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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 09, 2020

10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Bronx, NY

The Bronx, New York, is separated from Manhattan Island by the Harlem River. This is the only one of New York City’s five boroughs attached to the U.S. mainland, and it faces New Jersey across the Hudson River to the East.

Seniors who want a New York City lifestyle at an affordable cost may look for nice neighborhoods in the Bronx, which has a cost of living higher than the state average, but much lower than the rest of the city. Baseball fans can attend games at world-famous Yankee Stadium, while animal enthusiasts may enjoy the huge Bronx Zoo, which hosts hundreds of unique animal species. Nearby, the New York Botanical Garden features 1 million plants. Bronxworks, just one organization offering senior recreational activities, meals and services, sponsors four local senior centers. There are also many hospitals to cater to the borough’s 189,000 residents aged 65 and older.

Note: Information for the Bronx was not available, so data for New York City was used instead.

Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the Bronx. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Bronx and what financial assistance programs are available.

The Plaza Rehab and Nursing Center

The wide range of on-site healthcare services at Plaza Rehab and Nursing Center allows seniors to spend less time traveling to doctors’ offices and more time pursuing their passions. Community amenities include a beauty and barbershop, café, pharmacy, aviary and a lush outdoor garden. In addition to physical, speech and occupational therapy, residents have access to art and music therapy. Plaza Rehab and Nursing Center’s commitment to serving unique segments of the senior community with dedicated programs, such as its veterans' program and Hispanic cultural unit, are why we included it in our list of Bronx’s best assisted living facilities. 

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St. Patrick's Home Rehabilitation and Health Care

Adjacent to Van Cortlandt Park, St. Patrick’s Home Rehabilitation and Health Care offers seniors 24-hour care administered under the direction of primary care physicians, licensed nurses and certified geriatric nursing assistants. The sensory-stimulation activities in the memory support program have been purposefully designed to help seniors facing the challenges of dementia maintain their abilities. An on-site spa, beauty and barbershop, chapel and coffee shop are among the community’s amenities. Nearby public transportation routes make it easy for residents to explore the bevy of nearby shops, restaurants and cultural attractions.

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Features
  • Staff members who have completed training from the Alzheimer’s Association
  • On-site Palliative Care and Restorative Nursing

Morningside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

At Morningside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, seniors can receive on-site healthcare services from a variety of medical specialists, as well as around-the-clock support from licensed nurses. The event calendar includes fun excursions to local attractions as well as live entertainment and musical performances. Neurology, cardiology, psychiatry and pulmonology are just a few of the specialist services residents have access to. When it’s time for a haircut, the beauty and barbershop is only steps away. 

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Features
  • Multi-denominational worship services
  • On-site physical therapy center with senior-friendly fitness equipment

University Avenue Assisted Living

Located near shopping and dining, University Avenue Assisted Living helps seniors retain their independence by customizing care services to each resident’s unique needs and preferences. All of the modern studio apartments come furnished and include a kitchenette and private bathroom. Fitness classes in the wellness center help seniors reduce their risk of falls by increasing their balance and strength, while the thoughtfully planned activities calendar encourages residents to socialize and express their creativity. In addition to having access to on-site healthcare professionals, staff members can coordinate care with outside providers.

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Atria Riverdale

Atria Riverdale is a senior living community in Riverdale, New York, offering independent living, assisted living and memory care. Caregivers are available 24/7 to assist with medications and activities of daily living such as grooming and bathing. The Van Cortlandt, one of the facility’s three dining options, includes a fully kosher menu. Individually controlled thermostats, kitchenettes and emergency alert systems are included with all of the spacious apartments. A movie theater, salon and barbershop, art studio and library are among Atria Riverdale’s numerous amenities. Between educational lectures, shopping excursions, live musical performances and board games, there’s never a dull moment.  

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Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills

By actively involving residents in the development of their care plans, the geriatric professionals at Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills ensure seniors' likes and dislikes are taken into consideration, along with their personal care needs. Whether privately hosting family members or joining friends in the elegant restaurant-style dining room, all of the kosher meals at Castle Senior Living are as delicious as they are nutritious. Thoughtfully planned to enhance all aspects of wellness, the event calendar includes a diverse array of activities such as fitness classes, literary discussions, and outings to theaters and museums. 

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Features
  • Accommodations include private bathrooms with walk-in showers and safety bars
  • Assistance with activities of daily living

Sunrise at Fleetwood

Sunrise at Fleetwood is an award-winning senior living community offering assisted living and memory care in a quiet residential neighborhood of Mt. Vernon, New York, minutes away from dining and cultural attractions such as New York Botanical Gardens. Residents can meet with visiting physicians or take advantage of scheduled transportation for medical appointments. The peaceful indoor and outdoor lounge areas are the perfect places to relax between the day's mind and body stimulating activities. A licensed on-staff nurse conducts monthly wellness visits, while 24-hour caregivers are always ready to provide prompt assistance with activities of daily living.

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Features
  • Up to three meals a day plus snacks
  • Weekly housekeeping and personal laundry service

Sunrise of Edgewater

While the landscaped grounds and charming Victorian-style architecture are often what visitors notice first, Sunrise of Edgewater’s specialized programs catering to seniors dealing with various stages of vision loss are what earned it a spot on our top 10 list. In addition to on-site activities such as fitness classes, card games and movie nights, residents are walking distance to shops, theaters and medical facilities. In the restaurant-style dining room, residents enjoy freshly-prepared meals including numerous savory options for special diets. Between arts and crafts, movies, current event discussions and group outings, Sunrise of Edgewater offers an activity to pique every resident’s interest.

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Atria Park of Great Neck

Atria Park of Great Neck’s chef-prepared meals, stimulating activities and 24-hour personalized care make it an ideal community for seniors looking to retain their independence and maintain an active lifestyle during their golden years. Residents can choose between studio and one-bedroom accommodations that include WiFi, individually-controlled thermostats, walk-in showers and emergency alert systems. Residents enjoy a bevy of amenities including a well-stocked library, movie theater and outdoor dining areas. With a quick call to the concierge, seniors can reserve transportation for errands, events and medical appointments. In addition to assisting residents with bathing and dressing, Atria Park provides on-site physical therapy.

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Brandywine at The Savoy

Brandywine at The Savoy’s comprehensive approach to wellness combines enriching activities and attentive care from clinical experts to help seniors live their best life. The community’s fitness program includes exercises focused on increasing strength and mobility. All of the resident suites at Brandywine include utilities, housekeeping service, emergency response systems and private bathrooms. We included Brandywine at The Savoy in our list of Bronx’s best assisted living facilities because of its Escapes… For Life! program that inspires residents to pursue daily fulfillment by participating in educational pursuits and fitness classes as well as the culinary and creative arts.

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Features
  • On-site movie theater
  • Variety of courtyards and indoor common areas for relaxing and socializing

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Bronx

Costs related to aging and senior care are much higher on average in the Bronx than other parts of the state. According to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Long Term Care Study, all types of senior care except for homemaker services are more expensive in the Bronx than the state average.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Bronx?

In the Bronx, assisted living costs $5,916 a month – nearly $2,000 more than the state average. There are more affordable cities closer to the Bronx – In Kingston, assisted living costs a mere $4,100 a month on average. The least expensive areas in the state include northern cities Glen Falls at $2,600 a month on average and the Utica area at $2,625.

How much does Home Care Cost in Bronx?

Home care costs in the Bronx are just over $100 less than the state average of $4,690 a month. In most areas around the state, home care costs are similar, though far northern areas like the Watertown area are slightly more affordable, at $4,242 a month.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Bronx?

While the Bronx is on the more expensive end of adult day health service costs in New York state, it is among the more affordable cities in the NYC area. Kingston, which is just north of the Bronx, is $650 a month more on average for day health costs. The most affordable cities are currently Buffalo, Watertown, and Albany, which all average at $1,083 a month.

How much does Nursing Home Care Cost in Bronx?

The monthly average price of living in a nursing home in the Bronx is $12,091 a month. This makes the Bronx more expensive than the state average of $11,756, but still among the most affordable option in the area. Kingston, to the north, is $12,507 a month on average, and Albany averages at $12,517. The most affordable cities for nursing home care in New York are Ithaca and in the Utica area, which averages at $9,582 a month.

Financial Assistance Programs in Bronx

Medicaid Program in Bronx

The Medicaid program in New York for those that need aging services is called the Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) program. This program provides long-term care services including:

  • Health services received at home or in a facility
  • Personal care services such as help with bathing, shopping, and cooking
  • Home delivered meals and medical transportation
  • Access to specialists for ongoing health conditions

To qualify, an elder must be:

  • At least 65 years old  and/or disabled
  • Need help with activities of daily living (ADL) for at least 120 consecutive days
  • Eligible for Medicaid and/or Medicare
  • Low income – this means they would have an income of no more than $842 a month for an individual, or $1,233 a month for a couple in 2018

Call (718) 557-1399 or visit NYC Access to apply for Medicaid and to see what programs you qualify for.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Bronx

Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program

The Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) helps eligible seniors over the age of 65 pay for costs associated with aging as they continue to live in their homes. Participants or their legal representative elect a caregiver that can be a friend or relative of the care receiver, or from a care agency. Those in the Bronx that want to apply for this program can call the CDPAP NYC group at (718) 831-2200.

Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly

For seniors above age 60 that do not qualify for Medicaid services, yet require financial assistance to remain in their homes as they age, there is the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly program. This program provides seniors with home aide assistants to help with laundry, personal care, and meal preparation. These services are not free, but they are provided on a sliding-fee scale. Call the program office at (212) 639-9675 to apply for services.

Assisted Living Program (ALP)

This program has been phased into the Medicaid Long-Term Care (MLTC) program as of 2018. It was created to provide eligible elders struggling to live independently with financial assistance to get personal care services in their chosen communities. This program’s offerings have been replaced by the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and the MLTC programs.

More Senior Living Resources in Bronx

NYC Housing Connect Lottery Program

The NYC Housing Connect Lottery program manages the lotteries for subsidized apartments in the Bronx and surrounding areas. Different residences have their own guidelines, and there are many buildings set aside for low-income elders to rent. There are income guidelines, which also vary depending on the residency. 

Below is a list of various non-profits, real estate agencies, and apartment complexes that provide rentals to low-income seniors in the Bronx – many of these apartments will be handicap accessible as well. There are almost always long waitlists for these apartments, so please call and sign up to be put on the waitlist as early as possible.

Resource

Phone Number

Description 

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) 311 In the Bronx, seniors over age 65 who make less than $50,000 a year may qualify to have their rent frozen through with this program.
Concourse Gardens (718) 901-5336 The Concourse Gardens provides social and recreational services to seniors in 119 units of subsidized, low-income housing.
Council Towers I, V, and VII (212) 453-9500 These Met Council buildings provide 272 apartments to qualified seniors between there towers in the Bronx.
MetroPair (212) 453-9542 This Met Council program helps eligible low-income seniors with home repairs in their houses, apartments, and co-ops in the Bronx.
Bronxwood Assisted Living (718) 881-9100 This residency provides 143 assisted living and independent living apartments for qualified low-income seniors.
Home Repar and Safety Audit Program (212) 962-7655 The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens helps eligible elders with repairs and safety audits for their homes, co-ops, and apartments.
Lemle & Wolff  (718) 884-7676 This group operates a housing lottery in the Bronx with many apartments for low-income seniors.
Borinquen Court (212) 721-6032 Low-income seniors can apply for one of these 145 subsidized apartments.
Belmont Arthur Avenue Developement (718) 367-5300 This group has four apartment buildings for low-income seniors with a combined 444 apartments.
New Jewish Home Senior Residences (800) 544-0304 This group has three subsidized apartments with aging services in the Bronx for low-income seniors.
CenterLight Health System Senior Housing (718) 519-0152 There are four apartment buildings in the Bronx through this group that subsidizes rent for low-income seniors.
Building Management Associates (718) 620-1345  Ths management company specializes in subsidized apartments and have many properties for low-income seniors in the Bronx.
Bronx Pro Group (718) 294-5840 Seniors over the age of 62 may apply for one of these subsidized low-income apartments.


For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in New York.