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

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.

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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, NY

When trying to decide how to pay for assisted living, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of assisted living in Rochester and 69 other cities in New York.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Assisted Living in Rochester, NY

Assisted living prices in Rochester have risen by 10% from 2022 to 2023, going from $1,909 to $2,091. They're expected to reach $2,252 by 2024. This is more affordable than the national average of $4,459. The New York average is also lower, rising 15% from $4,091 to $4,699. It's projected to be $5,431 by 2024. Other cities in the north of New York also experienced assisted living price rises of around 10%. Seniors in Syracuse pay $4,087 and those in Albany pay $4,468. In Buffalo, costs average $4,698 per month.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Rochester$1,909$2,091$2,252
U.S. Average$4,070$4,459$4,802
New York$4,091$4,699$5,431
Buffalo$4,288$4,698$5,059
Syracuse$3,730$4,087$4,401
Albany$4,078$4,468$4,812

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.

Rochester

$3,775

New York

$4,580

The United States

$4,500

Buffalo

$4,741

Syracuse

$4,694

Ithaca

$8,075

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

The cost of senior living in Rochester can significantly vary, with differences attributable to the amenities, level of care and specialized services offered. Independent living is the most affordable choice, costing an average of $1,265 per month. The cost for assisted living is higher, averaging around $2,091 per month. Memory care, offering specialized services, is the least affordable option, with a substantial monthly cost of $7,304.

Assisted Living

$2,091

Memory Care

$7,304

Independent Living

$1,265

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 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 and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Rochester,NY

There are many resources in Rochester,NY that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s New York state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Monroe County Office for the Aging and Adult Services585-753-6280New York State has 59 Area Agencies on Aging, and they offer services to seniors that include legal services, home-delivered meals, transportation, social adult day services and case management. Seniors can also learn more about volunteer opportunities, get help with their insurance and receive advice about proper nutrition. Support is available to caregivers who need guidance or information about resources.

Financial Assistance for Senior Care and Senior Living

Whether living in their own home or in a senior living community, Rochester seniors can find financial assistance from numerous local resources. These organizations help residents cover some of the costs associated with in-home or long-term care and connect them with other helpful community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Monroe County NY Connects800-342-9898NY Connects is a state government website that directs New Yorkers to an array of useful services available in their communities. Visitors can use the site's search facilities to find a local provider loaning durable medical equipment free of charge.
ElderONE Emerson PACE Center 855-457-4638The PACE provider manages all medical and non-medical services in the senior's home or in an adult day care facility or nursing home. PACE combines Medicaid and Medicare services, with the organization responsible for all aspects of care, including the choice of physicians.
ElderONE Hudson PACE Center855-457-4636The PACE provider manages all medical and non-medical services in the senior's home or in an adult day care facility or nursing home. PACE combines Medicaid and Medicare services, with the organization responsible for all aspects of care, including the choice of physicians.

Food Assistance Programs

Local organizations help ensure elderly citizens have a balanced diet and receive essential vitamins and minerals to remain healthy. Through nutrition programs, congregate meals, home-delivered meals and food pantries, these programs help Rochester seniors afford the nutritious food they need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Foodlink, Inc. 585-328-3380Located in Rochester, NY, Foodlink improves food access to seniors in need. The organization sets up pop-up food pantries throughout Rochester, allowing food-insecure seniors to pick up food. Seniors can also visit the curbside markets that make fresh food accessible and affordable. In addition, Foodlink serves as the central storage and distribution site of foods for a 10-county area and distributes these goods to local food banks that Rochester seniors can visit.

Free Used Medical Equipment

Due to the high cost of purchasing new medical equipment, several organizations in Rochester collect lightly used medical devices such as wheelchairs, ramps and walkers and distribute them to local seniors and residents in need.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) Program - Rochester585-442-6470TRAID is a federally-sponsored program designed to help New Yorkers with disabilities get the equipment they need to live as independently as possible. Local TRAID centers can also refer visitors to other disability related services available in the area.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Rochester help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Rochester Social Security Office 14626800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.
Rochester Social Security Office 17604800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Transportation Assistance

Assistance is available for seniors unable to access or use private transportation. These community resources help elderly and disabled residents make journeys in and around Rochester, allowing them to run errands and attend appointments in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Transportation Access (TRAC)866-454-5110TRAC 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.

Veteran's Services

Rochester retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Rochester Vet Center585-393-7608The Rochester Vet Center offers a wide range of counseling and support services to veterans without cost. Licensed professionals are on staff to help those battling depression, anxiety, grief and anger, while PTSD care utilizes the latest evidence-based treatment modalities. These include cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy and eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy. Couples and family counseling, intimate partner violence support and referrals for veterans struggling with homelessness, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts, including a crisis line, are available.

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

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