Lenox is a small, green, safe town in western Massachusetts with just over 4,900 people and has a very high population of seniors over aged 65. At 38.4%, the number of seniors living in Lenox more than double the national average of 16.5%.

Assisted living is generally suited to seniors who need more frequent care and supervision than what can be accomplished by in-home care services or friends and family. Residents of assisted living facilities are provided with meals, personal care, security, medication management and coordinated health care. In Lenox, the cost of assisted living is relatively high, at $5,789 per month, according to the Genworth Financial 2020 Cost of Care Survey. This is much higher than the U.S. average but a little lower than the average for Massachusetts.

This guide contains useful information on assisted living costs in Lenox, as well as local and state government agencies and resources that relate to seniors. An overview of the pros and cons of receiving care in Lenox is also provided.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Lenox, MA

Kimball Farms

235 Walker Street, Lenox, MA, 01240

We liked Kimball Farms. The staff was very helpful. I liked that it was a very active community. They had a lot of activities and good transportation in the area. The rooms and the dining room were ve … (read more)
We liked Kimball Farms. The staff was very helpful. I liked that it was a very active community. They had a lot of activities and good transportation in the area. The rooms and the dining room were ve … (read more)

Lenox Schoolhouse Apartments

109 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA, 01240


2015, 2016, 2018

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place

140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, MA, 01201

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place is located in the outskirts of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just across from Pittsfield State Forest. Visitors speak highly of attentive, personable staff members w … (read more)
Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place is located in the outskirts of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just across from Pittsfield State Forest. Visitors speak highly of attentive, personable staff members w … (read more)

2013

Sugar Hill Senior Living Community

45 Main Street, Dalton, MA, 01226

Sugar Hill Senior Living Community is situated in Dalton, Massachusetts, just above the Appalachian Trail Corridor. Residents are delighted by holiday festivities such as a prime rib dinner for Christ … (read more)
Sugar Hill Senior Living Community is situated in Dalton, Massachusetts, just above the Appalachian Trail Corridor. Residents are delighted by holiday festivities such as a prime rib dinner for Christ … (read more)

Lee HealthCare

600 Laurel Street, Lee, MA, 01238

Lee HealthCare is an assisted living facility that lies along U.S. Route 20 in Lee, Massachusetts, near Laurel Lake and the October Mountain State Forest. It receives high marks for its friendly, welc … (read more)
Lee HealthCare is an assisted living facility that lies along U.S. Route 20 in Lee, Massachusetts, near Laurel Lake and the October Mountain State Forest. It receives high marks for its friendly, welc … (read more)

Rosewood Homestyle Assisted

318 Onota Street, Pittsfield, MA, 01201

Rosewood Homestyle Assisted in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is near Wahconah Park off of Highway 7, is near shopping centers and there is a medical center about one mile away. Reviewers regularly mention … (read more)
Rosewood Homestyle Assisted in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is near Wahconah Park off of Highway 7, is near shopping centers and there is a medical center about one mile away. Reviewers regularly mention … (read more)

Side by Side

120 Onota St, Pittsfield, MA, 01201

Side by Side is located in the residential outskirts of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and offers assisted living. Relatives note the ample staff available in this small facility and emphasize the good re … (read more)
Side by Side is located in the residential outskirts of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and offers assisted living. Relatives note the ample staff available in this small facility and emphasize the good re … (read more)

Springside of Pittsfield

255 Lebanon Ave, Pittsfield, MA, 01201



What to Consider About Assisted Living in Lenox

In Lenox and Massachusetts as a whole, assisted living facilities must be certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The certification process includes a thorough review of facility staffing, administration, policies and procedures, as well as routine inspections and applications for renewal.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Lenox

  • Despite its relatively low population of around 5,000, Lenox has several very large long-term care facilities and retirement communities. These facilities attract many elderly residents to the town — 38.4% of the population is aged over 65, which is more than double the state and national averages. As a result, there is greater access to physicians, specialists and other related services that are important to this segment of the population.
  • The state of Massachusetts is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, although Lenox itself has yet to join. Membership in the network is an indication that local and state governments are planning ahead and actively working to give seniors more opportunities, better care and quality of life.
  • The town’s population density is relatively low at approximately 236 residents per square mile. This low density is partly responsible for the low crime rates in town. Crime rates in Lenox are below average for the United States; that coupled with the many safety and security measures taken in assisted facilities, may make seniors feel good about retiring in Lenox. 
  • Lenox has a cost of living that’s 8.7% higher than the national average. Specifically, housing costs in the town are 39.7% higher, which carries over to assisted living costs. Health care costs in Lenox are 12.3% lower than average for the U.S., but still higher than the state average by 4%.
  • The winter months in Lenox are perhaps not as senior-friendly as elsewhere in the country, as is the case for the entire northeast, with a January low of 11.6 degrees in the metro area. However, residents of assisted living and other care facilities aren’t exposed to these weather conditions as much as the general public.

Paying for Assisted Living in Lenox

According to the Genworth Financial 2020 Cost of Care Survey, seniors in Lenox pay approximately $5,789 per month for assisted living care. The Massachusetts average is even higher, at $6,085 per month. Both city and state are priced well above the U.S. average of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The closest city included in the survey is Springfield, which has assisted living costs that are lower by $39 per month compared to Lenox. Worcester is more affordable, at $5,488 per month, and Boston has an average cost of $6,100. The cost of care is much lower across the border from Lenox, in Albany, New York, where residents pay $4,800 per month.

$5789

Lenox

$6085

Massachusetts

$4300

The United States

$5750

Springfield

$5488

Worcester

$6100

Boston

$4800

Albany, NY

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Most alternatives to assisted living are likewise priced above average in Lenox. The exception is adult day health care, which has a lower average cost than the state and country overall, at $1,408 per month. In-home care services cost roughly $460 less than assisted living, with only $10 separating the cost of homemaker and home health aide services. Semiprivate rooms in Lenox nursing facilities cost an average of $11,102, while private rooms are twice as expensive as assisted living, at $11,863.

$5329

Homemaker Services

$5339

Home Health Aide

$1408

Adult Day Health Care

$5789

Assisted Living Facility

$11102

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11863

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Lenox was not available, so data for the closest city, Pittsfield, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lenox

Seniors in Massachusetts who qualify for the state’s Medicaid system may be able to get financial assistance for assisted living through the Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI-G) Assisted Living Benefit programs.

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 Lenox

Seniors and their loved ones in Lenox have access to free resources that can help them with questions about health insurance, general wellness and free medical equipment. These resources may also help solve other aging and disability-related issues for those still living in their own home or elsewhere in the community.

Resource

Contact

Service

(413) 637-5535

Each area of Massachusetts is served by a Council on Aging (COA) that provides direct services, referrals and information that can help local seniors. Assisted living residents may benefit most from help enrolling in the prescription drug program or applying for financial assistance. Upcoming events, lunch menus and health clinics are posted on the website's calendar. The Lenox COA has its office in the Community Center and is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

(413) 499-0524

This organization works at the county level and its purpose is fairly similar to the Lenox COA. It's a larger organization with a wider scope of services, however. In official terms, Elder Services is designated as the Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) for the whole county, and its main office is nearby in Pittsfield. Services include options counseling, ADRC information and referrals, ombudsman, prescription advantage, senior employment, SHINE and transportation.

(413) 442-1562

UCP of Western Massachusetts manages the distribution of free assistive technology in and around Lenox. It provides refurbished equipment such as wheelchairs (powered and manual), lifts, walkers and other items. This program is mandated by the state and is open to seniors in the area and people of any age who have disabilities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Lenox

Lenox-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