The seaside town of Bridgeport is alongside the Long Island Sound just 60 miles from Manhattan. Dubbed “Park City” for its almost 1,300 acres of public outdoor spaces, senior residents can enjoy the tranquil beach at Seaside Park and the rolling hills and zoo at Beardsley Park. Additionally, the P.T. Barnum Museum, the Discovery Museum and the zipline at Adventure Park are fun for the entire family.
Along with its wealth of fun attractions and outdoor escapes, Bridgeport offers four senior centers where residents can socialize, attend wellness classes and obtain social services, such as benefits information and referrals. To travel into New York City, seniors can hop on a regularly scheduled bus or train. Long Island is also accessible from Bridgeport Harbor through a scenic ride on the Port Jefferson Ferry. As Connecticut’s most populated city with approximately 145,000 residents, Bridgeport offers seniors eight distinct, diverse neighborhoods and nearby suburbs for people of all backgrounds. Because we know deciding which assisted living facility will match your needs is key to feeling at home in any city, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our Bridgeport favorites.
The Watermark at 3030 Park
3030 Park Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
At The Watermark at 3030 Park, seniors enjoy a lively and upscale continuing care community on 14 pristine acres. To help further the residents’ growth and ongoing interests, the facility offers unique Watermark University courses such as brain fitness exercises and cooking demonstrations. An on-site heated indoor swimming pool provides a source of relaxation and recreation, and the private apartments contain their own bathrooms and kitchenettes. In the shared dining hall, tables are set with linen tablecloths and elegant china.
Spring Meadows Trumbull
6949 Main St.
Trumbull, CT 06611
Residents at Spring Meadows Trumbull enjoy a comfortable, amenities-filled lifestyle next door to the beautiful Tashua Knolls Golf Course and minutes from Old Mine Park. The facility welcomes small pets, and many of the carpeted, spacious apartments include outdoor patios, walk-in closets and walk-in showers. Meals are served restaurant-style in the community dining hall, and residents are invited to attend a weekly Sunday brunch. To help improve residents’ health and well-being, staff members organize frequent exercise, balance and wellness classes.
Carriage Green at Milford
77 Plains Rd.
Milford, CT 06461
Carriage Green at Milford offers assisted living, memory care and respite services. We selected this facility for our list of Bridgeport’s top 10 for its robust Live Now, Live Well activities program that engages residents in stimulating projects, such as knitting hats for newborn babies. Transportation services are available along with personal companions to accompany residents to family events, errands or other occasions. Along with providing health care coordination and transition assistance to give residents a comprehensive support system, staff members perform housekeeping and laundry services. A fitness center, well-stocked library with computers and relaxing outdoor patio with walking paths are also available for residents to enjoy.
Benchmark at Split Rock
708 Bridgeport Ave.
Shelton, CT 06484
Staff members at Benchmark at Split Rock encourage residents’ interpersonal engagement while promoting creativity and holistic wellness. Outside, a peaceful, attractive patio is surrounded by a well-manicured lawn with plants. In the shared dining room, visiting musicians or residents perform live music on the baby grand piano. Residents relax and chat in a cozy, elegant fireside living areas and exercise in the fitness room. Housekeeping and laundry services are available, or residents can do their own laundry if they please.
The Greens at Cannondale
435 Danbury Rd.
Wilton, CT 06897
We selected The Greens at Cannondale for our list of Bridgeport’s top 10 assisted living facilities for its exceptional array of holistic offerings, including music therapy, mental health services and an on-staff social worker. The family-owned and operated community provides on-site audiology services and dental care as well as transportation and companion services. The impressive, beautifully manicured 10-acre grounds are set in the quaint, desirable suburb of Wilton next to Allens Meadows Park and Wilton Meadows Health Care Center.
Maplewood at Orange
245 Indian River Rd.
Orange, CT 06477
Maplewood at Orange is an upscale assisted living facility with a stunning entryway adorned with a cozy stone fireplace and high ceilings. The luxurious dining area is decorated with elegant place settings and linen tablecloths, and comfortable common areas have large wall-to-wall windows to let in natural light. Outside, the well-landscaped grounds include a courtyard with paved walking paths, park benches and a cascading waterfall fountain. To help residents stay stimulated and healthy, the facility has a brain fitness center and an on-site clinic for visiting doctors.
96 Danbury Rd.
Wilton, CT 06897
Brookdale Wilton emphasizes fun and a well-rounded, high quality of life, which is why we had to include it in our list of the top 10 Bridgeport assisted living facilities. Also offering memory care, the facility hosts frequent ice cream socials, has an on-site art studio and encourages residents’ personal development through its Optimum Life Program. Residents take exercise classes and pursue their individual hobbies in addition to treating themselves to services at the on-site beauty salon. A theater is available for movie watching, and the casual bistro serves snacks around the clock.
6911 Main St.
Stratford, CT 06614
Located down the street from Oronoque Country Club and Roosevelt Forest, the pet-friendly Atria Stratford provides its residents with an abundance of convenient on-site amenities tailored to their well-being. Nurses are always on-call, and residents are given wearable emergency response devices to safely enjoy the outdoor courtyard, gardens and walking paths. A worship hall is available for the spiritually-minded, and a general store allows residents to shop on-site for their personal needs. Additionally, residents can receive a manicure, pedicure or haircut in the full-service beauty salon while reading the newspaper.
Maplewood at Strawberry Hill
73 Strawberry Hill Ave.
East Norwalk, CT 06855
Maplewood at Strawberry Hill’s meals are inspired by the seasons and made from high-quality, local ingredients. Nestled in the peaceful beach town of Norwalk, this assisted living facility offers residents a selection of studio and one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and large windows. The interiors are furnished comfortably and tastefully decorated, and the on-site beauty salon and spa uses premium L’Occitane products. The scenic grounds feature a well-manicured courtyard and spacious lawns.
Brightview on New Canaan
162 New Canaan Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06850
Brightview on New Canaan impresses with its lovely, detailed architecture and well-designed outdoor spaces that include a shady porch with rocking chairs and a secure courtyard with a gazebo. The warm, comfortable indoor common areas include a physical therapy and fitness room, beauty salon and movie theater. The facility provides assisted living and memory care that’s near restaurants, popular parks and the Maritime Aquarium.
Is Bridgeport the Right Choice for You?
Ranked 28th in Niche’s list of America’s most diverse cities, Bridgeport offers seniors upscale amenities in the Black Rock and North End neighborhoods, as well as more affordable living accommodations in South End. The beautiful shorelines, vibrant art scene and an abundance of delicious, innovative restaurants. In our opinion, the 10.7% of Bridgeport residents aged 65 and older are fortunate to live there.