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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

    Whitcomb House

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  1. Whitcomb House
  2. Whitcomb House provides assisted living services in Milford, Massachusetts. It can accommodate a maximum of 60 elderly adults at a time. With a location at 245 West Street, in the 01757 area code inside Worcester county, Whitcomb House assists those 55+ adults who need assistance with daily living activities. Some of the services offered by Whitcomb House include transportation to appointments, laundry services and incontinence management.

    Berkshire Health Care Center

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  3. Berkshire Health Care Center
  4. Berkshire Health Care Center specializes in providing assisted living in Berkshire county, Massachusetts. It includes a total of 57 one bedrooms and studios for older adults. Berkshire Health Care Center is pet-friendly and can provide help with eating, feeding and dressing to any seniors living in Sandisfield, MA and surrounding areas. Berkshire Health Care Center is located at 7 Sandisfield Road, 01255 zip code. Berkshire Health Care Center includes services such as: housekeeping and bathroom cleaning, personalized service plans and continence management.

    Bayberry At Emerald Court

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  5. Bayberry At Emerald Court
  6. When looking for senior living in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, you will find Bayberry At Emerald Court as an excellent luxurious senior care option. It has a total of 55 assisted living units. It is located at 2000 Emerald Court, 01876 zip code and includes services such as arts and crafts activities, medication help and help with daily living. Bayberry At Emerald Court provides assisted living not only to Tewksbury residents, but also to all Middlesex county residents as well.

    Bridges By Epoch - Westford

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  7. Bridges By Epoch - Westford
  8. If you need assistance with daily tasks, Bridges By Epoch - Westford, located at 108 Littleton Road in the 01866 zip code area can help you or your loved one to find the assistance and care you need in Westford, Massachusetts. Bridges By Epoch - Westford has a total capacity of 95 seniors. It includes a reading area, medication administration and dementia care services.

    Lakeview House Skilled Nursing And Residential Care Facility

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  9. Lakeview House Skilled Nursing And Residential Care Facility
  10. Lakeview House Skilled Nursing And Residential Care Facility has a capacity of 26 senior citizens. Lakeview House Skilled Nursing And Residential Care Facility provides amenities that include: numerous educational activities, tailored service plans and continence care. It is located at 87 Shattuck Street, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living to Haverhill, MA seniors. Lakeview House Skilled Nursing And Residential Care Facility is licensed with Massachusetts and its license number is 225401.

    Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center - Northboro

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  11. Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center - Northboro
  12. Located at 238 West Main Street, inside 01532 zip code area in Worcester county, Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center - Northboro provides assisted senior living to Northborough, MA senior citizens and includes amenities such as housekeeping and bathroom cleaning, laundry services and pet-friendly services. Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center - Northboro can accommodate up to 96 seniors at a time. Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center - Northboro has official license # of 225513.

    Marian Manor Of Taunton

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  13. Marian Manor Of Taunton
  14. Located at 33 Summer Street, Taunton, Massachusetts, 02780, Marian Manor Of Taunton will assist any Bristol county senior citizens with activities of daily living and offers amenities like supportive services, outdoor walking grounds and a registered dietitian. Marian Manor Of Taunton can offer long-term assisted living to a maximum of 116 seniors at a time. Its license number is 225477.

    Reservoir Center For Health & Rehabilitation

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  15. Reservoir Center For Health & Rehabilitation
  16. Seniors looking for senior assisted living in Marlborough, Massachusetts will find Reservoir Center For Health & Rehabilitation, located at 400 Bolton Street inside 01752 zip code as a great option for all of their care needs. Reservoir Center For Health & Rehabilitation is able to care for up to 144 seniors and allows seniors to stay with cats and small dogs. Massachusetts records show that Reservoir Center For Health & Rehabilitation has a license number of 225326. With services that include a beauty shop, linen and laundry service and health checkups, Reservoir Center For Health & Rehabilitation will be a perfect senior living choice for any senior.

    Glen At Grove Manor

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  17. Glen At Grove Manor
  18. With a location at 180 Grove Street in Norfolk county, Glen At Grove Manor shines at providing assisted living services for senior citizens in Braintree, MA as well as those who live in nearby areas. Glen At Grove Manor provides amenities such as basic housekeeping, personalized service plans and health checkups. Glen At Grove Manor is equipped of caring for a maximum of 62 Braintree elderly adults and provides several levels of care.

    Carmel Terrace

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  19. Carmel Terrace
  20. Carmel Terrace, located at 933 Central Street offers assisted senior living in Framingham, Massachusetts and includes amenities and services such as specially trained staff, weight management and religious services. Carmel Terrace is equipped to care for up to 15 elderly seniors from 01701 zip code in Middlesex county and surrounding areas.

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