Page Reviewed / Updated - Jan. 2019
In this guide, you’ll find information about the costs associated with senior care in Queens, New York, and surrounding areas. There is contact information for state resources as well as local non-profit organizations that help residents pay for costs. We have also created a guide to paying for senior care in New York with more extensive coverage of social service programs and aging agencies in the state.
The cost of assisted living in Queens is much higher than in other areas of the state, according to the 2018 2018 Genworth Cost of Long Term Care Study, at an average of $5,916 a month for assisted living. Nursing home care is over $300 on average in Queens. However, costs for other types of senior care are similar or lower than the state average, such as is the case with home care.
Queens is almost $2,000 more expensive than the state average for assisted living costs, at $5,916. Much more affordable areas include Glen Falls and Utica who both average around $2,600 a month. Buffalo is also more affordable, at $3,895 a month. The most expensive areas for assisted living costs are Queens, NYC, and the Watertown area.
The cost of home care in Queens is $4,576, which is similar to the monthly average for the state of New York, $4,690. There are a few places that are more expensive like Ithaca and Syracuse who both average at over $5,000 a month. The most affordable areas in New York state include Watertown at only $4,242, as well as Binghampton and Rochester where home care averages $4,385 monthly.
Adult day services in Queens are about $300 less a month on average than the New York state average. Much more affordable areas include Albany to the north, Buffalo to the west and the Watertown area to the far north – these areas all average at only $1,083 monthly. The most expensive areas for adult day health services include Kington at $2,600 and Elmira at $2,015 on average.
A semi-private room in a nursing facility in Queens is, on average, $300 more costly per month than the state average. Central cities in New York such as Ithica are dramatically less expensive, at $9,581 a month, and Utica at $9,582 on average.Many popular cities are as expensive or more expensive than Queens. Albany and Kingston both average at over $12,500 a month. The entire state is at least $2,000 more expensive than average in the nation. We have compiled research on New York state to show you more affordable areas in the region for assisted living and nursing home care.
65 or older and/or disabled
Have income no greater than $842 a month for one person ($10,100 annually) or $1,233 a month for couples ($14,800 annually)
In need of assistance with at least one personal care service for a minimum of 120 days
Eligible for Medicaid and/or Medicare
Call (718) 557-1399 or visit NYC Access to see what programs you qualify for, including Medicaid and the MLTC program.
Assisted Living Program (ALP)
The Assisted Living Program was designed to help eligible seniors pay for the costs associated with assisted living care. In 2018, this program has been phased into the Medicaid Long-Term Care program.
Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program
Eligible New Yorkers over the age of 65 can receive assistance paying for help with activities of daily living (ADLs) while remaining in their homes through the consumer-directed personal assistance program (CDPAP). Seniors are able to choose a caretaker (other than their spouse) who will receive payment for assistance with personal care. To qualify for this program, the participant must be able to direct care or have a legal representative that can direct care.
Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly
The Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly (EISEP) program provides non-Medicaid eligible elders above the age of 60 with in-home care services. Clients are provided with a case manager and pay a sliding-fee-scale share of cost for the services they receive.
If you’re interested in this program, you can call (212) 639-9675 to apply.
NYC Housing Connect Lottery Program
Many residencies for low-income seniors in all five boroughs of New York, including Queens, take in new residents on a lottery basis. The NYC Connect lottery program re-opens periodically as vacancies occur in buildings.
Subsidized apartments typically have income requirements in order to qualify for housing. Click here to see the current data for income requirement tables for New York. Queens has at least 27,000 subsidized apartments for elder citizens.
See the list below for organizations that provide subsidized housing in Queens, usually on a waitlist or lottery basis. Waitlists can be extremely long, it is advised to apply for housing as early as possible.
66 John Street, 3rd Floor, New York, N.Y.
This program freezes the rent of individuals who are age 62 or older and make less than $50,000 a year. To apply, visit the website.
77 Water Street, 7th floor, New York, NY 10005
The Jewish social services group the Met Council provides repairs for eligible low-income elders in houses, co-ops, and apartments.
11 Park Place, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10007
The NY Foundation for Senior Citizens provides RESTORE repair services as eligible senior home-owners, renters, and co-op participants.
191 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201
This group has over 2,100 apartments for low-income elders in Brooklyn and Queens.
77 Water Street
New York, NY 10005
The Met Council has 78 apartments in Queens for low-income elders.
4-12 49th Ave.,
There are 79 apartments, including 46 enriched housing units, for seniors through this program.
247 West 37th St., New York, NY 10018
JASA maintains over 2,400 low-income elder apartments in NYC, including three buildings in Queens.
209 Beach 125 St.,
This residence provides low-income housing in 169 apartments, scheduled activities and an interactive lifestyle for residents.
145 Beach 8 St., Far Rockaway, NY 11691
This building has 129 apartments available for low-income elders.
138-49 Barclay Ave.,
This building has 66 apartments available with subsidized rent for elders.
147-36 94th Ave.,
These family towers have 379 affordable units for elderly residents in Queens.
52-09 99th Street
This house has 151 apartments subsidized for low-income seniors, as well as scheduled activities.
160-60 Claude Ave., Jamaica, NY 11433
This house has 153 apartments for low-income seniors in Jamaica, NY.
208-11 26th Ave.,
This building has 149 subsidized one-bedroom senior apartments, 15 of which are handicap accessible.
49 West 45th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036
This organization provides 477 apartments for low-income elders through several buildings in Astoria.
53-11 99th St.,
This building offers 128 rent-subsidized apartments for seniors over the age of 62, two community rooms and a community garden.