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Best Assisted Living Facilities in New Haven, CT

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored New Haven Assisted Living Facilities on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.



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153 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06517 Rating

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4.5 (10)

Why choose this provider?

Meadow Mills offers assisted living services for individuals around New Haven. Its four neighborhoods house 15 residents, and its outdoor areas are planned so that each walking trail leads back to the community so that no resident would get lost. Its staff serves meals three times a day with a variety of nutritious food selections. Life enrichment activities are also planned by the director, and caregivers are around 24/7. In 2017, the facility was recognized as a Pinnacle Customer Experience Award winner for outstanding food and dining services.

  • Meal Service

88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT 06471 Rating

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4.7 (104)
4.8 (21)

Why choose this provider?

Evergreen Woods is a luxury, 88-acre senior living community that accommodates individuals from New Haven and nearby areas. Its team develops individualized assisted living care plans, catering to seniors who need full or partial support with daily living tasks. Programs may include medication management and wellness classes. Residents may also participate in activities such as art classes, games, and movie screenings. With a commitment to sustainability, Evergreen Woods employs recycling programs and fulfills operations electronically.

  • Pool
  • Memory Care

344 Stevens Street, Bristol, CT 06010 Rating

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5.0 (61)

Why choose this provider?

Shady Oaks is a veteran and family-owned assisted living facility for New Haven and Bristol residents. It specializes in high-level nursing and aide care. The community has a team of 40 long-term residents in a small and cozy home. Bristol Press readers voted it Best Skilled Nursing Facility in 2020 and 2021, and the Best Assisted Living facility in 2022. The Connecticut Assisted Living Association also awarded Shady Oaks the Humanitarian Home of the Year in 2021.

  • Day Trips
  • Continuing Care Retirement Community

588 Ocean Ave, West Haven, CT 06516 Rating

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4.4 (21)
4.0 (12)
2.5 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Since 1985, Seacrest Retirement Center has been providing luxurious accommodations and personalized services for seniors in New Haven and neighboring areas. Its assisted living facilities have on-site personnel who can provide personal care services like medication administration, incontinence care, escort or transfer assistance, and housekeeping. Seacrest Retirement Center also offers memory care living options and client-centered social activities for all residents. Its location features an English flower garden, vineyard lounge, and residences with an ocean view.

  • Independent Living
  • Memory Care

18 Tower Lane, New Haven, CT 06519 Rating

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4.6 (22)
4.3 (8)
3.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

The Towers at Tower Lane is a retirement and assisted living space serving senior citizens in New Haven. The facility provides living solutions that include meal delivery, laundry services, on-site primary care, and emergency assistance. Its team of professionals helps residents engage in yoga, horticulture, and art activities, organizing outings like community events and musical performances. The facility was designed by Charles Moore and established in 1971. It is equipped with a full-service kosher kitchen, gardens, and courtyards.

  • Hospice Services

37 Clark Avenue, East Haven, CT 06512 Rating

Why choose this provider?

Caroline's Residential Care provides 16 single and double-occupancy rooms for seniors in the New Haven metro. It offers custom services for various levels of needs including independent living support, 24-hour supervision, and health services. Its professionals assist residents in joining beach or shopping trips, attending church services, and managing laundry and housekeeping. The residential facility is situated near the business district and also provides adult day care services. It has been in operation since 1999.

200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06517 Rating

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4.8 (20)
4.2 (6)

Why choose this provider?

Whitney Center is a not-for-profit senior living community serving New Haven and the surrounding areas. It offers assisted living services to residents who want to enjoy their independence while requiring assistance with daily activities and tasks. Its staff helps them with bathing, dressing, personal grooming, mobility and transferring, and medication management. It organizes recreational, social, and cultural activities that its residents can participate in. Whitney Center also provides an independent living option and accepts seniors who require memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation solutions.

  • nursing home
  • Memory Care

Compare our Top Assisted Living Facilities

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Meadow Mills
153 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06517
Evergreen Woods
88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT 06471
Shady Oaks
344 Stevens Street, Bristol, CT 06010
Seacrest Retirement Center
588 Ocean Ave, West Haven, CT 06516
The Towers at Tower Lane
18 Tower Lane, New Haven, CT 06519
Caroline's Residential Care
37 Clark Avenue, East Haven, CT 06512
Whitney Center
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06517


  • How is assisted living different from a nursing home?

    Nursing homes are for people who require round-the-clock care, while assisted living facilities are for those who need some help, but are also capable of managing some of their daily activities on their own. Nursing homes are more expensive, and may look more like a clinic or hospital rather than a home.

  • What are Activities of Daily Living or "ADLs"?

    You’ll hear about ADLs, or Activities of Daily Living, when you’re researching assisted living facilities. These are the basic tasks that we undertake each day, such as dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, and walking. Not being able to do several of the ADLs is a sign that you or your loved one should consider moving to an assisted living facility.

  • Do I pay for assisted living on a monthly basis?

    Usually, yes. You should receive a statement each month that indicates the base fee (the rent you're paying for your space) along with a services fee, which covers the time spent by staff members helping the resident with their ADLs.

  • Are there low-cost options for assisted living facilities?

    HUD (U.S. Housing and Urban Development) has a program called Section 202 that provides supportive housing for very low-income elders, and your local agency for the elderly will have information on state and regional programs.

  • Am I allowed to keep my car at an assisted living facility?

    Probably, but you will need to talk to the facility to find out what its rules are for residential driving. There may be an additional parking fee required. If you do not drive, your facility should be able to offer rides to shopping and health care appointments.

  • Do assisted living facilities allow pets?

    They may — you will need to ask if your pet is allowed. Cats are often fine, but there may be restrictions on large dog breeds or on the number of pets that are allowed.

  • What happens if the resident’s health declines after they are in an assisted living facility?

    Many assisted living facilities include several levels of care, so if declining health means that more care is required, they can stay where they are, although the cost will increase. You can also consider hiring a private duty nurse or moving the resident to a more comprehensive care nursing home.