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Best Assisted Living New York | Who makes the list?
For those who have lived in New York and who decide to stay in the city through their later years, there are a variety of options for Assisted Living, from extravagant to homey. New York boasts some of the best hospitals in the US, and three of the top ten hospitals in the country for geriatrics (Mount Sinai Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, and NYU Langone Medical Center) are located in New York.
What you might like about New York City:
Considering that we’re talking about New York City, there may not be a need to go into detail about its appeal. Still, just as a reminder, here are a few more things people like about the Big Apple:
- Entertainment options abound, regardless of your taste.
- Baseball fans: the NY Yankees and the Mets. Enough said.
- What you may not know is that the state of New York has a property-tax break known as the Senior Citizens’ Exemption. This benefit program may, depending on your situation, reduce your property taxes by 50% if you’re 65 or older and earn $29,000 or less.
- Social Security is not taxed. Overall, the state of New York treats retirees gently when it comes to taxes, though there is an estate tax.
- Those who enjoy outdoor life can choose from the beaches (why not try Fire Island, for example?), any number of lakes, a trip to the mountains, or go golfing on one of the dozen or so 18-hole public courses. They may not be Pebble Beach, but they are definitely playable.
- Sightseeing opportunities – whether for residents or their guests – are, of course, myriad. Architecture, museums, the Statue of Liberty – well, go wild.
- There’s no problem getting around thanks to the far-reaching subway system, aerial tram, extensive bus network, and easily flagged taxis. Additionally, both the John F. Kennedy and Newark Airports are accessible via their own rail-transit systems.
- For a major city, the crime rate is surprisingly low, and has been decreasing since the ‘90s. In 2015 the Economist rated NYC as the “10th overall-safest-city” out of 50 comparably-sized towns, and 28th wtih regards to personal safety.
Why you might not want to live in New York City:
- Well, if you don’t care for big city life ….
- Summers are hot, and winters cold, with possible snow.
- It’s an expensive place to live. According to Kiplinger[dot]com, the 2018 figures indicate the cost of living in Manhattan is 138% higher than the national average. Brooklyn, NY? Lower, but still 82% above the national average.
The Senior List would like to mention a couple of things. Firstly, in many cases, the following comments are drawn from several years’ worth of reviews, and a facility can change hands at any time, affecting – during and after the takeover – the overall quality of services and atmosphere of that facility. When reading these comments, you may find blatant contradictions. For example, one reviewer may praise the quality of the food or the size of the rooms, while another describes the same negatively, possibly in very harsh terms. As you can imagine, this discrepancy could occur for any number of reasons. So, while reading the comments below, look for what appeals to you, and, should you contact or visit a given facility, don’t hesitate to ask about any issues of concern.
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Atria Riverdale – New York 10463
Atria Riverdale offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.
Caring – 37 Reviews, Average Rating 3.7
SeniorAdvisor – 56 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews
What they liked: Apartments were lovely, [facility] is bright, can have a very small studio or a very large one-bedroom apartment, beautiful facility, like a hotel, cost reasonable, a good vibe, good place for the very religious, very clean, well taken care of, no odor, spacious and very bright, [in memory care] good ratio of staff to inpatients, nice outdoor area, [facility] had a certain kind of warmth & seemed homier, dining area and people extremely nice, a bit of green and umbrellas for shade, Everything well-maintained, have their own [parking] lot and they validate, facility provides car service, rooms were beautiful, people seemed to be very happy, staff very nice and very friendly, staff very quick, [staff] very cooperative and easy to deal with, very warm and engaging, very caring, staff is excellent, resident doctor is really good and responsive, respite nurse on duty at all times, wellness care for people who need to take their medications and such, care is excellent, easy access to public transportation, a lot of space, easy access for the family members, Kosher food, [good facility for those] who think keeping a Jewish lifestyle is important, computer room with a couple of computers, dining hall set up restaurant style, three meals a day, choice of entrees, salads and fresh fruit every day, food is OK, snack bar that’s open 24 hours, beauty salon, cultural activities going on all day every day, painting, jewelry-making, big screen TV, piano, [onsite] concerts, crafts, art class, exercise, movies every night, different kinds of games, mind exercises, poetry readings, Trivial Pursuit games, dominoes, chair aerobics, stretching exercises, book talks, singing, religious services
What they didn’t like: homey atmosphere but everything seemed pretty regimented, rooms very small, administration cannot get their act together, nursing home atmosphere, too high-priced, slightly understaffed, rooms/apartments…cramped, no closet space, staff mediocre, more like a nursing home than assisted living facility, could improve sanitation and staff preparedness, nurse said that they didn’t do blood pressure [onsite], didn’t have enough medical staff, mis-medicated, maintenance slow to respond at times, high turnover of senior management, no forum for family members to compare notes and discuss issues, dining room understaffed, bad food, library very small, sometimes meds off-schedule, on-boarding process a bit lackluster, don’t always provide agreed upon care, won’t accept Medicaid
Atria West 86 – New York 10024
Atria West 86 offers Independent and Supportive Living Options in New York.
Caring – 24 Reviews, Average Rating 3.8
SeniorAdvisor – 43 reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – 17 reviews, Average Rating 4.19
What they liked: very clean, extremely clean, attractive, elegant, good vibe, Everyone seemed very active, like a cruise ship, West side of Manhattan, felt new and fresh, very luxurious place, not too large, very well maintained, beautifully appointed, upbeat feeling, rooms and apartments are good, apartments very nice, accommodating staff, staff are friendly and respectful, well-staffed, staff are very personable, [staff] very engaging with my father, professional, [staff] very accessible by phone, staff very informative and great, visiting doctors, located in a nice area, right in the middle of the city, close to Riverside Park, long term care insurance accepted, first class facility, physical therapy, sophisticated program, well appointed, respiratory therapist on staff, well trained caregivers, good food, great menus and food choices, dining area was attractive, fancy, complete meal service, three restaurants, food was excellent, 24-hour snack bar, 3 meals a day and snacks, transportation to appointments, contemporary style, add-ons you pay for but can change anytime, well-organized and well-run, all kinds of trips, cars available for residents, museums, movies, lectures, classes, musical guest, arts and crafts, theater, exercise room, a first-floor coffee shop, apartments were clean, lovely view of the skyline on the terrace, roof deck with view, hair salon, rooms are really nice, daily room cleaning & fresh linens
What they didn’t like: rooms are small, high cost, very expensive, not enough outdoor activities, small elevators, needs more elevators for residents, have to walk to tables at meals, mediocre care, were not happy with communication once move-in took place, care charges not fully explained in brochure, not set up for frail population, dark and depressing, crowded public areas, smell of urine filled the hallway, understaffed, dirty, studios not spacious enough, menu needs more healthy choices, need more staff for cleaning, med service less than reliable, wish it was more diverse economically and racially
Brookdale Battery Park [Formerly known as Hallmark Battery Park] – New York 10282
Brookdale Battery Park offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and Health Care Services.
Caring – 42 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor – 10 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews
What they liked: very attractive, elegant, good ambiance, very clean, spotless, like a 5 star hotel, hotel atmosphere, security, maintenance was lovely, accessible to Manhattan, great location, surrounding neighborhood vibrant, well run and well done, more open and better common areas [than other facilities], professional staff, very friendly and professional, kind and very helpful, attentive staff, staff was lovely, physical therapy, wellness clinic, large elevator, dining area was lovely, nice dining area, upscale restaurant, a small coffee shop, can use wheelchairs in the dining room, lots of fresh fruit, very good food, food terrific, chef accommodates special food preferences, appealing menu, nice rooms, modern and cozy, culturally diverse activities, large rooms, room ranges from a studio to two bedrooms, large room with kitchen and private bath, rooms really nice, [can] share the kitchenette and the living room sitting area outside [and] have separate bedrooms, [rooms] very well laid out, a lot of cultural [activities], beautiful porch, social events are a regular occurrence, outdoor cookouts, Brookdale shuttle buses, pool, impeccable view, quiet neighborhood, fitness center, arts and crafts studio, movies, whirlpool, rec center with own kiln, Tai chi, play games, exercise, visiting pianist, food stores you can walk to, baby grand piano in [communal] living room
What they didn’t like: Expensive, apartments seemed small, Aides need training in caring for clients on supportive living floor, [Aides] Poorly supervised, they should do a better job of training their workers who provide care, apartments not modern enough, food could be more specialized to fit specific diets
Carnegie East House – New York 10128
Carnegie East House offers Independent and Assisted Living in New York.
Caring – 14 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor – 8 reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – 20 reviews, Average Rating 4.3
What they liked: sspacious rooms, apartments cheerful, clean, very clean, creative-type residents, staff caring, staff are nice, social worker and nurses on staff, physical therapist in the building, caring employees, privately owned, 2nd Avenue subway, food good, 3 meals a day, can cook in room, facilities are well kept and safe, the rooms are beautiful, sheets are always changed and cleaned daily, modern bedrooms, home-like environment, rooms spacious, apartments large and sun-filled, engaging activities, onsite pharmacy, service is great, staff is very kind, RN on duty 7 days per week, computers with internet connection, library, movies, happy hours, book clubs, yoga, bridge, a barber shop/salon, computers with internet access, fully stocked library, art galleries and parks, gym, activities are well organized, activity rooms
What they didn’t like: Ongoing subway construction, didn’t like staff, food
The Esplanade at Palisades [Formerly 305 West End Residences] – New York 10024
The Esplanade at Palisades (formerly 305 West End Residences) provides Independent Living, On-site Senior Wellness, and Home Health Services.
Caring – 6 Reviews, Average Rating 4.7
SeniorAdvisor – 14 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – 14 Reviews, Average Rating 3.98
What they liked: small facility, got good vibes right away, immaculate, not hospital-like, housekeeping there is good, halls are always clean, tastefully decorated, beautiful grounds, loving safe place, staff is incredible and very caring, staff encourage the families to be very involved, staff is friendly and cooperative, staff is warm, aides are very good, Everyone there has their head on straight, [employees] pleasant and cheerful, nurse available all the time, large apartment, large room with a kitchenette and bathroom, [resident] in control of heating and air-conditioning in apartment, affordable, escort services to doctor appointments, outdoor garden, very clean, big dining room, food is good, food is wholesome, meal [can be] delivered to resident’s room, dining room is spotless, Kosher, tons of entertainment opportunities, cerebral/lecture activities, group outings to Broadway shows & museums, salon services/barber shop services, a wellness center, library, transportation services, a quaint parlor, multi-media entertainment room, religious services, country café
What they didn’t like: small kitchen area, repetitive food choices, horrible food, kosher style but not kosher, food is more like an institutional food, did not take Medicaid, rooms nice but not spacious, items went missing [while resident away for hospital stay], administration unresponsive, can improve activities and resident involvement, [staff with residents] not as personable as [could be]
Flushing House – New York 11354
Flushing House provides Independent Living with supportive services.
Caring – 17 Reviews, Average Rating 4.6
SeniorAdvisor – 12 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – 9 Reviews, Average Rating 4.98
What they liked: [Facility] very clean, safe and secured, very well run organization, atmosphere is very friendly, people and staff are very friendly, it is a community in itself, is a nonprofit, a great value for the wonderful care, [residents] treated with dignity and respect, [staff work to make] the transition into a new living situation seamless, [close] proximity to public transportation, encouraging staff, [staff] really care about their residents, staff is excellent, very responsive, staff very helpful throughout the admission [process] and move-in, professional, staff is incredible and so patient, plenty of activities to stimulate residents, all kinds of classes, [facility] very well maintained, they’re always updating things, 24-hour security, dining area is like a restaurant, three meals a day, food was delicious, the food is fabulous, food is excellent, plenty of healthy meal options, aide services, one-bedroom very large and had walk-in shower and a kitchenette, good view, studio apartment [that] was very spacious, home health agency, physical therapy, occupational therapy, [onsite] movie theater, exercise room, library, beauty parlor, bank, computer room, bingo, cards, barbecues, a chapel, a van to take the residents on trips, arts and crafts, very nice music studio, gorgeous rooftop that has a beautiful view, view of Manhattan, the pool, large game room with huge televisions
What they didn’t like: Don’t serve breakfast, Alternatives low in fat & salt and sugar are offered on occasion
Sunrise at Sheepshead Bay – New York 11235
Sunrise at Sheepshead Bay offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Personal Care Services, and Skilled Nursing.
Caring – 22 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor – 36, Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 3 Reviews, Average Rating 4.66
GoldenReviews – No Reviews
What they liked: absolutely beautiful, nicely decorated, good location, near shopping & restaurants & promenade along Emmons Ave. w/views of the Bay, walk to local stores and restaurants, gorgeous area with all grass, well-kept, looks like…a high-tech apartment building, whole layout was beautiful, very clean, bright and welcoming, how open it was, always full of flowers and light, residents moving about freely, [residents] interacted with each other and staff casually, residents very interactive, It seemed cozier – like a home, smaller setting – easy to navigate, an abundance of natural light, thought the security was very good, staff members knew everything about [residents], staff is very helpful and answered all my questions, staff wonderful, attentive, happy and positive, [staff] knowledgeable, provided pretty close to 24 hour care, staff is awesome, all the staff know mine and my loved one’s names, director and staff make you feel like you’re at home, everybody was so pleasant, very impressed with Alzheimer’s floor – let [residents] roam [w/i facility] and set up things for them to touch and feel, have a van [for excursions], selections for meals, gardens, The view – right on the water, staff member so patient with [family and] very caring with [residents], nursing services all day long, rooms were great and fully furnished, beautiful, rooms are very nice, dining room was good – nicely decorated, [dining room] clean and formal looking, menu, nutritious food, assistance in dining room good once a request for assistance made, ate off real plates, food seems good with enough variety, [chef] makes interesting things, menu is outstanding, activities director works one-on-one with residents, games, theater, exercise programs, different activity centers, bingo, card games, exercise rooms, trivia questions, TV room, cultural and shopping trips, church services, variety of arts and crafts, physical therapy but under the guise of games, a little media room where they could interact like in a movie theater, kitchen where [staff] cooks with [residents], can make holiday cookies for Hanukkah or Christmas or prepare a meal together as part of therapy to keep them active and engaged
What they didn’t like: Very expensive, a little on the expensive side, shared [rooms] were kind of small, should have at least a curtain separating the two beds [for] a little bit more privacy, vegetables were almost raw, much too big for [some] to navigate, did not offer kosher food, [need to] make it easier for residents (and their loved ones) to enter the building at night, rooms a bit small, can never get an answer to your questions
Sunrise of Staten Island – New York 10304
Sunrise of Staten Island provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Personal Care Services, and Skilled Nursing.
Caring – 15 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor – 14 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.25
GoldenReviews – 5 Reviews, Average Ratings 4.27
What they liked: [Facility] wonderful and lovely, very nice and clean, beautiful and elegant, clean and well appointed, like a resort, grounds are also quite nice and peaceful, nicely kept, cozy, comfortable, decorated nicely, more homey looking, like a hotel, full range of services including regular twice daily hydration, residents active and involved, a wide range of activities to support the development of their clients, staff was very helpful and friendly, food seems good, food…very good quality, good quality chicken and a lot of choices for side dishes, dining facility on the first floor very pleasant, service is great, rooms are very nice, Each room provided with a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave, looked to be well run and well designed, staff was very helpful, incredibly kind, staff engaging with residents, staff and management very accommodating and helpful, [staff] very pleasant and very customer-oriented, very professional, have medical staff, staff very easy to talk to, people here absolutely wonderful and always available, snack bar with coffee all day long, seemed like they gave a lot of attention to the people there, rooms had a stove and little refrigerator, Bingo, arts and crafts, movie screenings, Bible studies, exercises, games, a lot of music, a lot of sing-along
What they didn’t like: Expensive, too crowded, not easily accessible to pedestrian traffic, rooms very small, [escort to bathroom] needs to respond quicker, could’ve [stated] the price in the beginning, it’s all about the money and they can’t wait to tack additional charges onto the bill, don’t apprise you regularly on your loved one’s status, cost on high side, medication administration expensive, not enough common areas, poor communication, wait staff abrupt, not enough bathrooms on main level and they’re dirty, seemed short-staffed, staff inattentive