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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

    Victorian Mansion

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  1. Victorian Mansion
  2. Victorian Mansion provides assisted living care in Attleboro, Massachusetts. It can house a maximum of 91 older adults at a time. With a location at 574 Newport Avenue, in the 02703 area code inside Bristol county, Victorian Mansion assists those 55 and older adults who need help with daily tasks. Some of the services offered by Victorian Mansion include a fitness center, personalized service plans and an on-site dietitian.

    Royal Braintree Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

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  3. Royal Braintree Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  4. Royal Braintree Nursing And Rehabilitation Center specializes in providing assisted senior living in Norfolk county, Massachusetts. It includes a total of 204 one bedrooms and studios for older adults. Royal Braintree Nursing And Rehabilitation Center is pet-friendly and can provide help with moving around, eating and putting on clothes to any elderly adults living in Braintree, MA and surrounding areas. Royal Braintree Nursing And Rehabilitation Center is located at 95 Commercial Street, 02184 zip code. Royal Braintree Nursing And Rehabilitation Center includes services such as: a library area, specialized intervention program and emergency pendants.

    St Joseph Manor Health Care

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  5. St Joseph Manor Health Care
  6. When looking for assisted senior living in Brockton, Massachusetts, you will find St Joseph Manor Health Care as an excellent luxurious senior care option. It contains a total of 118 assisted living units. It is located at 215 Thatcher Street, 02302 zip code and provides services such as community outings and social gatherings, a licensed nurse and an emergency alert system. Its license number is 225414. St Joseph Manor Health Care offers assisted living not only to Brockton residents, but also to all Plymouth county residents too.

    Cornerstone At Canton

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  7. Cornerstone At Canton
  8. If you require help with everyday tasks, Cornerstone At Canton, located at 175 Revere Street in the 02021 zip code area can help you or your loved one to locate the help with daily living you need in Canton, Massachusetts. Cornerstone At Canton has a total capacity of 90 elderly residents. It provides engaging social activities, medication administration and emergency pendants.

    The Gables At Winchester

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  9. The Gables At Winchester
  10. The Gables At Winchester has a capacity of 88 senior citizens. The Gables At Winchester provides amenities such as: a library area, falls management and incontinence assistance. It is located at 299 Cambridge Street, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living services to Winchester, MA seniors.

    Hermitage Healthcare

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  11. Hermitage Healthcare
  12. Located at 383 Mill Street, inside 01602 zip code area in Worcester county, Hermitage Healthcare provides assisted senior living to Worcester, MA senior citizens and includes amenities such as a cafe, medication monitoring and incontinence assistance. Hermitage Healthcare can accommodate up to 101 seniors at a time. Hermitage Healthcare has official license # of 225009.

    Laurel Ridge Rehab And Skilled Care Center

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  13. Laurel Ridge Rehab And Skilled Care Center
  14. Located at 174 Forest Hills Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02130, Laurel Ridge Rehab And Skilled Care Center can assist any Suffolk county elderly adult with everyday tasks and provides amenities like scheduled transportation, landscaped gardens and pet-friendly services. Laurel Ridge Rehab And Skilled Care Center can provide long-term assisted living to a maximum of 120 seniors at a time. Its license number is 225469.

    Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

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  15. Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  16. Senior Citizens looking for assisted living in Canton, Massachusetts will find Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, located at 601 Sherman Street inside 02021 zip code as a wonderful option for all of their care needs. Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is able to care for up to 154 older adults and allows seniors to stay with cats and small dogs. Massachusetts records show that Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has a license number of 225418. With amenities that include all meals included, walking and jogging paths and continence care, Hellenic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will be a perfect choice for any senior.

    Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence

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  17. Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence
  18. With a location at 17 Chipman Way in Plymouth county, Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence excels at providing assisted living services for senior citizens in Kingston, MA as well as those who live in surrounding areas. Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence offers amenities such as 24-hour awake staff, daily bed-making and help with daily living. Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence is capable of taking care of a maximum of 164 Kingston senior citizens and provides several levels of care. Wingate At Silver Lake Rehab & Skilled Nursing Residence has an official license to provide senior living for Plymouth, MA residents, with license # 225544.

    Henrietta Brewer House

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  19. Henrietta Brewer House
  20. Henrietta Brewer House, located at 11 Mac's Lane, Po Box 2460 provides senior assisted living services in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts and offers services and amenities such as pharmacy service, medication help and an emergency alert system. Henrietta Brewer House is equipped to care for up to 72 older adults from 02568 zip code in Dukes county and nearby areas.

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