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Connecticut is a small state but it has almost a half a million senior citizens, ranking it ninth for the highest percentage of seniors in the state population. The overall cost of living index for Connecticut is 124 compared to a national average of 100. This makes Connecticut one of the top 10 most expensive places to retire. With a health care cost-of-living index of 131, Connecticut is ranked in the top five for the most expensive health care.
Although most seniors prefer to be in an assisted living facility near their friends and family, the extremely high cost of living in Connecticut can make senior living a financial challenge. Areas like New Haven, New London, Hartford and Stamford are more densely populated areas that have a greater selection of assisted living facilities. These areas also have more options for state-of-the-art health care. Top quality emergency care, cancer treatment and other specialty senior services are an important part of planning for retirement and senior living. By choosing an assisted living facility, independent living community, Alzheimer's care center or other senior housing near a trauma center or cancer treatment center, you can significantly improve the standard of living while minimizing any effects of a future health event like an aneurysm, stroke, or fall.
Connecticut Assisted Living Facility Government Regulation
The Connecticut Department of Public Health inspects assisted living facilities every other year. You can contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health at 860-509-7444 to request copies of inspection reports. There may be a fee associated with reports. To request copies of complaints for a specific assisted living facility, you can contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health at 860-509-7400. You can also file a complaint at this number. We also request that you also write a quick review on this site to help get the information out to the general public. Another important government resource is your local Ombudsman, You can contact Nancy at:
- Nancy Shaffer, State Long Term Care Ombudsman
- Office of the State LTC Ombudsman, CT Department of Social Services
- 25 Sigourney Street 12th Floor Hartford, CT 06106-5033
- Phone: (860)424-5238 Fax: (860)424-4808
This service is available to anyone who needs help with assisted living or long term care.
This directory includes 510 assisted living options for Connecticut. Use the "Advance Search" to find the nearest 40 senior services based on your desired location or select a city and then choose a tab to see different types of senior care including nursing homes, Alzheimer's care centers, CCRCs, independent living, in-home and hospice care.
Here are the direct links to Bridgeport Nursing Homes, Hartford Nursing Homes, New Haven Nursing Homes, Waterbury Nursing Homes, or use the advanced search and limit your results to Nursing Homes.
Connecticut Assisted Living Facility Selection
Typically there are several important factors when selecting an assistant living facility in Connecticut. The first factor is proximity to friends and family. Frequent visits from friends and family and having a local advocate for healthcare decisions can have a very positive impact on the quality of life at an assisted living facility. Since many seniors move to an assisted living facility immediately following a disorienting event, staying in the proximity of their home can help minimize this disorientation. Other important factors include the expense of the facility and the availability of amenities and other activities. It is best to visit as many assisted living facilities as possible before making the decision. He also want to speak to as many of the residents and staff as possible to get an idea about the environment at the facility.