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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 7, 2022

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Rochester, which is located in the western region of New York on the shores of Lake Ontario, is home to over 211,000 residents and a senior community that makes up just under 12% of the population. It’s among the more affordable places in New York to obtain assisted living services, with average monthly fees coming in well below state and national medians at $3,775 per month. The city’s overall cost of living is also considerably lower than other communities in New York and the nation as a whole, and retiree-friendly state income tax laws may help seniors’ income cover medical and long-term care expenses. 

This guide provides more information on assisted living rates in Rochester and how they compare to other cities in New York, as well as to other local care options. It also lists nonprofit resources older adults can use to find affordable care and highlights top assisted living facilities in the Rochester area.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Rochester, NY

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, seniors in Rochester pay $3,775 per month for assisted living.

While fees may vary depending on a facility’s location and amenities, in general, rates are considerably lower than the state rate of $4,580 and the national average of $4,500. In Utica, monthly assisted living rates are consistent with the national average at $4,500, and in Albany, seniors pay $5,269. Ithaca and Watertown are more expensive places to obtain care, with respective assisted living costs coming in at $8,075 and $8,415. 

  • Rochester: $3,775 
  • New York: $4,580 
  • United States: $4,500 
  • Albany: $5,269 
  • Watertown: $8,415 
  • Ithaca: $8,075 
  • Utica: $4,500 

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care in Rochester, NY 

Seniors in Rochester pay the lowest long-term care rates for adult day health care, which costs $1,907 per month locally. Assisted living is costlier at $3,775 but includes living expenses, such as housing, meals and maintenance. Older adults who live in their own homes pay $5,720 for in-home care and home health care. Nursing homes offer a higher degree of specialized care than assisted living and have more expensive care costs of $12,471 for semiprivate rooms and $13,882 for private rooms.

  • In-Home Care: $5,720 
  • Home Health Care: $5,720 
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,907 
  • Assisted Living Facility: $3,775 
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $12,471 
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $13,882 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Rochester, NY

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Rochester, NY

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

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

Free Resources for Seniors in Rochester, NY

Seniors in Rochester access free information and referrals, options counseling and benefits assistance through several local nonprofit agencies and programs. The following table lists these resources and provides up-to-date contact information.




Monroe County Office for the Aging  (585) 753-6280  The Monroe County Office for the Aging is the Area Agency on Aging the state designates to serve Rochester residents aged 60 and over. This agency administers free and low-cost services and programs to help older adults maintain their independence throughout their retirement years, including nonemergency medical transportation, congregate meals, options counseling and information and referrals for community-based services. 
Monroe County Veterans Service Agency  (585) 753-6040  The Monroe County Veterans Service Agency helps older veterans in Rochester access benefits to help cover long-term care expenses, including disability compensation, pension and Aid and Attendance. It also provides information on Rochester’s VA Outpatient Clinic and the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. 

(585) 244-8400 

Lifespan is a local nonprofit organization that provides a variety of free or low-cost services for those aged 60 and over. Through this agency, older adults can access HIICAP, New York’s Senior Health Insurance Program that provides free Medicare options counseling. The agency has financial counselors whom seniors can designate to oversee their finances and transportation services to supplement what older adults receive through assisted living. Lifespan also provides volunteer opportunities to seniors, letting them serve their communities in ways that fit their interests, schedules and abilities. 
Legal Aid Society of Rochester 

(585) 232-4090 

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester provides one-on-one assistance with navigating public benefits applications processes and can help seniors enroll in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and waivers that cover assisted living services. The office can also help older adults address issues such as denied health insurance claims and benefits overpayment.
Rochester Oasis 

(585) 730-8800   

Rochester Oasis is a local nonprofit organization that provides lifelong learning opportunities for older adults in the Rochester region. Topics seniors can learn about through this organization include Medicare, which can help them identify their best options for paying for medical and long-term care expenses, as well as hobbies, culture, history, technology and fitness. Membership is free, and some classes are free, while others have enrollment fees. Classes may be offered in an in-person or online format.

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Rochester, NY

Assisted Living Communities in Rochester are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Rochester, NY

The Village at Unity

The Village at Unity is a large community located 5 miles from downtown Rochester in Greece, next to Unity Hospital and adjacent to a wooded area and a pond. It provides independent and assisted living, as well as memory care in a separate wing. Scheduled transportation and care coordination with local health services is provided. Assisted living residents choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes — including a microwave and refrigerator — and all units are equipped with emergency alert systems. Small cats and dogs are also welcome in assisted and independent living suites.

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  • PrimeFit and BrainHQ fitness and wellness programs
  • Upscale spa with therapy tub

Atria Greece

Atria Greece sits between residential neighborhoods and a large shopping mall in Rochester's neighboring suburb of Greece. The community provides independent and assisted living in studio and suite options with a selection of floor plans. Concierge service is available, and transportation for appointments or other errands can be arranged by staff. Residents can also join the group outings to casinos, boat tours on local rivers and Lake Ontario and other events. We ranked Atria Greece highly for its natural outdoor areas and attractive, modern interior.

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  • Full calendar of varied activities
  • Two atriums with flower gardens and raised beds for residents

Legacy at Maiden Park

Legacy at Maiden Park offers memory care and two styles of assisted living in a large community located between housing and shopping areas of Rochester, New York. Seniors who require more hours of care may benefit from Legacy's enhanced assisted living program, which is designed as an in-between choice when the added cost of skilled nursing would be unnecessary. Residents with Alzheimer's or other memory disorders live in The Gardens — a separate neighborhood equipped with specialized staff and features — and this area provides safe and secure surroundings.

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  • Weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen services
  • Gourmet Bites and other signature programs also in memory care

The Landing of Brighton

The Landing of Brighton is a large, modern retirement community that provides assisted living and memory care. It's located in a relatively quiet area next to woodlands and large parks, just 3 miles south of downtown Rochester. Residents with Alzheimer's are cared for in a dedicated area with purpose-built, private studio apartments. The assisted living accommodations come with more choice and larger sizes — up to 670 square feet — and all residents have personal alert systems. This community earned its place in the top 10 for its serious dedication to hygiene and cleanliness, and for its bright and open common areas.

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The Village at Mill Landing

The Village at Mill Landing is surrounded by tall trees and green spaces in a residential area outside Rochester, roughly 3 miles from the shore of Lake Ontario. The community provides assisted living care with over a dozen floor plans — from studio apartments to large, two-bedroom and two-bathroom apartments — and the memory care neighborhood has private and semiprivate suites. Common areas are cheerful and filled with natural light during the day, thanks to the high ceilings and many windows, and multiple fireplaces give the residents a chance to gather and chat in the evening.

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Shire Senior Living

Shire Senior Living provides assisted living care and accommodation within a larger senior community northeast of Rochester. It's located just a few miles from Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario, as well as large nature preserves and a golf course. Trained staff are on duty 24/7 and the community offers more on-site therapeutic services than the nearby alternatives. We placed Shire in the top 10 for its dedication to aging in place, and specifically for the enhanced level of assisted living care available, which helps lower the chance that residents will require a nursing home.

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  • Can provide more medical care than usual for assisted living
  • On-site physician and podiatric services

GrandeVille Senior Living Community

GrandeVille is a large senior community that provides a continuum of care from adult day care and short stays to assisted living and memory care, as well as enhanced care packages. It's close to shops and has a bus stop just outside, which is convenient for family and visitors who don't drive. The community is set up to allow residents across all levels of care to take advantage of many of its services, such as medical, wellness and preventive care, as well as activities both at home and away on group outings.

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  • On-site medical clinic, lab service, physical therapy and podiatry care
  • Case managers available to help with financial and personal needs

The Homestead Rochester

The Homestead provides assisted living in its North Hall residence — a separate and secure part of the larger community — and it's one of the few senior long-term care homes located near Rochester's city center. Residents can learn how to get online and stay connected with family, or simply for entertainment, and take advantage of other on-site features such as free ice creams and sundaes. The Homestead has its own chaplain and over 100 volunteers who stop by to help with activities, put on a show or tell a few stories.

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Wolk Manor

Wolk Manor is a midsize assisted living neighborhood set within the beautiful, sprawling senior community of The Summit at Brighton. This separate community is self-contained and secure, and still benefits from the larger community via access to certain amenities and care staff, including 24/7 nurses, aides and on-site care from physicians. Regular activities include group exercise classes to get people moving and more artistic and intellectual pursuits to keep the mind active. Scheduled transportation is also available, as well as valet service.

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  • Licensed to provide enhanced assisted living
  • Highly trained staff on duty at all times

Sage Harbor at Baywinde

Sage Harbor at Baywinde sits just under a mile from Irondequoit Bay in an attractive, green area of Webster, New York. Assisted living and memory care services are available, each in separate wings that are staffed by appropriate caregivers and other staff, including nurses. Residents in assisted living can choose from eight floor plans with optional kitchenettes and multiple bedrooms in many units. Outside of the apartments, residents can get creative in the art center, visit the greenhouse and pond, or play shuffle board and other games.

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  • Natural surroundings close to shopping and major roads
  • Pet-friendly community with pet-friendly activities