The Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in South Jersey, NJ

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South Jersey is a popular place for seniors, who make up more than 22% of the population in Ocean County. Many of the top 10 facilities in the area are close to major hospitals, such as Ocean Medical Center and its Southern Campus. The South Jersey climate is slightly warmer than northern parts of the state, and it receives less rain, while communities by the shore experience cool sea breezes. Seniors may benefit from the cost of living here, as it's generally lower than average for New Jersey, and the cost of health care and transportation is lower than the nationwide averages.

According to the Genworth 2019 Cost of Care Survey, this area is relatively affordable for assisted living compared to the state as a whole. Assisted living has an average monthly cost of $4,896 in Ocean City compared to $6,400 in New Jersey overall. However, in-home care services are roughly 20% more expensive here, and adult day care costs are higher by 10%, while nursing home costs are much the same.

Browse through our list of the 9 best assisted living in South Jersey and find one that meets your needs.

The Best Assisted Living Facilities in South Jersey

Bella Terra

Address: 2 Kathleen Drive, Jackson, NJ 08527
Phone Number: (732) 730-9500
Website: https://www.seniorlifestyle.com/property/new-jersey/bella-terra/

Bella Terra is a large retirement community tucked away in a quiet, wooded area of Jackson, just off Route 526. A continuum of care is provided, from independent and assisted living to memory care, which allows more consistency if medical needs change. There's a community garden for residents, as well as a pool and relaxation areas. Indoors, residents enjoy arts and crafts, games and a quick snack at the coffee shop.

Starting Monthly Cost: $4,095
Room Types: Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 107
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 3.9 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 225

Sunrise of Jackson

Address: 390 North County Line Road, Jackson, NJ 08527
Phone Number: (848) 221-8894
Website: https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/communities/sunrise-of-jackson/overview.aspx

Sunrise of Jackson is an assisted living facility located east of Jackson Mills near Metedeconk National and Lakewood golf clubs. The common areas are designed like a hotel, brightly lit with high ceilings, and the dining experience follows suit with multiple meal choices and desserts. Staff encourages residents to be active and socialize by joining the puzzle club and walking groups or watching a football game while enjoying beer and hot dogs.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 100
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.5 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 112

Atria Stafford

Address: 1275 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Phone Number: (609) 389-9568
Website: https://www.atriaseniorliving.com/retirement-communities/atria-stafford-manahawkin-nj/

Atria Stafford is an upscale senior community that provides independent and assisted living as well as memory care. It's located just one block away from Southern Ocean Medical Center. Residents can spend time gardening or get a manicure and pedicure at the salon before playing cards, games or watching movies in the theater room. Computers and Wi-Fi hotspots help keep residents in touch with family and friends.

Starting Monthly Cost: $4,830
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 94
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.2 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 54


The Chelsea at Brick

Address: 458 Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick, NJ 08724
Phone Number: (732) 206-9800
Website: https://www.chelseaseniorliving.com/new-jersey-senior-care-locations/brick-nj/

The Chelsea at Brick is a tree-lined assisted living community located just across from Ocean Medical Center. It combines luxury dining and accommodation with a home-like feel. Residents go on group shopping trips, visit the beach and try their luck at the racetrack or Atlantic City. We included this facility for its health and wellness programs, including a full-time registered nurse and on-site therapy.

Starting Monthly Cost: $4,680
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 123
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.4 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 49

The Chelsea At Toms River

Address: 1657 Silverton Road, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone Number: (732) 941-8100
Website: https://www.chelseaseniorliving.com/new-jersey-senior-care-locations/toms-river-nj/

This large assisted living community is tucked away in a quiet, wooded area of Toms River, just off the Garden State Parkway and roughly 1 mile from Four Seasons Spa & Country Club. The Chelsea at Toms River has a full-time registered nurse, on-site physical, speech and occupational therapy as well as a memory care unit. Residents go on frequent trips together for lunch, shopping and events.

Starting Monthly Cost: $4,500
Room Types: Studio Apartments, Companion Suites 
Number of Beds: 140
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 3.2 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 17

The Terraces at Seacrest Village

Address: 281 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
Phone Number: (609) 857-4141
Website: https://www.terracesliving.com/

The Terraces at Seacrest Village is a mid-sized assisted living community on the south side of Little Egg Harbor near the public Atlantis Golf Course. This facility offers a continuum of care, from short-term rehab to long-term care with skilled nursing, and licensed nurses are on duty 24/7. We included it in this list for its meal choices and luxury amenities, such as the movie theater with surround sound.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types: Studio and Two-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 88
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.7 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 36

Hearthstone Estates Assisted Living

Address: 77 Williams Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Phone Number: (732) 363-8505
Website: https://hearthstoneal.com/

This assisted living facility is in a quiet residential area just a block away from Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood. Nurses are on staff and available 24/7, as well as on-site podiatry, geriatric and psychiatric care. We included Hearthstone Estates for its smaller size compared to most nearby communities, which makes it a good alternative for those seeking a home-like atmosphere.

Starting Monthly Cost: $3,498
Room Types: Studio Apartments 
Number of Beds: 47
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.4 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 76

Leisure Park

Address: 1400 Route 70, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Phone Number: (732) 370-0444
Website: https://www.fivestarseniorliving.com/communities/nj/lakewood/leisure-park

Leisure Park is a retirement community that covers multiple levels of care, including assisted living, that's located just off the Garden State Parkway and a block away from Town & Country Shopping Center in Lakewood. The chef tailors food choices based on seasonal, local produce to create modern dishes and traditional favorites. Residents enjoy the book club and storytelling groups, as well as games, live music and group outings to local shops and events.

Starting Monthly Cost: $3,960
Room Types: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments 
Number of Beds: 110
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.4 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 175

Brandywine Living at The Gables

Address: 515 Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick, NJ 08724
Phone Number: (732) 836-1400
Website: http://www.brandycare.com/our-communities/the-gables/

This assisted living facility is located 5 miles inland from Point Pleasant and just up the road from Ocean Medical Center in Brick. Nurses are on-site day and night, which means medical care is immediately available, and the wellness director manages in-house therapists and physicians. Residents are free to eat at whatever time they choose, and the tap room is a popular spot for a drink and a chat.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types: Not Listed
Number of Beds: 99
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.6 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 99

Learn More About Assisted Living in South Jersey

There are many choices for assisted living across South Jersey, which makes the location even more important. Depending on preference, seniors can choose to live by the shore, near large golf courses and shopping malls, or in more secluded parts of the state. Public transit is limited or non-existent in many areas, which may be another deciding factor for active seniors looking to explore.

Continue reading and find out how to pay for care in our New Jersey assisted living guide.