Located in south-central Connecticut, New Haven County is home to over 864,000 people, of whom 17.9% are seniors aged 65 and older. Alzheimer’s disease has become an important issue across the United States, with it and other types of dementia affecting more and more seniors each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths in New Haven County has remained fairly consistent in recent years, only increasing from 281 to 287 deaths between 2014 and 2018.

This may result from research efforts at institutions such as Yale New Haven Hospital and the abundance of memory care resources available in New Haven County. Those who are afflicted with a cognitive condition may benefit from the services offered by a memory care community, known in Connecticut as Alzheimer’s special care units (SCUs). This guide provides information about memory care in New Haven County, including the average costs of these care services, where to look for financial assistance and some of the local resources seniors with dementia have at their disposal.

Memory Care Facilities in New Haven County, CT

2015, 2016

The Village at East Farms

180 Scott Road, Waterbury, CT, 06705

The Village at East Farms is an assisted living and memory care facility located in Waterbury, Connecticut, near the East End neighborhood. The community offers studio, one and two-bedroom apartments … (read more)
The Village at East Farms is an assisted living and memory care facility located in Waterbury, Connecticut, near the East End neighborhood. The community offers studio, one and two-bedroom apartments … (read more)

2014

The Village at Mariner’s Point

111 South Shore Drive, East Haven, CT, 06512

The Village at Mariner’s Point is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility that boasts majestic ocean views from a seaside hilltop in East Haven, Connecticut. Family memb … (read more)
The Village at Mariner’s Point is an assisted living, independent living and memory care facility that boasts majestic ocean views from a seaside hilltop in East Haven, Connecticut. Family memb … (read more)

2015, 2016

Carriage Green at Milford

77 Plains Road, Milford, CT, 06461

Carriage Green at Milford is located in Milford, Connecticut, not far from I-95, Milford Hospital and Baldwin Marsh Wildlife Area. Residents and their guests appreciate the facility’s apartment-style … (read more)
Carriage Green at Milford is located in Milford, Connecticut, not far from I-95, Milford Hospital and Baldwin Marsh Wildlife Area. Residents and their guests appreciate the facility’s apartment-style … (read more)

2015

The Village at Kensington Place

511 Kensington Ave, Meriden, CT, 06451

The Village at Kensington Place is a senior living community located in Meriden, Connecticut, near I-691 and shopping centers. Visitors describe the facility’s apartment-style rooms as clean and spaci … (read more)
The Village at Kensington Place is a senior living community located in Meriden, Connecticut, near I-691 and shopping centers. Visitors describe the facility’s apartment-style rooms as clean and spaci … (read more)

The Hearth at Gardenside

173 Alps Road, Branford, CT, 06405

Nestled in the historic shoreline community of Branford, Connecticut, The Hearth at Gardenside features independent living, assisted living and memory care for 132 residents. Residents routinely prais … (read more)
Nestled in the historic shoreline community of Branford, Connecticut, The Hearth at Gardenside features independent living, assisted living and memory care for 132 residents. Residents routinely prais … (read more)

Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden

35 Hamden Hills Drive, Hamden, CT, 06518

Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden is an assisted living and memory care facility located in the heart of Hamden, Connecticut, offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, including companion suit … (read more)
Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden is an assisted living and memory care facility located in the heart of Hamden, Connecticut, offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, including companion suit … (read more)

Maplewood at Orange

245 Indian River Road, Orange, CT, 06477

Maplewood at Orange is located in Orange, Connecticut, situated near the PEZ Visitor’s Center, shopping and restaurants. Residents and visitors appreciate the farm-to-table meals served at Maplewood … (read more)
Maplewood at Orange is located in Orange, Connecticut, situated near the PEZ Visitor’s Center, shopping and restaurants. Residents and visitors appreciate the farm-to-table meals served at Maplewood … (read more)

The Hearth at Tuxis Pond

100 Bradley Road, Madison, CT, 06443


Meadow Mills Assisted Living Memory Care

153 Leeder Hill Dr, Hamden, CT, 06517

My tour of Meadow Mills Assisted Living Memory Care went very well. It was extremely pleasant, and I really like the facility. The ambiance was very homey, and the rooms were a little small, but it wa … (read more)
My tour of Meadow Mills Assisted Living Memory Care went very well. It was extremely pleasant, and I really like the facility. The ambiance was very homey, and the rooms were a little small, but it wa … (read more)

Atria Larson Place

1450 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT, 06517

Atria Larson Place is nestled next to Lake Whitney in Hamden, Connecticut and provides independent living, assisted living and memory care. Residents and their loved ones appreciate the kind and welco … (read more)
Atria Larson Place is nestled next to Lake Whitney in Hamden, Connecticut and provides independent living, assisted living and memory care. Residents and their loved ones appreciate the kind and welco … (read more)

Coachman Square at Woodbridge

21 Bradley Road, Woodbridge, CT, 06525

Coachman Square at Woodbridge is located in Woodbridge, Connecticut, near cultural attractions such as the Shubert Theater, Peabody Museum, shopping and restaurants. The community offers classes in th … (read more)
Coachman Square at Woodbridge is located in Woodbridge, Connecticut, near cultural attractions such as the Shubert Theater, Peabody Museum, shopping and restaurants. The community offers classes in th … (read more)

2014, 2019

The Hearth at Southbury

655 Main Street South, Southbury, CT, 06488

Occupying 19 scenic acres, across from Riverview Cinemas and next to Southbury Park and Recreation, The Hearth at Southbury is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility in Southbury, … (read more)
Occupying 19 scenic acres, across from Riverview Cinemas and next to Southbury Park and Recreation, The Hearth at Southbury is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility in Southbury, … (read more)

Masonicare at Ashlar Village

74 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, CT, 06492

Masonicare at Ashlar Village, located in Wallingford, Connecticut, is close to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and Lufberry Memorial Park. Visitors praise the community’s spacious apartment-style rooms a … (read more)
Masonicare at Ashlar Village, located in Wallingford, Connecticut, is close to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and Lufberry Memorial Park. Visitors praise the community’s spacious apartment-style rooms a … (read more)

Pomperaug Woods

80 Heritage Rd, Southbury, CT, 06488


Linden at Woodbridge

330 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT, 06525

The staff at the Linden is stellar, they go over and above all the time. During COVID they have been incredibly strict with protocol to keep the residents safe. My mom has been there, transitioning … (read more)
The staff at the Linden is stellar, they go over and above all the time. During COVID they have been incredibly strict with protocol to keep the residents safe. My mom has been there, transitioning … (read more)

The Watermark at East Hill

611 East Hill Road, Southbury, CT, 06488

The Watermark at East Hill is located in the lovely town of Southbury, Connecticut. This pet-friendly community offers a variety of services ranging from assisted living to memory care. Residents can … (read more)
The Watermark at East Hill is located in the lovely town of Southbury, Connecticut. This pet-friendly community offers a variety of services ranging from assisted living to memory care. Residents can … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in New Haven County

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Connecticut. 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 Memory Care in New Haven County

In New Haven County and across the state of Connecticut, memory care services are offered in facilities known as Alzheimer’s special care units (SCUs). Licensing and registrations for SCUs are overseen by the Department of Public Health Facility Licensing and Investigations Section. This department also licenses assisted living service agencies and residential care homes, though SCUs have additional licensure requirements.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in New Haven County

  • Seniors in New Haven County have access to world-class medical facilities, including Milford HospitalSt. Mary’s Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital, which is nationally recognized for its specialized geriatric care services and state-of-the-art neurology department.
  • Connecticut is known for its high overall cost of living, though some regions are more affordable than others. While it’s higher than the U.S. national average (100), the cost of living in New Haven County (105.4) falls below the statewide median (107.8). It’s also a much more affordable option than many nearby centers such as New York City and Boston, MA.
  • Entertainment and recreation are abundant in New Haven County. The historic area is home to several cultural attractions for seniors to visit, from museums to art galleries, theaters and live performance venues. Active retirees can enjoy hiking and nature trails at Sleeping Giant State Park or a round of golf at one of the many local courses. Its coastal location also provides opportunities for casual afternoons at beachside locations such as Silver Sands State Park.
  • While winters in New Haven County can be cold and snowy, they’re relatively mild compared to other regions in Connecticut, with temperatures expected to fall no lower than 19 degrees. Summers are warm and sunny with low humidity and average temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s. Overall, the region receives a comfort index score of 9 out of 10.
  • Taxes are high for seniors living in Connecticut. Social Security income is partially taxed, and any withdrawals seniors make from their retirement accounts are fully taxed, which is something to consider when budgeting for memory care costs.
  • Crime rates in New Haven County have fallen in recent years, which may offer seniors and their families peace of mind. Rates of violent crime across the region are almost 50% lower than the U.S. national average, and property crime has also been on the decline. In fact, the New Haven-Milford metropolitan area is considered one of the most secure places to live in the U.S.

Paying for Memory Care in New Haven County

The average monthly cost of memory care in New Haven County is $6,360, which is slightly lower than the statewide median of $6,411. As memory care data is not available, these numbers are based on the assisted living costs listed in the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021, plus 25% to account for the enhanced scope of care and services memory care includes.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Just below the state median, New Haven County has some of the most affordable memory care in Connecticut. The Hartford area is slightly more expensive, averaging $6,531 per month. Rates are highest in the Bridgeport area at $7,841. Costs are most affordable in Connecticut’s most eastern region, Norwich, at an average of $5,375 per month.

$6360

New Haven County

$6411

Connecticut

$5625

The United States

$7841

Bridgeport Area

$6531

Hartford Area

$5375

Norwich Area

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Several other care options are available for seniors in New Haven County. The most affordable is adult day health care, at a cost of $1,842 per month. Assisted living ($5,129) is similar in price to homemaker services ($5,243) and home health aide services ($5,339), which are ideal for seniors who want to age in place. Nursing homes are the most expensive option, costing $13,764 per month for a semiprivate room and $15,170 for private accommodations.

$5243

Homemaker Services

$5339

Home Health Aide

$1842

Adult Day Health Care

$5129

Assisted Living Facility

$13764

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$15170

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in New Haven County

In New Haven County, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Connecticut page.

More ways to pay for memory care in CT

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Connecticut page.

Free Memory Care Resources in New Haven County

From support groups to health screenings and social programs, seniors and families in New Haven County have plenty of resources available to help them navigate Alzheimer’s and dementia questions. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter offers a full range of programs and services for seniors, families and caregivers affected by memory loss. These community-based resources include support groups, early stage social engagement programs, educational programs and a 24/7 helpline. The organization is also actively involved in advocating for the needs of seniors with dementia and funding research efforts.

(203) 785-8533

Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut is an independent, nonprofit organization providing advocacy, information and services to seniors across the Greater New Haven area. Some of its services include long-term care planning, financial counseling, caregiver support and assistance with insurance/benefits programs. The organization handles the region's running senior centers and facilitates a range of health and wellness programs.

(860) 628-9000

LiveWell is a not-for-profit organization created to help seniors and their families navigate dementia. From educational programs and support groups to long-term care planning, advocacy efforts and social events, this organization takes a comprehensive approach to supporting the needs of seniors with memory loss. It's also the site of one of Connecticut's Memory Cafes, where seniors can meet and interact with other members of the community while enjoying a light meal and planned activities.

(203) 688-6361

Part of the Yale New Haven network, the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center provides comprehensive geriatric assessments, cognitive scans and screenings for older adults. This nationally recognized facility can then help connect seniors and their families with community-based care resources, health services and support groups to meet their specific needs.

(860) 628-3018

Dementia Friends Connecticut is a community initiative developed by the Alzheimer's Society to help seniors living with memory-related conditions thrive in their community. Through informational sessions, educational programs and events, volunteers help community members understand dementia and how they can support those living with this diagnosis.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in New Haven County

New Haven County Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Connecticut are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Connecticut page for more information about these laws.

Las and regulations for memory care in Connecticut