Seniors in Rhode Island can expect to pay an average of $4,950 per month to live in an assisted living facility, which is around $600 more than the national average according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2020. Rhode Island offers a unique Medicaid Waiver for low-income residents called the Rhode Island Global Consumer Choice Compact Waiver to help pay for assisted living costs. To be eligible, seniors must not make more than $28,188 per year unless they have significant medical bills. In that case, they may qualify for the Waiver based on the “spend down” program.
Another option for financial assistance is offered by The Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Department of Elderly Affairs. The SSI Enhanced Assisted Living program allows low-income elderly people in need of assisted living services to receive approximately $1,580 per month for personal care assistance, group meals, and social activities.
For those seeking immediate placement in an assisted living facility who do not qualify for state assistance, an Eldercare Bridge Loan may help. It provides financial resources for 12-18 months while family members gather other resources to pay for their loved one’s care.
10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Rhode Island
Atria Bay Springs Village, Barrington
At Atria Bay Spring Village, seniors can keep their bodies healthy both on and off campus. The retirement community is within walking distance of Barrington Marina and Harbor, allowing for waterside strolls with family and friends. Onsite, an activity staff provides fitness classes and games that encourage residents to stay active. There’s always a helping hand available for tasks of daily living and medication management, and a nurse is onsite during business hours. Each apartment has a kitchenette for preparing light meals, and the dining room serves three nutritious meals each day. Transportation is provided to group outings and medical appointments.
Cost begins around $5,500 per month.
Anchor Bay at Greenwich, East Greenwich
Anchor Bay at Greenwich is in a convenient location right on Main Street in East Greenwich. ideal location. Residents enjoy socializing in several cozy lounge areas and can also unwind near the outdoor meditation fountain. Compassionate caregivers are available 24/7 to help with bathing, grooming, mobility and medication management, and transportation is provided to local appointments. For safety, residents have wearable devices or mounted pull cords in their apartments to notify staff in the event of an emergency.
Cost begins at $3,590 per month.
Anchor Bay at Pocasset, Johnston
Anchor Bay at Pocasset is near Rhode Island Hospital and Downtown Providence, allowing for access to excellent health care and shopping venues. It’s situated on a park-like 16 acres with walking paths and outdoor seating areas, and residents enjoy vibrant social, cultural, and fitness programs catered to their interests and abilities. A caring staff offers discreet support with activities of daily living, and residents have plenty of meal choices from a rotating menu of daily specials. Pets are allowed to live with their owners.
Cost begins around $3,600 per month.
Capitol Ridge at Providence, Providence
Located blocks away from Roger Williams and the VA Medical centers, Capitol Ridge at Providence allows seniors and veterans to be close to their own doctors. Residents stay active and engaged through a variety of activities including gardening, cooking, yoga, and Wii sports, and even have a pub on site for socializing. For seniors who want to remain tech-savvy and stay connected to loved ones, computer classes are available in the computer room. Pets are welcome.
Cost begins at $2,678 per month.
Charlesgate Senior Living Center, Providence
Charlesgate Senior Living Center offers transitional care as residents’’ needs change. Independent seniors can receive occasional assistance as needed with getting dressed, while assisted living residents often need help with bathing and medications. Care needs are assessed regularly to provide the most personalized plan for each senior. All residents are provided with plenty of social opportunities such as spa parties and games, and enjoy staying active with chair yoga and walking clubs. This community offers low-income and moderate-income rates.
Cost begins around $2,200 per month.
Smithfield Woods, Smithfield
Smithfield Woods residents enjoy waterfront walks along the Curran Lower Reservoir and can easily get to downtown Smithfield for shopping via complimentary transportation. A wide array of activities are provided each day, from scenic bus rides to bingo, and from morning coffee to happy hours. Amenities include a movie theater, a game room, a fitness center, a salon, and a pub. Staff is available 24/7 to help with getting to meals or with activities of daily living, and small pets are allowed.
Cost begins at $3,850 per month.
Greenwich Farms, Warwick
Greenwich Farms at Warwick offers a Live Now, Live Well program with activities planned around each resident’s interests. Whether they prefer morning walks or exercise classes, reading books or playing brain games, there’s always something to suit each senior’s ideal retirement lifestyle. Volunteer opportunities are always available to help residents remain involved in the Warwick community, and transportation is available to the local area. Housekeeping, laundry, meals, medication management, and 24-hour assistance are all available.
Saint Elizabeth Court, Warwick
Saint Elizabeth Court is a non-profit community dedicated to providing affordable care to seniors. It’s located in a charming historic building and offers private apartments, sun porches, a country kitchen, a homey fireplace lounge, and a private dining room for hosting family members. Residents can take advantage of group exercise classes and join in on Bible study discussions, or venture to the quiet library to read a book. Religious services take place daily in the onsite chapel.
Cost begins at $3,300 per month.
Ethan Place, Warwick
Ethan Place is a small, intimate facility where caregivers provide personalized care and build relationships with each resident. There are 18 private rooms and 6 semi-private rooms, along with several community rooms where residents can socialize. A beautiful courtyard is ideal for breathing in fresh air, and residents are often seen chatting under the gazebo, gardening, or playing yard games. Help is available 24 hours a day with activities of daily living and mobility.
Cost begins at $4,075 per month.