As the capital of Rhode Island, Providence is known for its rich history that dates back to colonial times. As the third-largest city in New England, Providence has a population of just over 190,000 people. The age-friendly city has a lower population of seniors than average, at 11.6%. In addition to cultural and historical attractions, Providence offers easily accessible and affordable health care.

The city also has a wide selection of assisted living facilities, which range from small, cozy homes to large, resort-style communities. These facilities generally offer assistance with personal and health care as needed. Staff are also available to help with cooking, cleaning and daily chores so that residents can relax and live comfortably. In Providence, this type of care costs an average of $6,063 per month, which is higher than the national average of $4,500 but lower than the state average of $6,826.

The following guide discusses the pros, cons and costs of retirement in Providence. It talks about the costs of assisted living and other types of care to help seniors choose the best type of care for them.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Providence, RI

2016

Wingate Residences on Blackstone Boulevard

353 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI, 02906

Wingate Residences on Blackstone Boulevard is located on the historic East Side of Providence, Rhode Island. Visitors have praised the bright and spacious common rooms and courtyards, and the facility … (read more)
Wingate Residences on Blackstone Boulevard is located on the historic East Side of Providence, Rhode Island. Visitors have praised the bright and spacious common rooms and courtyards, and the facility … (read more)

Capitol Ridge at Providence

700 Smith Street, Providence, RI, 02908

Capitol Ridge at Providence is located on the western side of Providence in the shadows of Providence College. It sits near the Selim Rogers Recreation Center and Davis Park, giving residents ample op … (read more)
Capitol Ridge at Providence is located on the western side of Providence in the shadows of Providence College. It sits near the Selim Rogers Recreation Center and Davis Park, giving residents ample op … (read more)

Wingate Residences on the East Side

One Butler Avenue, Providence, RI, 02906

Wingate Residences on the East Side is situated along the banks of the Seekonk River in lively Providence, Rhode Island. With Brown University and many shopping and cultural attractions close by, resi … (read more)
Wingate Residences on the East Side is situated along the banks of the Seekonk River in lively Providence, Rhode Island. With Brown University and many shopping and cultural attractions close by, resi … (read more)

The Highlands on the East Side

101 Highland Avenue, Providence, RI, 02906

The Highlands on the East Side is an assisted living facility located on the historic East Side of Providence, Rhode Island, and is only steps away from Miriam Hospital. Housing options include studio … (read more)
The Highlands on the East Side is an assisted living facility located on the historic East Side of Providence, Rhode Island, and is only steps away from Miriam Hospital. Housing options include studio … (read more)

Saint Elizabeth Assisted Living

109 Melrose Street, Providence, RI, 02907

Saint Elizabeth Court is located in Providence, Rhode Island, just moments away from a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes on Elmwood and Reservoir Avenue. The facility offers temporary respi … (read more)
Saint Elizabeth Court is located in Providence, Rhode Island, just moments away from a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes on Elmwood and Reservoir Avenue. The facility offers temporary respi … (read more)

Charlesgate Senior Living Center

670 North Main Street, Providence, RI, 02904

Charlesgate Senior Living Center is located in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, near the Doyle Avenue Historic District and the Brown Street Park and Playground. There are daily activities inclu … (read more)
Charlesgate Senior Living Center is located in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, near the Doyle Avenue Historic District and the Brown Street Park and Playground. There are daily activities inclu … (read more)

Arbor Hill

153 Dean Street, Providence, RI, 02903

Arbor Hill is an assisted living center located in the beautiful city of Providence, Rhode Island. This assisted living center provides a safe environment for the residents. The meals are nutritious a … (read more)
Arbor Hill is an assisted living center located in the beautiful city of Providence, Rhode Island. This assisted living center provides a safe environment for the residents. The meals are nutritious a … (read more)

2015

Greenwich Farms at Warwick

75 Minnasota Avenue, Warwick, RI, 02888

Greenwich Farms at Warwick is located in Warwick, Rhode Island, and is close to T.F. Green International Airport. Residents enjoy activities such as bingo and exercise classes and they have an on … (read more)
Greenwich Farms at Warwick is located in Warwick, Rhode Island, and is close to T.F. Green International Airport. Residents enjoy activities such as bingo and exercise classes and they have an on … (read more)

2022

Atria Bay Spring Village

147 Bay Spring Avenue, Barrington, RI, 02806

Atria Bay Spring Village is located in Barrington, Rhode Island near Bay Spring Community Center and Haines Memorial State Park. Visitors compliment the facility on the clean and homelike amenities, b … (read more)
Atria Bay Spring Village is located in Barrington, Rhode Island near Bay Spring Community Center and Haines Memorial State Park. Visitors compliment the facility on the clean and homelike amenities, b … (read more)

Anchor Bay at East Providence

1440 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI, 02915

I liked Anchor Bay at East Providence. It is more of a modern design because it’s newer. I took a tour of the whole place and model apartments, and then the empty apartments. Their view is kind of set … (read more)
I liked Anchor Bay at East Providence. It is more of a modern design because it’s newer. I took a tour of the whole place and model apartments, and then the empty apartments. Their view is kind of set … (read more)

2016

Anchor Bay at Pocasset

12 Old Pocasset Lane, Johnston, RI, 02919

My aunt is living in this assisted living. The food is horrible, they can’t seem to find a good chef. The room cleaning service is horrendous. My aunt dropped something under her bed weeks ago and s … (read more)
My aunt is living in this assisted living. The food is horrible, they can’t seem to find a good chef. The room cleaning service is horrendous. My aunt dropped something under her bed weeks ago and s … (read more)

Tockwotton on the Waterfront

500 Waterfront Drive, East Providence, RI, 02914

Tockwotton on the Waterfront is located in East Providence, Rhode Island, overlooking the Providence River and close to Bold Point Park. Visitors praise the location, which offers views of boats in th … (read more)
Tockwotton on the Waterfront is located in East Providence, Rhode Island, overlooking the Providence River and close to Bold Point Park. Visitors praise the location, which offers views of boats in th … (read more)

The Bridge at Cherry Hill

One Cherry Hill Road, Johnston, RI, 02919

Having my mom at The Bridge at Cherry Hill has so far been so good. Some of the other places we’ve visited say she should be in memory care and she’s not going to fit in there. But this community is v … (read more)
Having my mom at The Bridge at Cherry Hill has so far been so good. Some of the other places we’ve visited say she should be in memory care and she’s not going to fit in there. But this community is v … (read more)

Winslow Gardens

40 Irving Avenue, East Providence, RI, 02914

We chose Winslow Gardens for my mother because it was affordable, and it just seemed like a really cozy place. The atmosphere is very good, and the people who work there are great. The food was good, … (read more)
We chose Winslow Gardens for my mother because it was affordable, and it just seemed like a really cozy place. The atmosphere is very good, and the people who work there are great. The food was good, … (read more)

Briarcliffe Gardens Memory Care Assisted LIving

49 Old Pocasset Road, Johnston, RI, 02919

Briarcliffe Gardens Memory Care Assisted Living was a close second in the four places I went to. It does not have a campus, but their assisted living building is only four months old. The building its … (read more)
Briarcliffe Gardens Memory Care Assisted Living was a close second in the four places I went to. It does not have a campus, but their assisted living building is only four months old. The building its … (read more)

Grandview Center

100 Chambers St, Cumberland, RI, 02864


Evergreen House Health Center

One Evergreen Drive, East Providence, RI, 02914


Darlington Assisted Living Center I

123 Armistice Boulevard,, Pawtucket, RI, 02860

Darlington Assisted Living is nestled in the heart of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, just blocks away from Interstate 95. Residents and visitors like the stylish, Victorian décor and spacious, open living … (read more)
Darlington Assisted Living is nestled in the heart of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, just blocks away from Interstate 95. Residents and visitors like the stylish, Victorian décor and spacious, open living … (read more)

Scandinavian Home Inc

50 Warwick Avenue, Cranston, RI, 02905

Scandinavian Home Inc. is an assisted living facility in Cranston, Rhode Island, located on Broad Street near the Cranston Public Library and Saint Paul Church. Family members applaud the chef-prepare … (read more)
Scandinavian Home Inc. is an assisted living facility in Cranston, Rhode Island, located on Broad Street near the Cranston Public Library and Saint Paul Church. Family members applaud the chef-prepare … (read more)

Blackstone Valley Assisted Living

649 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI, 02863

Blackstone Valley Assisted Living was clean and the staff seemed very kind and warm. The grounds were well kept. The facilities seemed safe and and the staff was responsive. There were plenty of ameni … (read more)
Blackstone Valley Assisted Living was clean and the staff seemed very kind and warm. The grounds were well kept. The facilities seemed safe and and the staff was responsive. There were plenty of ameni … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Providence

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 RI. 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 Providence

Assisted living facilities in Providence and throughout the state are governed by the Rhode Island Department of Health. This organization’s Center for Health Facility Regulations is responsible for ensuring that residents are cared for according to state standards.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Providence

  • Providence is part of the AARP’s network of age-friendly cities, meaning that the city has developed a plan to promote accessibility for the aging population. The city’s programs available for the elderly include low-cost transportation programs and senior centers.
  • The violent crime rate is 7.7 points higher than the national median of 22.7. Property crime rates are also higher, at 53.1 compared to the nationwide average of 35.4. However, because of their rigorous security measures, assisted living communities are generally considered very safe.
  • With 271 physicians per 100,000 people in Providence compared to the U.S. average of 210 per 100,000, seniors living here have easy access to medical care.
  • Providence’s water quality is just a little under the national average, at 53 compared to 55. However, its air quality is on par with the country’s average.
  • With its location next to the coast, Providence sees lots of precipitation. It gets 49 inches of rain per year compared to the U.S. average of 38 inches per year. The city sees 36 inches of snow per year compared to the national average of 28, making it perfect for seniors who prefer a cooler climate. 
  • In general, health care costs are 17.4% more affordable than in the rest of the United States.

Paying for Assisted Living in Providence

In Providence, seniors pay an average of $6,063 per month for assisted living. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey, this is higher than the national average price of $4,500 per month. Providence’s assisted living costs are slightly lower than the state median, which comes to $6,826 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

In nearby Boston, Massachusetts, assisted living costs $6,819 per month. Seniors living in Barnstable Town, Massachusetts pay even more, at $7,000. Norwich, Connecticut has much lower assisted living prices, averaging only $4,300. In Connecticut’s capital Hartford, the same type of care costs $5,225 per month.

$6063

Providence

$6826

Rhode Island

$4500

The United States

$4300

Norwich, CT

$5225

Hartford, CT

$6819

Boston, MA

$7000

Barnstable Town, MA

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors considering assisted living in Providence may also be interested in looking at the cost of other types of care. Homemaker services are a more affordable option, averaging $5,720. A home health aide is also cheaper at $5,911. Adult day health care is the lowest-cost long term care option available in Providence, with an average monthly cost of $1,658. Nursing home care is more expensive, at $10,190 for a semiprivate room and $10,798 for a private room.

$5720

Homemaker Services

$5911

Home Health Aide

$1658

Adult Day Health Care

$6063

Assisted Living Facility

$10190

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$10798

Nursing Home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Providence

Rhode Island provides funding for an SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Program to adults aged 65 or older who meet the specific guidelines. Such individuals must not require the extensive medical services of a nursing home. 

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

Free Assisted Living Resources in Providence

Providence has a wide variety of programs and services designed to assist its aging population. Some of them are listed below.

Resource

Contact 

Service

(401) 462-3000

Seniors can contact this Area Agency on Aging for help finding and applying for benefits and assistive programs. Long-term housing placement is available, as is a transportation initiative and resources for the disabled. Vulnerable seniors can also access volunteer guardianship services and the Ombudsman Program, which advocates for the rights and welfare of long-term care residents.

(401) 274-2652

Seniors and low-income adults can access free legal information and pro bono representation at this legal aid office. Attorneys can help with cases related to consumer law, health care access, housing and elder rights.

(401) 739-0167

This veteran center provides health care referrals, mental health services and social groups for veterans. Veterans can also apply for benefits and financial assistance programs here. Veterans with limited mobility can also take advantage of telehealth and remote care visits offered here.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Providence

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

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