Passaic is a city of approximately 70,500 residents, located about 20 minutes north of Newark. According to the 2020 census, 8.7% of its citizens are aged 65 and over, almost half the national average. However, this statistic masks the city’s appeal to seniors, including an essentially free paratransit program and excellent health care facilities.

Assisted living facilities provide safe and comfortable living spaces for seniors who can no longer handle daily tasks without assistance, such as getting in and out of bed and dressing. However, not every resident needs the same level of support, with many choosing this senior living option because it offers 24/7 assistance from attendants with the added benefit of socializing with their peers in a senior-friendly environment. Costs tend to be around $5,750, which, although above the national average, is very competitive when compared to the norm for New Jersey. 

This guide compares assisted living costs in New Jersey, reveals the average fees for alternative types of senior care and reviews the benefits and drawbacks of living in Passaic. It also provides links to several of the city’s senior-friendly resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Passaic, NJ

Complete Care at Chestnut Hill

360 Chestnut Street, Passaic, NJ, 07055

My mother is in the memory care unit. The activities are nonexistent although they have a list on the wall. The staff is neglectful and inept. They’ve lost my mother’s clothes, her dentures, and h … (read more)
My mother is in the memory care unit. The activities are nonexistent although they have a list on the wall. The staff is neglectful and inept. They’ve lost my mother’s clothes, her dentures, and h … (read more)

CareFinders Total Care

647 Main Ave. Suite 201 , Passaic, NJ, 07055


2015, 2016

Brighton Gardens of West Orange

220 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ, 07052

Brighton Gardens of West Orange is located in West Orange, New Jersey, just north of Eagle Rock Reservation. Residents look forward to creative, social and spiritual activities and speak highly of thr … (read more)
Brighton Gardens of West Orange is located in West Orange, New Jersey, just north of Eagle Rock Reservation. Residents look forward to creative, social and spiritual activities and speak highly of thr … (read more)

2015, 2016

Sunrise of Paramus

567 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ, 07652

Sunrise of Paramus is located in Paramus, New Jersey, close to the George Washington Bridge, Valley Hospital and the Garden State Plaza Malls. Visitors describe the facility as a very homey place that … (read more)
Sunrise of Paramus is located in Paramus, New Jersey, close to the George Washington Bridge, Valley Hospital and the Garden State Plaza Malls. Visitors describe the facility as a very homey place that … (read more)

Juniper Village at Paramus

186 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ, 07652

Juniper Village at Paramus is gorgeous. The only thing is that they’re just starting their renovations because they just got in there in February; I think they took over. It has all the hallways that … (read more)
Juniper Village at Paramus is gorgeous. The only thing is that they’re just starting their renovations because they just got in there in February; I think they took over. It has all the hallways that … (read more)

Clover Hill Senior Living

794 High Mountain Road, North Haledon, NJ, 07508

My brother is currently at Clover Hill. I have to say that Clover Hill is the cleanest and nicest community I have ever seen. I worked in a senior living facility for 19 years and oversaw many staff … (read more)
My brother is currently at Clover Hill. I have to say that Clover Hill is the cleanest and nicest community I have ever seen. I worked in a senior living facility for 19 years and oversaw many staff … (read more)

Sunrise of West Essex

47 Greenbrook, Fairfield, NJ, 07004

Sunrise of West Essex was a much older place, but it’s quaint. It was very limited in space, and there were not a lot of amenities. It was only two floors, so it wasn’t a very big facility. The staff … (read more)
Sunrise of West Essex was a much older place, but it’s quaint. It was very limited in space, and there were not a lot of amenities. It was only two floors, so it wasn’t a very big facility. The staff … (read more)

Van Dyk Park Place

644 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ, 07506

I’m leaning towards Van Dyk Park Place because of the location of my mother’s home. The staff was exceptionally kind and greeting and forthcoming. There was a bistro there, and it has the largest room … (read more)
I’m leaning towards Van Dyk Park Place because of the location of my mother’s home. The staff was exceptionally kind and greeting and forthcoming. There was a bistro there, and it has the largest room … (read more)

Canterbury Village of West Orange

33 Mount Pleasant Avenue, West Orange, NJ, 07052

Canterbury Village of West Orange is nestled in West Orange, New Jersey, just beneath Eagle Rock Reservation. Residents enjoy a library, outdoor courtyard and sun room. The facility features both priv … (read more)
Canterbury Village of West Orange is nestled in West Orange, New Jersey, just beneath Eagle Rock Reservation. Residents enjoy a library, outdoor courtyard and sun room. The facility features both priv … (read more)

2015

Job Haines Home

250 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003

Job Haines Home is an assisted living and nursing home in Bloomfield, New Jersey, former home of the Charms Candy Company. Housing options include studio and one-bedroom apartments. Companion suites a … (read more)
Job Haines Home is an assisted living and nursing home in Bloomfield, New Jersey, former home of the Charms Candy Company. Housing options include studio and one-bedroom apartments. Companion suites a … (read more)

2015, 2016

The Cliffs At Eagle Rock

707 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ, 07052

The Cliffs At Eagle Rock is nestled in West Orange, New Jersey in a quiet neighborhood convenient to hiking at Eagle Rock Reservation, dining options and I-280. Visitors and loved ones praise the faci … (read more)
The Cliffs At Eagle Rock is nestled in West Orange, New Jersey in a quiet neighborhood convenient to hiking at Eagle Rock Reservation, dining options and I-280. Visitors and loved ones praise the faci … (read more)

2013, 2015

Five Star Premier Residences of Teaneck

655 Pomander Walk, Teaneck, NJ, 07666

I went and looked at Five Star Premier Residences. I walked around, and it was a beautiful place, but I didn’t speak to anybody. However, the ambience was good.
I went and looked at Five Star Premier Residences. I walked around, and it was a beautiful place, but I didn’t speak to anybody. However, the ambience was good.

Hudson Hills Senior Living

3505 Bergen Turnpike, North Bergen, NJ, 07047

Hudson Hills Senior Living is an independent and assisted living facility offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments to retired seniors and their small pets south of North Bergen, NJ. The facili … (read more)
Hudson Hills Senior Living is an independent and assisted living facility offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments to retired seniors and their small pets south of North Bergen, NJ. The facili … (read more)

Walpan Residence for Senior Citizens

176 Christopher Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042

I visited Walpan Residence and loved the community. It had very good facilities and was reasonably priced, but they didn’t have an opening.
I visited Walpan Residence and loved the community. It had very good facilities and was reasonably priced, but they didn’t have an opening.

The Bristal Assisted Living at Englewood

412 South Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ, 07631

We had a great tour experience at The Bristal Assisted Living at Englewood. They provided all the information I needed and were very thorough with their tour. They restricted the access to places wher … (read more)
We had a great tour experience at The Bristal Assisted Living at Englewood. They provided all the information I needed and were very thorough with their tour. They restricted the access to places wher … (read more)

Green Hill

103 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ, 07052

My brother & sister-in-law moved to Green Hill about 9 months ago. Both of them are treated very well. The staff , the nurses, care givers & management cannot do enough to make them feel love … (read more)
My brother & sister-in-law moved to Green Hill about 9 months ago. Both of them are treated very well. The staff , the nurses, care givers & management cannot do enough to make them feel love … (read more)

Brightview Paramus

396 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ, 07652

Brightview Paramus looked beautiful. The lobby was gorgeous and the landscaping outside was lovely. It was a little expensive for my dad, and I don’t think it was a good fit for him. It was more for … (read more)
Brightview Paramus looked beautiful. The lobby was gorgeous and the landscaping outside was lovely. It was a little expensive for my dad, and I don’t think it was a good fit for him. It was more for … (read more)

The Chelsea at Clifton

782 Valley Rd, Clifton, NJ, 07013

The Chelsea at Clifton was the best one of all of the facilities I visited. It’s the newest, and obviously has the most amenities. The staff was just very friendly and attentive. They have everything … (read more)
The Chelsea at Clifton was the best one of all of the facilities I visited. It’s the newest, and obviously has the most amenities. The staff was just very friendly and attentive. They have everything … (read more)

Complete Care at Cedar Grove

536 Ridge Rd, Cedar Grove, NJ, 07009

Waterview Center is nice. It’s not a bad place to be. The only thing I don’t like is on account of this virus they’re not letting anybody out of their room. You can’t go outside. I just feel confined … (read more)
Waterview Center is nice. It’s not a bad place to be. The only thing I don’t like is on account of this virus they’re not letting anybody out of their room. You can’t go outside. I just feel confined … (read more)

Bright Side Manor

300 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ, 07666

Bright Side Manor serves residents in Teaneck, New Jersey needing assisted living in a large house with an attached apartment wing of studio and companion suites. Bright Side is located near the Georg … (read more)
Bright Side Manor serves residents in Teaneck, New Jersey needing assisted living in a large house with an attached apartment wing of studio and companion suites. Bright Side is located near the Georg … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Passaic

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 Jersey . 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 Passaic

The New Jersey Department of Health regulates assisted living facilities within the state and issues licenses to those that satisfy standards relating to resident care, health and safety and fire safety. It also issues assisted living administrator certificates to those with management responsibilities who pass the appropriate tests.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Passaic

  • The overall cost of living index for Passaic is 125.7, which is above the state and national averages. However, seniors need to consider this in context, as the cost of living in northeastern states is frequently higher than the rest of the country. Additionally, Passaic is within the NYC metro area, which increases living costs further, although the opportunities that come with living in one of the world’s great centers are clearly advantageous.
  • There’s a wealth of highly regarded hospitals in and around Passaic, as well as many world-class facilities on the other side of the Hudson in Manhattan. St. Mary’s General Hospital is the primary facility within the city, while nearby are St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson and Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair.
  • Passaic’s oceanic climate is responsible for around 11 inches more rainfall than the country’s average, although the city’s inland location reduces its hurricane risk to very low. Snowfall is a little below average, and the number of sunny days is normal for the country. It can get cold in winter, with temperatures averaging a chilly 22 degrees, but the summer months usually see the mercury sitting around a very pleasant 86 degrees. 
  • Violent crime in Passaic is above normal for New Jersey, although slightly below the U.S. average. Property crime is also more common when compared to the average for the state, although the gap isn’t as wide and Passaic’s stats are more favorable when compared to the national median. As with every city, some neighborhoods are safer than others. In Passaic, these tend to be the areas bordering Rutherford, Nutley and southern neighborhoods of Clifton.
  • Passaic County Paratransit is a curb-to-curb service for residents with disabilities and those aged 60 and over. The program’s vehicles can also accommodate service animals and portable oxygen devices. Although trips beyond Passaic County can only be for medical appointments, those within it can be for any purpose. Rides are free, although a $2 per trip donation is recommended. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Passaic

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the average fee for assisted living in Passaic is around $1,250 per month more than the national average of $4,500. Although this is a significant difference, Passaic is more affordable by New Jersey standards, where the typical senior pays $6,495.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Passaic’s average fee of $5,750 is the lowest in the state, with only Atlantic City coming close at $5,807. In Vineland, seniors are more likely to pay $6,400 per month, while in Ocean City, $7,490 is the norm. The costliest city in New Jersey is Trenton, where fees are usually around $8,145. 

$5750

Passaic

$6495

New Jersey

$4500

The United States

$8145

Trenton

$5807

Atlantic City

$7490

Ocean City

$6400

Vineland

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Nursing home care is the most expensive option in New Jersey, with costs averaging $12,471 for a semiprivate room. Adult day health care is the most affordable at $1,950. Assisted living is mid-range, costing approximately $30 per month more than home health care’s average of $5,720, although in-home care is more affordable at $5,529.

$5529

In-Home Care

$5720

Home Health Care

$1950

Adult Day Health Care

$5750

Assisted Living Facility

$12471

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Passaic was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, New York City, NY, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Passaic

Eligible Passaic seniors can avail of home and community-based services through the Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports program, which is part of the state’s NJ FamilyCare Comprehensive Demonstration Waiver. Services are coordinated through managed care organizations and are administered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in New Jersey

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 Jersey page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Passaic

Passaic’s seniors needn’t feel helpless when faced with challenges as many government agencies and nonprofit organizations operating in the city can assist. Those listed here can help with benefits and legal services as well as provide opportunities to socialize with other seniors and study at college.

Resource

Contact

Service

(973) 881-4000

Aging & Disability Resource Connection is the Area Agency on Aging responsible for assisting seniors in Passaic County. Although its primary purpose is to support community seniors, several of its services are equally useful to seniors in residential care facilities. These include counseling for beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid and those who need more information about the programs before signing up. The organization can also connect seniors to paralegals and attorneys who provide pro bono services to older community members.

(877) 582-6995

Seniors unhappy with the quality of their care or concerned about being transferred or discharged can contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which investigates complaints free of charge. The ombudsman advocates for seniors during negotiations with the care provider and can keep the source of the complaint private if the senior wishes. The program also holds copies of inspection reports, which it can release to seniors making long-term care plans.

(855) 767-8387

Passaic County's Office of Veterans' Service helps vets, their spouses and dependents identify and apply for local, state and federal benefits, including some that may help with residential care costs, such as VA Aid and Attendance. It can also refer vets and their loved ones to nearby medical facilities, such as the VA clinics in Paterson and Hackensack.

(973) 365-5754

Passaic Senior Center is a hub for the city's older citizens, a place they can socialize and participate in a range of useful pursuits. In addition to activities common to senior centers, such as games and leisure programs, the center also conducts an array of health and wellness and educational classes.

(973) 684-8006

Passaic County Community College offers grants to seniors to pay for tuition during the spring and fall semesters. To qualify, the senior must have an annual income not exceeding $65,000, live in Passaic County and enroll in a program with six or more credits.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Passaic

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New Jersey