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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in New Haven County, CT for 2024

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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.

New Haven County

$6,360

Connecticut

$6,411

The United States

$5,625

Bridgeport Area

$7,841

Hartford Area

$6,531

Norwich Area

$5,375

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.

Homemaker Services

$5,243

Home Health Aide

$5,339

Adult Day Health Care

$1,842

Assisted Living Facility

$5,129

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$13,764

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$15,170

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. 

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter(800) 272-3900The 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.
Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut(203) 785-8533Agency 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.
LiveWell(860) 628-9000LiveWell 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.
Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center(203) 688-6361Part 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.
Dementia Friends Connecticut(860) 628-3018Dementia 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.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in New Haven County, CT

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Rodney

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden

My sister is at Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden. They all seem to be very caring people and want to help and do the best they can for her. I've enjoyed all of their staff. Every time they greet...

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Maycin

I visited this facility

Review of The Village at East Farms

I liked the staff at The Village at East Farms. Everybody was very helpful and was just so open. I toured the memory care and they were able to answer all our questions and they gave us so much...

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Patricia

I visited this facility

Review of Meadow Mills Assisted Living Memory Care

I visited Meadow Mills Assisted Living Memory Care. The whole building is memory care. They had 60 rooms and they divided it into groups of 15. Each group, they were together, congregated, and...

Provider response

Patricia, Thank you for taking the time to post such a kind review. The staff at Meadow Mills work hard and are proud of the their community. It is deeply appreciated when the passion and hard...

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