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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Princeton, NJ for 2024

Princeton is a college town known for its Ivy League school, but the historic nature of the community also appeals to seniors. A free public transit system, low crime rates and a mild climate most of the year add to the appeal of living in this city. Even with it being a college town, 13.7% of the 30,872 people living in Princeton are 65 and older.

Assisted living communities in Princeton provide seniors with a safe, supportive place to live where they can get help with the activities of daily living. The average cost for assisted living in this city is $8,145 a month, which is significantly higher than the national average of $4,500 and the state average of $6,495 a month.

This guide provides information for seniors about the costs of assisted living, the pros and cons of retiring in Princeton and the local resources that can help area seniors navigate their retirement years.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Princeton

The New Jersey Department of Health is responsible for the state’s assisted living facilities, including those in Princeton. Facilities must apply for licensing through the Department and follow its rules and regulations for the level of care they provide. Seniors or family members can look at financial reports, licensing information and services provided through the Endearment of Health’s database.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Princeton

  • Princeton’s cost of living is 48.1 points higher than the national average. While most areas are higher than average, health care costs are a few points less than the national average. Mercer County’s Office on Aging has a number of programs that help lower the cost of living for older adults.
  • Crime rates for both property crime and violent crime in Princeton are lower than national norms. Princeton’s violent crime rate is just 8.6, compared to 22.7 nationally, and the property crime rate is 16.1 compared to 35.4 across the nation.
  • With a summer high of 86 degrees and a winter low of 22, Princeton’s climate is comfortable most of the year, but winters can be cold. The area receives about two feet of snow a year.
  • Access to quality healthcare is a perk of living in Princeton. The community is close to Penn Medicine Princeton Health Medical Center in Plainsboro, which is among the top 10 hospitals in the state.
  • A robust in-town bus service makes it easy to navigate living in Princeton. The Tiger Transit system is a free service for all members of the community, including seniors. The program also has an accessible option called TigerAccess for those who need disability accommodations.
  • Though New Jersey isn’t considered a tax-friendly community for retirees, recent changes are helping. The state has a generous exemption for retirement income, and it does not tax Social Security income. It also has below-average sales tax rates. The property taxes are the country’s highest, and the state has an inheritance tax.

Paying for Assisted Living in Princeton

The monthly cost for assisted living in Princeton will vary based on the amenities and location of a facility, but the average is $8,145 a month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Princeton has some of the highest assisted living costs in the state. Its monthly average of $8,145 is $3,645 more than national norms. It is also $1,650 higher than the state’s average. In contrast, the lowest costs in the state are in Atlantic City, which averages $5,807. Seniors in Ocean City pay an average of $7,490, while seniors in Vineland average $6,400 a month.

Princeton

$8,145

New Jersey

$6,495

United States

$4,500

Atlantic City

$5,807

Ocean City

$7,490

Vineland

$6,400

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living, which averages $8,145 a month in Princeton, is just one type of senior care in the area. The most affordable option is adult day health care, which costs just $1,866 a month. Seniors who want to age at home can expect to pay $5,148 for home care, with the cost increasing by $95 for home health care, which adds basic nursing care. Skilled nursing care has the highest cost, averaging $11,650 for a semiprivate room.

In-Home Care

$5,148

Home Health Care

$5,243

Adult Day Health Care

$1,866

Assisted Living Facility

$8,145

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11,650

 Note: Data for Princeton was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Trenton, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Princeton

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 Princeton

Princeton and Mercer County offer a number of free and low-cost resources to local seniors. Through nonprofit and government agencies, seniors can access counseling services, advocacy, legal aid and discount programs. 

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Princeton Senior Resource Center(609) 751-9699The Princeton Senior Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that provides services and activities for area seniors. Anyone age 55 and older in Mercer County can attend classes or sign up for assistance through the Center. Services include retirement planning and caregiver support.
Central Jersey Legal Services(609) 695-6249Central Jersey Legal Services provides free legal advice to seniors in Mercer and the surrounding counties. Seniors can contact the paralegals and attorneys with CJLS for advice about estate planning, long-term care legal concerns, health care concerns and guardianship.
Mercer County Veterans Services Office(609) 989-6120Through the Veterans Services Office, Mercer County veterans can connect with the programs they qualify for due to their military service. This includes no-cost burial plots, pension payments, referral services and survivor benefits. The office also operates a veterans crisis hotline for struggling veterans to call anytime.
Mercer County Office on Aging(609) 989-6661Mercer County Office on Aging is the Area Agency on Aging for the region. Through the Office on Aging, seniors can access many resources, such as adult protective services, legal services, information and assistance and senior mental health services.
New Jersey Long-Term Care Ombudsman(877) 582-6995Seniors living in any type of long-term care facility, including assisted living, can have their rights protected with the help of the NJLTCO. The Ombudsman handles complaints about these facilities' quality of care while advocating for better care for local seniors.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Princeton

Princeton 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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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AnthonyM88

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Brandywine Living Serenade at Princeton

I need to place my husband in an assisted living facility as a respite stay as I went away on business. He recently just had a knee replacement and I could not leave him alone, he needed...

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JMUELLER

I visited this facility

Review of Brandywine Living Serenade at Princeton

It is a wonderful place with a good environment. I especially like the activities the department. They always have games ready and planed!

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I visited this facility

Review of Brandywine Living Serenade at Princeton

We looked around the area, and we chose it. We felt it was the best place for her. They were very accommodating. The dining area looked fine. It was the best we saw. They have lots of activities.

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