The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Manchester, NJ

Manchester Township is nestled in the serene Ocean County, New Jersey, just minutes away from the Jersey shoreline and in between big cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. The June 2012 edition of Inside New Jersey recognized it as one of the best places to retire in New Jersey.

Seniors looking for a relaxing, fun retirement will find Manchester to be an ideal place. Beautiful parks, lakes, preserved open spaces and the Jersey shoreline allow for exciting excursions when residing in any of the town's senior living communities. The weather is comfortable throughout the year, but January and February are a bit cold while May, June and September are the most pleasant months. There are several reputable hospitals and medical centers in the region, and the arts scene is thriving.

The average cost of assisted living in Manchester is $4,800 per month, but that varies depending on the services offered. This cost is slightly above the national average of $4,004 per month, but lower than the overall New Jersey State median of $6,065.

Note: Information for Manchester Township was not available, so data from its host county, Ocean City, was used.

Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Manchester.

The Chelsea at Toms River

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1657 Silverton Road

Toms River, NJ 08753

(732) 564-6366

The Chelsea at Toms River is situated close to the Garden State Parkway and the Jersey Shore, an ideal location for seniors who like to get away on day trips with family and friends. The facility takes residents on regular outings to local restaurants and shopping centers, but there's plenty to do at home, too. Seniors can visit the facility's on-site salon and then enjoy the daily cocktail hour with friends. Studio apartments provide privacy and independence, while 24-hour assistance is always nearby.

  • Restaurant-style dining and wide range of nutritious menu items
  • Private dining room for special events

Spring Oak at Toms River

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2145 Whitesville Road

Toms River, NJ 08755

(732) 905-9222

Spring Oak at Toms River is located just up the street from Eagle Ridge Golf Club and is centrally located to shops and eateries. This facility lets seniors invite family or friends for overnight visits or a prepared meal in the restaurant-style dining room. A patio and garden area is on the property so residents can enjoy the fresh air while taking in the scenery, and the apartments include full kitchenettes and private bathrooms for more independence. Spring Oak at Toms River's facility includes a computer room, a TV room, a bistro, a fitness room and scheduled group activities for its residents to enjoy.

  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry services
  • Studio and one- and two-bedroom layouts

Magnolia Gardens

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1935 Lakewood Rd.

Toms River, NJ 8755

(732) 557-6500

Magnolia Gardens is an assisted living community in Toms River, New Jersey, that enables seniors to enjoy an active lifestyle through its robust offering of activities and amenities. Licensed dieticians approve the culinary team's menu, which incorporates resident feedback and requests. Games, arts and crafts, music and movies are just a few of the recreational activities on the daily event calendar. Residents choose from three different apartment layouts that include kitchenettes and emergency response systems. We included Magnolia Gardens in this top 10 list because of its attentive staff and high-quality meals.

  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service
  • Scheduled transportation for medical appointments, shopping and restaurants

Brandywine Living at Toms River

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1587 Old Freehold Road

Toms River, NJ 08755

(732) 240-0043

Located near Routes 9 and 70, Brandywine Living at Toms River is just minutes away from Monmouth Park and Seaside Heights, where residents can take a walk on the beach with loved ones or enjoy a bike ride through the park. This facility provides an all-day dining plan for seniors so they can eat on their own or join everyone for a community meal at the scheduled times. The Escapades...For Life! program helps give seniors purpose for their lives with morning classes and groups such as Cooking with Class; Fun, Fit & Fabulous; Lifelong Learning and Karaoke Knights. Brandywine Living at Toms River offers several physical care programs to keep seniors healthy, including physical therapy and occupational therapy.

  • 24-hour licensed nursing staff
  • Game room, beauty salon and common areas

Crestwood Manor

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50 Lacey Road

Whiting, NJ 0875

(877) 286-0069

Crestwood Manor is located in Manchester Township, and several state parks surround the facility, including Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and Double Trouble State Park. Residents can take a day trip to go hiking or just enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the scenery. Seniors can sign up for group fitness classes and work with staff to set and reach physical strength or mobility goals. Crestwood Manor offers many activities throughout the day for its residents, including art classes, educational lectures and walking groups. An on-site health and wellness clinic can handle everything from X-rays to bloodwork, so residents don't have to go off the grounds to take care of routine health concerns.

  • Heated indoor pool
  • Quilting center and wood shop

The Pines at Whiting

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509 Route 530

Whiting, NJ 08759

(877) 302-5288

The Pines at Whiting is located in Whiting, NJ, near scenic Keswick Lake and Whiting Memorial Park, both great places for walks with visiting family members. There's an emergency call system in each room via a pendant given to each resident. Nurses are staffed day and night and compassionate caregivers provide assistance with hygiene and meals, as needed. For fun, residents can participate in crafts, cooking club and fitness classes.

  • Amenities include a game room, outdoor patio, library, and community rooms
  • Access to an Olympic-sized pool

Leisure Park

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1400 NJ-70

Lakewood Township, NJ 08701

(732) 370-0444

Located off Highway 70 in beautiful Ocean County, Leisure Park gives residents easy access to local shops and medical appointments around town via private car or the facility's transportation services. Seniors have many options for meal time with many of the apartments including kitchenettes where residents can cook their own food, and this facility also offers room service for those who prefer to order in. Shared meals are available in the community dining hall for those who like to socialize during lunch or dinner. Some of the amenities Leisure Park has to offer include a garden, a patio, a TV room, a general store and a beauty salon.

  • All inclusive rent
  • Low-salt and vegetarian diets

Hearthstone Estates

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77 Williams Street

Lakewood, NJ 08701

(732) 363-8505

Hearthstone Estates offers senior care services and homelike community amenities in a quiet Lakewood residential neighborhood. We included the facility for its professional delivery of quality care and supportive services, which earned it the Advanced Standing distinction from the New Jersey Department of Health. In addition to basic personal care services, residents have access to nursing and medical services such as blood pressure monitoring, oxygen administration, diabetes management and on-site diagnostic and laboratory services. A variety of floor plans are available and all feature refrigerators, microwave ovens and individual climate controls. We included Hearthstone Estates on our Top 10 list because its award-winning culinary program is supervised by professional chefs and accommodates special dietary requirements.

  • Monthly residents' birthday party
  • On-site physical, occupational and speech therapy

The Orchards at Bartley Assisted Living

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100 North County Line Road

Jackson, NJ 08527

(732) 506-2795

The Orchards at Bartley Assisted Living is a private family-owned facility that provides the comforts of home. Features include carpeted private and companion suites and the amenities of a vibrant neighborhood with its park-like grounds, elegant dining room, fitness room, movie theater, library and community room for social gatherings. Assisted living services delivered by a 24-hour care team include assistance with daily activities as well as general wellness checks. Residents maintain an active lifestyle through recreational activities, exercise programs and scheduled outdoor trips. We included The Orchards at Bartley Assisted Living for its award-winning senior care services recognized by various government agencies and assisted living associations.

  • Overnight guest accommodations
  • Snacks and beverages available at all times

The Lakewood Courtyard

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52 Madison Ave. #1

Lakewood, NJ 08701

(732) 905-2055

The Lakewood Courtyard is a senior living facility offering assisted living services. Studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and shared apartments are all available at this community. Residents enjoy three restaurant-style meals each day in the spacious dining room. To best serve the area's Orthodox Jewish population, all meals are glatt kosher. Additionally, a web-based menu program makes it easy to accommodate special dietary needs thanks to online approval from the facility's consultant dietitian. When it comes to medical care, nursing staff is available 24 hours a day. Residents also have access to a doctor's office, rehabilitation center and fitness area on-site.

  • Professionally landscaped courtyard, library, and fully-functioning shul
  • Salon and barbershop on-site