Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, is the most populated city in the state. The city is home to an estimated 675,647 people, including 78,000 seniors aged 65 and over. With retiree-friendly tax policies and great public transportation, Boston is a good retirement location for seniors who enjoy living in a bustling metropolis with ample amenities and events right on their doorstep.

Assisted living facilities are communities that support seniors with daily tasks such as bathing, housekeeping and medication management. Assisted living is suited to seniors who are not in need of 24/7 medical care but who require some extra daily assistance. In Boston, the average price of assisted living is $6,819 per month, which is slightly higher than the state average of $6,500. 

This guide provides an overview of assisted living in Boston. To find out about average monthly care costs, the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Boston and to learn about free local resources, read on. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Boston, MA

Springhouse Senior Living

44-46 Allandale Street, Boston, MA, 02130

We chose Springhouse for Mom because it’s very close to our home, and the people were very nice. It wasn’t the cheapest or the most expensive. It would be a good fit for her. The staff was very pleasa … (read more)
We chose Springhouse for Mom because it’s very close to our home, and the people were very nice. It wasn’t the cheapest or the most expensive. It would be a good fit for her. The staff was very pleasa … (read more)

Susan Bailis Assisted Living

352 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115

Susan Bailis Assisted Living Community is located in the heart of Boston, less than a mile away from Interstate 90, Fenway Park and the Charles River. Residents have easy access to the amenities in Bo … (read more)
Susan Bailis Assisted Living Community is located in the heart of Boston, less than a mile away from Interstate 90, Fenway Park and the Charles River. Residents have easy access to the amenities in Bo … (read more)

Standish Village

1190 Adams Street, Boston, MA, 02124

Standish Village is nestled between Dorchester Park and Lower Mills VFW Memorial Post Playground, with the facility taking full advantage of nearby greenways and parks. The facility features 85 apartm … (read more)
Standish Village is nestled between Dorchester Park and Lower Mills VFW Memorial Post Playground, with the facility taking full advantage of nearby greenways and parks. The facility features 85 apartm … (read more)

Landmark at Longwood

63 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA, 02120

Landmark at Longwood is located in a suburban area of Boston, Massachusetts, with close access to medical centers, churches and historic attractions. Residents and visitors applaud the facility’s char … (read more)
Landmark at Longwood is located in a suburban area of Boston, Massachusetts, with close access to medical centers, churches and historic attractions. Residents and visitors applaud the facility’s char … (read more)

Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown

9 W School Street, Boston, MA, 02129

Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown is located on a quiet street in the historic neighborhood of Charlestown in Boston, Massachusetts. Visitors are impressed with the facility’s beauty and cleanliness an … (read more)
Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown is located on a quiet street in the historic neighborhood of Charlestown in Boston, Massachusetts. Visitors are impressed with the facility’s beauty and cleanliness an … (read more)

2013, 2022

Atria Marina Place

Four Seaport Drive, North Quincy, MA, 02171

I toured the assisted living of Atria Marina Place. I thought the area itself was really beautiful. I liked it because I’ve been around the Marina Bay area before. It was in a very quiet, sort of secl … (read more)
I toured the assisted living of Atria Marina Place. I thought the area itself was really beautiful. I liked it because I’ve been around the Marina Bay area before. It was in a very quiet, sort of secl … (read more)

2013

Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle

50 Sutherland Road, Brighton, MA, 02135

Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle is tucked into Brighton, Massachusetts, adjacent to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and Beacon Street. Visitors are impressed by the spaciousness of the studio apartments … (read more)
Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle is tucked into Brighton, Massachusetts, adjacent to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and Beacon Street. Visitors are impressed by the spaciousness of the studio apartments … (read more)

2013

Holiday Maplewood Place

295 Broadway, Malden, MA, 02148

We went to Atria Maplewood Place. We had lunch, and they gave us a tour. They were very nice. It felt spacious. I think it had been renovated. It used to be a school, so they had nice, big, high ceili … (read more)
We went to Atria Maplewood Place. We had lunch, and they gave us a tour. They were very nice. It felt spacious. I think it had been renovated. It used to be a school, so they had nice, big, high ceili … (read more)

Evans Park at Newton Corner

430 Centre Street, Newton, MA, 02458

Evans Park at Newton Corner is located on the northeast end of Newton, Massachusetts, a short distance from the freeway off-ramp. Many guests live in studio apartments that are furnished with sinks, k … (read more)
Evans Park at Newton Corner is located on the northeast end of Newton, Massachusetts, a short distance from the freeway off-ramp. Many guests live in studio apartments that are furnished with sinks, k … (read more)

The Residence at Watertown Square

20 Summer Street, Watertown, MA, 02472

My mother was a here for assisted living. The facility is clean and bright, the food is good, and there are lots of activities for the diverse residents — some still very active, others more infirm … (read more)
My mother was a here for assisted living. The facility is clean and bright, the food is good, and there are lots of activities for the diverse residents — some still very active, others more infirm … (read more)

The Residence at Melrose Station

158 Essex Street, Melrose, MA, 02176

The Residence at Melrose Station was extremely luxurious. It just opened and it’s like a 5-star hotel. It was beautiful. It was on the pricier side, but when they first opened they were offering huge … (read more)
The Residence at Melrose Station was extremely luxurious. It just opened and it’s like a 5-star hotel. It was beautiful. It was on the pricier side, but when they first opened they were offering huge … (read more)

Providence House Assisted Living

180 Corey Rd, Brighton, MA, 02135

Providence House Assisted Living is located in Brighton, Massachusetts, near St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, parks and restaurants. Residents report being impressed with the delicious food. The facili … (read more)
Providence House Assisted Living is located in Brighton, Massachusetts, near St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, parks and restaurants. Residents report being impressed with the delicious food. The facili … (read more)

2013

Sunrise of Arlington MA

1395 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476

Sunrise of Arlington MA is located in Arlington, Massachusetts, close to shopping centers, eateries and the Lexington Bike Path. Visitors describe the facility as immaculate and beautiful with a frien … (read more)
Sunrise of Arlington MA is located in Arlington, Massachusetts, close to shopping centers, eateries and the Lexington Bike Path. Visitors describe the facility as immaculate and beautiful with a frien … (read more)

Brigham House

341 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA, 02472

Brigham House is located in a residential neighborhood in historic Watertown, Massachusetts. Visitors love the facility’s grounds, which include a well-landscaped park, patios and gardens, and they re … (read more)
Brigham House is located in a residential neighborhood in historic Watertown, Massachusetts. Visitors love the facility’s grounds, which include a well-landscaped park, patios and gardens, and they re … (read more)

The Residence at Boylston Place

615 Heath St, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467

I chose The Residence at Boylston Place because Josh, the CEO, and the staff that I met were very gracious and friendly. I felt comfortable with them. They have lots of interesting, varied, and age-ap … (read more)
I chose The Residence at Boylston Place because Josh, the CEO, and the staff that I met were very gracious and friendly. I felt comfortable with them. They have lots of interesting, varied, and age-ap … (read more)

Sophia Snow Place

1205-1215 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA, 02132

Sophia Snow Place is a mid-large sized facility, with 36 supportive living suites and 66 for independent living, tucked away in a beautiful area of West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Surrounded on almost al … (read more)
Sophia Snow Place is a mid-large sized facility, with 36 supportive living suites and 66 for independent living, tucked away in a beautiful area of West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Surrounded on almost al … (read more)

The Parc at Harbor View

46 Lincoln Street, Winthrop, MA, 02152


Sunrise of Newton

431 Washington Street, Newton, MA, 02458

I like Sunrise of Newton. I like the openness of the hallways and the elevators. Because it’s new, they were able to have more space. They took time to follow up and answer my questions. They have a f … (read more)
I like Sunrise of Newton. I like the openness of the hallways and the elevators. Because it’s new, they were able to have more space. They took time to follow up and answer my questions. They have a f … (read more)

Prospect House

420 Reservoir Avenue, Revere, MA, 02151

Located in Revere, Massachusetts, the spacious Prospect House senior living community is in proximity to local beaches and numerous regional cultural attractions. Friends and family comment on the var … (read more)
Located in Revere, Massachusetts, the spacious Prospect House senior living community is in proximity to local beaches and numerous regional cultural attractions. Friends and family comment on the var … (read more)

Brightview Arlington

1 Symmes Road, Arlington, MA, 02474

Brightview Arlington was very nice. The rooms were also nice. They had an exercise class, a Catholic mass, activities for gathering in the living room where a lot of people were there all the time, pa … (read more)
Brightview Arlington was very nice. The rooms were also nice. They had an exercise class, a Catholic mass, activities for gathering in the living room where a lot of people were there all the time, pa … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Boston

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Massachusetts. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Boston

Boston-area assisted living facilities are overseen by the Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification. This agency is responsible for licensing assisted living facilities in the state, and it carries out unannounced inspections and checks to make sure that all facilities are compliant with the state rules and regulations

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Boston

  • Crime rates in Boston are relatively high and considerably higher than the national average. Violent crime rates in Boston are significantly higher than the state average at 6.48 cases per 1,000 residents compared to 3.03 per 1,000 residents for the state. Property crime rates are also higher than the Massachusetts average. However compared to other communities with a similar population, Boston’s crime rate is markedly lower than average, making it safer than most cities of a comparable size. 
  • Boston has a continental climate with large contrasts between seasons. The city enjoys hot sunny summers but has cold snowy winters. In summer, temperatures can reach 100 °F, and in winter they can get down to 0 °F, but spring and fall are pleasant.
  • The cost of living in Boston is high, ranked in the top 1% of the most expensive cities in the world. Living costs are 48% higher than the national average, with utilities 41% higher and transportation 11% higher. However, Boston can still be an affordable place for seniors to live with the help of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which offers services for seniors to assist with living costs. 
  • Boston boasts excellent health care facilities. Massachusetts General Hospital has been ranked the best hospital in the United States and the second best in the world. Other high-quality hospitals and medical centers in the city include Boston Medical Center.
  • Massachusetts is relatively tax-friendly for seniors. Although private pensions are usually taxable, government pensions are exempt. The state also fully exempts Social Security retirement benefits. Estate tax has an exemption of $1 million, which is one of the lowest in the United States. These tax policies help seniors enjoy a higher quality of life and keep more of their life earnings. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Boston

Assisted living in Boston costs an average of $6,819 per month, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. The median cost of assisted living in Massachusetts is $6,500, and the national average is $4,500 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

With an average monthly cost of $6,819, Boston is one of the most expensive cities for assisted living in Massachusetts. The only city that is more expensive is Barnstable Town which costs $7,000 per month. The nearby city of Worcester is significantly cheaper than Boston at $5,685 and the cheapest city in the state for assisted living is Pittsfield, where the average monthly cost is only $2,084.

$6819

Boston

$6500

Massachusetts

$4500

The United States

$7000

Barnstable Town

$5685

Worcester

$2084

Pittsfield

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Many other long-term care options are available to seniors in Boston. At $1,614, adult day health care is the cheapest option and significantly more affordable than assisted living, making it a good choice for seniors who only require assistance during the week. For seniors who prefer to stay living at home, home health aide care is available for an average rate of $6,244 per month, and homemaker services are available for an average of $6,292 per month. Seniors who require a higher level of care may choose nursing homes, where a private room typically costs $14,402 per month and a semiprivate room costs $13,155.

$6292

Homemaker Services

$6244

Home Health Aide

$1614

Adult Day Health Care

$6819

Assisted Living Facility

$13155

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$14402

Nursing Home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Boston

MassHealth, the Medicaid program of the state of Massachusetts, covers the cost of assisted living services through the Moving Forward Plan – Residential Supports (MFP-RS) waiver for eligible seniors in Boston or through the Supportive Senior Housing Initiative for residents of state-funded assisted living residences.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Massachusetts page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Massachusetts

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Massachusetts page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Boston

In Boston, resources are available to support seniors who live in or are considering moving to an assisted living community. Local government agencies and several nonprofit organizations offer free services to seniors, including senior centers, benefits counseling and social activities.  

Resource

Contact

Service

(617) 727-7750

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs provides seniors with resources to promote empowerment, independence and optimum well-being. Services include resources to assist seniors with dementia, nutrition programs and options counseling. 

(617) 727-7750

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program resolves problems related to welfare, health and rights of individuals in assisting living communities and nursing homes. The ombudsmen regularly visit communities so that residents can voice any concerns or complaints. 

(617) 277-7416

Central Boston Elder Services provides programs that promote dignity and independence. Seniors can learn about home care programs, senior care options and adult foster care. The office helps seniors and their families and caregivers to reduce social, economic and health disparities. 

617-635-5175

The BCYF Golden Age Senior Center is a senior center that offers a community room and kitchen where seniors can enjoy lunches and socialize. Activities include bingo, book club and walking club. The center also provides information on home repair programs and social services. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Boston

Boston-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Massachusetts are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Massachusetts page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Massachusetts