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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 04, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn is New York City’s most populous borough and home to more than 2.5 million people. Over 14% of the population are aged 65 and over, and there’s a wide range of services available for seniors. In addition, Brooklyn offers seniors a distinct culture, plenty of diversity and a cosmopolitan ambiance to enjoy. 

New York State has an income tax system that’s friendly to seniors, and while sales taxes can be high, common items like groceries and medicine are exempt. Seniors in the city can also get care from some of the best medical facilities in the country, including New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Mount Sinai Beth Israel. There’s a vibrant arts and culture scene that includes zoos, sporting events and Coney Island, and if seniors see all Brooklyn has to offer, it’s just a short trip to Manhattan. 

Note: Information for Brooklyn was not available, so data from the New York area was used.

See our picks for the top 10 assisted living facilities in Brooklyn.  Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Brooklyn and what financial assistance programs are available.

The Waterford on the Bay

The Waterford on the Bay provides a five-star life to seniors looking for assisted living and memory care services. Residents are accommodated in luxurious deluxe, private or semi-private rooms that have views of the bay and an upscale ambiance. Lounges on each floor and outdoor seating give seniors a wide variety of places to socialize with neighbors. An exciting recreation program also keeps residents engaged. Highly trained chefs prepare three gourmet meals each day and white glove waiter service ensures residents receive the finest dining experience. There’s a comprehensive medical staff to manage residents’ health, and speech, occupational and additional therapies are available on-site.  

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Harbor View Home Assisted Living

Harbor View Home Assisted Living offers independent and assisted living in an elegant building overlooking Sheepshead Bay. Doctors and nurses are available to help residents stay healthy and on-site physical and occupational therapy provide additional care. There’s a wide range of activities that keep residents active and engaged, including music, computer studies and live entertainment. Seniors can also relax with their neighbors in common areas, including patio gardens and a spacious sundeck. Chefs create custom-designed menus that meet dietary needs and daily gourmet meals feature a range of foods that observe dietary laws and suit every palate.

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Features
  • Staff available around the clock to meet residents’ needs
  • Synagogue and chapel on site

Sunrise at Sheepshead Bay

Sunrise at Sheepshead Bay offers assisted living, memory care and respite care, allowing seniors to age in place. Residents enjoy a nurturing environment that’s close to the attractions of Brooklyn, including restaurants and Coney Island. There are large common areas where seniors can socialize or relax and look at the views over the water. A range of recreational activities, including musical performances and cooking classes, keep seniors engaged, and residents can keep their minds active by taking a course for seniors at nearby Kingsborough Community College. The community stays connected with residents’ families, by providing social and educational programs and regular meetings. 

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Features
  • Chef-prepared meals prepared from scratch
  • On-site health services including dentistry, podiatry and psychiatry

Sunrise at Mill Basin

Sunrise at Mill Basin provides seniors with a continuum of care, with independent living, assisted living and memory care available. Residents receive medical support from leading hospitals and visiting specialists provide additional care in areas such as psychology, podiatry and audiology. The facility is conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants, salons and bagel shops. There are a range of common areas for residents to enjoy many of which provide views of Jamaica Bay. Regular programming includes physical fitness, creative and social activities, and resident-sponsored clubs on a variety of interests. Chefs consult the community when planning menus and focus on meals made from fresh, local ingredients. 

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Features
  • Social and educational programs for families
  • 24-hour bistro for drinks and snacks

Amber Court of Brooklyn

Located in the neighborhood of Canarsie, Amber Court of Brooklyn provides assisted living in a hotel-like environment. Seniors are accommodated in private and semi-private rooms and have access to on-site amenities, such as hair and barber services. There are also a range of common spaces for relaxing and socializing, including a library and outdoor walking and sitting areas. Residents enjoy comprehensive health services, with on-site therapies, routine health visits and medication management. Recreational activities provide opportunities for fun and residents can also explore the greater Brooklyn area, with public transport located nearby. 

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Features
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Resident and visitor meals served in dining room

St. Nicholas Home

St. Nicholas Home is a not-for-profit assisted living community. Residents are accommodated in comfortably furnished rooms and housekeeping and laundry services are provided. A professional recreational specialist organizes an activities calendar with opportunities for fun and socialization, such as arts and crafts, exercise classes, dancing and singing. Group trips are also arranged, including shopping trips. Family and friends are welcome anytime, and can relax with residents in the lounges and entertainment areas. The varied menu caters to special diets and seniors enjoy three meals each day, plus snacks. All residents have access to medical and nursing services.  

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Features
  • Single and couple occupancy rooms available
  • Scheduled transportation services

Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center

Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center offers a full continuum of care, with independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing available, as well as respite care and rehabilitation services. Assisted living residents live in semi-private apartments and have caregivers available around the clock to provide assistance. Delicious meals are able to cater for special diets and can be enjoyed in the dining room or in residents’ rooms. Seniors can also enjoy a range of social programs that keep minds and bodies active and include enrichment classes and group outings. Professional health care staff oversee medication and therapies and also monitor nutrition and health to ensure medical issues are identified quickly.

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Garden of Eden Assisted Living

Garden of Eden Assisted Living is dedicated to providing full-service assisted living care with an emphasis on respect for residents. The facility is situated in a modern building in the Bensonhurst neighborhood, next to two parks and close to shopping and public transport. A registered dietician helps plan the daily meals and snacks, and recreational activities provide opportunities for having fun with new friends. Comprehensive on-site medical care is available, with services from specialists, including podiatrists, chiropractors and psychologists. In addition, there’s full time registered nurse care to take care of day-to-day concerns.

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Features
  • Private and semi-private rooms
  • Scheduled transport to programs and medical appointments

Atria Kew Gardens

Atria Kew Gardens provides seniors with independent living, assisted living and memory care with the comforts of home. Located close to Forest Park, Queens, the community is near public transport and major highways, so families can visit easily and residents can enjoy the attractions of Manhattan and Long Island. There are more than 200 social and cultural events each month to encourage active lifestyles, including happy hours and group outings to Mets' games. The community also has vibrant Jewish programming, including weekly services, holiday observances and kosher cuisine. Residents can relax in common areas like the library and courtyards and a wellness center helps seniors stay fit and healthy.

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Features
  • One- and two-bedroom apartments featuring kitchenettes and walk-in closets
  • Chef-prepared meals from fresh, seasonal ingredients

Sunrise of Edgewater

Sunrise of Edgewater is conveniently situated between the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln Tunnel, just minutes from New York City and close to shopping, restaurants and medical facilities. The community is housed in a Victorian-style mansion and provides assisted living, memory care and short-term stays. Regular activities nurture the mind, body and spirit and social and educational programs for families keep residents connected to their loved ones. Seniors can also socialize in common areas, including the beautiful, landscaped grounds. The chefs consult with residents, so the menu features a variety of delicious, well-balanced meal choices. Caregivers are available around the clock to provide any assistance needed.

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Features
  • Specialized programs for residents experience vision loss
  • Monthly wellness visits from a licensed nurse

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Brooklyn

The average cost for assisted living is much higher in Brooklyn than in other parts of the state. According to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Long Term Care Study, assisted living costs an average of $5,916 a month. The price for nursing home care is over $300 more in Brooklyn, on average. Home care, however, has an average monthly cost that’s equivalent to the average in the state.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Brooklyn?

In Brooklyn, assisted living can cost up to $2,000 more a month than the state average. More affordable areas include Glen Falls and Utica, both average around only $2,600 a month. Along with Brooklyn, the most expensive regions in New York for assisted living are NYC and the Watertown area.   

How much does Home Care Cost in Brooklyn?

In Brooklyn, the cost of home care is similar to that of the state average per month, at $4,576. There are more affordable areas, such as Watertown which averages at $4,242 monthly, as well as Binghampton and Rochester which both average at $4,385 a month. The most expensive areas for home care are Elmira, at $4,814 a month on average, Ithaca at $5,100, and Syracuse which averages the most per month at $5,329.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Brooklyn?

Day health services for elders in Brooklyn are $30 less expensive per month on average than the rest of the state. The most affordable areas north of Brooklyn are Albany and Watertown, both areas average at $1,083 a month. Kingston is by far the most expensive area, at $2,600 a month on average.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Brooklyn?

The monthly average cost of nursing home care in Brooklyn is $12,091 a month. This is about $300 more than the state average, and among the highest cost in the state for elder care. The state is at least $2,000 more than the national average. Albany is more expensive, at $12,517 on average, while Rochester is around the same price as Brooklyn at $12,167 monthly. Much more affordable areas include central Ithaca and the Utica area, both come in at an average of $9,582 a month.

Financial Assistance Programs in NYC

Brooklyn Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Program

In Brooklyn, elders that are interested in receive federal and state assistance paying for long-term care are referred to the Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) program.

Qualified elders are:

  • 65 years old and above, and/or disabled
  • In need of daily help with one or more activity of daily living (ADL) for a minimum of 120 consecutive days
  • Eligible for Medicaid and/or Medicare

To apply for this Medicaid program and others, please call (718) 557-1399 or visit NYC Access to see what programs you qualify for.

Other Financial Assistance Programs

Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program

For elders that want to remain in their homes but need financial assistance paying for increasing senior care needs, there may be assistance available through the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance (CDPAP) program. This program pays a caregiver that the participant elects, or their legal guardian elects. The legal representative cannot be the caregiver.

To qualify for this program, an adult over the age of 65 must be eligible for Medicaid services. To apply for this program in Brooklyn, call the CDPAP NYC group at (718) 831-2200.

Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly

Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly is a program that provides home aide services for tasks such as laundry, personal care, and meal preparation to older adults that want to remain in their homes as they age.

To be eligible for this program, a senior must be age 60 and above, not eligible for Medicaid, and require services to remain living in their homes. Services are provided on a sliding-fee scale basis. To apply for this program, call (212) 639-9675.

Assisted Living Program (ALP)

The Assisted Living Program, which is now phased into the Medicaid Long-Term Care program, was created to provide financial assistance to older adults struggling to live independently. Elders have access to a variety of replacement programs, further outlined in this guide.

More Senior Living Resources in NYC

NYC Housing Connect Lottery Program

The NYC Housing Connect Lottery program manages the lotteries for many subsidized apartments in Brooklyn. Eligibility for these apartments is income-dependent.

Below is a list of more resources for seniors living in Brooklyn, as well as many properties in the city that are subsidized to provide housing to income-eligible seniors.

Company

Address

Phone Number

Description

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE)

66 John Street, 3rd Floor, New York, N.Y.

311

Eligible seniors over age 65 that make less than $50,000 a year can apply to have their rent frozen with the SCRIE program. Applications are available online.

Project Metropair

77 Water Street, 7th floor, New York, N.Y. 10005

(212) 453-9542

The Met Council funds this project, which helps eligible seniors with home repairs for their co-ops, houses, and apartments.

NYFSC’s RESTORE

11 Park Place, 14th Floor

New York, N.Y. 10007

(212) 962-7655

The NY Foundation for Senior Citizens helps eligible seniors by providing safety audits and home repairs to homes, apartments, and co-ops.

Catholic Charities Housing Services

191 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, N.Y., 11201

(718) 722-6000

This group provides housing for low-income elders in Brooklyn through 24 apartment buildings with subsidized rents.

Housing Options Made Easy (HOME)

4006 Eighteenth Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11218

(718) 435-1300

This group is a collaboration of three housing agencies in Brooklyn, who provide nearly 450 apartments for income-eligible families, including many subsidized specifically for elders.

Met Council Housing for Seniors

77 Water Street

New York, N.Y., 10005

(212) 453-9500

The Met Council has three senior apartments towers in Brooklyn, the Council Towers II, III, and IV, with 366 rent-subsidized apartments between the three buildings.

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens

11 Park Place, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 1000

(212) 369-5523

There are two low-income senior apartment buildings in Brooklyn through the NYFSC: Surf Gardens and Cumberland Gardens.

JASA Senior Houses

161 Corbin Place

Brooklyn, N.Y. 11235

(718) 943-7724

JASA maintains three buildings in Brooklyn for low-income elders, as well as community centers and other programs.

Troutman Evergreen Senior Citizens Houses

78 Troutman St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11206

(718) 388-0237

This residency features 82 apartments subsidized for seniors.

St. Nicks Alliance Senior Housing Program

2 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11211

(718) 782-3390

This program has three towers in Brooklyn that provide subsidized apartments and services to senior citizens.

Medgar Evers Apartments

745 Gates Avenue, #1E Brooklyn, N.Y. 11221

(718) 573-2309

This group has nine buildings in Brooklyn, with many subsidized apartments for seniors.

DCA Apartments

477 Howard Ave, #1D, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11233

(718) 573­-8506

These Brooklyn projects have 27 buildings with many apartments subsidized for low-income seniors.

Lutheran Care Network’s Martin Luther Court

380 Belmont Avenue,

Brooklyn, N.Y., 11207

(914) 365-6365 ext. 7318

These 86 apartments are for very-low-income elderly, and nine are handicap accessible. The head of household must be at least 62 years old.

RiseBoro’s Goodwin Place

55 Goodwin Place, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11221

(718) 366-3800

This building has 86 apartments for elders, 13 of which are handicap accessible.

Bensonhurst Housing for the Elderly

2164 78th St., Brooklyn, N.Y., 11214

(718) 943-6359

This building has 70 apartments subsidized for elders, and seven that are handicapped-accessible.

Bethany Apartments

415 Bleecker ST

Brooklyn, N.Y., 11237

(212) 427-0320

These projects have 57 elder-subsidized apartments and services, including 24-hour security.

Carroll Gardens Senior Citizen Housing

41 1st St., Brooklyn,

N.Y., 11231

(718) 243-9301

The Carroll Gardens Association has over 500 low-income apartments, including 100 for seniors.



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