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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Brunswick, ME for 2024

Originally a small fishing village founded in the 1600s, Brunswick is now a thriving tourist destination of more than 17,000 residents, 22% of whom are seniors aged 65 and over. Brunswick is situated just up the coast from Portland, shielded from the sea by a chain of barrier islands that offer fishing, camping and guided eco-tours. Maine has one of the proportionally largest senior populations in the United States, partly because of the state’s senior-friendly tax code and partly for the low average crime rates.

Seniors in Brunswick sometimes need help with activities of daily living that goes beyond what’s available through in-home care. For these seniors, whose needs do not yet rise to the level of 24-hour care at a nursing home, assisted living can be an ideal living arrangement. Assisted living in Brunswick costs an average of $6,583 a month. The monthly fee most facilities charge pays for room and care, communal meals and caregiver help with daily chores. Brunswick’s rate is about $600 a month higher than the average for the state of Maine, $5,942.

This guide has information useful to seniors and their loved ones about assisted living in Brunswick. Read more about monthly costs, the city of Brunswick and the free local resources that support seniors.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Brunswick

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services, regulates assisted living in the state as one of nine residential senior living arrangements it licenses. The division publishes rules and conducts regular and unannounced site visits to ensure licensed facilities comply with state rules governing senior care.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Brunswick

  • Brunswick has cold Atlantic winters when the average temperatures drop into the 30s, but very mild summers ideal for outdoor strolls and golf. This part of Maine’s coast gets a little over 48 inches of rain per year, mainly during the extended summer season. Snow occasionally falls in Brunswick in the winter, but the nearby ocean keeps most snowfall light.
  • Brunswick’s cost of living is a little higher than the national average, but much of this is from the area’s higher than average property values. Healthcare in the region costs around 5% less than the national average, while the price seniors pay for public transportation is roughly 13% below the national average.
  • Crime rates in Brunswick are very low. In every category of reported crime, Brunswick’s numbers are well below both the state and national rates. Violent crime is especially uncommon in the area. While theft does happen in the town, the rate is also very low compared with the national and state averages.
  • Maine does not tax income from Social Security, though other forms of retirement income may be taxed at up to 7.15%. Sales taxes are low, at 5.5%, though property taxes are relatively high. Seniors with retirement income may qualify for up to a $10,000 deduction on their annual state tax filings.
  • Seniors can get around Brunswick aboard the Brunswick Explorer, a wheelchair-accessible and bike-friendly shuttle that runs hourly service through the town. Drivers can deviate from the planned route by nearly a mile upon request, and assistance is available for senior riders with limited mobility.
  • Brunswick is full of senior-friendly recreational places and events. Bradbury Mountain State Park is open daily year-round and offers scenic nature trails accessible for adults with limited ability to walk uphill or through obstructions. Closer to the city, fun meeting spots such as The Gelato Fiasco and Flight Deck Brewing welcome seniors and their families alike.

Paying for Assisted Living in Brunswick

Brunswick seniors pay an average of $6,583 a month for room and care at assisted living facilities in and around the city, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. The average cost for similar care in the rest of Maine is $5,942 per month, roughly 10% less. Nationally, seniors pay an average of $4,300 per month for assisted living. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Brunswick’s average cost of care is close to the top of Maine’s reported prices. Other cities in the state generally cost less, such as Lewiston, at $6,150 a month, or Bangor, at $4,842. Over the border, assisted living in the nearby city of Manchester, New Hampshire, costs seniors an average of $7,560 a month.





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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Brunswick have other care options to choose from. For seniors who can remain in their own homes, both homemaker and in-home care are available for $5,625 and $5,720 per month, respectively. Nursing home care is directed toward seniors who need round-the-clock nursing care that’s more medically oriented than caregiver assistance. In Brunswick, semiprivate rooms in nursing care facilities cost an average of $10,220, while private rooms run an average of $11,224.

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Note: Care cost data for Brunswick was not available, so data for the closest city, Portland, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Brunswick

In Maine, the state funded medical program, MaineCare, covers the cost of an assisted living community. As long as seniors meet the financial eligibility criteria for MaineCare, they may have the entire cost of their assisted living unit paid for by the state.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Maine

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 Maine page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Brunswick

Brunswick seniors have several options for finding the help they need to stay independent. These government and private nonprofit organizations offer no-cost support for seniors’ financial and lifestyle needs. Some resources also offer counseling, education services and referrals to other organizations for assistance with benefits.

Opportunity Alliance(877) 429-6884Opportunity Alliance is the Cumberland County nonprofit organization that offers a low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP) to Brunswick and other local seniors. The program helps enrolled seniors and low-income participants reduce their home energy bills by up to 30%. Income and asset verification are required, and some limitations apply. Applications for assistance are taken by phone or online during the open enrollment period from early September to July 15 of each year.
Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)(800) 639-1553Spectrum Generations is the Brunswick-area Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC). The Brunswick ADRC offers a spectrum of support for seniors and people with disabilities, including health and senior wellness classes, nutritional support, transportation service for riders with limited mobility, and group support. Groups include grief and bereavement counseling and caregiver support networks. Spectrum Generations also offers seniors case manager services that help identify and apply for any benefits the senior may be eligible for, such as health and medical benefits, financial aid and veterans' benefits.
Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN)(207) 729-0757The Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN) connects volunteer drivers with seniors in the Brunswick area who have temporarily or permanently lost their ability to get around independently. Rides are provided within a limited radius and can be for medical or personal trips and must be requested at least three days in advance. The service provides free ID cards for enrolled riders that must be shown at the time of service.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Brunswick

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

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