Discover Assisted Living Care in New York

According to New York law, an assisted living residence is defined as a licensed housing complex which provides five adults or more with the following services: meal services, 24-hour supervision, housekeeping services, assistance with daily living activities, personal care services, and individualized service plans. New York also provides additional classifications such as Enhanced Assisted Living Residences (EALR's), and also Special Needs Assisted Living Residences (SNALR's). Personal care homes may be another name for assisted living as well.

There are currently 136 assisted living homes operating in New York.


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Assisted Living Homes in New York – Cost Comparison

City Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Monthly Median
Albany $3,000 $6,500 $4,350
Bronx $3,950 $3,950 $3,950
Brooklyn $4,425 $5,750 $4,813
Rochester $2,100 $6,495 $3,433
Staten Island $2,069 $2,069 $2,069
Syracuse $2,000 $6,715 $3,534

The average cost of assisted living in New York is $4,100 per month. Compared to the remainder of the United States, New York is the fifth most expensive state for long-term elderly care. Within the state, average elder care costs fluctuate depending on the area and population. Following the same pattern as the state average, area average costs for assisted senior care fall in the same price range.

For more information about assisted living costs in New York, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.

Recreation & Attractions in New York

Dotted with scenic lakes and vast forests, New York’s natural environment provides a multitude of breathtaking outdoor adventures for everybody. The most famous falls in Northern America, New York is home to the American portion of the Niagara Falls. An iconic destination, Niagara Falls is a natural wonder, which attracts many each year to tour the falls and the surrounding recreational areas. Walking trails give scenic panoramas of the falls while boat cruises give visitors an up close and wet experience.

East of the Niagara Falls lies Letchworth State Park which is home to three smaller but still magnificent waterfalls and offers visitors leisurely walking trails, picnic and camping sites featuring the waterfalls lining the gorge and the beautiful accompanying forest. This destination is a particular favorite during the fall as the foliage begins to change. Near Syracuse, wine connoisseurs will find the notable Finger Lakes compiled of 14 counties and 11 lakes, this region is characterized as wine country with a tour of wineries located in the Finger Lakes.

New York’s Climate, Geography, & Culture

New York is one America’s greatest melting pots, with people settling here from all over the world. The great things we know New York for – their food, their music, their literature, their theaters – are a reflection of the millions of immigrants that have established themselves in the state.

Nestled next to the Atlantic Ocean in the North Eastern Portion of the United States, New York is characterized by a typical humid continental climate. During the summer months, July brings the hottest temperatures with averages ranging between 70 and 80 degrees. The season transition between spring and summer bring the heaviest amounts of rain. New York accumulates 40 inches of rain yearly.

During the winter months, January brings the coldest temperatures with averages falling below freezing and coming near 0 degrees. Depending on the elevation, New York can accumulate between 2 to 10 feet of snow yearly. Northern areas such as Syracuse and Buffalo see the highest amounts of snowfall while New Your city will experience 2-3 feet annually.

New York’s Assisted Living Residences Regulations & Laws

Assisted Living homes are regulated by a state-to-state basis. Every state has a publicly accessible legal document outlining the regulations, licensing, operation and other rules for assisted living. The complete document outlining the official regulations of assisted living residences can be obtained online via the New York State Department of Health, Division of Long Term Care website. Public records concerning inspections, citations, violations and the like pertaining to individual assisted living homes or personal care homes can be obtained from the New York State Department of Health website. This department has also created and made available a complete “do not refer” list consisting of the names of New York assisted senior care residences who are not qualified to be in operation.

Crime & Safety in New York

In 2014, crime in New York reached an all-time low, declining over 18 percent over the past decade. This shows the state’s dedication to protecting their citizens. If you are not sure where to start your search, look at some of New York state’s safest communities.

LocationViolent Crimes Per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Malverne Village0.472.46
New Castle Town0.114.31
Cornwall Town0.104.40
Floral Park Village


Payment Options for New York Assisted Living Homes

Assisted Living Program (ALP)

For those seeking financial assistance, New York’s Medicaid offers the Assisted Living Program to Medicaid and non-Medicaid eligible elderly residents who are qualified for nursing level care but opt to reside in an assisted senior living community. This program covers the cost of services provided within a licensed senior care residence. To find more information on this program, please visit the official Assisted Living Program page via the New York State Department of Health website.

Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)

An alternate payment option, New York offers the Medicaid option of the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program for elderly or disabled residents. This waiver program will cover the cost of services such as home care, personal care or skilled medical care in an environment chosen by the participant. Therefore, participants can self-direct services need while residing in an assisted living residence. For more information on this program, please visit the official Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program page via the New York State Department of Health website.

Assisted Living Family Loans

Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment.

Senior & Elderly Rights for Assisted Living Communities in New York

Just because you are a resident of an assisted living home in New York, this does not mean you give up your rights guaranteed to you as a resident or citizen of the United States. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has a right to be informed of the process to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. The complete list of resident rights as guaranteed by the state of New York can be obtained online via the New York State Department of Health, Division of Long Term Care website.

New York Assisted Living Homes: Medical Record Rules & Regulations

New York assisted living homes are required to provide appropriate health services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records shall be readily accessible upon request and should be kept for a period no less than 6 years from death or discharge date.

Residents in New York assisted living centers have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information, and it is to be provided at a cost not to exceed the community standard.

Finding the perfect senior care community is only part of making your loved one’s senior living transition smooth. At SeniorCaring, we know that it is also equally important to be aware of what other community services and resources are available to your family’s senior. Choose your location and find local resources for your senior.