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Are you planning to retire in Massachusetts and are searching for the best assisted living community to cater to your needs as you age? Then you must have explored the various senior living options in the state.  At this stage, it’s good you know what assisted living communities in Massachusetts do, the services they provide, and whether you need that type of care or not. For the most part, assisted living facilities offer support with tasks related to daily living, personal care, medical management, and housekeeping. However, many of these facilities also include memory care for seniors who have dementia.

Who is the ideal senior for assisted living in Massachusetts?

Although you may not need intense care, if you struggle to have a bath, get dressed, drive, cook or even do the laundry, then you might benefit from the services offered by assisted living communities in the state of Massachusetts. Most facilities offer memory care as well, so you might not need to search for separate memory care either for yourself or for your aged loved one.

Facts about assisted living in Massachusetts

There are many assisted living facilities in Massachusetts. Generally, they have a higher occupancy rate than assisted living communities in other states. Most times, the occupancy rates can rise above 90%. Most of these facilities include Special Care Residence, too, which is designed for seniors with various mental health issues such as dementia. However, there are more communities dedicated to this type of care than others offering senior care services.

Cost and Payment Options for Assisted Living in Massachusetts

Statewide in Massachusetts, the cost of assisted living is well above the national average. The Massachusetts state average is $5,495 monthly, though it’s still much cheaper than a retirement home in the state of Massachusetts. The most expensive cities are the larger, more well-known metropolitan areas of Worcester and Boston. The range between both those metro areas swings between a very high range of $5,735 and $5,850 per month for assisted living.

The least expensive cities for assisted living in Massachusetts, which is not saying much in this case, are still far enough above the national average. They are Pittsfield and Springfield at $4,200 and $4,950 per month respectively. Looking into neighboring states may be something to research when considering assisted living for your loved one. Massachusetts is quite expensive at its base-rate and not every family can afford assisted living here. And this is not even including the possibility of Massachusetts memory care or any other specialized care.

Memory care is close to $2,000 more over the top, with a price range between $1,099 and $1,648 above assisted living per month.

Medicaid does not currently have any programs that will pay for assisted living in Massachusetts directly. But there is a waiver called Group Adult Foster Care Program that does help supplement the cost of room and board for assisted living facilities in Massachusetts. The stipulation is you have to qualify for Medicaid. The income cap is at $1,041 per month maximum. There may be programs available to assist you if your income does not meet the requirement.

If you have a challenge in paying for Massachusetts assisted living, then there are some options you may want to look into. If there are no waivers to assist you with assisted living directly, then timing of when the senior enters a senior care facility may need to be considered. Why? Because there are waivers that do cover some limited personal care in other facilities such as adult day care, adult foster care and at home care. Foster care is the same as the senior being at home in the community. Massachusetts has plenty of senior living options, but if assisted living is what your loved one needs, consider the information above in helping you research the right facility.

Questions to Ask Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities

If you are researching Massachusetts assisted living, here are some questions you need to ask either the senior living counselor or the staff at the assisted living facility.

  • What is the scope of care offered in the facility?

According to the rules and regulations governing assisted living in Massachusetts, there is a minimum level of care or services that these communities must provide to their residents. It’s good if you find out what these services are and the scope of care offered.

  • Ask how the facility handles medications

How does the facility care for its residents and administer their medications to them when the need arises? Do they have a standard procedure for it? If you or your loved one will need help with medication during your stay in the facility, then you must find answers to this question before choosing any community to call home.

  • What is the best time to move into the facility?

Most assisted living facilities in Massachusetts tend to have a high occupancy rate during specific times of the year. It’s best you find out when they are most likely to accept new residents and the process it requires.

  • What are the admission requirements to live in the facility?

Each state has different admission requirements for their assisted living communities and Massachusetts is no different. Find out if there are any restrictions regarding age or physical health status to enable you to know whether you fit in or not. Asking these questions will allow you to understand the assisted living options available and decide the one that suits your needs the most.

Assisted Living Regulations in Massachusetts

Assisted Living licensure term for the state of Massachusetts is Assisted Living Residences. In Massachusetts, assisted living communities are certified which is seen legally as licensed. The governmental department that handles assisted living certification is the Department Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA)

Whether single or double occupancy, assisted living facilities in Massachusetts must provide doors that are lockable by the resident on the main entrance of the unit. There must be a kitchen or cooking facilities. A full kitchen is not required to be present at the assisted living unit, but the access to cooking and food preparation and storage must be provided in each senior care unit.

There are no actual requirements for what the minimum square feet for each assisted living apartment needs to be.  If it is considered a special care unit after October 1, 2015, there must be a secure outdoor area. Two residents are allowable per senior living unit.

If the Massachusetts assisted living facility was built after 1995, each unit must provide a full bathroom, a toilet and a bathtub or shower.  Each living unit must have minimum a half bathroom with a toilet and sink. This setup is for every 3 residents.

Top 10 Assisted Living in Massachusetts

    Woodbriar Health Center

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  1. Woodbriar Health Center
  2. Woodbriar Health Center provides assisted living services in Wilmington, Massachusetts. It can house a maximum of 142 elderly adults at a time. With a location at 90 West Street, in the 01887 area code inside Middlesex county, Woodbriar Health Center assists those senior citizens who need aid with activities of daily living. Some of the amenities offered by Woodbriar Health Center include pharmacy services, private laundry service and memory care services. Woodbriar Health Center has an active license by Massachusetts to provide senior living, with license number 225568.

    Neville Center At Fresh Pond For Nursing & Rehab

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  3. Neville Center At Fresh Pond For Nursing & Rehab
  4. Neville Center At Fresh Pond For Nursing & Rehab specializes in providing assisted living in Middlesex county, Massachusetts. It includes a total of 112 studio and 1-bedrooom apartments for senior citizens. Neville Center At Fresh Pond For Nursing & Rehab is pet-friendly and can provide help with eating, feeding and dressing to any elderly adults living in Cambridge, MA and surrounding areas. Neville Center At Fresh Pond For Nursing & Rehab is located at 640 Concord Avenue, 02138 zip code. Neville Center At Fresh Pond For Nursing & Rehab includes services such as: 24 hour staff, weight management and emergency pendants.

    Arbors At Greenfield

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  5. Arbors At Greenfield
  6. When looking for senior assisted living in Greenfield, Massachusetts, you will find Arbors At Greenfield as an excellent luxury senior care option. It contains a total of 15 assisted living units. It is located at 15 Meridian Street, 01301 zip code and includes services such as staff awake 24/7, laundry and linen service and a staff dietitian. Arbors At Greenfield provides assisted living not only to Greenfield residents, but also to all Franklin county residents as well.

    Merrimack Valley Health Center

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  7. Merrimack Valley Health Center
  8. If you require help with everyday tasks, Merrimack Valley Health Center, located at 22 Maple Street in the 01913 zip code area can help you or your loved one to locate the assistance and care you need in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Merrimack Valley Health Center has a total capacity of 130 elderly residents. It offers staff awake 24/7, medication supervision and pet-friendly services. Merrimack Valley Health Center is licensed with Massachusetts and its license number is 225318.

    Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab - Highgate

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  9. Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab - Highgate
  10. Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab - Highgate has a capacity of 142 elderly adults. Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab - Highgate provides amenities that include: a beauty and barber shop, medication monitoring and dementia care services. It is located at 10 Carematrix Drive, and it is fully capable to provide assisted living services to Dedham, MA seniors. Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab - Highgate is licensed with Massachusetts and its license number is 225719.

    Scandinavian Living Center

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  11. Scandinavian Living Center
  12. Located at 206 Waltham Street, inside 02465 zip code area in Middlesex county, Scandinavian Living Center provides assisted senior living to West Newton, MA senior citizens and includes amenities such as community and cultural events, personal laundry and regular health assessments. Scandinavian Living Center can accommodate up to 40 seniors at a time.

    Orchard Valley Of Wilbraham

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  13. Orchard Valley Of Wilbraham
  14. Situated at 2387 Boston Road, Wilbraham, Massachusetts, 01095, Orchard Valley Of Wilbraham can assist any Hampden county elderly adult with daily tasks and provides services such as arts & crafts classes, medication supervision and a staff dietitian. Orchard Valley Of Wilbraham can offer assisted living services to a maximum of 120 seniors at once.

    Cohen Florence Levine Estates

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  15. Cohen Florence Levine Estates
  16. Older adults looking for assisted living in Chelsea, Massachusetts will find Cohen Florence Levine Estates, located at 201 Captain's Row inside 02150 zip code as a great choice for all of their care needs. Cohen Florence Levine Estates is able to care for up to 130 seniors and allows seniors to stay with pets. With amenities that include an on-site pharmacy, a garden and religious services, Cohen Florence Levine Estates will be a perfect choice for any elderly person.

    Oxford Rehabilitation & Health Care Center

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  17. Oxford Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
  18. With a location at 689 Main Street in Essex county, Oxford Rehabilitation & Health Care Center excels at providing assisted care services for older adults in Haverhill, MA as well as those who live in surrounding areas. Oxford Rehabilitation & Health Care Center includes amenities such as 24-hour awake staff, laundry services and meals approved by a dietitian. Oxford Rehabilitation & Health Care Center is equipped of caring for a maximum of 120 Haverhill seniors and provides multiple levels of senior care. Oxford Rehabilitation & Health Care Center has an official license to provide senior living for Essex, MA residents, with license # 225218.

    Quabbin Valley Healthcare

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  19. Quabbin Valley Healthcare
  20. Quabbin Valley Healthcare, located at 821 Daniel Shays Highway offers assisted living and care in Athol, Massachusetts and includes services and amenities such as a beauty shop, a full-time nurse and continence management. Quabbin Valley Healthcare is equipped to care for up to 142 older adults from 01331 zip code in Worcester county and surrounding areas. Quabbin Valley Healthcare is licensed to provide senior assisted living services in Athol, Massachusetts, with license # 225296.

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