Famous for being the birthplace of Kodak and Xerox, Rochester boasts a rich cultural scene that seniors can enjoy, regularly attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The Rochester Fringe Festival draws artists from around the world and has grown to be one of the top three most visited festivals in the country since it started in 2012. Rochester’s seniors, who make up almost 11% of the city’s 211,000-plus residents, can also enjoy some of the best museums in the country and an eclectic mix of restaurants and shopping malls.

Assisted living communities in Rochester provide their residents with safe and comfortable homes and staff trained to help with needs such as managing medications and personal grooming. The typical monthly fee is $3,775, making the city the most affordable in the state. The average New Yorker pays $4,580 per month, which is about $80 more than the typical American.

This guide considers assisted living in Rochester in more detail, looking into the city’s pros and cons. It also reviews the costs of other types of senior care locally and lists some useful resources for older residents in or considering assisted living.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Rochester, NY

2016

Atria Greece

150 Towngate Road, Rochester, NY, 14626

Atria Greece is located in a quiet residential area of Greece, New York, just outside Rochester. This assisted senior community is close to shopping centers, restaurants and parks. Visitors report a c … (read more)
Atria Greece is located in a quiet residential area of Greece, New York, just outside Rochester. This assisted senior community is close to shopping centers, restaurants and parks. Visitors report a c … (read more)

GrandeVille Senior Living Community

555 Maiden Lane, Rochester, NY, 14616

Nestled in the Rochester suburb of Greece, GrandVille Senior Living Community is close to I-90, the shore of Lake Ontario and numerous parks. Visitors consistently praise the community’s staff, who th … (read more)
Nestled in the Rochester suburb of Greece, GrandVille Senior Living Community is close to I-90, the shore of Lake Ontario and numerous parks. Visitors consistently praise the community’s staff, who th … (read more)

Elderwood Village at Greece

1404 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY, 14626

My mother has been at Elderwood in Greece for over five years. My sister and I chose that location because it had a very homey feeling, a wonderful outdoor setting and friendly staff. During the years … (read more)
My mother has been at Elderwood in Greece for over five years. My sister and I chose that location because it had a very homey feeling, a wonderful outdoor setting and friendly staff. During the years … (read more)

The Village at Unity

1471 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY, 14626

Park Ridge Housing is located in the town of Greece, New York. Quietly situated near the larger city of Rochester, this community is only moments away from the Greece Canal Park. Residents and their f … (read more)
Park Ridge Housing is located in the town of Greece, New York. Quietly situated near the larger city of Rochester, this community is only moments away from the Greece Canal Park. Residents and their f … (read more)

2016

The Landing of Brighton

1350 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY, 14618

I have decided to move my parents to The Landing of Brighton in Rochester. I went to see their assisted living and it was very well organized, clean, and the people seemed very attentive to your needs … (read more)
I have decided to move my parents to The Landing of Brighton in Rochester. I went to see their assisted living and it was very well organized, clean, and the people seemed very attentive to your needs … (read more)

St. John’s Meadows

1 Johnsarbor Drive West, Rochester, NY, 14620


River Edge Manor

110 Dalaker Drive, Rochester, NY, 14620

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities is located on the scenic banks of Rochester’s Genesee River, close to the city’s parks and walking trails. Visitors note that the facility has adequate staffing levels … (read more)
Episcopal SeniorLife Communities is located on the scenic banks of Rochester’s Genesee River, close to the city’s parks and walking trails. Visitors note that the facility has adequate staffing levels … (read more)

Linden House

209 Linden Street, Rochester, NY, 14620

Linden House is nestled in the quaint city of Rochester, New York and is close to a number of shopping malls and medical facilities. Residents and visitors appreciate this facility for its homey atmos … (read more)
Linden House is nestled in the quaint city of Rochester, New York and is close to a number of shopping malls and medical facilities. Residents and visitors appreciate this facility for its homey atmos … (read more)

The Homestead Rochester

256 Thurston Road, Rochester, NY, 14619

My mother stayed at Rochester Presbyterian Home – The Homestead for respite. I was very pleased with everything. They made her very comfortable. She had a beautiful room. The meals were very good. It … (read more)
My mother stayed at Rochester Presbyterian Home – The Homestead for respite. I was very pleased with everything. They made her very comfortable. She had a beautiful room. The meals were very good. It … (read more)

2012

Wolk Manor Enriched Living Center

4000 Summit Circle Drive, Rochester, NY, 14618

Wolk Manor Enriched Living Center is located in Rochester, New York. It’s easily accessible from I-590 and only a short distance from Veteran’s Center Hospital and Meridian Centre Park. Family and lov … (read more)
Wolk Manor Enriched Living Center is located in Rochester, New York. It’s easily accessible from I-590 and only a short distance from Veteran’s Center Hospital and Meridian Centre Park. Family and lov … (read more)

Village at Mill Landing

45 Mill Road, Rochester, NY, 14626

My mother-in-law moved to The Village at Mill Landing. The layout and atmosphere of the place are very good, it’s clean and bright with nice rooms and nice people. They have daily activities, weekly s … (read more)
My mother-in-law moved to The Village at Mill Landing. The layout and atmosphere of the place are very good, it’s clean and bright with nice rooms and nice people. They have daily activities, weekly s … (read more)

Legacy at Maiden Park

749 Maiden Lane, Rochester, NY, 14615

We toured Legacy at Maiden Park for my mom. It is just an assisted living and memory care facility. We did not go into the memory care rooms, but the memory care rooms are in the same facility. The … (read more)
We toured Legacy at Maiden Park for my mom. It is just an assisted living and memory care facility. We did not go into the memory care rooms, but the memory care rooms are in the same facility. The … (read more)

Norton Place Home

626 Norton Street, Rochester, NY, 14621

Norton Place Home of Rochester, New York, is located just south of Irondequoit and five minutes from Highland Park and Rochester General Hospital. The facility is easily accessed via Highway 490 and t … (read more)
Norton Place Home of Rochester, New York, is located just south of Irondequoit and five minutes from Highland Park and Rochester General Hospital. The facility is easily accessed via Highway 490 and t … (read more)

Latta Road Nursing Home A

2102 Latta Road , Rochester, NY, 14612


Shire Senior Living

2515 Culver Road, Rochester, NY, 14609

They have renovated alot of the building. The brand new rooms look great and modern. The staff were all friendly and helpful. They have a big game room with pool tables, games and a seating area to … (read more)
They have renovated alot of the building. The brand new rooms look great and modern. The staff were all friendly and helpful. They have a big game room with pool tables, games and a seating area to … (read more)

Cobb’s Hill Manor

1175 MONROE AVENUE, Rochester, NY, 14620

I am the daughter of a resident that has been in this facility for almost 6 years and i can honestly say that since the day she moved into the facility things have definitely became not so great ….. … (read more)
I am the daughter of a resident that has been in this facility for almost 6 years and i can honestly say that since the day she moved into the facility things have definitely became not so great ….. … (read more)

Seniorsfirst Day Program

1570 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14610



2015

Castle Pointe & Sage Harbor at Baywinde

100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, NY, 14580

We visited Sage Harbor at Baywinde and we like it a lot. It was nice, it might have been a little older, but it was very clean. When we went in, they had a concert going on and they had somebody singi … (read more)
We visited Sage Harbor at Baywinde and we like it a lot. It was nice, it might have been a little older, but it was very clean. When we went in, they had a concert going on and they had somebody singi … (read more)

2015

Atria Penfield

2006 Five Mile Line Road, Penfield, NY, 14526

The atmosphere at Atria Penfield was wonderful. The appearance was great and the people were very, very nice. I had observed residents playing bingo and watching movies. They only have studios though, … (read more)
The atmosphere at Atria Penfield was wonderful. The appearance was great and the people were very, very nice. I had observed residents playing bingo and watching movies. They only have studios though, … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Rochester

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 Rochester

The Bureau of Licensure and Certification, a branch of the Department of Health, licenses and regulates assisted living facilities in New York State. The office only issues licenses after it’s satisfied the applicant has high legal standing, as well as strong financials, and is of good character. It also conducts unannounced inspections to ensure standards are maintained.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Rochester

  • For most of the year, Rochester’s climate is pleasant for older residents. July typically sees comfortable temperatures of 82 degrees, although it can drop to a chilly 17 degrees in January. The city also gets significantly more winter snow than normal, so seniors will need to be extra careful during colder months. The water quality is a little below average but the air quality is higher, which might benefit seniors with weaker lung capacities.  
  • One of the most appealing sides to Rochester is its average cost of living. According to Sperling’s BestPlaces, the city has an index of 78.4, which is well below New York’s 120.5. The health care and transportation indices are below the state and national averages too, suggesting Rochester is a more affordable location than most for seniors in New York.
  • Crime in Rochester is more common than normal, with property and violent offense statistics higher than the state and national averages. However, one of the benefits of assisted living is that most facilities include surveillance and security systems as standard, as well as staff on-site around the clock.
  • Rochester’s residents are well-served by the city’s hospitals, several of which have high-performance ratings. Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester has a highly-regarded primary care department in addition to a wide range of specialists treating most conditions, including all forms of cancer. Rochester General Hospital has a behavioral health department as well as orthopedics and neuroscience centers.
  • Rochester joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network in 2019. By doing so, the city has committed to making it a safer and healthier place for older residents. Rochester currently has a livability score of 52, which takes into account environmental factors, transportation options, opportunities for inclusion in civic life and the accessibility of the city’s streets and buildings.

Paying for Assisted Living in Rochester

With fees averaging $3,775 per month, Rochester has some of the most affordable assisted living communities in the state. The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reveals the typical New Yorker pays $4,580 for similar care in an assisted living setting, which is $80 per month more than the national average.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors considering alternatives in Upstate New York to Rochester will likely have to budget for higher costs. The most affordable of the nearest cities included in the survey is Syracuse, where the average fee is $4,694, followed by Buffalo, at $4,741. The most expensive is Ithaca, with fees more than double those in Rochester, at $8,075.

$3775

Rochester

$4580

New York

$4500

The United States

$4741

Buffalo

$4694

Syracuse

$8075

Ithaca

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

In Rochester, homemaker services and home health aide agencies typically charge similar fees, averaging $5,720 per month. These are expensive options compared to assisted living as both require the senior to continue paying home maintenance costs. The most affordable choice is adult day health care, but this also requires seniors to meet their home costs. Nursing homes are the most expensive option, typically charging $13,882 for a private room, although semiprivate rooms average $12,471.

$5720

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$1907

Adult Day Health Care

$3775

Assisted Living

$12471

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$13882

Nursing Home (private)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Rochester

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.

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 Rochester

There are many nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping seniors in Rochester. The following list includes advocates for seniors unhappy with their care in assisted living facilities, advisors for vets struggling with their health and volunteers who help older residents get around the city and surrounding areas.

Resource

Contact

Service

(585) 287-6414

Seniors in assisted living facilities unhappy with the quality of their care can raise a complaint with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, which will investigate and pursue a resolution with the care provider for the senior. The ombudsman can also look into complaints made by residents' families and third parties. Additionally, it can supply copies of inspection reports so seniors can make more informed decisions regarding the best facility for their long-term care.

(585) 753-6280

Office for the Aging is a department within Monroe County dedicated to helping local residents aged 60 and older get the most from its resources. It manages senior centers throughout the county that provide opportunities for seniors to socialize within their age groups and take part in activities designed to educate and develop physical fitness. The centers also offer congregate lunches where seniors can share meals with friends, in addition to a variety of entertainments, including movie nights.

(585) 753-6040

Monroe County's Veterans Service Agency supports those who served the military and their families, helping them access the benefits they're entitled to and acting as a gateway to other support networks for vets dealing with combat-related issues, such as PTSD. Additionally, the agency can refer vets and their dependents to the Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic for medical care or to other facilities within the Upstate New York VA Healthcare Network.

(585) 244-8400

TRAC is a free service available to Monroe County residents aged 60 and older. It helps seniors find the most accessible and affordable transportation solutions within their area. TRAC mobility advisors can find local transit providers with vehicles suitable for all seniors and can arrange transport on the person's behalf. As TRAC doesn't provide rides directly, it has no authority over the fees charged by providers but does try to find the most affordable transportation methods.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Rochester

Rochester 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