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About Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

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About Care Homes

Residential care homes are shared neighborhood homes for seniors who need a live-in caregiver to assist with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing.

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Veterans Resources

VA benefits for long-term care, such as Aid and Attendance benefits, can help eligible veterans and their surviving spouses pay for senior care.

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About Home Care

Home care relies on trained aides to provide companionship and non-medical care for seniors living at home.

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About Independent Living

Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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About Memory Care

Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.

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About Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.

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Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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If you’re looking for independent living in the Boston area, our local senior living advisors can help you each step of the way. From affordable independent living for seniors to luxury options, we’ll work with you to understand the cost of independent living in Boston. From there, we’ll show you the best independent living communities for your lifestyle, interests, and budget.

Discover unique independent living amenities, social activities, dining, and more independent living benefits. With 346 independent living facilities in Boston, A Place for Mom makes it easier to find your new, maintenance-free home.

Independent Living Facilities in Boston, MA

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Susan Bailis Assisted Living Community

352 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

4.7
(6 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Located just minutes from Symphony Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, residents of the Susan Bailis Assisted Living Community live in the heart of Boston's thriving cultural and entertainment world. Convenient to nearby shopping, restaurants, and a host of...

The Diane and Mark Goldman Family Residences

112 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116

(0 review)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Hale House

273 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

(0 review)

Studio, 1 Bed

Birch Heights

7 Kendall Pond Road, Derry, NH 03038

4.5
(71 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Birch Heights provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Situated on beautiful grounds in the scenic town of Derry, you'll love the quiet elegance of our facilities while enjoying the convenience of being in the heart of it all. We may have a small town feel, but...

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Atria Marland Place

15 Stevens Street, Andover, MA 01810

4.3
(55 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

For more than 18 years, Atria Marland Place has been the senior living provider of choice for Andover's wisest older adults. Building on this foundation of trust, they've recently completed a thoughtful, thorough renovation to expand and enhance their community — including the addition of Atria...

Whitcomb House

245 West Street, Milford, MA 01757

4.4
(44 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Make yourself at home in the warm, welcoming community of Whitcomb House in Milford, MA, where abundant amenities and thoughtful features provide comfort and convenience. Our Assisted Living residents enjoy regular live entertainment as well as several family events throughout the year. Imagine...

Atria Maplewood Place

295 Broadway, Malden, MA 02148

4.3
(47 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

At Atria Maplewood Place, you'll find a friendly, family-like environment in a peaceful New England town. Residents are close to shopping, the theater, movies, places of worship and Revere Beach. Atria Maplewood Place combines the convenience of city life with the comforts of country living.Atria...

Sunrise of Burlington MA

24 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803

4.6
(43 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

Sunrise of Burlington is nestled right in the heart of this great town. Our attractively designed apartments overlook suburban neighborhoods, forests and a town baseball field. Enjoy watching baseball and lacrosse practices in your own backyard! If you are a proud Burlington resident you will be...

Brookdale Cushing Park

300 West Farm Pond Road, Framingham, MA 01702

4.2
(45 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Quality Care Today and TomorrowIf you are ready to exchange the burdens of household chores and maintenance for a lifestyle rich in comfort and quality care, prepare to savor the good life. Nestled on more than 100 acres in Framingham, Massachusetts, our community offers a wonderful quality of...

Langdon Place of Nashua

319 East Dunstable Road, Nashua, NH 03062

4.7
(38 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Langdon Place of Nashua is located in historic and scenic Nashua, New Hampshire, the only city to be voted 'The Best Place to Live' by Money magazine on two separate occasions. Our lovely city is quaint and welcoming with plenty of recreational, cultural and religious opportunities that our...

Maplewood at Weston

99 Norumbega Road, Weston, MA 02493

4.4
(38 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Maplewood at Weston is located along the Charles River in one of the most desirable suburbs in the country. Surrounded by the tranquil countryside, our community is just minutes from the many cultural attractions of Boston, including the Museum of Fine Arts and The Boston Symphony Orchestra. We...

Brookdale Eddy Pond West

669 Washington Street, Auburn, MA 01501

4.0
(43 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Freedom to Live WellGet ready to exchange cooking, cleaning and laundry for a rich and full retirement experience. At our assisted living and memory care community in Auburn, Massachusetts, we handle the household chores so you can spend more time doing the things you love. With cozy private...

Greenwich Farms at Warwick

75 Minnesota Avenue, Warwick, RI 02888

4.4
(38 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Greenwich Farms at Warwick located in Warwick, RI is a Benchmark Senior Living independent living residential community for active seniors who are looking to socialize, stay active, and no longer want the worry of owning a home. Are you ready to enjoy a carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle?...

Colonial Gardens

105 Cherry Hill Drive, Beverly, MA 01915

3.9
(41 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

We believe that Colonial Gardens Gracious Retirement Living is so much more than walls and windows - it's a place to enjoy home-cooked meals, game night, or a quiet evening with family and friends. It's where you always feel comfortable, safe, and secure. At Colonial Gardens Gracious Retirement...

Atria Merrimack Place

85 Storey Avenue, Newburyport, MA 01950

4.3
(38 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Atria Merrimack Place in Newburyport, MA in Essex County is a senior living community for active, independent-minded seniors. Our community resides on beautiful grounds, with lush greenery in a quiet residential area. We're located in close proximity to the Interstate 95 and surrounded by the...

The Linden at Dedham

391 Common St, Dedham, MA 02026

4.1
(38 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed

The Linden at Dedham is nestled in an inviting green country setting in a quiet wooded area conveniently located off of Route 95. Although we are not the “shiny penny” in our market, we offer all the comforts of home with unparalleled nursing care, coupled with longevity amongst its staff. As a...

Atria Marina Place

Four Seaport Drive, Quincy, MA 02171

4.2
(38 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

At Atria Marina Place, you'll find a welcoming senior community just 10 minutes from Boston on the seaside enclave of Marina Bay. Invite friends and family to enjoy the fresh breeze coming from the water or participate in one of more than 250 monthly activities.Atria Marina Place offers a choice...

The Linden at Danvers

220 Conant St, Danvers, MA 01923

3.6
(44 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

The Linden at Danvers is a highly regarded senior care community in Danvers, Massachusetts providing assisted living and memory care services. Our stunning and inviting home-like community enjoys a prime location next to the world famous Cherry Hill Creamery and is just minutes from grocery...

Atria Bay Spring Village

147 Bay Spring Avenue, Barrington, RI 02806

4.3
(37 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

At Atria Bay Spring Village, residents will find a picturesque senior living community with a vibrant social calendar. Enjoy reading a book or chatting with friends in cozy community lounges, or on sunny days, relax in our beautiful, serene courtyards. Atria Bay Spring Village is near Barrington...

Brookdale Quincy Bay

99 Brackett Street, Quincy, MA 02169

4.1
(38 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Welcome to the Good LifeIf you are ready to exchange the burdens of household chores for scenic views of Quincy Bay and the breathtaking Boston skyline, our independent and assisted living community is the place for you. You can enjoy all the conveniences of the city without sacrificing the...

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Cost of independent living in Boston, MA

The average cost of senior living in Boston is $4,839 per month. Cheaper nearby regions include West Roxbury, MA with an average of $1,021 per month.

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What is independent living?

Independent living offers a stress-free lifestyle for older adults. Independent living communities don’t provide personal care or supervision, but do offer generally healthy adults opportunities for socialization and hassle-free living. Independent living services often include:

  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Social activities and outings
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Services for seniors in Boston, Massachusetts

Financial assistance

Transportation

Health care

Senior activities

In Boston, Massachusetts, seniors have access to local offices and organizations that may help them obtain financial assistance for senior care, including:

Financial assistance

In Boston, Massachusetts, seniors have access to local offices and organizations that may help them obtain financial assistance for senior care, including:

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Transportation

Boston is not car dependent, meaning seniors can expect to rely on public transportation. Transit options in Boston include a number of bus, commuter rail, subway, and ferry options managed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Seniors may receive fare discounts. Boston has robust biking infrastructure and is walkable.

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Health care

Boston offers several health care providers for seniors wanting to be proactive about their health or for seniors seeking treatment for chronic conditions. The area has several hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical.

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Senior activities

With one of the largest reputations in the county, the city of Boston boasts a wide set of attractions and a vibrant local culture. Some renowned and senior-friendly attractions throughout Boston include the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Aquarium, and the historic Paul Revere House. The city is also home to a number of senior centers that host wide-ranging activities to fit a variety of interests.

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Boston, Massachusetts

 

Independent Living

An Independent Living Community allows residents the choice to live an active life while making sure their essential needs are fulfilled. Residents may continue to use their free time as they wish while their meals are cooked by a professionall chef, housekeeping and laundry duties are handled by staff, and recreational activities are scheduled and organized. Along with their daily needs being met, residents can enjoy the opportunity to be among peers, in a community with others of similar age groups and interests. Within the individual units, residents have access to a private living space and a full kitchen, and can even live with a partner if they choose. While policies differ between communities, numerous residences allow pets as well. Nursing and health care services may always be arranged for with private care providers if desired. There are a number of costs and advantages to consider while determining an independent living community. It is important to learn if these services are covered in the plan: private phone, internet access, cable TV, parking, utilities, field trips, laundry, and Waiting list deposit. The luxuries associated with independent living include laundry service, fitness center & swimming pool, healthcare center, game/TV room, restaurant-style dining hall, private rental hall, transportation, and golf course.

Demographics and Values

In terms of crime, Boston has 7.0 violent crimes per 1000 residents and 22.5 property crimes per 1000 residents. Demographically, Boston is 52.8% white, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 7.2% other or not specified, 9.5% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 25.3% black, 19.4% Hispanic, and 4.9% mixed race. In terms of non-Christian denominations in Boston, out of the total population 0.7% practice Judaism, 1.0% practice an Eastern religion, and 1.1% practice Islam. In Boston, 37.2% are nonbelievers. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of Boston 48.2% practice Catholicism, 4.9% practice another Christian faith, and 2.0% are Baptists. Of the population of Boston 47.4% have a college degree, 20.9% have a high-school diploma, and 21.3% have a graduate degree. During the last presidential election, 81.8% voted Democrat, 4.1% voted for a third party candidate, and 14.1% voted Republican in Suffolk county. In Boston, 2.9% of the citizens are veterans of the United States armed forces. Boston is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Out of the total city population, 51.9% are female and 48.1% are male. In Boston, 20.4% of the population are over the age of 55, 8.1% are over the age of 60, 4.5% are over the age of 70, and 2.9% are over the age of 80. The median age of Boston is 32 years old. Out of the total population of Boston, 3.9% do not have health insurance, 12.3% have some form of disability, 68.9% participate in the labor force, and 4.1% are widowed. The current population of Boston is growing at a rate of 0.009%. Boston has a population density of 5,472 people per square mile.

Cost of Living

Cost of living can be a major influence when determining which destination is best for your family. The sales tax in Boston is 6.25%. The rent burden for Boston is around 22.6% of the average person’s monthly income. Monthly, the median rent in Boston is $1,964 and the median home value for Boston is about $455,371.

Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers

Access to medical communities can be a significant consideration in selecting the right destination for you or your loved one. In total, there are 13 hospitals located in Boston which offer emergency services and other healthcare. The top hospitals that service Boston include Massachusetts General Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, and Brigham And Women’s Faulkner Hospital.

Regional Climate and Weather Information

For many seniors, weather and climate are a major influence in determining a home that is right for you. During the summer months, the average temperature in Boston is approximately 73F. The low summer temperature drops to about 59F in the month of June. The summer high is at around 85F during July. During winter months, the average air temperature sinks to roughly 33F. The winter high will rise to roughly 45F during the month of December. The low winter temperature is around 22 F during the month of February. On average, the air quality index rating in Boston is approximately 48.3. The average AQI conditions are rated as good. This means that there is no health advisory associated with the air quality for this destination. The air quality index rating is at its peak in December at about 58.7. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. Boston has a humid subtropical type of climate. Monthly, Boston measures around 4 inches of precipitation. The most precipitation historically occurs in October with an average of 5 inches in a month. Boston receives an average of 48.10 inches of snow in a year. On average, the humidity level for Boston is about 64%. Humidity ratings reach their peak in September at roughly 69%.

State Information

An overview of Massachusetts

Residents of Massachusetts enjoy its natural beauty which ranks 26th in the United States. In terms of personal well-being, Massachusetts ranks 2nd in healthcare and 8th in quality of life compared to other states. There are 78 hospitals and 129 health centers that service a population of 6,941,273. The three highest ranked hospitals in Massachusetts are Cape Cod Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital. In terms of resources, Massachusetts has a cost of living index of 133.8, a grocery index rating of 113.9, and a housing index rating of 170.3. These index ratings are based on a system where 100 is considered the national average and anything above 100 is considered more expensive than said average.

Social demographics of the state

In the most recent presidential election, 33% of Massachusetts residents voted Republican and 60% voted Democrat. In terms of religious values, 23% of Massachusetts’s population regularly attend some form of service and there are in total 4,200 different congregations. The top three Christian denominations in the state are Evangelical Protestant-9%, Mainline Protestant-10%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-3%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%. In Massachusetts there are 27 masonic lodges. The median age in the state is 39, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. The state of Massachusetts ranks 16th in the country for diversity and the state is considered very LGBTQ friendly.

State-wide weather information

On average, Massachusetts has an air quality index rating of around 38.9 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of May with a rating of around 47.5 AQI. On average, the humidity rating for Massachusetts is around 71%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of December at around 71%. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 28F. The average high winter temperature is around 45F in the month of January. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around 7F during the month of December. During the summer, the average temperature in Massachusetts is around 68F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 85F during the month of July. In the summer, the average low temperature drops to around 50F during the month of June. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of May at around 6.10 inches. On average, the state receives 4.04 inches of precipitation a month. While residents of Massachusetts mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Massachusetts can include hurricanes, earthquakes (moderate), and and tornados.

Wildlife to be found in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of American linden, eastern red cedar, eastern hemlock, and American beech. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the obedient plant, the spotted geranium, the white pine, or the cut leaf coneflower. The state animal of Massachusetts is the woodchucks.

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