New York comprises five boroughs and is located on the banks of the Hudson River on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The city is famous across the world for its high-end shops, broadway performances and fast-paced lifestyle. It has an estimated population of 8.8 million people and around 14.5% of residents are aged 65 and over. New York is considered one of the better cities to retire to thanks to its excellent healthcare system and range of activities available. 

Assisted living facilities provide 24/7 support for seniors who are no longer capable of living alone but don’t require the full-time medical care of a nursing home. Caregivers assist seniors with the tasks of daily living such as bathing, grooming and driving. Seniors living in New York pay an average of $5,750 for assisted living each month. This is higher than the New York state monthly median of $4,580.

This guide offers an introduction to assisted living in New York City. It provides information on the costs of care, the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in New York and a list of free resources for seniors in the city.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in New York, NY

Atria West 86

333 West 86th Street, New York, NY, 10024

Atria West 86 welcomed its first residents more than 20 years ago and remains a desired residence for older New Yorkers who enjoy living in the cultural heart of the city. Motivational speakers, music … (read more)
Atria West 86 welcomed its first residents more than 20 years ago and remains a desired residence for older New Yorkers who enjoy living in the cultural heart of the city. Motivational speakers, music … (read more)

Sunrise at East 56th

139 East 56th Street, New York, NY, 10022

Our 97 year old mother moved into Sunrise56 about 6 weeks ago and we could not be more pleased and impressed by everything about Sunrise. The staff is nothing short of amazing, in every possible me … (read more)
Our 97 year old mother moved into Sunrise56 about 6 weeks ago and we could not be more pleased and impressed by everything about Sunrise. The staff is nothing short of amazing, in every possible me … (read more)

Carnegie East House

1844 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, 10128

Carnegie East House is an assisted living facility offering housing options to retired seniors in Manhattan, located in the Upper East Side near Central Park and blocks from the Harlem River. Family m … (read more)
Carnegie East House is an assisted living facility offering housing options to retired seniors in Manhattan, located in the Upper East Side near Central Park and blocks from the Harlem River. Family m … (read more)

VillageCare at 46 & Ten

510 West 46th Street, New York, NY, 10014

The Village at 46th & 10th is located in the heart of New York, NY, just southwest of Central Park. Residents always look forward to a weekly concert right in the backyard of the facility. The Vil … (read more)
The Village at 46th & 10th is located in the heart of New York, NY, just southwest of Central Park. Residents always look forward to a weekly concert right in the backyard of the facility. The Vil … (read more)

305 West End Assisted Living

305 West End Avenue, New York, NY, 10023

305 West End Assisted Living is an urban setting. It’s assisted living. It’s basically for people who need the extra care for assisted living. It’s a big apartment building in New York; it is right on … (read more)
305 West End Assisted Living is an urban setting. It’s assisted living. It’s basically for people who need the extra care for assisted living. It’s a big apartment building in New York; it is right on … (read more)

Vista on 5th

1261 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10029

We were looking around a little bit and suddenly Vista on 5th came up. It looked great and so we took it. It looked really good and very nice. They seemed very nice, very pleasant, helpful, and willin … (read more)
We were looking around a little bit and suddenly Vista on 5th came up. It looked great and so we took it. It looked really good and very nice. They seemed very nice, very pleasant, helpful, and willin … (read more)

Amsterdam Nursing Home

1060 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, 10025


Clinton Gardens

404-412 W. 54 St.- Clinton Gardens, New York, NY, 10019

as i was there to see my friend’s relative, it was a good experience to visit there. i had visited it for the first time. i was happy to see the facilities there. the staff members there were very coo … (read more)
as i was there to see my friend’s relative, it was a good experience to visit there. i had visited it for the first time. i was happy to see the facilities there. the staff members there were very coo … (read more)

West 74th Street Home

300 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, 10023

West 74th Street Home is an assisted living facility in Manhattan, NY, located in the Upper West Side. The community offers studio and one-bedroom apartments — including companion suites — to reti … (read more)
West 74th Street Home is an assisted living facility in Manhattan, NY, located in the Upper West Side. The community offers studio and one-bedroom apartments — including companion suites — to reti … (read more)

Greater Harlem Nursing Home Co

55 West 137th Street, New York, NY, 10037


West Side Federation-Senior

109 West 129th Street, New York, NY, 10027


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Sunrise of Edgewater

351 River Road, Edgewater, NJ, 07020

Sunrise of Edgewater is located between the George Washington Bridge and Lincoln Tunnel, minutes from New York City in Edgewater, New Jersey. Visitors note the facility’s great location and spacious … (read more)
Sunrise of Edgewater is located between the George Washington Bridge and Lincoln Tunnel, minutes from New York City in Edgewater, New Jersey. Visitors note the facility’s great location and spacious … (read more)

Signature Senior Living

631 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11230

I visited Signature Senior Living down on Foster, but that is assisted living. I like it. It’s good for people that need assistance, but right now, we don’t need that assistance. They’re very nice. Th … (read more)
I visited Signature Senior Living down on Foster, but that is assisted living. I like it. It’s good for people that need assistance, but right now, we don’t need that assistance. They’re very nice. Th … (read more)

Queens Adult Care Center

80-08 45th Avenue, Elmhurst, NY, 11373

the Facility is clean ,all new furniture , excellent staff. Welcoming
the Facility is clean ,all new furniture , excellent staff. Welcoming

Brooklyn Adult Care Center

2830 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11208

Everything about this facility is horrible! The managers do not listen or care about the residents and people are always called to investigate complaints.
Everything about this facility is horrible! The managers do not listen or care about the residents and people are always called to investigate complaints.

Coterie Hudson Yards

505 West 35th Street, New York City, NY, 10001


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)


Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center

1250 67Th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11219

Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center is very nice. It’s like a home and had a very warm atmosphere. The people, the tour person was very nice and the staff was nice. It was a nice facility, th … (read more)
Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center is very nice. It’s like a home and had a very warm atmosphere. The people, the tour person was very nice and the staff was nice. It was a nice facility, th … (read more)


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in New York

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 York. 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 New York

The New York State Department of Health oversees all assisted living facilities in New York City and across the state. The department is responsible for licensing and supervising assisted living facilities. It carries out regular planned and surprise inspections to ensure that facilities are abiding by state and federal rules and regulations. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in New York

  • New York is moderately tax-friendly toward retirees. It does not tax Social Security benefits and offers a sizable deduction on all other types of retirement income. However, state and property taxes are comparatively high. 
  • The city is safer than 17% of U.S. cities. New York has a high rate of property crimes, and violent crime does appear to be on the rise. Seniors who are worried about the crime rate in the city can rest assured that the majority of assisted living communities offer 24/7 security systems and gated access. 
  • The cost of living in New York is 129% higher than the national average. However, living in New York does provide seniors with easy access to reasonably priced public transport and healthcare.
  • New York is home to some of the best hospitals in the country, and the city received a score of 10 out of 10 for quality healthcare for seniors. Excellent hospitals in the city include Mount Sinai and New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • New York has a relatively mild climate compared to other cities in the state. The city experiences an average of 224 days of sunshine each year, allowing seniors who enjoy the outdoors plenty of time to explore the parks or take part in outdoor activities. 
  • Seniors living in New York will never lack things to do. The city is home to one of the biggest theater districts in the world, art galleries, parks, museums and shopping centers. There are a number of day trips from the city for those wanting to explore the Hudson River or nearby country areas.

Paying for Assisted Living in New York

Assisted living in New York costs an average of $5,750 per month, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021. This is higher than both the New York state average of $4,580 and the national median of $4,500. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $5,750 per month, New York is the third most expensive city in the state for assisted living. It is considerably cheaper than both Ithaca ($8,075) and Watertown ($8,415). The cheapest city in the state is Rochester, where the average senior pays $3,775 per month for assisted living.

$5750

New York City

$4580

New York State

$4500

The United States

$8075

Ithaca

$8415

Watertown

$3775

Rochester

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Seniors living in New York have access to a range of senior care options aside from assisted living.  Adult day care is the lowest cost option, at a monthly average of $1,950, and is ideal for seniors only requiring care during the working day. Home care and home health care have a monthly average cost of $5,529 and $5,720, respectively. At the upper end of the scale, nursing home care costs $12,471 for a semiprivate room and $13,231 for a private room each month. This type of care is best suited to frail seniors who require skilled nursing care 24/7.

$5750

Assisted living

$1950

Adult day care

$5529

Home care

$5720

Home health care

$12471

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$13231

Nursing Home (private)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New York

Beyond state Medicaid, the state of New York provides a couple waiver programs that help seniors afford their chosen assisted living facility. The Managed Long Term Care Waiver helps residents with payment in assisted living facilities and the Assisted Living Program helps those who qualify for nursing home care but want to live in an assisted living facility afford it.

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

Paying 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 New York

The city of New York offers a range of free resources for seniors in assisted living communities and those considering making the move. Non-profit organizations and government departments provide free services, recreational activities and information to support seniors in the city.

Resource

Contact

Service

1-844-6321

The New York State Office for Aging is a government department that advocates for seniors in New York. Services offered include home-delivered meals, congregate meals for nutrition and socialization, transportation, caregiver support and wellness programs. The long-term care ombudsmen program educates seniors about their rights and helps to protect their rights in long-term care facilities such as assisted living communities and nursing homes.

(212) 244-6469

This government department provides a range of services to assist seniors. Some of the services offered include housing support, transportation to medical appointments, legal help, health insurance assistance, caregiver support and friendship programs. In addition, the department runs almost 250 senior centers located throughout the city. Free membership of the centers is available to anyone 60 and over. Some of the activities scheduled include art classes, day trips, exercise classes, nutrition education and live entertainment.

(212) 416-5250

The NYC Department of Veterans Services assists eligible seniors and their families to navigate the complex VA benefits system. A specially trained officer is available 24/7 to answer questions and provide support to veterans. These officers can help seniors apply for any benefits they may be eligible for such as VA medical care, pensions, disability compensation, and supplemental support. The VOLS Elderly Project provides free legal services to low-income veteran seniors in New York. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New York

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New York