Bruce Springsteen gave this state one bad rap when he crooned “we gotta get out while we’re young”! He may not be entirely wrong though Springsteen can certainly choose to retire anywhere. Basically, the average American retiree will find New Jersey an expensive and tax burdened state. That means, the many assisted living facilities in New Jersey aren’t as economical as options in other states.
On the flip side, it’s a beautifully green state with the 1.1 million acre Pinelands with sprawling farmlands in the south. In fact, 22% of Jersey’s land area comprises forests and wetlands. All of it lined with richly diverse hiking and biking trails. There’s also 90 miles of shoreline to the east so plenty of beaches for the sun and sand worshippers. All this, plus 37 miles of riverfront in the north goes towards making New Jersey one geographically diverse and beautiful state indeed. So if you are a Jersey loyalist, forget about Snooki, Springsteen and The Sopranos… Go through the ten best assisted living facilities in New Jersey, arranged in random order instead!
155 Raymond Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Frankly, with a name like that, it does seem to be a fun a place to live at. Tippler aside, residents here swear by the caring and welcoming attitude of the staff. One big plus-plus for anyone who is leaving their parents behind is that at Brandywine, licensed nurses are on-site (not on-call) 24/7. And not just for the residents. Friends and family are welcome to call up the licensed practitioner nurse on-site for any questions or concerns that they may have. With more than 20 communities in New Jersey itself and branches spread to other states like New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania and still more on the anvil; Brandywine stands apart from other assisted living care facilities by simply providing the best possible care with the best possible attitude, with all the comforts and activities included as well.
Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater
565 Easton Turnpike
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807
Bridgeway’s first Assisted Living Residence, the Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater has gained plenty of community love as well as professional awards and credits. The friendly staff provides quality care to its residents untiringly, and all living areas are cleaned and maintained seven days a week. Hygiene is a priority here. Residents are free to choose from private or outdoor dining with three delicious and nutritious meals daily, and can also choose to hang with their buddies at the coffee shop. Licensed nurses remain onsite 24X7 and the wireless emergency response system ensures help arrives quickly. Daily exercise and wellness classes, as well as social, cultural and recreational activities, keep the residents happy and healthy on all levels. Residents also have access to A/V rooms and libraries with computers and internet access for them to be technologically up and at it…
The Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence
350 Demott Lane
Somerset, New Jersey 08873
Located in the beautiful locales of Somerset, New Jersey; the Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence offers every amenity essential for senior living, and more! Like a gorgeous dining room, a fully-equipped beauty salon and an internet-savvy media center with a low vision reader. Residents can choose from a luxury studio, one-bedroom or shared apartment. All equipped with individual climate control, cable TVs, a kitchenette, bathroom and a living room. The assisted living facility also has a health center, exercise room, a beauty salon and barber to keep the residents looking their best. It’s centrally located just minutes from downtown New Brunswick as well as the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. Since it is in the heart of the New York/New Jersey metro area, it also has access to all the great cultural, recreational and entertainment destinations.
192 Highway 79
Marlboro Township, New Jersey 07746
Set in a beautiful three-acre land piece in Marlboro, The Renaissance is a restored Victorian-style home for seniors. Along with the comfort and security of a monitored healthcare facility, The Renaissance offers a wonderfully-serviced homelike B&B atmosphere. Hardwood floors and personal décor coupled with a friendly staff make for a very warm atmosphere which makes The Renaissance stand apart from others. Residents are free to choose between private and semi-private rooms depending on their choice or budget. Three nutritious and healthy meals are served by a friendly staff in the common dining room. With plenty of common areas with lots to do, most residents are often found hobnobbing with each other and taking part in social events. The staff is onsite 24X7 but pets are not allowed in this facility.
Branch Brook Park Manor
212 Clifton Ave
Newark, New Jersey 07104
An 11-story brownstone, Branch Brook Park Manor is nevertheless a favorite amongst its senior residents. Firstly, it’s ideally located so it makes it easier for the seniors as well as their families to get around. Secondly, most residents would claim that the staff is wonderfully caring and attentive towards its residents. Their memory care program ensures that all its residents receive loving care and remain clean and happy throughout. Thirdly, it’s a small facility and an affordable one – and also offers an adult day care facility. Also, they offer plenty of activities for the seniors to come and take part in for them to remain mentally alert and active. Finally, the great staff makes sure that all its residents live life to the fullest with as much help as they need.
33 Mount Pleasant Ave
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
The Canterbury Village has been in operation since 1921 and is one of New Jersey’s most experienced Senior Assisted Living Residences. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees and has a close-knit community of just 53 residents. Residents have the comfort of personalized assistance and health care services 24X7 and various interesting activities in a structured environment. Residents can choose from private and semi-private rooms and there are plenty of inbuilt safety features in both. Canterbury Village lets you furnish these rooms as per your own choice but can also provide a fully-furnished apartment if that suits you better. Common areas include a gorgeous great room, library, outdoor courtyard and a sun room for gathering and for family visits. All meals are served in the charming, intimate dining room.
68 Passaic Ave
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
One of the best assisted living and healthcare providers for seniors in the area, Care One at Livingston is an excellent choice. Be it memory care, rehabilitation, specialty clinical programs or long-term care, Care One has just the right staff for it. The building’s décor is as elegant and refined as the architecture. Conveniently located near the Garden State Parkway as well as many highway routes, Care One is easy to reach for both seniors and their families. The result is unsurpassed patient care and comfort in a hotel-like setting. Since Care One offers health services to seniors at many different levels, you are likely to find a mixed crowd here – from those in their silver years who need a little assistance to those in memory care programs and rehab. Each resident is treated with dignity and care, with all the specialized health care that they may need.
Horizon Manor North
73 Overlook Rd
Montclair, New Jersey 07043
Horizon Manor North & Horizon Manor South are two Victorian Inn-style assisted living residences in Montclair, with world class services. The setting is that of a gracious Victorian Inn and the services are impeccable and warm. Horizon Manor has had a great track record of more than 25 years. Horizon Assisted Living provides a comprehensive round-the-clock care in a charming home-like setting. All residents enjoy three home-cooked meal served in elegant dining rooms. New entrants can choose from beautifully-furnished private or companion rooms. Family can choose permanent residence for their beloved elders or even a huge range of flexible per hour, per day or per week, healthcare services. Basically, they provide sensitive individualized care.
500 Southern Blvd
Chatham Township, New Jersey 07928
Some 100 odd seniors call the centrally-located and picturesque Juniper Village home. Residents are free to amble to the nearby Chatham Township bustle within a quick walking distance, though transport is available too. The building is beautiful and as residents put it, feels like home rather quickly. Juniper Village offers many enriching activities and wellness programs that keep the bodies active and the minds alert and happy. It has different kinds of rooms – spacious studios, one bedroom or two bedroom suites. Room amenities include kitchenettes with microwaves, oversized windows, designer wall-to-wall carpeting and a state of the art heating and cooling system. The hub of activity is the Village Square that connects to each room via beautiful walking paths. At the Village Square, residents can enjoy a movie theater, a full-service spa, a country store or even a fitness center.
Brighton Gardens of Mountainside
Mountainside, New Jersey 07092
Brighton Gardens lies on Route 22 in Mountainside, NJ, between I-78 and the Garden State Parkway and is a haven for those seeking senior living or care. It offers assisted living, memory care, in-home care services as well as short-term rehab. It offers the residents all the comforts of home in a maintenance-free environment. Also, it is close to many major medical facilities. The Mountainside Library, Echo Lake Park, Short Hills Mall, and Livingston Mall are close by for convenient outings as well. Recognized with a Bronze National Quality Award by AHCA/NCAL, Brighton Gardens provides on-site physical therapy, 24-hour on-call nursing, and in-house doctor visits. The gardens offer pleasant spaces for conversation, while an energetic activities program keeps the residents hale and hearty, mind, body and soul! Basically, a great option for assisted living in Chatham.