Bridgeport is known as the Park City for its outstanding public park system. The city's first public park at McLevy Green was organized in 1806, and today seniors can enjoy music, food and community events at Downtown Thursdays on the Green every week. Nearly 11% of Bridgeport's 145,000 residents are seniors aged 65 and over, and every day from mid-spring to late fall sees hundreds of seniors swimming, strolling or playing chess somewhere in the 325 acres of rolling green lawns and sandy beach at Seaside Park, a public recreation area organized as a gift to the city by P.T. Barnum, whose Bridgeport house is now a museum.
Seniors in Bridgeport have access to some of the world's best senior health services, such as the senior life center at Yale New Haven Health Park Avenue Medical Center. Unlike many places on the Eastern Seaboard, Bridgeport enjoys dry spring and summer weather, with just a dusting of snow during the winter holiday season. Fall sees some of the most spectacular foliage changes in America along the many walking trails frequented by local seniors.
Seniors in Bridgeport pay an average of $5,940 a month for assisted living, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is significantly above the $4,700 average seniors pay in Connecticut at large.
Look over your senior living options on this list of the 8 best assisted living communities in Bridgeport.
The Watermark at 3030 Park
3030 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
The Watermark at 3030 Park continuing care retirement community gives seniors in Fairfield County the opportunity to gracefully transition from an independent living environment to assisted living and memory care as their needs change. Trained staff are available 24 hours a day to assist with tasks such as housekeeping, hygiene and medication administration. The 14-acre campus has everything seniors need to enjoy a comfortable and fulfilling retirement. Residents can get active at the Vitality Fitness Center, consult with experts at the Renew Wellness Center, enjoy an afternoon of pampering at the Indulge Salon and Spa or catch up with friends at the Gallery Cafe. When they need a change of scenery, residents can enjoy a leisurely walk around Seaside Park, visit the local zoo or explore the many museums, art galleries and historic sites the Bridgeport area has to offer.
Spring Meadows Trumbull
6949 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611
Residents at the pet-friendly Spring Meadows Trumbull can choose from seven floor plans for a comfortable, private assisted living experience tailored to their needs. Staff members help residents stay active and fit through daily exercises, yoga and other balance classes. Those who enjoy spending time in nature can take advantage of the outdoor walking club or relax in the secure, landscaped courtyard. A personal Red Carpet Host is assigned to new entrants to help them acclimate and feel welcome and at home. For residents who wish to stay informed about current events, the large community has a computer room, a TV room and offers a daily newspaper delivery service.
Carriage Green at Milford
77 Plains Road
Milford, CT 06461
Part of the esteemed Benchmark Senior Living company, Carriage Green at Milford provides residents with an elegant, homelike environment near Silver Sands State Park, Connecticut Post Mall and Milford Hospital. The facility offers specialized diabetic and low-salt diets and boasts an on-site general store, a well-stocked library, a spa and a beauty salon. When looking to breathe in the fresh New England air, residents can stroll along the outdoor hiking trails or share a meal in the outdoor patio's comfortable seating area.
Benchmark at Split Rock
708 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
Benchmark at Split Rock provides seniors with assisted living, memory care, and respite care in a warm, engaging environment that's minutes from Roosevelt Forest and Pequonnock River Valley State Park. A selection of three apartment styles include kitchenettes and spacious bathrooms, and the facility's on-site beauty salon, coffee shop and fitness room are available for residents to use at their leisure. Fun, stimulating activities such as Wii sports, gardening and book clubs encourage residents to socialize while exploring their personal interests.
Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull
2750 Reservoir Ave.
Trumbull, CT 06611
Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull assisted living community allows seniors to maintain a sense of independence in their daily lives while providing help with tasks, such as medication management, bathing and dressing. Located on 3.5-acre wildlife habitat preserve in a quiet, residential neighborhood, residents can take a stroll on the walking trails or enjoy the natural surroundings in the secure garden. The area also offers easy access to shops, restaurants and the local theater. The facility itself is outfitted with a number of amenities, including a library with computer stations, pool and spa, on-site beauty salon and transportation services. With Middlebrook Farms' signature Live Now, Live Well program, residents can participate in a variety of engaging activities designed to help foster meaningful interactions and experiences, such as exercise classes, gardening club, art workshops and group outings.
The Greens at Cannondale
435 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
Located on 10 acres of manicured grounds, The Greens at Cannondale offers residents numerous cozy common areas and three choices of upscale apartments with large windows, full-sized refrigerators and walk-in showers. A community horticulturist helps residents enjoy their gardening skills, and seniors can also take computer and art appreciation classes. The facility's health care offerings include on-site dental, audiology and mental health services, medication management and music therapy. Additionally, residents enjoy dietitian services and three healthy chef-prepared meals per day plus snacks.
Maplewood at Orange
245 Indian River Road
Orange, CT 06477
Socialization and a full complement of amenities make apartment-style living a comfortable adjustment for seniors moving into Maplewood at Orange assisted living. Accommodations include one or two-bedroom apartments or studios, each with a private kitchen. For those who wish to dine communally, three nutritious meals are served each day in the facility's dining room. A private dining room is available for special occasions, as Maplewood encourages visitors. To keep their wits sharp and meet new friends, seniors may join one of the facility's book clubs or fitness groups, or participate in an offsite group outing. Medication management is offered and a nurse is scheduled during business hours. Small pets are allowed.
96 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897
There are several housing options for seniors living at Brookdale Wilton, including one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with private kitchens for residents who don't choose to eat communally. For those who do, three nutritious meals and snacks are prepared onsite and served in the community dining room. Laundry services and light housekeeping are also included for residents. To help seniors develop relationships, Brookdale offers scheduled group activities, including offsite trips and transportation for shopping or attending religious services. In addition to helping those who need a little extra assistance with daily living tasks, Brookdale has a separate wing to treat those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Its Clare Bridge Place program for these seniors is designed by a registered gerontologist.