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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

    Nemasket Healthcare Center

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  1. Nemasket Healthcare Center
  2. Nemasket Healthcare Center provides assisted living services in Middleborough, Massachusetts. It can accommodate a maximum of 102 elderly adults at a time. With a location at 314 Marion Road, in the 02346 area code inside Plymouth county, Nemasket Healthcare Center assists those seniors who need assistance with daily tasks. Some of the amenities offered by Nemasket Healthcare Center include a library area, walking trails and meals approved by a dietitian. Nemasket Healthcare Center is fully licensed by Massachusetts to provide assisted living services, with license number 225622.

    Woodbriar Health Center

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  3. Woodbriar Health Center
  4. Woodbriar Health Center specializes in providing assisted living in Middlesex county, Massachusetts. It includes a total of 142 studio and one bedroom suites for 55 and older adults. Woodbriar Health Center is pet-friendly and can provide help with bathing, dressing and transferring to any senior citizens living in Wilmington, MA and surrounding areas. Woodbriar Health Center is located at 90 West Street, 01887 zip code. Woodbriar Health Center provides amenities such as: a reading room, a personal laundry service and religious services.

    Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center

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  5. Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center
  6. When searching for assisted living in Lenox, Massachusetts, you will find Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center as an excellent luxurious senior care option. It contains a total of 74 assisted living units. It is located at 40 Sunset Avenue, 01240 zip code and provides services such as numerous educational activities, medication assistance and memory care activities. Its license number is 225764. Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center provides assisted living not only to Lenox residents, but also to all Berkshire county residents too.

    St Joseph Manor Health Care

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  7. St Joseph Manor Health Care
  8. If you need help with daily tasks, St Joseph Manor Health Care, located at 215 Thatcher Street in the 02302 zip code area can help you or your loved one to locate the help with daily living you need in Brockton, Massachusetts. St Joseph Manor Health Care has a total capacity of 118 senior citizens. It provides a beauty and barber shop, laundry and dementia care services. St Joseph Manor Health Care is licensed with Massachusetts and its license number is 225414.


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  9. Sarawood
  10. Sarawood has a capacity of 72 seniors. Sarawood offers amenities such as: a bistro, walking gardens and continence care. It is located at 1 Loomis Avenue, and it is fully capable to provide assisted living services to Holyoke, MA older adults.

    Taunton Nursing Home

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  11. Taunton Nursing Home
  12. Located at 350 Norton Avenue, inside 02780 zip code area in Bristol county, Taunton Nursing Home provides assisted senior living to Taunton, MA senior citizens and includes amenities such as community dining, linen and laundry service and help with daily living. Taunton Nursing Home can accommodate up to 101 seniors at a time. Taunton Nursing Home has official license # of 225626.

    Walden Health And Rehabilitation Center

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  13. Walden Health And Rehabilitation Center
  14. Located at 785 Main Street, West Concord, Massachusetts, 01742, Walden Health And Rehabilitation Center will help any Middlesex county elderly adult with daily tasks and includes amenities that include housekeeping, medication monitoring and memory care services. Walden Health And Rehabilitation Center can provide long-term assisted living to a maximum of 111 senior citizens at once. Its license number is 225170.

    Maplewood At Brewster

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  15. Maplewood At Brewster
  16. Senior Citizens looking for assisted living in Brewster, Massachusetts will find Maplewood At Brewster, located at 820 Harwich Rd inside 02631 zip code as a wonderful option for all of their care needs. With services that include a daily fitness programs, landscaped gardens and continence care, Maplewood At Brewster will be a wonderful senior living choice for any senior.

    Oak Knoll Healthcare Center

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  17. Oak Knoll Healthcare Center
  18. With a location at 9 Arbetter Drive in Middlesex county, Oak Knoll Healthcare Center shines at providing assisted living services for elderly seniors in Framingham, MA as well as those who live in surrounding areas. Oak Knoll Healthcare Center provides amenities such as pharmacy service, linen and laundry service and continence care. Oak Knoll Healthcare Center is capable of providing care to a maximum of 123 Framingham older residents and provides multiple levels of senior care. Oak Knoll Healthcare Center has an official license to provide senior living for Middlesex, MA residents, with license # 225682.

    Recuperative Services Unit - Hebrew Rehab Center

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  19. Recuperative Services Unit - Hebrew Rehab Center
  20. Recuperative Services Unit - Hebrew Rehab Center, located at 1200 Centre Street offers assisted senior living in Boston, Massachusetts and provides services and amenities such as a reading area, personalized assistance and an on-site dietitian. Recuperative Services Unit - Hebrew Rehab Center is equipped to care for up to 50 senior citizens from 02131 zip code in Suffolk county and nearby areas. Recuperative Services Unit - Hebrew Rehab Center is licensed to provide assisted living services in Boston, Massachusetts, with license # 225759.

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