About Assisted Living in Connecticut

While Connecticut has one of the nation’s highest median incomes it also has a high cost of living. However, there more affordable places to retire in the state - cities like Guilford, Danbury, Essex, and Middleton have a variety of benefits from low crime to lower taxes compared to their neighboring cities.

What Options are Available for Assisted Living?

In the state of Connecticut Assisted Living Services Agencies provide nursing services and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) for individuals, primarily 55 and older, living within a managed community.

Assisted Living Services Agencies must provide evidence of compliance with local building codes and the Connecticut Fire Safety Code and Supplement regulations.

What are the Alzheimer’s Requirements for an Assisted Living Services Agency in Connecticut?

Alzheimer’s special care units must provide written disclosure and be verified annually. The disclosure should include information concerning the programs philosophy, admission and discharge information, assessment, care planning and implementation, staffing and training ratios, environment, activities, and program costs.

Senior Assisted Living Details and Costs for Cities in Connecticut

The listings below are some of the larger cities in Connecticut. Each city details page provides details on senior and assisted living options, independent living, senior group homes, and memory care facilities. Details include costs, amenities and services offered, medical care, as well as other useful information.

What Training is Required for Assisted Living Services Agency’s Staff?

All staff must complete a 10-hour orientation program, and all aides must pass a competency exam. All aides must also have successfully completed, as well as passed, the required competency for a certified nurse’s aide or home health aide program.

All licensed and registered direct care staff must receive Alzheimer’s and dementia specific training annually. This training must include either 8 hours dementia-specific training within the first 6 months of employment, and not less than 8 hours training annually; or 2 hours in pain-recognition and administration of pain management techniques. At least 1 hour of dementia-specific training must be provided to all non-direct care staff within the first 6 months of employment.

Is an Assessment Required Before Move-In?

There is no assessment standard required for Assisted Living Services Agencies in the state of Connecticut, however, a client service program must be completed with an RN and potential resident within 7 days of admission. The program should include the resident’s problems and needs, as well as treatments, medication, required nursing services, and frequency of other services. This must be reviewed yearly or upon a change in the resident’s condition.

What Care is Available in an Assisted Living Services Agency?

  • Assistance with ADLs.
  • Scheduled meals.
  • Laundry service.
  • Transportation.
  • Housekeeping.

Additional assistance and nursing services may be provided to residents with chronic yet stable conditions. Services may be provided through a 3rd party home-health agency or other licensed provider.

How is Medication Managed?

Upon request an assisted living aide may supervise the resident’s self-administration of medication, but if administration is required, a licensed nurse must administer the medications for the resident.

What are the Bathroom Requirements for an Assisted Living Services Agency?

A full bath must be included in each unit.

What are the Move-In or Move-Out Requirements?

There are no set admission or discharge requirements, so each agency must develop their own written policies for the discharge of residents, including changes in the resident’s condition, emergency, and financial information.

Is Assisted Living Covered by Medicaid in the State of Connecticut?

A Medicaid home and community-based services waiver is available for low-income residents.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Health and Human Services
Kathleen Sullivan
(860) 424-5055