4 Assisted Living Facilities in Ithaca, NY

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Brookdale Ithaca

Provides: Assisted Living
103 Bundy Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
"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..." More

Kendal at Ithaca

Provides: Assisted Living
2230 NORTH TRIPHAMMER ROAD, Ithaca, NY 14850
"At Kendal, residents were active and engaged socially despite any physical limitations. They had a number of different types of activities and outings, and often brought in outside speakers and..." More

Longview, an Ithacare Community

Provides: Assisted Living
1 Bella Vista Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850
"We visited Longview. We like it, but Mom was not as into it. We kind of felt lost because all the walls and the carpeting were of the same color, and she couldn't quite figure out where she was...." More

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Bridges Cornell Heights

Provides: Assisted Living
407 Wyckoff Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
"I was very skeptical of my grandmother going into any sort of facility. I am of the mindset that these facilities are often not run properly and the staff is not competent. That being said, I was..." More

    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.
    • 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

    Cities in New York

    $7,055.00 Ithaca
    $4,000.00 US
    $3,962.00 Vestal
    $3,410.00 Cortland

    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.

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    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.

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    Assisted Living near 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

      Kelly
    • 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

      Pat
    • 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

      Pat
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