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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $5,916 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 21 assisted living facilities in Brooklyn and 30 in surrounding areas.
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My mother-in-law is in Brooklyn Adult Care Center. It's very clean, and they're upgrading. The staff is wonderful and very attentive. There's bingo, singing, reading, arts and crafts, movies with popcorn, and trips. They do a lot of things. My mother-in-law is still kind of quiet but she socializes more now. There is a...Read more Brooklyn Adult Care Center reviews
Oceanview Manor is absolutely horrible, and I would not put anybody in there. They fed their people on paper plates, and the food did not look very high quality to me. The activity room is a little tiny room, and I was not impressed. The person who helped me was absolutely great and did a great job in explaining everyt...Read more Oceanview Manor reviews
I toured Oceanview Manor, and the rooms I saw looked fine. We went to one of the rooms that was occupied by somebody. We looked at the cafeteria where people eat and I went by a nurse's station. The inside of the building was fairly clean and the rooms were of typical sizes. They answered all the questions I had and to...Read more Oceanview Manor reviews
Signature Senior Living was very good. My only concern about it was it's more Jewish and my mom's a Christian, so I didn't think it would be a good fit. The place itself was clean, and the dining room looked great. The activity room was packed full of people doing activities. It seemed like a great and nice place. The ...Read more Signature Senior Living reviews
Signature Senior Living was a nice setting and it's a nice place, but the problem is it's self-paid and they don't take Medicaid or Medicare, and it was a bit too much for me. The staff seems to be very nice and informative. The reception was good and the place was well-kept. They have a recreation room.Read more Signature Senior Living reviews
According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study, the monthly average cost for assisted living in Brooklyn is almost $2,000 over the national average of $4,000, and it’s significantly higher than the state average of $4,185.
Brooklyn is much costlier than northern New York cities, such as Utica ($2,625) and Glens Falls ($2,600). In fact, the Brooklyn area is the most expensive region for assisted living in the entire state. Nearby areas, including Kingston ($4,100), Albany ($5,050) and Binghamton ($5,270), are also at the higher end of the price range.
Cost of Assisted Living Comparison Chart
The type of care needed is undoubtedly the biggest factor contributing to the cost of senior care. In Brooklyn, the cost of a semiprivate room in a nursing care facility is $12,091, which is over twice the amount of assisted living ($5,916). If homemaker ($4,576) or home health aide ($4,767) services are to be considered, don’t forget to factor in the expense of a residential home’s upkeep, utility and grocery costs.
Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart
New Yorkers who have limited financial income may receive low-cost or free medical assistance through the NYS Medicaid State Plan. It can help to pay for care in a nursing home or through home health agencies, and it also provides seniors with the medical equipment, transportation and supplies necessary to ensure quality of life.
To qualify, you must be age 65 or older, a resident of the state of New York, a U.S. national citizen or have satisfactory immigration status. To meet financial requirements, single seniors’ income must be $842 per month or less, and couples must have an income of less than $1,233 per month.
Even if your income is a bit over the limit, you may still be eligible for Medicaid with the Medicaid Excess Income program, also known as the spend-down or surplus-income program. The amount of excess income is similar to a deductible; once your medical bills meet the requirements for a particular month, Medicaid pays your additional medical bills for the rest of the month.
The Medicaid agency usually has 45 days to process your application, and if the application requires a disability determination, the agency can take 90 days. Once eligibility has been decided, you will receive notification in the mail with further instructions.
NY Assisted Living Program (ALP) is a waiver that pays for the services of licensed assisted living residences for individuals who require a high level of care, but not so intensive that nursing home care is necessary. Services paid by ALP include personal care, room and board, housekeeping, recreational activities and personal emergency response services. This program is open to Medicaid-eligible and ineligible individuals.
To apply for Medicaid, call (855) 355-5777, apply online or visit the local office in your area.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is open to both Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and is intended for families that wish to have seniors live at home instead of in a skilled nursing home. However, if an individual can no longer be safely supported at home or in an adult day care, the program will help pay for care in a nursing facility.
Assisted living residents can also take advantage of the PACE program. While it doesn’t cover the cost of room and board, the program does provide medical services and equipment that would otherwise be an added expense. To qualify, participants must be at least 55 years old, require skilled nursing and be enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. If you don’t have Medicare or Medicaid, you can pay for PACE privately. Benefits are determined on a case-by-case basis and are specified only for medical and care services.
For more information on the Brooklyn PACE program, call (833) 252-2737, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. TTY users should call 711.
New York State Supplement Program (SSP)
SSP is part of the monthly benefit paid to most Supplemental Security Income (SSI) individuals. It provides financial assistance to individuals who are age 65 and older, blind or disabled, a New York resident, limited by income and resources and a U.S. citizen or otherwise meet citizenship requirements. Seniors are automatically eligible for Medicaid if they’re eligible for SSP.
You must submit an application for federal SSI benefits, which will serve as your SSP application. Unfortunately, there is no online SSI application, but you can schedule an appointment with your local Social Security office by calling (800) 772-1213.
Elderlife Bridge Loan
Seniors who don’t qualify for Medicaid or receive enough Social Security Income (SSI) can open a line of credit to help pay for assisted living. Bridge loans are a temporary solution while permanent funding is sought out. Loans are based on credit worthiness, but several cosigners are allowed, and payments can be split amongst family members. Lenders typically require a plan for permanent funding be in place before approving a loan.
Brooklyn provides its senior population and their families with valuable information for daily living and planning ahead, and these agencies promote health and independence for a better quality of life. These resources include advocacy, benefits, caregiver assistance, housing and counseling services.
New York City Department for the Aging
2 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10007
247 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018
The Department for the Aging (DFTA) funds numerous senior centers throughout each borough, and they’re free to individuals age 60 and older. Activities available vary per center and include art, music, dance classes, chronic disease self-management classes and recreational trips.
Albany Neighborhood Senior Center
196 Albany Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Grant Square Neighborhood Senior Center
19 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center
319 Stanhope St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Brooklyn veterans may be eligible for medical or financial assistance and other programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Seniors can visit their nearest VA office for more information.
Brooklyn Vet Center
25 Chapel Street, Suite 604, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
800 Poly Place, Brooklyn, NY 11209
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