Assisted Living in Boston

36 Communities

Landmark at Longwood

63 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA
$$$$
14 reviews
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 charming rooms, clean surroundings, menu variety, convenient location and gracious and well-trained staff. The community hosts a number of amenities including resident transportation, in-room cable, private and companion suites, beauty salon and housekeeping/laundry. Reside... (read more)
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Zelma Lacey House of Charlestown

9 W School Street, Boston, MA
$$$$
4 reviews
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 and compliment its attractive decor, furniture, garden area and patio. Amenities include a library, meditation room, fitness center, activity room and a common area featuring a fireplace and piano. Residents and their loved ones appreciate the facility's clean, well-sized rooms wit... (read more)
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Susan Bailis Assisted Living

352 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
$$$$
4 reviews
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 Boston via the Massachusetts Avenue stop on the T transit system. The community is praised for the new facilities, the modern sitting area and the clean and comfortable living areas for residents. Residents and their loved ones also compliment the staff's friendliness and appreciat... (read more)
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Standish Village

1190 Adams Street, Boston, MA
$$$$
6 reviews
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 apartment units, backdropped by a courtyard and the historic Lower Mills neighborhood. Standish Village is regularly celebrated for its comprehensive and inclusive programs that cater to individuals who are affected by Alzheimer's, including an Alzheimer's and dementia support group th... (read more)
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Compass on the Bay Assisted Living

1380 Columbia Road , Boston, MA
$$$$
1 review
Compass on the Bay Assisted Living is a senior housing facility in Boston, Massachusetts. It's located just near the Harbor Walk and the Old Harbor Bay. Residents and visitors consistently give the community high praise for its peaceful ambience and caring staff. Staff remind residents to take their medication, and an on-site chef prepares healthy snacks and communal meals in the fancy, spacious dining room. Residents also appreciate the close attention given to their needs, ... (read more)
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Springhouse Senior Living Community

44-46 Allandale Street, Boston, MA
$$$$
3 reviews
The Boston Urban Wilds and the Allandale Woods are backyard to Springhouse Senior Living Community, a beautiful assisted living facility across the street from Faulkner Hospital. Community residents say they are happy with the spacious common areas and that they love the friendly and caring nature of the staff. Visitors praise the clean and upscale atmosphere of the facility. Urban Wilds features a computer room where residents stay connected and a garden and patio where ever... (read more)
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Compass on the Bay

1380 Columbia, Boston, MA
$$$$
0 reviews
ou want the best for your family and when the telltale signs of memory loss are revealed, finding the right answer can be challenging… until your family finds your way to Compass on the Bay. Formerly The BayView, Compass on the Bay is a state-of-the-art Memory Support Assisted Living community offering research-based treatment programming for those with varying levels of memory loss, including diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease. We focus on the whole person, not just their basic p... (read more)
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Brookdale Quincy Bay

99 Brackett Street, Quincy, MA
$$$$
31 reviews
Brookdale Quincy Bay is situated in Quincy, Massachusetts, conveniently located near shops, churches, a hospital and transportation lines. Residents and their loved ones praise the facility's apartments, which feature amenities such as full kitchens, spacious bathrooms, comfortable living rooms and balconies offering lovely views of the river. Residents have a variety of daily activities to choose from, such as bowling, billiards, music shows and trips to the mall. The delici... (read more)
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Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle

50 Sutherland Road, Brighton, MA
$$$$
16 reviews
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 and the amenities that accompany each one. At Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle, guests have access to fully furnished kitchens, multilayered closets and cleaning services every morning. Residents particularly enjoy the piano concerts which are held in the evening. Their loved o... (read more)
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Wingate Residences at Boylston Place

615 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA
$$$$
8 reviews
Wingate Residences at Boylston Place is nestled in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, near the scenic Webster Conservation Area and The Shops at Chestnut Hill. Residents praise the facility's convenient location, luxury hotel-like apartments and extensive menu options. The community offers numerous activities, including exercise programs, computer lessons and lectures. Visitors compliment the welcoming, knowledgeable staff and cheerful environment. Wingate Residences provides hous... (read more)
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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

$5,770.00 Arlington
$5,500.00 Watertown
$5,200.00 Cambridge
$5,179.00 Brighton
$4,033.00 Boston
$4,000.00 US

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.