Syracuse is perched on the shores of Onondaga Lake in the Finger Lakes region and is the county seat of Onondaga County. The city was once a crossroads between Erie Canal and its branch canals and is now situated at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 90, making it an easy spot for family to visit.
Syracuse has a low cost of living that can make it appealing to seniors. Healthcare costs in the city are lower than the national average, which can lead to savings for seniors with medical conditions. The city's good air quality can also be beneficial to the health of retirees in the area.
Seniors in the area can find many entertainment options. The city has two golf courses and there are many others in the surrounding area to provide a good game for players. Syracuse also has a thriving arts and culture scene, with art galleries, live music and museums for retirees to explore.
The average cost of assisted living in Syracuse is $4,033 a month, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is slightly higher than the national average of $4,051, but almost $600 lower than the New York state median of $4,630.
For an idea of the best that Syracuse has to offer, check out our list of the city's top 10 assisted living facilities.
4330 Onondaga Boulevard
Syracuse, NY 13219
Brookdale Bellevue is tucked into a wooded area that provides peaceful and calming scenery for residents, while still being just a short drive from shops, hospitals and other amenities. The community aims to encourage independence and residents take an active role in deciding the events and activities on offer in the facility. Seniors can stay active with the walking club or exercise classes and tasty meals are served in the large dining room. Friends and family can visit and a guest suite and private dining room are available to make guests feel welcome.
The Hearth on James
830 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
The Hearth on James is located just minutes from Syracuse University's excellent hospitals and medical facilities. The facility has a range of social events so residents can stay connected with their neighbors, including wine tasting, exercise classes and regular outings. Trained staff are on site 24 hours a day and provide health care monitoring and personal assistance so residents can concentrate on enjoying their retirement.
417 Churchill Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13205
The Bernadine has spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments available for seniors in a picturesque neighborhood. The facility cares for the health of residents with medication monitoring and access to nursing care available 24 hours a day. Daily activities are available, including exercise classes, happy hour and entertainment by local artists. Spiritual services are also available on site. The Bernadine has an outdoor seating area where many residents sit with family and friends and also hosts regular bands, barbecues and other entertainment.
7430 Buckley Road
North Syracuse, NY 13212
Buckley Landing is located in a country setting and offers accommodation in private or companion studios. Meals are provided in the community dining room and residents can also gather and socialize in the large community living rooms and small lounges, as well as the library and games room. There are regular outings to local venues and residents can also enjoy on-site activities including trivia, music and exercise classes.
750 East Brighton Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13205
The Heritage offers assisted living and memory care to older adults in Central New York. The facility provides three meals a day served in intimate dining rooms and staff remind residents of meal times and provide an escort if needed. Activities help keep seniors active and give them opportunities to socialize and stay connected, and spiritual care services are also available on site. The Heritage has an expansive courtyard and solarium, which are popular when friends and family come to visit.
1100 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
Sedgwick Heights offers older adults accommodation in private or companion rooms in the heart of the historic district. Residents' health is cared for with monitoring of medication and glucose available and access to nursing care 24 hours a day. Community spaces are available for socializing, and a gazebo and courtyard encourage residents to enjoy the fresh air. A hair salon and gift shop are conveniently located on the campus and spiritual services are offered weekly.
4055 Long Branch Road
Liverpool, NY 13090
Brookdale Liverpool is located near Long Branch Park and is conveniently close to shops and restaurants. The pet-friendly facility has landscaped grounds and a courtyard for residents to enjoy. Brookdale Liverpool is a small facility, which allows residents and staff to get to know everyone in the community. Activities offered at the facility encourage socializing and include regular outings and live entertainment. Residents enjoy three home-style meals daily offered in a family atmosphere.
The Hearth at Greenpoint
150 Old Liverpool Road
Liverpool, NY 13088
The Hearth at Greenpoint offers comfortable accommodation close to Onondaga Lake Park and Carousel Mall. Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are available, some with balconies and courtyard views. Residents enjoy meals in the elegant restaurant and other on-campus facilities include exercise rooms, beauty salon, barbershop and library. Wellness programs, special-interest clubs and regular outings all encourage residents to stay active and get to know their neighbors.
Brookdale East Side
7164 East Genessee Street
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Brookdale East Side offers residents the charm of country living coupled with the convenience of a nearby city. Landscaped grounds and walking paths allow seniors to enjoy the outdoors during warmer weather and the nearby wooded area brings deer, squirrels and rabbits right up to the windows. Studio apartments are bright and spacious, while deluxe studios include a kitchenette. Daily activities provide opportunities to socialize and stay active, with yoga, gardening, book clubs and cooking just some of the activities on offer.
1301 Nottingham Road
Jamesville, NY 13078
The Nottingham offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing in one location. Assisted living residents can enjoy accommodation in luxurious studio or one-bedroom apartments that include a kitchenette and full bathroom. The facility's amenities include a library, beauty salon, pool and Jacuzzi. The community has a range of activities that include games, yoga and crafts. The Clubhouse also offers space for socializing and an enjoyable cocktail. This pet-friendly facility has gardens to explore during the warmer months and a cozy fireplace to enjoy over winter.