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Page Reviewed / Updated – December 15, 2022

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If residing in a small, leisurely city bordering the southern tier of New York’s wine-making Finger Lakes Region sounds appealing, Elmira might be for you. It also has a historic downtown flush with restaurants and coffee shops, as well as a flourishing museum industry.

You could save money living in Elmira if coming from elsewhere in New York, as its average cost of living is significantly below the state median. Its residents are statistically less likely to become victims of crime and Elmira takes its responsibility towards seniors seriously, joining the AARP Age-Friendly Network in 2013. Medical care is easily accessible—Elmira has more physicians per head of the population than normal—and local hospitals include Arnot Ogden Medical Center, rated high-performing in two procedures by U.S. News and World Report.

The cost of assisted living in Elmira is $5,600, according to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is significantly more than New York’s average of $4,580 and the country’s $4,500, suggesting the city’s typical senior pays around $1,140 more per month. Comparing Elmira with nearby cities demonstrates that its costs are fairly moderate, as Binghamton’s median fee is $4,597 and Ithaca’s is $8,075.

If you think Elmira might be the retirement destination for you, check out our top 8 assisted living facilities in and around the city. 


Woodbrook sits at the more residential southern end of Elmira. It's also near I-86, greatly reducing journey times to cities throughout New York's Southern Tier region and northern Pennsylvania. It offers six room types—either one- or two-bedrooms—all of which have kitchenettes, bathrooms, wall safes and individualized climate control. Staff is on-site around the clock to provide personal care services, including medication management, and there's a sit-and-lift van for medical transportation. Three meals are served daily in the common dining room. Woodbrook joins our list because it commits to not asking residents to leave if their financial circumstances change.

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  • Regular field trips and community visits
  • Kitchenettes stocked with fresh fruits, snacks and drinks

The Courtyards at Bethany Village

The Courtyards at Bethany Village forms part of a larger senior living campus. It provides assisted living services, such as 24/7 support for residents who need help to bathe, dress and manage their medications. It also has a secure area for residents dealing with memory loss. Each resident has a personalized care plan designed to deliver help where it's needed, but otherwise not infringe on the senior's independence. Three nutritionally-balanced and freshly prepared meals are served daily in the dining room and there are numerous activities organized to satisfy residents' physical, emotional and spiritual needs. All rooms have private bathrooms and weekly housekeeping.

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Brookdale Painted Post

Brookdale Painted Post is a pet-friendly facility about 25 minutes northwest of Elmira. Residents can choose between studio and one-bedroom apartments (which can also be companion suites), all with private bathrooms and some with kitchenettes. Staff is available 24 hours a day to help with personal care needs, such as dressing and emergency assistance. Residents can relax in the fireside lounge or out in the courtyard and garden, get their hair done in the beauty salon/barbershop and go online in the computer room (or use the Wi-Fi available throughout the facility). I-99 is nearby, reducing journey times to locations throughout Upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania.

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Elderwood Assisted Living at Waverly

Elderwood Assisted Living at Waverly is about 22 minutes southeast of Elmira on the Pennsylvania border. Residents live in comfortable private and semiprivate rooms cleaned weekly by housekeeping staff. Nursing staff provides 24-hour care and assistance with daily living functions, such as bathing. We like this facility because great care has gone into its Victorian-style architecture, spacious rooms and wide porches. Walking paths weave throughout the landscaped grounds, providing residents with plenty of exercise space, and the staff manages numerous wellness programs and activities to engage the mind and body. If required, skilled nursing and rehab services are available on campus.

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Falls Home

Falls Home is located in Montour Falls, less than 30 minutes north of Elmira. It provides 24/7 personal care services for seniors needing help with daily tasks, such as bathing, dressing and managing medications. A registered nurse is always available to handle medical emergencies. It's an 89-bed facility with single- and double-occupancy rooms and private ensuites, all cleaned daily by housekeepers, who also do laundry and linens weekly. There's a spacious lounge with a TV and a fireplace that's also used for games, musical events, and exercise and balance classes. Three nutritious meals are served daily in the four dining rooms and snacks are available all day.

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Kendal at Ithaca

Kendal at Ithaca is a senior living campus near Cayuga Lake and only minutes from Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, making it easier for loved ones further away to visit. Kendal describes its assisted living facility as "enhanced", as the 36-room building includes health center services in the monthly fee for Medicare beneficiaries. Staff delivers compassionate care 24/7, three freshly-prepared meals are served every day in the dining area, and there is a full calendar of social activities, including movie nights and discussion groups. Residents live in private rooms, typically decorated with their own furnishings, and all with private bathrooms.

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Longview is an independent living, assisted living and short-stay 34-acre campus opposite Ithaca College. Living spaces for assisted living residents consist of fully furnished studio apartments with individually-controlled heating and air conditioning and private bathrooms with showers. Trained staff help 24/7 with daily living functions such as dressing, and all apartments have a 24-hour emergency call system should the resident need immediate help. Longview makes our list because, in addition to standard assisted living services, residents benefit from a beautiful surrounding landscape, great views over Cayuga Lake and are only 5 minutes from downtown Ithaca. Residents can also use Ithaca College's facilities free of charge.

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Bridges Cornell Heights

Bridges Cornell Heights is spread over three homes within sight of each other that are purposefully small to make them as homelike as possible. The commitment to making residents feel at home extends to meals, as they can choose to eat what they like and not be limited by a menu. Common areas are luxuriously decorated, with plump armchairs and sofas, roaring fireplaces, games tables and a grand piano for musical evenings. We like Bridges Cornell Heights because its staff-to-resident ratio is 6 to 1, a great improvement on the industry average of 9 to 1, enabling staff to give more time to each person in their care.

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