Along with its prime location less than 13 miles from Manhattan, Hackensack offers seniors a bustling Main Street hub, a high level of walkability within its just over 4 square miles and a smaller, neighborhood feel. As the hub of Bergen County, the city has a robust and diverse population of approximately 45,000 residents. Public transportation is plentiful, making it easy for seniors to get around, and includes the New Jersey Transit trains and buses with numerous stops and a downtown station for area transfers.
Hackensack offers seniors an abundance of cultural attractions and natural beauty. At Hackensack River County Park, seniors can stroll along acres of pedestrian trails and take in the views of local wildlife. With its proximity to New York City and the presence of suburban and high-rise neighborhoods, it’s no surprise that Hackensack and its surrounding areas provide plenty of high-quality assisted living facility options. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorites.
186 Paramus Rd.
Paramus, NJ 07652
Brookdale Paramus offers residents a selection of spacious apartments with large windows, and some have garden views. The facility’s pet-friendly policy lets residents feel more at home, and the restaurant-style dining hall provides customized healthy meals based on residents’ preferences. Convenient amenities include the on-site wellness center, concierge services, an arts and crafts room and a therapy room. Outside, the garden and courtyard with walking paths provide opportunities for residents to enjoy nature and breathe fresh air.
Sunrise of Paramus
567 Paramus Rd.
Paramus, NJ 07652
Nestled on an attractive, tree-lined street, Sunrise of Paramus is close to Grove Park and the Charles E. Reid branch of the Paramus Public Library. The long-tenured staff works around the clock to create a warm, caring and intimate environment that reflects the facility’s smaller, easy-to-navigate size. Residents are free to lounge on the cozy front porch, celebrate family events in the private dining room and watch their favorite shows in the TV room.
Sunrise of Old Tappan
195 Old Tappan Rd.
Old Tappan, NJ 07675
Sunrise of Old Tappan is next door to the scenic, family-friendly Oakes Park, where residents can take nature walks, enjoy picnics and attend free live music performances. Students from the local high school volunteer at the facility to provide residents with intergenerational activities and connection to the larger community. The dining room serves three nutritious, chef-prepared meals per day plus snacks, and residents receive weekly assistance with housekeeping and laundry in addition to around-the-clock support with activities of daily living.
590 Old Hook Rd.
Emerson, NJ 07630
At Brookdale Emerson, residents receive assisted living services in a peaceful, tree-filled setting near Emerson Woods, Old Hook Farm and Valley Brook Golf Course. Through the Clare Bridge memory care program, residents are invited to engage daily in six stimulating, structured activities such as tai chi. Residents are also treated to amenities, including the on-site beauty salon, chapel, wellness center and library. Apartments include private bathrooms and emergency call systems for residents’ safety and security.
Sunrise of Cresskill
3 Tenakill Park Dr. E.
Cresskill, NJ 07626
Residents at Sunrise of Cresskill enjoy the comforts of on-site doctor visits and additional medical care through Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. The large, three-story home is set in a wooded area filled with trees and local wildlife, but it also offers easy access to public transportation into New York City. Residents enjoy continuing levels of care and healthy meals with options for purees and fortified foods.
Sunrise of Edgewater
351 River Rd.
Edgewater, NJ 07020
Located near the banks of the Hudson River, surrounded by trees and close to a variety of shops and restaurants, we chose Sunrise of Edgewater for our list of Hackensack’s top 10 assisted living facilities for its beautiful and convenient setting. The building’s stunning Victorian architecture encompasses numerous apartment floor plans, and staff attends to residents’ housekeeping tasks, laundry and trash removal so they can spend their time relaxing or participating in stimulating group activities. The restaurant-style dining hall serves three meals per day with options for pureed and other specialized diets.
Van Dyk Health Care at Park Place
644 Goffle Rd.
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Located across the street from the scenic Goffle Brook Park, the family-run Van Dyk Health Care at Park Place provides 24-hour staff available to help residents with activities of daily living as needed, along with housekeeping tasks. The assisted living facility houses a memory care wing, so seniors with dementia impairments can receive specialized attention from caregivers who work to keep family members involved and informed. Residents also enjoy regularly scheduled wellness visits and private apartments.
West 74th Street Home
300 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023
We selected West 74th Street Home for our list of Hackensack’s best assisted living facilities for its unique location in Manhattan’s bustling Upper West Side close to the Lincoln Center, museums and Central Park. Along with 24-hour access to assisted living care, residents receive social work services such as coordinated care and benefits assistance. In the Kosher dining hall, residents are encouraged to attend monthly meetings to speak about their meal preferences and dietary restrictions. In addition to three nutritious meals, two tasty snacks are served each day.
545 Tappan Rd.
Norwood, NJ 07648
We included Atria Norwood in our list of Hackensack’s top assisted living homes for its wealth of convenient on-site amenities. Residents enjoy free rein of the facility’s comfortable movie theater, fitness center and beauty salon and spa, where they can treat themselves to a manicure or new hairstyle. Pets are welcome to help seniors feel more at home, and residents can also sign up for the newspaper delivery service. The restaurant-style dining room serves Kosher, vegetarian and gluten-free meal options.
3718-3726 Henry Hudson Pkwy.
Riverdale, NY 10463
The pet-friendly Atria Riverdale is a comfortable, luxurious assisted living facility where seniors can enjoy their later years in style. A beautiful outdoor terrace offers fireside seating for dining and socializing, and inside, three eateries provide residents with a choice of casual snacks and more elegant Kosher meals. The spacious apartments include personal thermostats and kitchenettes. An on-site library, beauty salon and wellness center are also available for use.
Is Hackensack the Right Choice for You?
Seniors living in and around Hackensack experience convenient access to health care at Hoboken University Medical Center and a wealth of aging resources through Bergen County Senior Services. History enthusiasts can explore the New Jersey Naval Museum or visit the Bergen County Courthouse. Additionally, the world-class cultural center of Manhattan is close enough to visit easily with family and friends.