Manchester is New Hampshire’s most populous city, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as 24th in the country for best places to retire and 12th for safety. The 2020 Census found seniors comprise 13.7% of its 115,644 residents, which is slightly below the national average. The city’s cultural attractions include the Currier Museum of Art and the Palace Theatre. There’s also a wealth of outdoor places to enjoy, such as Derryfield Park.
Seniors experiencing challenges with daily functions such as bathing and dressing may find assisted living is the solution. Staff is available 24/7 to assist with personal care, as well as to clean rooms, prepare meals and organize social events. Amenities vary between facilities, although it’s common to find beauty salons or barber shops. More luxurious facilities sometimes have spas and golf courses. As a result, fees vary greatly, with Manchester’s median being $8,061 per month — which is almost 25% more than New Hampshire’s standard fee.
This guide considers the pros and cons of living in Manchester and its assisted living costs in relation to nearby cities in neighboring states. It also reviews costs for other types of senior care and lists some free resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Manchester, NH

Evergreen Place

813 Beech Street, Manchester, NH, 03104

Evergreen Place is in Manchester, New Hampshire near Highway 3, Currier Museum of Art, Livingston Park and medical centers. Companion suites and single rooms are available to fit a variety of living p … (read more)
Evergreen Place is in Manchester, New Hampshire near Highway 3, Currier Museum of Art, Livingston Park and medical centers. Companion suites and single rooms are available to fit a variety of living p … (read more)

Villa Crest

1276 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH, 03104

Villa Crest seems nice and convenient. It’s a clean and a really good place. We haven’t got any complaints yet and my mother’s been there for about eight months now. The doctors are right on top of ev … (read more)
Villa Crest seems nice and convenient. It’s a clean and a really good place. We haven’t got any complaints yet and my mother’s been there for about eight months now. The doctors are right on top of ev … (read more)

Myrtle Manor

83 Myrtle Street, Manchester, NH, 03104

Located between the Merrimack River and I-93, Myrtle Manor in Manchester, New Hampshire, is an assisted living home for seniors. The clean, well-kept building is situated in Manchester’s East End neig … (read more)
Located between the Merrimack River and I-93, Myrtle Manor in Manchester, New Hampshire, is an assisted living home for seniors. The clean, well-kept building is situated in Manchester’s East End neig … (read more)

The Courville At Manchester

44 West Webster Street, Manchester, NH, 03104

Courville at Manchester is located on the northern end of Manchester, New Hampshire, next to a handful of movie theaters and shopping malls. Visitors have noticed the large-screen TVs, private lounge … (read more)
Courville at Manchester is located on the northern end of Manchester, New Hampshire, next to a handful of movie theaters and shopping malls. Visitors have noticed the large-screen TVs, private lounge … (read more)

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Bedford Falls

5 Corporate Drive , Bedford, NH, 03110

Bedford Falls in Bedford, New Hampshire offers assisted living and memory care in a clean and spacious facility. Residents and guests have noted the well-trained staff that offers round-the-clock care … (read more)
Bedford Falls in Bedford, New Hampshire offers assisted living and memory care in a clean and spacious facility. Residents and guests have noted the well-trained staff that offers round-the-clock care … (read more)

The Courville at Bedford – Carlyle

40 Route 101, Bedford, NH, 03110

Carlyle Place is nestled on nine acres of beautifully landscaped property in the gorgeous city of Bedford, New Hampshire, and provides assisted living and memory care for seniors. Visitors and residen … (read more)
Carlyle Place is nestled on nine acres of beautifully landscaped property in the gorgeous city of Bedford, New Hampshire, and provides assisted living and memory care for seniors. Visitors and residen … (read more)

Bowman Place at Olde Bedford

24 Old Bedford Road, Bedford, NH, 03110

Everything about Bowman Place at Olde Bedford was great. Our tour experience was fantastic. The director was a true pro and she’s nice. The whole staff was incredibly nice and they knew their stuff. T … (read more)
Everything about Bowman Place at Olde Bedford was great. Our tour experience was fantastic. The director was a true pro and she’s nice. The whole staff was incredibly nice and they knew their stuff. T … (read more)

Bentley Commons at Bedford

66 Hawthorne Dr S, Bedford, NH, 03110

Bentley Commons at Bedford was very clean. The staff seemed very friendly and attentive. I thought that the units that they showed us, both the one-bedroom and two-bedroom, were a good size. I like th … (read more)
Bentley Commons at Bedford was very clean. The staff seemed very friendly and attentive. I thought that the units that they showed us, both the one-bedroom and two-bedroom, were a good size. I like th … (read more)

The Villager Retirement Home

50 N Mast Street, Goffstown, NH, 03045

The Villager Retirement Home is situated in Goffstown, New Hampshire, alongside the river and parkway. Visitors have commended the quaint atmosphere of the facility, which was originally constructed a … (read more)
The Villager Retirement Home is situated in Goffstown, New Hampshire, alongside the river and parkway. Visitors have commended the quaint atmosphere of the facility, which was originally constructed a … (read more)

Ridgewood Center

25 Ridgewood Rd, Bedford, NH, 03110

Located less than a mile from New Hampshire’s largest city of Manchester, located on 12 wooded acres, is the Ridgewood Center for assisted senior living. Situated within the community of Bedford in a … (read more)
Located less than a mile from New Hampshire’s largest city of Manchester, located on 12 wooded acres, is the Ridgewood Center for assisted senior living. Situated within the community of Bedford in a … (read more)

Bentley Commons at Bedford

66 Hawthorne Dr, Bedford, NH, 03110


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Manchester

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in New Hampshire. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Manchester

The Health Facilities Licensing Administration, a division of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, regulates and licenses the state’s assisted living facilities. Different units within the division specialize in specific areas, such as the Health Facility Licensing Unit issuing licenses and investigating complaints and the Health Facility Certification Unit approving or rejecting facilities participating in Medicare/Medicaid.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Manchester

  • According to Sperling’s BestPlaces, Manchester has an average cost of living index of 104.1, which, although above the national average, is below the norm for New Hampshire. Health care and transportation are on par with the state indices. However, at 87.8 and 85.5, respectively, both are significantly below the national index of 100. 
  • Winters in Manchester are chilly, with temperatures falling as low as 13 degrees in January, and annual snowfall is around 58 inches. However, the summer months are beautiful, with temperatures often around 82 degrees. Some days are humid, but Manchester’s hot days are generally comfortable.
  • Manchester has a good BestPlaces Health Cost Index of 95.7/100. The city’s air and water quality are similar to U.S. averages. However, Manchester’s seniors have more access to physicians, as there are approximately 223 per 100,000 residents (the U.S. norm is 210). 
  • Crime is more common in Manchester than normal for the state and country. The chances of being a victim of violent crime are 1 in 173 (the state figure is 1 in 689), and the chances of being a victim of property crime are 1 in 45 (the state figure is 1 in 92). Seniors worried about crime may be pleased to know assisted living facilities have staff on-site 24/7 and generally have security and surveillance systems fitted as standard.
  • The four primary hospitals serving Manchester’s population include the Catholic Medical Center, which is rated high-performing in eight procedures by U.S. News and World Report, and Elliot Hospital, rated high-performing in three procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center also has a notable reputation in the city.
  • Manchester joined the AARP Age-friendly Network in 2022. As a member, it’s committed to making the city more livable for seniors. It’s developing a rolling community action plan based on feedback from residents that can cover an array of areas, such as making public transportation more senior-friendly and outdoor spaces more pleasant.

Paying for Assisted Living in Manchester

The median monthly fee for assisted living in Manchester is $8,061, which is significantly more than New Hampshire’s standard fee of $6,053 and the country’s $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Manchester is the only New Hampshire city recorded in the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Comparisons with major cities in neighboring states find Manchester to be at the high end of the cost spectrum. For example, in Albany, New York, the median fee is $5,269, while in Portland, Maine, it’s $6,525. All cities in Massachusetts record lower monthly median fees when compared to Manchester, including Boston ($6,819) and Worcester ($5,685).

$8061

Manchester

$6053

New Hampshire

$4500

The United States

$6525

Portland, Maine

$6819

Boston, Massachusetts

$5685

Worcester, Massachusetts

$5269

Albany, New York

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Senior care costs vary widely, as each type of care addresses specific needs in particular locations. For example, home care’s median fee is $6,149, while assisted living — which delivers similar services but includes 24/7 care and accommodation — costs around $8,061. Home health care agencies provide limited medical care at home, charging around $6,178 for the service, while nursing homes charge approximately $11,285 for greater levels of care and accommodation. Adult day care delivers basic care within a center, which is why its fees are the most affordable, at $1,625.

$6149

In-Home Care

$6178

Home Health Care

$1625

Adult Day Health Care

$8061

Assisted Living Facility

$11285

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Manchester

Seniors on a budget may be eligible for financial aid concerning assisted living costs through NH Medicaid’s Home and Community Based Services Waiver (HCBS). There are no non-Medicaid programs available in the state of New Hampshire.

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

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 New Hampshire page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Manchester

Older adults in Nashua who want to learn more about supports for assisted living can turn to these organizations. They offer diverse resources and programs for seniors who live in the community.

Resource

Contact

Description

(603) 271-4375

Ombudsmen are trained volunteers who advocate for seniors in residential care communities. They regularly visit residents to listen to their concerns and investigate their complaints. Ombudsmen can negotiate resolutions with care providers while ensuring the complainant's confidentiality. However, if the investigation reveals possible criminal behavior, the ombudsman refers it to the appropriate authority.

(603) 624-6533

The William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center is the hub of Manchester's senior community. It was designed around seniors' needs and includes a bus shelter, a parlor with a fireplace and outdoor benches overlooking the garden. There are numerous fitness and well-being classes, a computer lab and West Manchester Public Library access.

(603) 624-4366

Manchester VA Medical Center delivers medical support 24/7 to U.S. military vets and their families. Its facilities include primary care, mental health care, rehabilitation and palliative care, with departments specializing in audiology, vision, pathology, nutrition and alternative medicines. The center refers vets needing non-medical counseling services to Manchester Vet Center

(603) 668-8010

RSVP connects adults aged 55+ wanting to support their communities with nonprofits. Seniors may utilize their existing skills and knowledge or receive training. RSVP provides free insurance for all volunteers. Typical roles include educating other seniors about nutrition, delivering meals to homebound residents and supporting people going through the criminal justice system.

(603) 432-0877

Community Caregivers of Greater Derry operates a durable medical equipment loan closet. The program is available to all New Hampshire residents, although low-income seniors will get priority. All products are gently-used and have been cleaned and prepared for loaning. Common items include wheelchairs, walkers, canes, knee scooters and crutches.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Manchester

Manchester Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in New Hampshire are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in New Hampshire page for more information about these laws.