As the city Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain once called home, Hartford offers senior history and literary buffs plenty to uncover. Seniors can tour the state capitol building and picnic in Bushnell Park, the country’s first publicly conceived and funded park, and art enthusiasts can peruse the nearly 50,000-piece collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Additionally, those seeking high-class golf courses have many options, including the historic, fully restored Keney Park Golf Course, Rockledge Golf Club and Goodwin Park Golf Course.
Senior services agencies in Hartford manage four multipurpose centers where aging adults can socialize and obtain assistance with transportation, health insurance and low-cost meals. For older adults wishing to live in an assisted living home, neighborhood options are available in the walkable, diverse downtown as well as the top-ranked suburbs of West Hartford and Avon. With so many options, we put together a list of 10 of our top Hartford assisted living communities to help you find the right place.
Atria Hamilton Heights
1 Hamilton Heights Dr.
West Hartford, CT 06119
At Atria Hamilton Heights, seniors are treated to assisted living and memory care in a luxurious, upscale community set within a carefully renovated historic building adorned with columns and exquisite chandeliers. While this pet-friendly community’s beautiful architecture made it a must for our list of Hartford’s top 10, its amenities, including a movie theater, pub, beauty salon and spa, can’t be missed. The apartments have walk-in showers and personally controlled temperature settings. Residents enjoy newspaper delivery, chef-prepared meals and stimulating Engage Life activities, such as exercise classes, volunteer experiences and creative workshops.
Brookdale West Hartford
22 Simsbury Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06117
With over 70 apartments available in four floor plans, Brookdale West Hartford provides assisted living in a relaxed setting that offers all the privacy, comforts and independence of home. The building’s wraparound porch, outdoor terrace and light-filled sunroom offer relaxing places breathe in fresh air, unwind and socialize, and the rotating weekly activities calendar keeps residents stimulated and engaged. Furry friends are welcome and can enjoy, along with their owners, the outdoor walking paths and cozy indoor common areas.
1 Chatfield Dr.
West Hartford, CT 06110
Nestled on over 10 acres of tastefully manicured grounds traversed by walking paths, Brookdale Chatfield offers residents a convenient location close to Wolcott Park and the shops at West Farms Mall. Inside the facility, residents enjoy an abundance of entertainment amenities, including a sports bar, billiards room, beauty salon and movie theater. We selected this assisted living community for our list of Hartford’s best for its 20 distinct apartment floor plans each with private bathrooms.
Hoffman SummerWood Community
160 Simsbury Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06117
Seniors seeking an assisted living facility offering kosher dining options, Yiddish discussion groups and memberships to nearby social organizations, including the Mandell Jewish Community Center, will be thrilled with Hoffman SummerWood. This nonprofit home provides its residents with a 24-hour concierge service and around-the-clock access to a caring staff that assists with activities of daily living. To minimize stress, staff also offers housekeeping and linen services, an on-site notary and community transition assistance.
River Ridge at Avon
101 Bickford Dr.
Avon, CT 06001
River Ridge at Avon is an assisted living and memory care facility known for its seasonal dining menus and professional chef, who carefully considers residents’ personal dietary needs and restrictions. When not enjoying delicious, healthy meals, residents can read in the well-stocked library, socialize in the spacious fireside lobby or enjoy the outdoors from the lush plant- and tree-filled brick courtyard, which features shaded seating. On-site gardening clubs, religious services and transportation to and from medical appointments are also available.
20 Devonwood Dr.
Farmington, CT 06032
Located in the quaint Hartford suburb of Farmington, which is famous for its rolling hills, tall trees and lakes, Brookdale Farmington serves as a resort-like retreat for seniors seeking assisted living, relaxation and peace. The pet-friendly community houses a general store for shopping convenience, a bank and a beauty salon. Outside, residents can take a swing on the miniature golf course, stroll along walking paths or enjoy the scenic fishing pond views from the outdoor patio.
The Village at Buckland Court
432 Buckland Rd.
South Windsor, CT 06074
The Village at Buckland Court provides assisted living and a Mind & Memory care program for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The facility is comfortable, homelike and attractive with lushly carpeted living areas and a piano for live musical entertainment. Cozy seating layouts are perfect for inspiring friendly conversation, and a robust Live Now, Live Well activities program helps seniors stay active and engaged. For fun, residents can enjoy their favorite film in the media room or take a group stroll with the community walking club.
Atria Greenridge Place
1 Elizabeth Ct.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Located in Rocky Hill near the Wethersfield Country Club and Mill Woods Park, Atria Greenridge Place received the honor of being named the “Best of Rocky Hill” by the local chamber of commerce. Residents at this facility enjoy unique horticulture workshops, an on-site putting green and a courtyard with outdoor grills, dining and gardens. Indoors, on-call nurses, a physical therapy room and beauty salon help seniors stay healthy, pampered and in shape. The community also offers residents scheduled transportation services and a private dining room for celebrations.
1177 Hebron Ave.
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Another Atria facility, Atria Glastonbury is set on a beautiful, sprawling 14-acre campus featuring shade trees, outdoor patios and an abundance of courtyard seating. In the restaurant-style dining area, residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, including low-sodium, vegetarian, ethnic and gluten-free options. For physical and mental relaxation, residents can participate in massage therapy sessions or yoga classes. The Life Guidance memory care program offers a support group for residents with dementia and their family members.
Brookdale Rocky Hill
60 Cold Spring Rd.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Located near Rolling Greens Golf Club and minutes from River Highlands State Park, Brookdale Rocky Hill treats its residents to 10 acres of grounds with walking paths and two outdoor porches. Providing memory care and assisted living, the facility offers an emergency call service in every room as well as guest accommodations for visiting family members. We selected this facility for our list of Hartford’s top 10 for its fun amenities and lifestyle perks, including a pub with a billiards table, weekly happy hours with live music and a community kitchen.
Is Hartford the Right Choice for You?
With so many amenity-filled, luxurious and activities-oriented assisted living facilities from which to choose, Hartford and its surrounding towns offer a wealth of pleasurable lifestyle options. Seniors aged 65 and older comprise a significant 10.3% of the city’s diverse population, and local institutions, such as Trinity College and Hartford Hospital, provide excellent educational and health care options. With its plethora of historic cultural offerings, views of the Connecticut River and picturesque New England style, we consider Hartford a wonderful place to call home.