. The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey revealed the average monthly fee for assisted living in Stamford is $7,838, above the state and national averages of $6,300 and $4,300, respectively.

This guide covers senior living costs in more detail. It also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of living in Stamford and lists some resources that can help seniors who may be considering assisted living.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Stamford, CT

Atria Stamford

77 Third Street , Stamford, CT, 06905

Atria Stamford is a high-rise facility located in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, with sweeping views of Long Island Sound and the Connecticut countryside. Visitors are impressed by beautiful surround … (read more)
Atria Stamford is a high-rise facility located in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, with sweeping views of Long Island Sound and the Connecticut countryside. Visitors are impressed by beautiful surround … (read more)

Sunrise of Stamford

251 Turn of River Road, Stamford, CT, 06905

Sunrise of Stamford provides assisted living and memory care services. The facility is conveniently located approximately 4.5 miles from downtown Stamford near the intersection of Merritt Parkway and … (read more)
Sunrise of Stamford provides assisted living and memory care services. The facility is conveniently located approximately 4.5 miles from downtown Stamford near the intersection of Merritt Parkway and … (read more)

Brighton Gardens of Stamford

59 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT, 06902

Located in a lovely country setting with hiking trails and patios, Brighton Gardens of Stamford in Connecticut ensures residents are comfortable and happy. Seniors love the wonderful sense of communit … (read more)
Located in a lovely country setting with hiking trails and patios, Brighton Gardens of Stamford in Connecticut ensures residents are comfortable and happy. Seniors love the wonderful sense of communit … (read more)

Waterstone at High Ridge

215 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT, 06905


Sunshine Senior Residence

43 Old Logging Road, Stamford, CT, 06903


Edgehill

122 Palmers Hill Road, Stamford, CT, 06902

My mother stayed in Edgehill for 15 years. She was in independent living and she ended up having hospice care in her apartment at the end. We were very happy with it. She loved it. I wanted her to com … (read more)
My mother stayed in Edgehill for 15 years. She was in independent living and she ended up having hospice care in her apartment at the end. We were very happy with it. She loved it. I wanted her to com … (read more)


Long Ridge Post-Acute Care

710 Long Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT, 06902


2022

Atria Darien

50 Ledge Road, Darien, CT, 06820

Atria Darien is conveniently located just off the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike on the ”Gold Coast of Connecticut” towards Norwalk. It is about a half-hour drive to four major hospitals in St … (read more)
Atria Darien is conveniently located just off the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike on the ”Gold Coast of Connecticut” towards Norwalk. It is about a half-hour drive to four major hospitals in St … (read more)

Maplewood at Darien

599 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT, 06820

Located near Norwalk Hospital and Tilley Pond Park, Maplewood at Darien is an assisted living facility in Darien, Connecticut, that gets high ratings from reviewers for their private studio and one-be … (read more)
Located near Norwalk Hospital and Tilley Pond Park, Maplewood at Darien is an assisted living facility in Darien, Connecticut, that gets high ratings from reviewers for their private studio and one-be … (read more)

2016

Rosewood on the Sound

59 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY, 11709

Nestled in a residential area of Bayville, New York, Rosewood on the Sound is just down the road from Bayville Adventure Park. Relatives appreciate this facility’s cleanliness, attractive decor and lo … (read more)
Nestled in a residential area of Bayville, New York, Rosewood on the Sound is just down the road from Bayville Adventure Park. Relatives appreciate this facility’s cleanliness, attractive decor and lo … (read more)

2015

Maplewood at Strawberry Hill

73 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Norwalk, CT, 06855

I took a tour of Maplewood at Strawberry Hill, and it was nice. I have no issues with them, but my father needed more than they could provide. From what I saw, it looked nice and clean. Everybody seem … (read more)
I took a tour of Maplewood at Strawberry Hill, and it was nice. I have no issues with them, but my father needed more than they could provide. From what I saw, it looked nice and clean. Everybody seem … (read more)

The Residence at Selleck’s Woods

1 Parklands Drive, Darien, CT, 06820

We went to The Residence at Selleck’s Woods. Talk about magnificent. It’s unreal. I can’t say enough about how wonderful they were. It is the lap of luxury, and I saw filet mignon on the menu. The day … (read more)
We went to The Residence at Selleck’s Woods. Talk about magnificent. It’s unreal. I can’t say enough about how wonderful they were. It is the lap of luxury, and I saw filet mignon on the menu. The day … (read more)

Brightview on New Canaan

162 New Canaan Ave., Norwalk, CT, 06850

My father was at Brightview on New Canaan. He stayed there a couple of years ago for a while. I don’t think they had enough staff for the level of care he needed at the time. It was newer, so it was a … (read more)
My father was at Brightview on New Canaan. He stayed there a couple of years ago for a while. I don’t think they had enough staff for the level of care he needed at the time. It was newer, so it was a … (read more)

The Bristal at Armonk

90 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY, 10504

The Bristal at Armonk is located in the North Westchester community of Armonk, New York, near Chappaqua, Greenwich and White Plains, and only an hour from New York City. Visitors often comment on the … (read more)
The Bristal at Armonk is located in the North Westchester community of Armonk, New York, near Chappaqua, Greenwich and White Plains, and only an hour from New York City. Visitors often comment on the … (read more)

Notre Dame Convalescent Homes, Inc. DBA Health and Rehabilitation Center

76 West Rock Road, Norwalk, CT, 06851

no stars for this place!!!! place is filthy and smells of feces and urine as soon as you walk in. windows covered in filth, absolutely horrible place! I feel so sorry for the people who have to live t … (read more)
no stars for this place!!!! place is filthy and smells of feces and urine as soon as you walk in. windows covered in filth, absolutely horrible place! I feel so sorry for the people who have to live t … (read more)

The Parsonage Cottage

88 Parsonage Rd, Greenwich, CT, 06830

The Parsonage Cottage is an assisted living community in Greenwich Village, Connecticut, located near major highways and only a few minutes from cultural attractions, such as the Bruce Museum and Audu … (read more)
The Parsonage Cottage is an assisted living community in Greenwich Village, Connecticut, located near major highways and only a few minutes from cultural attractions, such as the Bruce Museum and Audu … (read more)

The Mews in Greenwich

2 Bolling Pl #1, Greenwich, CT, 06830

The Mews in Greenwich is located in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut with easy access to shops, restaurants, two major freeways and the Greenwich train station. Visitors praise the community’s centra … (read more)
The Mews in Greenwich is located in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut with easy access to shops, restaurants, two major freeways and the Greenwich train station. Visitors praise the community’s centra … (read more)

Sunshine Senior Residence – Forest Hill

7 Forest Hill Rd, Norwalk, CT, 06905

My wife is in Sunshine Senior Residence – Forest Hill. It’s a senior residential living in the neighborhood. It’s a nice house, and it’s in a nice neighborhood. They have four or maybe five residents … (read more)
My wife is in Sunshine Senior Residence – Forest Hill. It’s a senior residential living in the neighborhood. It’s a nice house, and it’s in a nice neighborhood. They have four or maybe five residents … (read more)

Broadview – Senior Living at Purchase College

6 International Drive, Suite 120, Rye Brook, NY, 10573


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Stamford

The Facility Licensing & Investigations section of the Connecticut Department of Public Health is responsible for ensuring assisted living facilities in the state conform to its standards. The section has the power to conduct investigations and unannounced inspections. It also issues licenses to facilities that meet its standards and revokes them from those that repeatedly underperform.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Stamford

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, which bases its cost of living indices on a U.S. average of 100, Stamford has a cost of living index of 118.5, which is also above the state average of 107.8. However, New England states are typically more expensive locations, and Stamford’s proximity to NYC is also a factor. 
  • Stamford has a very high number of Medicare-registered physicians, as does the rest of Connecticut, ensuring seniors with Medicare have access to a choice of doctors and surgeons. There are also 11 hospitals within close range, such as Stamford Hospital. Additionally, due to its ideal location, seniors in Stamford are within very short distances of world-class medical facilities throughout Connecticut and New York
  • Statistics published online by Neighborhood Scout reveal Stamford to be one of the safer cities in the country. They show that the chances of being involved in a violent crime are 1 in 2.04, compared to the national average of 1 in 4. For property crime, the figures are 1 in 13.91 compared to 1 in 21. Even safe cities like Stamford have even safer areas. These tend to be concentrated to the north of the city, although Shippan Point also has a good reputation.
  • Seniors should take care of the snowfall Stamford can experience between December and March, where the city average’s between 5 and 10 inches. Also, temperatures can get as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in January. However, Stamford also gets excellent weather in the other months, with temperatures ranging from 63 to 83 degrees.
  • Stamford provides its seniors with plenty of choices when it comes to choosing the best transportation service for their needs. Easy Access is a door-to-door service for seniors unable to use fixed-route bus services. Fees are $2.60 per trip. Share The fare is a taxi program for eligible seniors who can get taxi rides for half price.

Paying for Assisted Living in Stamford

Although the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey states Stamford’s average monthly assisted living fees are the most costly in the state at $7,838, it also reveals the wide variations in costs between cities and different types of care.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors in New Haven are the only assisted living residents in the state with costs that come anywhere close to Stamford. At $6,445, those costs are still $1,393 per month below Stamford’s. Norwich and Hartford fees of $5,700 and $5,753, respectively, are similar to each other and much less than local rates. South of Stamford, 40 miles to NYC, fees of $5,991 are common.

$7838

Stamford

$6300

Connecticut

$4300

The United States

$6445

New Haven

$5700

Norwich

$5753

Hartford

$5991

New York City, NY

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The most affordable type of care in Stamford is in adult day care centers, where costs are typically $1,926. Housebound seniors commonly pay $4,767 for their services, while those who need additional medical support pay another $381 per month. Assisted living costs of $7,838 are the most affordable type of care that includes accommodation, with nursing homes being significantly more costly. The average semiprivate room costs $14,113, while families of seniors who want a private room should budget for at least $15,208 per month.

$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 Stamford was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Bridgeport, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Stamford

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 Stamford

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 Stamford

Seniors and their families can find these resources useful if they need help with assisted living costs or someone to talk to if they’re concerned about care standards.

ResourceContactService
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits(800) 827-1000The VA Aid and Attendance benefit can help U.S. military veterans and their spouses currently residing in senior living communities. It’s a monthly payment added to the VA pension that can be used to cover some care costs, including room and board. Although payments vary between vets, the maximums are $1,881 per month for a single vet, $2,230 for a couple and $1,209 for a surviving spouse. Vets unsure if they qualify can check by using the free online tool at VeteranAid.org.
Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE)(800) 445-5394CHCPE is a Medicaid waiver program for low-income adults aged 65 and older who are at risk of needing nursing home care but can reside in an assisted living facility. For seniors who qualify, the program can pay their costs if the facility is an approved provider. The senior will need to provide evidence that assisted living care is the most appropriate for their needs. They will also need to prove that their individual assets are no more than $1,600 and their monthly income is below 300% of the Federal Benefit Rate
CHOICES(800) 994-9422CHOICES (Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening) is a state-run program that’s free of charge to Medicare beneficiaries and seniors ready to enroll in a plan. Seniors can get unbiased information, advice, and support from counselors, who can help them identify gaps in their coverage and the Medicare plans that can resolve them. This might include discussions about private health care insurance. However, the counselors won’t try to sell insurance to seniors.
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program(866) 388-1888The Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocates for residents in senior living facilities throughout the state. Its work includes educating seniors about their rights and investigating complaints about facilities made by them, their families and third parties. The ombudsman can also provide, free of charge, information about facilities to families looking for the best assisted living community for their loved ones.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Stamford

Stamford-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 Stamford