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The Best Senior Living Providers in Hartford County CT Are the Ones Proven Safe To Choose


Providers of senior living in Hartford County CT bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those independent living or assisted living communities that have exceeded the minimum Connecticut regulatory requirement. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for safety, service, and value, who use only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them as facilities for senior living in Hartford County CT, including independent living, assisted living, retirement homes, nursing homes, retirement communities, and more.

 

Updated March 21, 2017

 The TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in Hartford County CT

Bell Marie Assisted Living
(860) 747-4759
122 E Main St
Plainville, CT 06062

Areas Served: Hartford Connecticut,Hartford County,Manchester CT,Southington CT,New Britain CT
Services: senior care & assisted living center

Arbors-Hop Brook Retirement Community
(860) 281-2928
403 W Center St
Manchester, CT 06040

Areas Served: Hartford Conn,Hartford County CT,Bristol CT,New Britain CT,Southington CT,Newington
Services: independent senior living community

Utopia Assisted Living
(860) 560-0048
43 Morris St # 1a
Hartford, CT 06114

Areas Served: Farmington CT,West Hartford CT,Bristol CT,Hartford CT,Enfield CT,Wethersfield CT
Services: assisted living center for senior living

Ingraham Manor Nursing Home
(860) 584-3400
400 N Main St
Bristol, CT 06010

Areas Served: Hartford County,West Hartford CT,Manchester CT,Enfield CT,New Britain CT,Bristol CT
Services: senior nursing home

Alberta Manor Rest Home
(860) 296-8050
21 Victoria Rd
Hartford, CT 06114

Areas Served: New Britain CT,Hartford County CT,East Hartford CT,Wethersfield CT,Farmington CT

Shady Oaks Retirement Center
(860) 583-1526
344 Stevens St
Bristol, CT 06010

Areas Served: Hartford CT,Plainville CT,Windsor Locks CT,Avon CT,Rocky Hill CT,Berlin CT,Bloomfield

Fernwood Manor Rest Home Inc
(860) 232-3811
29 Girard Ave
Hartford, CT 06105

Areas Served: Bristol CT,Hartford CT,Southington CT,New Britain CT,West Hartford CT,Glastonbury CT

The Best Senior Living Providers in Hartford County CT Are the Ones Proven Safe To Choose 


The state of Connecticut requires facilities for nursing homes and other assisted senior living in Hartford County CT to be licensed by the state Department of Public Health which sets procedures that must be adhered to for record keeping, personnel management, and conducts inspections, though Residential Care Homes (RCH) can be inspected as infrequently as every three years, while assisted living services agencies are inspected only every two years.

Independent senior living communities and retirement communities in Hartford County CT are not licensed or regulated in that manner by the state.

But even the state license for assisted living is no guarantee that any particular senior living facility in Hartford County CT is doing business ethically, providing real value, and satisfying residents or family members.

This makes it all the more significant that all senior living facilities, including senior independent living and retirement homes in Hartford County CT bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have liability insurance coverage for the protection or residents in the event of injury, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 such as our survey phone calls to their residents or residents' family members to verify high satisfaction, verified state license (for senior facilities requiring skilled nursing), only employees legal to work in the U.S., good complaint record, and more.


Options for Senior Living in Hartford County CT

Depending on an individual's level of independence, there are choices available among aretirement homes and assisted living facilities. Typically, retirement communities are for those who are entirely independent. Assisted living facilities are for those who may be able to perform all or most of life's necessities, but prefer not to every day, or prefer to have the option. For instance, one may be able to cook, but prefer to leave the shopping and preparing to the on-site cafeteria or kitchen, at least some of the time. At these types of mid-range care, residents can get assistance with daily activities such as transportation to shopping or doctor's appointments, eating, bathing and dressing, if necessary but otherwise lead independent, self-directed lives. These elder care facilities are often utilized by couples where one spouse is more medically fragile than the other, thus allowing spouses to stay together in a supported environment.

Terminology varies throughout the nursing home and assisted living industry. Assisted living facilities may be referred to as board and care facilities, residential care facilities, nursing homes or any of a number of other names. The most important thing is to ensure that the facility matches the level of care required. The options run from simply renting an apartment in a facility that has nurses and other assistants available if needed, to full-scale 24/7 nursing care. Some assisted living facilities in Hartford County CT offer special Alzheimer's care wings, designed specifically to provide the best care for victims of that debilitating disease, occasionally with their spouses. Some assisted living facilities offer apartments for independent living, laundry and maid service, full dining rooms with varied and nutritious meals in a restaurant-like setting, transportation service and often provide various activities such as movies, parties and music, recreation rooms with games and books, snacks, in-house hair and nail salons and much more. Residents may often bring their own furniture and other household items to make their apartment feel just like home. Some assisted living facilities even allow pets. The most important things are the level of comfort and care provided to residents. Your loved one needs to fee safe, cared for and have a sense of home. Regardless of the arrangements you make, don't forget to visit often.

Some Independent Senior Living, Retirement Homes and Assisted Living Communities in Hartford County CT Are Better Than Others

The Prime Buyer's Report lists these retirement communities in Hartford County CT: Ingraham Manor Nursing Home, Shady Oaks Retirement Center, Arbors-Hop Brook Retirement Community, Bell Marie Assisted Living, Fernwood Manor Rest Home Inc, Alberta Manor Rest Home, Utopia Assisted Living. Other retirement homes and facilities for assisted living in Hartford County CT include: .


 

 

 

Ask These Questions of Senior Living Communities in Hartford County CT 




When choosing an assisted living or retirement facility, there are many considerations to take into account. Keep in mind that some medical conditions must be evaluated by a doctor, and his or her recommendation or classification can determine which facilities will accommodate you. Everyone's needs are different so it's best to write down as much as possible about what you are looking for-leaving no detail out-before you meet with representatives of potential retirement homes or nursing homes. This gives each a chance to comment on and address the same things, so it will be easier to compare responses. Be ready also to ask lots of questions of your own. Listen not only to the answers to your questions, but to the level of interest and compassion the representative of the assisted living facility responds with. If they don't seem to be completely invested in ensuring your loved one is completely cared for in every way, choose another retirement facility or nursing home. You want the assisted living or retirement community you choose to be fully involved and to really care that everything goes perfectly for your loved one. If you've gotten a good initial impression, ask some questions about the retirement community's facilities, amenities, experience and credentialing. Use the list of questions below as a guide to develop your own.

• How long have the assisted living centers or retirement homes been in business?

• Are the assisted living facilities part of a chain?

• What training and certification do the retirement centers' staff have?

• What do retirement homes' staff schedules and staffing patterns look like on a daily basis? On the weekends? Holidays?

• Do the assisted living centers allow residents to bring their pets? • Will the senior living community or facility give you names and numbers of residents, or the family members who you can call as references? (All communities for senior living in Hartford County CT that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had their references verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Do the retirement homes allow residents to decorate their apartment as they like?• Will they show you that they are fully insured? (All communities for senior living in Hartford County CT that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had their insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
 
• What shopping or recreation facilities are near the nursing homes in Hartford County?

• Will the retirement communities provide a copy of their annual state and federal facility survey? (Assisted living communities and retirement centers are required to provide this on request).

• What is the monthly charge at the retirement homes for different services? (Note: Adding living area square feet, extra rooms or in-room kitchen facilities can greatly affect the cost).

• Is housekeeping / laundry service including in the monthly charge at the retirement facilities?

• What system / staff do the nursing homes have in place in case of a medical emergency?

• Does each resident of the retirement facilities have their privacy respected?

• Can they show that all their employees are legal to work in the U.S.? (All communities for senior living in Hartford County CT that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to hire only documented workers.)

• Will the residential care centers allow you to speak to some current residents and/or their families?

• What is the staff-to-resident ratio at the senior care centers or nursing homes?

• Can SSI offset some or all of the costs of living in the retirement community?

• What is the availability at the nursing homes or senior living centers? Is there a waiting list?

• Will the assisted living centers provide written contract sthat cover every expense, including ancillary services?

• What recreational facilities and services do the senior care centers or nursing homes provide residents?

• Will they show you their Connecticut state license which is required for senior assisted living facilities and nursing homes? (All communities for assisted senior living in Hartford County CT that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had their state license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)


Once you've chosen the best senior living community for your specific needs, make sure they have a good complaint record.  (All communities for senior living in Hartford County CT that bear The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had their good complaint record verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

 

 

Resources About Senior Living and Retirement Communities in Hartford County CT 



Associations & Licensing Relevant to Senior Living in Hartford County CT



American Association of Retired People www.aarp.org
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
CALA Connecticut Assisted Living Association www.ctassistedliving.com
CAHCF Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities www.cahcf.org
Connecticut Assisted Living Regulation www.cga.ct.gov/2012/rpt/2012-R-0244.htm
Connecticut Department of Public Health www.ct.gov/dph/
Connecticut Association of Senior Center Personnel www.cascp.org
Connecticut Senior Centers Profile www.ct.gov/agingservices/lib/agingservices/pdf/profileofseniorcentersinconnecticut2011publicedition.pdf
LeadingAge Connecticut www.leadingagect.org
National Center for Assisted Living www.ncal.org
Consumer Information about long-term care www.longtermcareliving.com
Medline Plus www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/assistedliving.html
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging www2.aahsa.org
National Association of Senior Move Managers www.nasmm.org
Assisted Living Federation of America www.alfa.org
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (www.aahsa
American Senior Housing Association www.seniorshousing.org
Center for Aging Services Technologies www.agingtech.org
Senior Outlook www.senioroutlook.com





The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in Hartford County CT within the following zip codes.

6041, 6052, 6074, 6447, 6129, 6067, 6042, 6002, 6133, 6032, 6138, 6467, 6093, 6479, 6089, 6060, 6112, 6103, 6051, 6131, 6027, 6026, 6019, 6078, 6111, 6082, 6096, 6083, 6030, 6037, 6137, 6034, 6147, 6081, 6085, 6001, 6141, 6108, 6050, 6062, 6010, 6016, 6114, 6045, 6110, 6023, 6040, 6035, 6013, 6117, 6107, 6106, 6119, 6105, 6088, 6092, 6011, 6489, 6109, 6120, 6095, 6444, 6070, 6118, 6033, 6090, 6073, 6022 and 6053



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Senior Living & Retirement Communities in Hartford County CT within the following zip codes.

Hartford, East Windsor, Manchester, Thompsonville, Windsor, Farmington, Enfield, Canton, Southwood Acres, West Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, Plainville, Berlin, Bristol, Suffield, South Windsor, Burlington, New Britain, Wethersfield, Marlborough, Kensington, Granby, Simsbury, Windsor Locks, Southington, Glastonbury, Bloomfield, East Hartford and Avon