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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Bronx, NY for 2024

Almost 1.5 million people live in the Bronx, nearly 190,000 of whom are seniors. The New York City borough is located north of Queens and Manhattan and connected to the rest of the NYC metropolis by a network of bus, rail and subway lines that allow seniors to travel freely throughout the five boroughs. The Bronx offers seniors quick access to high-quality medical care and dozens of centers dedicated to keeping seniors engaged in the local community.

Assisted living care in the Bronx costs an average of $5,750 per month, which is higher than the state average of $4,580 and the national average of $4,500. Assisted living communities offer seniors a higher level of care than they can receive in their own homes. Caregivers in assisted living communities provide help with household management tasks such as cleaning, in addition to assistance with personal care tasks. 

This guide to assisted living in the Bronx provides information on COVID-19 protocols commonly utilized in assisted living communities and offers an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of living in the Bronx as a senior. The guide also compares the cost of assisted living in the Bronx with its cost in nearby cities and compares assisted living costs with those of other types of care. Finally, the guide provides a short table of free assisted living resources for seniors in the Bronx area.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in the Bronx

The New York State Department of Health is responsible for the licensure and regulation of adult care facilities, including assisted living communities. The department also deals with care complaints from residents living in these communities and carries out regular inspections. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in the Bronx

  • Residents of the Bronx enjoy easy access to activities and events located across the New York Metro area, as well as those that extend into Connecticut and New Jersey, thanks to a well-connected transit system. Seniors in the area can receive a metro card for a reduced rate, allowing them to use the bus, subway system, railway and express bus for half the normal price. The Bronx is also implementing a new bus service that increases the normal routes available and is reconfiguring existing routes to make it easier to travel through the borough. 
  • The whole of New York City, including the Bronx, is designated as an AARP Senior-Friendly community. As part of the AARP Age-Friendly community, New York City’s mayor and the AARP commission prioritize certain services for seniors, from increasing primary care options to making sure seniors are included in local cultural and artistic programming. The community hopes to maximize intergenerational opportunities and increase the availability of dementia resources for seniors and their families. 
  • There are more than 10 hospitals and medical centers in the Bronx area, including a psychiatric facility and a VA hospital. Montefiore Medical Center is nationally ranked in both cardiology and geriatrics. While there are plenty of health care providers for seniors to choose from, the Bronx has fewer health care providers per capita than the national average. 
  • Like other areas of the New York metro area, the Bronx offers seniors a wealth of cultural, scientific and artistic points of interest to enjoy. Many of these venues offer steep discounts for seniors. The Botanical Gardens, the Bronx Zoo and the Bronx Opera are just three of the organizations that give seniors a discounted rate. 
  • One of the benefits of living in New York state as a senior is the generous tax laws available to the elderly. New York doesn’t tax Social Security payments or retirement accounts such as 401(k) plans and IRA disbursements. The state also allows seniors to exclude up to $20,000 in income from taxable pensions. Additionally, seniors may deduct a portion of the costs for long term care. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Bronx

Seniors who live in the Bronx pay a monthly average of $5,750 for assisted living care, which is higher than the cost of assisted living at the state and national levels by approximately $1,200 per month. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Bronx seniors typically pay more for assisted living than those who live in cities further from the metropolitan area, including Poughkeepsie and Kingston, north of New York City. Seniors in the Bronx pay almost $1,000 more than those in Poughkeepsie and just over $1,200 more than those in Kingston. In neighboring states, however, seniors living in Bridgeport, Connecticut, pay over $500 more per month, and those in Trenton, New Jersey, pay nearly $2,400 more for assisted living services. 

Bronx

$5,750

New York

$4,580

United States

$4,500

Bridgeport, CT

$6,273

Poughkeepsie

$4,770

Trenton, NJ

$8,145

Kingston

$4,500

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

When comparing the cost of assisted living with that of other types of senior care, assisted living care in the Bronx sits somewhere in the middle. It’s $3,800 more per month than the cost of staying in an adult day health care program and approximately $200 more per month than in-home care. Home health care is a little closer in cost to assisted living services, as it offers care focused on medical treatments instead of cleaning or household management. Still, assisted living is $30 more per month. Comparing assisted living care to skilled nursing care, however, a semiprivate room in a nursing home costs approximately $12,500 each month for seniors in the Bronx — $6,700 more per month than assisted living care. 

In-Home Care

$5,529

Home Health Care

$5,720

Adult Day Health Care

$1,950

Assisted Living Facility

$5,750

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$12,471

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bronx

Seniors seeking financial aid for ACFs in the Bronx should look to the Medicaid program’s Assisted Living Program (ALP) waiver. This opportunity is limited to 4,200 persons, though citizens can be private-paying and still qualify.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New York

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 York page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in the Bronx

The Bronx, which is one of the largest of the five boroughs that constitute New York City, is home to organizations designed to help low-income residents and those designed specifically for seniors. The table below provides a short list of free resources that serve seniors of all income levels in the NYC area. 

ResourceContactService
New York City Department for the Aging(212) 244-6469The New York City Department of Aging is a citywide senior assistance organization that connects seniors with meal deliveries, transportation, law advice and access to local classes and other chances to socialize. The department also coordinates medication delivery, mental help interventions and financial assistance to pay for medical treatments or funeral services.
Riverdale Senior Services(718) 884-5900Riverdale Senior Services is a senior-focused organization whose licensed social workers can help seniors apply for medical or financial assistance through government programs such as Medicare/Medicaid. They can also help seniors find meal delivery services and mental health counseling.
City Bar Justice Center Elderlaw Project(212) 382-6658This legal project provides seniors in the Bronx with advice on how to proceed with tax filings, guardianship papers, power of attorney cases and other paperwork that can help seniors manage and finalize important legal documents.
BronxWorks Heights(646) 393-4000This program manages Older Adult Centers across the region that offer socialization opportunities and classes. The program also has an elder abuse program, group/individual counseling, free mental health screenings and a free tax assistance program during tax prep season.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in the Bronx

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

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