4 Assisted Living Facilities in Ithaca, NY
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The average cost of assisted living in Ithaca is $7,447 per month. This is higher than the national median of $3,425. Cheaper nearby regions include Cortland with an average starting cost of $3,410.
To help you with your search, browse the 16 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Ithaca. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Ithaca 3.9 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Cortland with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Ithaca
Ithaca is the seat of Tompkins County and lies along the shores of Cayuga Lake in New York. Of the approximately 31,000 people living here, 5.8% are aged 65 and over, and there are plenty of attractions to keep them occupied, including an active arts and culture scene and a senior center with fitness, games and services for local seniors.
Some aging citizens may need help with daily tasks like medication management and bathing, and they can find assistance at four assisted living facilities within Ithaca. These facilities are known as adult care facilities and governed by the state's Department of Health.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Ithaca
- In Ithaca, seniors pay state income tax on private pensions and retirement savings accounts, but they can also claim a large deduction. Social Security benefits and government pensions aren't taxed.
- The Ithaca area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Cayuga Medical Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
- The cost of living in Ithaca is 7% higher than the U.S. baseline of 100 but 22% lower than the New York average, due to the city's lower housing, transportation and utility costs. However, family members moving here to be closer to loved ones in assisted living may still pay housing costs 31% higher than the national median.
- While Ithaca's violent crime rate is seven points lower than the U.S. median, its property crime rate is almost seven points higher than the countrywide average. Seniors should remain aware of their surroundings when running errands in town and ensure that the assisted living facility they choose has appropriate security protocols.
- At 65, Ithaca's air quality is higher than the U.S. average of 58, so seniors with COPD and asthma may not have to worry about their conditions worsening due to pollution.
- Ithaca's annual temperature range is 15 to 81 degrees, so local seniors experience four seasons. However, winter brings 63 inches of snow, more than twice the national average. This may be a challenge for seniors who rely on assistive devices to get around.
Note: Data reported on this page was updated in 2019 and based on the latest 2018 figures.
Paying for Assisted Living in Ithaca
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Ithaca start around $7,055 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Ithaca and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ithaca
In New York, including Ithaca, seniors who are medically needy may qualify for financial aid through the Medicaid State Plan and the Long-Term Home Health Program 1915(c) waiver program.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in New York 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 York page.
Free Assisted Living Resources in Ithaca
Ithaca and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Ithaca, please visit our Assisted Living in New York page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Ithaca
Ithaca-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in New York are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in New York page for more information about these laws.
Other Options in Ithaca, NY
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Ithaca
Review of Brookdale Ithaca
Brookdale Ithaca was a lovely place. The person who accommodated me was very helpful. The room I saw was small, but it's good. The dining area looked nice, very clean, and had a lot of different ta... Read more
Review of Brookdale Ithaca
We're very happy with Brookdale Ithaca. It's very bright and clean-looking. The hallways were nice, wide, and there were a lot of windows. It's a very appealing place. The staff members all seemed ... Read more
Review of Longview, an Ithacare Community
Longview (Longview, an Ithacare Community) was a bit rigid in the way they handled my mother-in-law, and the staff was not as accommodating. My mother-in-law was there for about eight or nine years... Read more