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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

    Country Center For Health & Rehabilitation

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  1. Country Center For Health & Rehabilitation
  2. Country Center For Health & Rehabilitation provides assisted living services in Newburyport, Massachusetts. It can accommodate a maximum of 111 seniors at a time. With a location at 180 Low Street, in the 01950 area code inside Essex county, Country Center For Health & Rehabilitation assists those 55 and older adults who need aid with daily living activities. Some of the amenities offered by Country Center For Health & Rehabilitation include a library, a tailored service plan and bathroom reminders. Country Center For Health & Rehabilitation has an active license by Massachusetts to provide assisted living, with license number 225332.

    Blaire House Of Worcester

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  3. Blaire House Of Worcester
  4. Blaire House Of Worcester specializes in providing senior living in Worcester county, Massachusetts. It includes a total of 75 one bedrooms and studios for seniors. Blaire House Of Worcester is pet-friendly and can provide assistance with eating, feeding and dressing to any elderly adults living in Worcester, MA and surrounding areas. Blaire House Of Worcester is located at 116 Houghton Street, 01604 zip code. Blaire House Of Worcester includes services like: a daily fitness programs, highly trained staff and assistance with daily living.

    Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence

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  5. Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence
  6. When looking for senior assisted living in Kingston, Massachusetts, you will find Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence as an excellent luxurious senior care option. It contains a total of 164 assisted living units. It is located at 17 Chipman Way, 02364 zip code and provides services such as engaging social activities, personalized service plans and an emergency alert system. Its license number is 225544. Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence provides assisted living not only to Kingston residents, but also to all Plymouth county residents as well.

    The Gables Of Fitchburg

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  7. The Gables Of Fitchburg
  8. If you need help with daily living, The Gables Of Fitchburg, located at 935 John Fitch Highway in the 01740 zip code area can assist you or your loved one to locate the assistance with daily activities you need in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The Gables Of Fitchburg has a total capacity of 108 seniors. It includes a hair salon, tailored service plans and assistance with daily living.

    Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center

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  9. Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center
  10. Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center has a capacity of 92 senior citizens. Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center provides amenities such as: a library section, 24/7 supervision and faith-based services. It is located at 76 North Main Street, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living services to West Boylston, MA elderly residents. Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center is licensed with Massachusetts and its license number is 225334.

    Bridgewater Nursing Home

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  11. Bridgewater Nursing Home
  12. Located at 16 Pleasant Street, inside 02324 zip code area in Plymouth county, Bridgewater Nursing Home provides assisted senior living to Bridgewater, MA senior citizens and includes amenities such as a studio for arts and crafts, a licensed nurse and dementia care services. Bridgewater Nursing Home can accommodate up to 43 seniors at a time. Bridgewater Nursing Home has official license # of 225616.

    Hermitage Healthcare

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  13. Hermitage Healthcare
  14. Situated at 383 Mill Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01602, Hermitage Healthcare will assist any Worcester county senior with daily living activities and includes amenities like basic housekeeping, walking trails and religious services. Hermitage Healthcare can offer assisted living services to a maximum of 101 senior citizens at once. Its license number is 225009.

    Webster Park Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center

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  15. Webster Park Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center
  16. Senior Citizens looking for assisted senior living in Rockland, Massachusetts will find Webster Park Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center, located at 56 Webster Street inside 02370 zip code as a great choice for all of their care needs. Webster Park Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center is able to care for up to 110 senior citizens and allows seniors to stay with cats and small dogs. Massachusetts records show that Webster Park Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center has a license number of 225184. With services that include a studio for arts and crafts, a full-time nurse and assistance with daily living, Webster Park Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center will be a perfect senior living choice for any older adult.

    North End Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center

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  17. North End Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center
  18. With a location at 70 Fulton Street in Suffolk county, North End Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center shines at providing assisted living services for elderly seniors in Boston, MA as well as those who live in surrounding cities. North End Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center offers amenities such as numerous social activities, highly trained staff and meals approved by a dietitian. North End Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center is equipped of providing care to a maximum of 100 Boston older residents and provides several levels of care. North End Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center has an official license to provide senior living for Suffolk, MA residents, with license # 225506.

    Cedar View Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center

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  19. Cedar View Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center
  20. Cedar View Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center, located at 480 Jackson Street provides assisted senior living in Methuen, Massachusetts and offers services and amenities such as basic housekeeping, laundry services and regular health assessments. Cedar View Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center is equipped to care for up to 107 elderly senior citizens from 01844 zip code in Essex county and surrounding areas. Cedar View Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center is licensed to provide assisted living services in Methuen, Massachusetts, with license # 225333.

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