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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

    Carleton-willard Village Retirement & Nursing Center

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  1. Carleton-willard Village Retirement & Nursing Center
  2. Carleton-willard Village Retirement & Nursing Center provides assisted living care in Bedford, Massachusetts. It can house a maximum of 100 elderly adults at a time. With a location at 100 Old Billerica Road, in the 01730 area code inside Middlesex county, Carleton-willard Village Retirement & Nursing Center assists those senior citizens who need help with daily tasks. Some of the amenities offered by Carleton-willard Village Retirement & Nursing Center include a library room, a court yard and garden and an on-site dietitian. Carleton-willard Village Retirement & Nursing Center is licensed by Massachusetts to provide assisted living services, with license number 225273.

    Merrimack Valley Health Center

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  3. Merrimack Valley Health Center
  4. Merrimack Valley Health Center specializes in providing senior assisted living in Essex county, Massachusetts. It includes a total of 130 one bedrooms and studios for retirees. Merrimack Valley Health Center is pet-friendly and can provide assistance with taking a bath and getting dressed to any seniors living in Amesbury, MA and surrounding areas. Merrimack Valley Health Center is located at 22 Maple Street, 01913 zip code. Merrimack Valley Health Center provides amenities like: a daily fitness programs, medication dispensing and health checkups.

    Cohen Florence Levine Estates

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  5. Cohen Florence Levine Estates
  6. When looking for assisted senior living in Chelsea, Massachusetts, you will find Cohen Florence Levine Estates as an excellent luxurious senior care option. It has a total of 130 assisted living units. It is located at 201 Captain's Row, 02150 zip code and includes services such as pharmacy services, laundry services and Alzheimer’s care services. Cohen Florence Levine Estates provides assisted living not only to Chelsea residents, but also to all Suffolk county residents as well.

    Colonial Rehabilitation And Nursing Center

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  7. Colonial Rehabilitation And Nursing Center
  8. If you require help with daily living, Colonial Rehabilitation And Nursing Center, located at 125 Broad Street in the 02188 zip code area can assist you or your loved one to find the assistance and care you need in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Colonial Rehabilitation And Nursing Center has a total capacity of 205 senior citizens. It offers 24 hour staff, a court yard and regular health assessments. Colonial Rehabilitation And Nursing Center is licensed with Massachusetts and its license number is 225059.

    American Inn At Sawmill Park

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  9. American Inn At Sawmill Park
  10. American Inn At Sawmill Park has a capacity of 64 seniors. American Inn At Sawmill Park provides amenities such as: caregivers available 24/7, laundry service and scheduled bathroom reminders. It is located at One Sawmill Park, and it is fully capable to provide assisted living services to Southwick, MA seniors.

    Agawam Healthcare

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  11. Agawam Healthcare
  12. Located at 1200 Suffield Street, inside 01001 zip code area in Hampden county, Agawam Healthcare provides assisted senior living to Agawam, MA senior citizens and includes amenities such as a pharmacy, personalized service plans and an on-site dietitian. Agawam Healthcare can accommodate up to 176 seniors at a time. Agawam Healthcare has official license # of 225642.

    Royal Spring Valley Center

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  13. Royal Spring Valley Center
  14. Located at 81 Chatham Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01609, Royal Spring Valley Center will assist any Worcester county senior citizens with daily tasks and provides amenities like fitness activities, walking trails and help with daily living. Royal Spring Valley Center can provide assisted living care to a maximum of 82 elderly adults at a time. Its license number is 225492.

    Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

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  15. Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  16. Older adults looking for senior assisted living in Canton, Massachusetts will find Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, located at 601 Sherman Street inside 02021 zip code as a wonderful choice for all of their care needs. Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is able to care for up to 154 seniors and allows seniors to stay with pets. Massachusetts records show that Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has a license number of 225418. With amenities that include community dining, medication support and pet-friendly services, Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will be a wonderful choice for any senior citizens.

    Excel Center For Nursing And Rehab At Lexington

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  17. Excel Center For Nursing And Rehab At Lexington
  18. With a location at 840 Emerson Gardens Road in Middlesex county, Excel Center For Nursing And Rehab At Lexington shines at providing assisted living services for older adults in Lexington, MA as well as those who live in nearby areas. Excel Center For Nursing And Rehab At Lexington provides amenities such as housekeeping and emptying trash, a tailored service plan and scheduled bathroom reminders. Excel Center For Nursing And Rehab At Lexington is capable of caring for a maximum of 152 Lexington elderly adults and provides multiple levels of care. Excel Center For Nursing And Rehab At Lexington has an official license to provide senior living for Middlesex, MA residents, with license # 225213.

    Dighton Care And Rehabilitation Center

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  19. Dighton Care And Rehabilitation Center
  20. Dighton Care And Rehabilitation Center, located at 907 Centre Street provides assisted senior living in North Dighton, Massachusetts and includes amenities and services such as a barber and beauty shop, medication dispensing and a registered dietitian. Dighton Care And Rehabilitation Center is equipped to care for up to 30 elderly adults from 02764 zip code in Bristol county and nearby areas. Dighton Care And Rehabilitation Center is licensed to provide assisted living services in North Dighton, Massachusetts, with license # 225612.

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