Assisted Living in Boston
Landmark at Longwood63 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA
Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown9 W School Street, Boston, MA
Susan Bailis Assisted Living352 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
Standish Village1190 Adams Street, Boston, MA
Compass on the Bay Assisted Living1380 Columbia Road , Boston, MA
Springhouse Senior Living Community44-46 Allandale Street, Boston, MA
Compass on the Bay1380 Columbia, Boston, MA
Brookdale Quincy Bay99 Brackett Street, Quincy, MA
Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle50 Sutherland Road, Brighton, MA
Wingate Residences at Boylston Place615 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA
At A Glance
There are 36 assisted living communities in the city and surrounding suburbs to choose from. The average cost of assisted living in Boston is $4,033 per month, according to the latest estimates from Genworth.
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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Boston
Boston is Massachusetts's largest city and one of the oldest cities in the U.S. It is a major hub for arts, culture and education and the site of the country’s very first lighthouse. The city is home to a large population of just over 680,000 people with 10.7 percent of residents over 65. These seniors are served by seven assisted living facilities in Boston and over 40 in the surrounding areas. The Department of Elder Affairs in Massachusetts is responsible for regulation and licensing of ALFs which are defined as facilities that provide room and board and personal care services to seniors.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Boston
- Boston can be an expensive place to live with the cost of living averaging 69.9 percent higher than the rest of the U.S. This is mainly due to housing but grocery, transportation and health care costs are also higher than national averages.
- The weather in Boston is seasonal with warm, temperate summers and wet, chilly winters. Average temperatures can range from highs of 82 degrees Fahrenheit in July and lows of 19 degrees in January.
- Boston provides seniors with a wealth of entertainment options including the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Aquarium and the Paul Revere House, all of which are wheelchair accessible. The Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a a Boston landmark where seniors can shop and watch entertainment. The Senior Shuttle offers free transportation for seniors to medical appointments along with shopping and social activities.
- Massachusetts does not tax Social Security but does tax all other forms of retirement income such as private pensions. This may affect seniors on a budget.
- Even though Boston is known as America’s Walking City, it does offer plenty of public transportation for seniors who don’t drive. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority offers subway, bus, trolley car and boat service throughout the city. Seniors can apply for a Senior CharlieCard which allows them to use the subway, bus, commuter rail and ferry at reduced fares.
- Boston has an array of community resources for seniors, including the city’s Elderly Commission, an organization that provides seniors transportation, discount programs, advocacy and assistance with government benefits. The city is home to seven senior centers.
Paying for Assisted Living in Boston
Average Monthly Costs
Cities in Massachusetts
Assisted Living costs in Boston start around $4,033 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Boston and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Boston
Massachusetts offers seniors supplemental income to help pay for assisted living through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program, a federal program of the Social Security Administration.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Massachusetts page.
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
Boston and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
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.