While retiring to the Empire State may not have occurred to you, thousands of seniors are choosing New York as their retirement destination thanks to its varied communities and landscape. For seniors looking for an active, car-free lifestyle, New York City is an appealing location to settle down for their golden years. Other retirees choose the sea coast of Long Island, quiet suburbs near the Adirondacks, beautiful Finger Lakes region, or exciting college towns for the unique way of life found in each area of New York.
If you’re considering a move to New York for retirement, or if you already live in the Empire State, you may not know exactly how to go about choosing an assisted living facility that is right for you. To help you decide where you’d like to settle down for your retirement, we have reviewed the services and amenities, awards and accreditations, and state inspection data when available to choose some of the top assisted living facilities in New York. We also carefully considered the ratings and reviews made by residents and their family members because they are direct reflections of the quality of life you can expect to find in these facilities. Please note, we have listed our top 10 assisted living facilities in New York here, in no particular order.
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1. Scharome Manor
631 Foster Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11230
Established more than 30 years ago and designed to meet the needs of seniors, Scharome Manor ensures personalized attention to each of its residents. The luxurious surroundings and quality care of this assisted living facility create a secure, nurturing environment that puts residents’ family members at ease and makes residents themselves feel comfortable and independent. Dining services offer a varied menu with Glatt Kosher meals that meet residents’ dietary needs and include special meals served on Friday night and Shabbat in addition to holidays. Scharome Manor’s recreation services cover a variety of events and activities such as arts and crafts, physical fitness, bingo, table games, monthly birthday parties, and many others.
2. Amber Court of Pelham Gardens
1800 Waring Avenue
Bronx, New York 10469
Located in a suburban neighborhood in the Bronx, Amber Court of Pelham Gardens is close to popular shopping areas, the Bronx Zoo, and the Botanical Gardens so that residents and their family members can enjoy spending time together at local attractions. A lovely, affordable assisted living facility, Amber Court of Pelham Gardens features attractive private and semi-private, air-conditioned rooms and suites. Residents enjoy spending time with friends in lounges, libraries, and outdoor patios designed to ensure comfort. They also enjoy personal laundry and daily housekeeping services, three delicious meals, afternoon tea, and evening refreshments at Amber Court of Pelham Gardens while maintaining their independence and receiving the personal assistance they need.
3. Bristol Home
1500 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14209
Bristol Home is an assisted living facility that has been serving the needs of older women for more than 145 years. Residents of the Bristol Home enjoy their independence and the opportunity to live according to their own schedule, including choosing what time they get up, eat meals, participate in activities. This resident-centered philosophy makes residents feel at home and helps them maintain their dignity even while receiving assistance with medication, personal care, and activities of daily living. Housekeeping, linen, and laundry services are provided in addition to three well-balanced, home-cooked meals and an evening snack. The robust calendar of activities, programs, and events keep residents active.
An assisted living facility in an historic home, Woodside Hall is owned and operated by a local Cooperstown, New York family that is dedicated to providing unique, individualized services for seniors. The home-life environment fosters a sense of community and emphasizes the social and emotional wellbeing of each resident. The interests and needs of each resident are fully met at Woodside Hall because of its small, intimate nature. Karen Cardwalader, an experienced administrator, oversees each and every aspect of daily operations and ensures that the caring, professional staff is on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
5. Eden Heights of Eden
4071 Hardt Road
Eden, New York 14057
Located near Buffalo, Eden Heights of Eden is an assisted living facility situated on a quiet, peaceful hilltop overlooking gorgeous grounds including Lake Erie, farmland, and the Buffalo skyline. Licensed by the New York Department of Health, this assisted living facility was awarded a deficiency free survey. Seniors at Eden Heights enjoy recreational and social programs, personal care services, restaurant-style dining, worship services, and a styling salon so they can focus on living independently and making friendships in the home-like atmosphere of the facility. From Wii bowling tournaments to outings to local restaurants, residents engage in activities of their choice. They also choose from two sizes of private apartments with private baths, private apartments with shared baths, or semi-private apartments to live as they wish at Eden Heights of Eden.
6. Long Island Living Center
431 Beach 20th Street
Far Rockaway, New York 11691
The Long Island Living Center’s caring talented, professional staff works to help residents enjoy each day by personalizing care and providing a home-like atmosphere. The facility meets the physical, emotional, and social needs of residents in a community environment that promotes independence yet ensures their safety. Their assisted living program includes nursing care, 24-hour certified home health aides, personal care aides, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Doctors are available on the premises as well. Residents enjoy reading in the library, painting, playing bingo, attending sewing classes, exercising, and attending lectures, discussion groups, movies, and other entertainment at the Long Island Living Center.
7. The Fountains at Millbrook
79 Flint Road
Millbrook, New York 12545
A quaint retirement community combining modern comfort with rich history, The Fountains at Millbrook is set on 200 wooded acres and offers independent and assisted living on its breathtaking campus. Residents appreciate living in a quiet setting while having access to shopping, dining, entertainment, and healthcare that only is a few minutes away from home. Known for its extraordinary cuisine, educational classes, and personalized care, The Fountains at Millbrook also features comfortable residences ranging from studio apartments to spacious cottages. This assisted living facility also boasts three dining venues: the elegant dining room, Millbrook Market & Café, and Bistro 79.
Sunrise of Staten Island, on the north shore just minutes from Brooklyn and New Jersey, is an assisted living facility that offers a daily conditioning club for improving strength and mobility, weekly and monthly wellness visits from physicians, and family support groups for residents with memory loss. Licensed by the State of New York, Sunrise of Staten Island also provides 24/7 nursing care and restaurant-style dining along with daytime and evening programming every day of the week. The facility’s team of Designated Care Managers also tailors programs to residents’ individual needs and ensures their comfort and safety while helping them live as independently as possible.
An enhanced assisted living and memory care residence in the heart of White Plains New York, The Kensington provides a comfortable, elegant environment. The loving, compassionate staff delivers enhanced care above and beyond a traditional assisted living facility that includes a full spectrum of clinical support and end-of-life care so that residents can spend their golden years in The Kensington without worrying about moving to another location if their health care needs change. Excellent cuisine prepared by an executive chef is served in the main dining room, and dining is available all day with table linens, china, and crystal. Daily cocktail hours, weekly themed cocktail hours, and wine served with lunch and dinner enhances the service, presentation, and atmosphere of The Kensington. The social activities are just as stellar, with activities being offered seven days a week from morning until evening.
Five Star Premier Residences of Yonkers provides independent living, assisted living, memory care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, respite care and short-term stays, and seasonal stays. Located 15 minutes from New York City, this full-service senior living community includes regular outings to social and cultural events in addition to on-site restaurant-style dining, game rooms, a cinema room, lifelong learning events, a computer center, wellness classes, and much more. With beautiful views of the Hudson River, Five Star Premier Residences of Yonkers feels like home to residents who can live independently with some assistance for the activities of daily living. There are a variety of floor plans available to seniors, and they can work with their family members to choose the right residence and level of care to meet their needs at Five Star Premier Residences of Yonkers.
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