36 Assisted Living Communities in Connecticut
The Village At Mariner's Point
Covenant Village Of Cromwell
Arbors Of Hop Brook
The Village At South Farms
Benchmark Senior Living At Ridgefield Crossings
Middlebrook Farms At Trumbull
River Ridge At Avon
The Village At Brookfield Common
Brighton Gardens Of Stamford
Options for Assisted Living in Connecticut
Just 3.5 million people live in Connecticut, though it seems to have an influence on national culture that goes well beyond its size. Starting out as one of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut was also one of the first states to be completely covered with good roads and accessible from any of its borders. This, combined with its close proximity to New York City, has made Connecticut something of a suburb to the largest and densest urban area in North America. Much of the state's senior population grew up and/or worked in the city before retiring to the quieter countryside Connecticut still offers.
Connecticut's state bird is the American robin and its flower is the mountain laurel, both of which brighten up springtime in the large woods and open meadows that so far have resisted urban sprawl. Fall is an exceptionally good time for seniors to welcome family and friends from out of state; Connecticut's autumn foliage is famous all over the world for its vibrant change of colors, which draws thousands of tourists each year.
What is Assisted Living?
Seniors who retire to Connecticut assisted living communities can expect help with activities of daily living (ADLs), as well as an emergency response from trained staff members and professionally prepared meals, which are often served in a common dining room, but which may sometimes be taken in the residents' room. Assisted living goes by many names in Connecticut, most often:
- Assisted living
- Adult foster care
- Independent living
- Nursing homes
- Residential care homes
- Retirement communities
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Connecticut?
Assisted living in Connecticut costs most seniors an average of $4,600 a month. This is significantly higher than the national median cost of $3,750, but it's only a little higher than the cost of the next-lowest care option, home health aides, who cost an average of $4,385 a month, according to the 2017 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is also a relatively affordable rate for the area, which tends to have a high cost of living due to the proximity of Bridgeport and New Haven (two of the most populous areas) to New York City. That may explain Connecticut's popularity with seniors, whose population in the state increased by 11.5 percent between 2010 and 2015.
How is Assisted Living Regulated in Connecticut?
The state regulates assisted living communities through the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Facility Licensing and Investigations Section. Seniors, their friends and family members are welcome to get in touch with them to report concerns about health and safety, as well as the quality of care, in the state's assisted living facilities. The section licenses care homes and conducts inspections throughout the state, as well as publishing guidelines for staff at assisted living communities to help seniors live as independently as their health allows.
How is Assisted Living in Connecticut Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Connecticut is among the least tax-friendly places in America for seniors who earn income. Unlike almost every other state, Connecticut taxes some income from Social Security, though exemptions do exist for some seniors. Many types of retirement income are also subject to the state's income tax. Aging citizens planning for their estates should know that Connecticut also taxes inheritance, with just a $2 million exemption, which is significantly less than 25 percent of the federal exemption, and it's significantly below the level where taxes apply in most other states with an estate tax. Seniors who keep their homes may qualify for a property tax exemption of up to $1,250, but income and marital restrictions apply.
Politics in Connecticut
Connecticut adopted the first written constitution in America, though the current iteration dates only to 1965, when the state adopted a wholesale reform package and rewrote the earlier 1818 constitution, which was itself an update of the Fundamental Orders of 1638. Under the 1965 reforms, Connecticut is one of only two states with no county governments at all (Rhode Island is the other). Instead, the state's former eight counties were redrawn as districts, sheriffs were replaced with state marshals, and local ordinances, such as noise and zoning restrictions, got passed up to the state government.
The state of Connecticut is a reliably blue state in every presidential election. It's extremely rare for Republicans to win a state office in Connecticut, and its three branches of government are overwhelmingly occupied by Democrats. Despite this apparent lock on public office, voters in Connecticut have the option of declaring membership in a party or just voting as independents, which is common among the large senior voting demographic. Connecticut has the standard two U.S. senators and five representatives, giving it seven votes in the Electoral College, which it has not awarded to a Republican since 1988.
- The New Haven District Telephone Company published the world's first telephone book in 1878. This single sheet of paper listed out the 50 New Haven household with telephones. Today, low-income seniors in Connecticut may qualify for help getting phone service for themselves.
- In the city of Hartford, aging citizens who cross the street while standing on their hands face a misdemeanor fine, which is hands down one of the most humorous statutes in the state.
- The Scoville Memorial Library is the oldest public library in the United States, and it was the first to be funded with local taxes, rather than charging fees for damage to books, which had been common before. The library is still open, and events for seniors are still organized there on an irregular basis.