North Andover is a town in Essex County with a population of nearly 32,000, including almost 5,000 seniors aged 65 or older. Located about 24 miles north of Boston, North Andover is a quiet and safe suburb sitting on the banks of the Merrimack River in the Merrimack Valley. Boasting four distinct seasons, North Andover has many things to do, including many outdoor activities for active seniors. Visiting grandkids also have numerous recreational opportunities at Stevens Pond, and the vibrant senior center provides age-appropriate programs and services for older adults.

Assisted living facilities provide personalized care combined with continued independence in a less restrictive home-like setting that many seniors seek. The average cost of assisted living in North Andover is $6,100, slightly higher than the state average but much higher than the national average.

This guide covers assisted living in North Andover, including a beneficial cost comparison of other senior care options and assisted living costs in nearby communities. It also provides an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of retiring here and a list of free resources for seniors looking for various support services.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in North Andover, MA

Ashland Farm at North Andover

700 Chickering Road, North Andover, MA, 01845

Ashland Farm at North Andover is located in North Andover, Massachusetts, only 3 miles away from Lawrence General Hospital and Interstate 495. Residents and their families appreciate the kind, informa … (read more)
Ashland Farm at North Andover is located in North Andover, Massachusetts, only 3 miles away from Lawrence General Hospital and Interstate 495. Residents and their families appreciate the kind, informa … (read more)

Brightview North Andover

1275 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA, 01845

My mom has moved into Brightview North Andover. Everyone is nice there, the staff, and the residents. This is a very friendly environment. There are a lot of different room setups, and I chose one bas … (read more)
My mom has moved into Brightview North Andover. Everyone is nice there, the staff, and the residents. This is a very friendly environment. There are a lot of different room setups, and I chose one bas … (read more)

Prescott House

140 Prescott Street, North Andover, MA, 01845

I was in for rehab services… my PT’s and OT’s were great, always pushed me to do more….nurses and aides were pleasant and helpful…mostly impressed with few aids that went far and beyond to help … (read more)
I was in for rehab services… my PT’s and OT’s were great, always pushed me to do more….nurses and aides were pleasant and helpful…mostly impressed with few aids that went far and beyond to help … (read more)

Sutton Hill Center

1801 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA, 01845


2015

Atria Marland Place

15 Stevens Street, Andover, MA, 01810

I toured Atria Marland Place. It was nice and clean, and the layout was elegant. It was a lot like a hotel. It was kind of big like a big hotel, and I really didn’t feel that it was that homey. They h … (read more)
I toured Atria Marland Place. It was nice and clean, and the layout was elegant. It was a lot like a hotel. It was kind of big like a big hotel, and I really didn’t feel that it was that homey. They h … (read more)

2014, 2015

Benchmark Senior Living at Putnam Farm

9 Summer Street, Danvers, MA, 01923

Benchmark Senior Living at Putnam Farm, located in Danvers, Massachusetts, is a satellite facility of Beverly Hospital that offers both memory care and assisted living. This updated facility features … (read more)
Benchmark Senior Living at Putnam Farm, located in Danvers, Massachusetts, is a satellite facility of Beverly Hospital that offers both memory care and assisted living. This updated facility features … (read more)

2013, 2017, 2022

Benchmark Senior Living at Billerica Crossings

20 Charnstaffe Lane, Billerica, MA, 01821

Benchmark Senior Living is located at Billerica Crossings in Billerica, Massachusetts, a short distance from U.S. Route 3 and close to the Billerica Public Library. Visitors find this facility impress … (read more)
Benchmark Senior Living is located at Billerica Crossings in Billerica, Massachusetts, a short distance from U.S. Route 3 and close to the Billerica Public Library. Visitors find this facility impress … (read more)

2015

Benchmark Senior Living at Chelmsford Crossings

199 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford, MA, 01824

Benchmark Senior Living at Chelmsford Crossings is located in Chelmsford, MA, a day trip away from Stony Brook Conservation Land. Guests compliment its two country kitchens, spacious living rooms and … (read more)
Benchmark Senior Living at Chelmsford Crossings is located in Chelmsford, MA, a day trip away from Stony Brook Conservation Land. Guests compliment its two country kitchens, spacious living rooms and … (read more)

2019, 2022

Windsor Place of Wilmington

92 West Street, Wilmington, MA, 01887

Windsor Place of Wilmington is located in Wilmington, Massachusetts, conveniently close to Interstates 93 and 95. Residents of this facility highlight the the respectful and compassionate staff, who a … (read more)
Windsor Place of Wilmington is located in Wilmington, Massachusetts, conveniently close to Interstates 93 and 95. Residents of this facility highlight the the respectful and compassionate staff, who a … (read more)

2014, 2015, 2016

Greystone Farm at Salem

242 Main Street, Salem, NH, 03079

Greystone Farm at Salem is an assisted living facility in Salem, New Hampshire, located near Interstate 93, several shopping and dining options and only a short drive from Canobie Lake Park and Americ … (read more)
Greystone Farm at Salem is an assisted living facility in Salem, New Hampshire, located near Interstate 93, several shopping and dining options and only a short drive from Canobie Lake Park and Americ … (read more)

2015

Sunrise of Lynnfield

55 Salem Street, Lynnfield, MA, 01940

Sunrise of Lynnfield is situated close to the stores, restaurants and hotels of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, and near Intersate 95. Family members commend this facility’s pretty surroundings, high-qualit … (read more)
Sunrise of Lynnfield is situated close to the stores, restaurants and hotels of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, and near Intersate 95. Family members commend this facility’s pretty surroundings, high-qualit … (read more)

2015

The Residence at Freeman Lake

4 Technology Drive, North Chelmsford, MA, 01863

My mother was a resident of The Residence at Freeman Lake. It was excellent, the people are very good there, they’re thorough, they’re helpful, they’re kind, and they’re caring. I have nothing but goo … (read more)
My mother was a resident of The Residence at Freeman Lake. It was excellent, the people are very good there, they’re thorough, they’re helpful, they’re kind, and they’re caring. I have nothing but goo … (read more)

The Residence at Pearl Street

75 Pearl Street, Reading, MA, 01867

My mother-in-law is in The Residence at Pearl Street. They have good assistance that she needs daily, which is the main thing right now. She’s only been there a couple of weeks. They have Bingo and di … (read more)
My mother-in-law is in The Residence at Pearl Street. They have good assistance that she needs daily, which is the main thing right now. She’s only been there a couple of weeks. They have Bingo and di … (read more)

2013

Benchmark Senior Living at Haverhill Crossings

254 Amesbury Road, Haverhill, MA, 01830

Benchmark Senior Living at Haverhill Crossings is an assisted living facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts near Interstate 495, close to hospitals, shopping, historic attractions including Winnekenni C … (read more)
Benchmark Senior Living at Haverhill Crossings is an assisted living facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts near Interstate 495, close to hospitals, shopping, historic attractions including Winnekenni C … (read more)

Assisted Living at Pine Hill

35 N. Lowell Road, Windham, NH, 03087

Assisted Living at Pine Hill is a nice place. I didn’t realize it’s assisted living. The people were nice. It’s an all-female facility, and there are no men in there, but that’s fine. It’s just that t … (read more)
Assisted Living at Pine Hill is a nice place. I didn’t realize it’s assisted living. The people were nice. It’s an all-female facility, and there are no men in there, but that’s fine. It’s just that t … (read more)

The Residence at Salem Woods

6 Sally Sweet’s Way, Salem, NH, 03079

We liked The Residence at Salem Woods a lot. We might go there down the road, if dad feels like he can’t live at home anymore. We liked their apartments. It had a full kitchen. It just wasn’t as big … (read more)
We liked The Residence at Salem Woods a lot. We might go there down the road, if dad feels like he can’t live at home anymore. We liked their apartments. It had a full kitchen. It just wasn’t as big … (read more)

Wingate Residences at Haverhill

10 Residences Way, Haverhill, MA, 01830

My father is in Wingate Residences at Haverhill. We’re gonna try it out for 30 days and see what happens from there. If he wants to stay, we’ll let him stay there. He just got in there a couple of day … (read more)
My father is in Wingate Residences at Haverhill. We’re gonna try it out for 30 days and see what happens from there. If he wants to stay, we’ll let him stay there. He just got in there a couple of day … (read more)

Giving Tree Senior Living

1827 Bridge Street, Dracut, MA, 01826

We have found Giving Tree Senior Living for my mother-in-law. The apartments are nice and big. The cost is reasonable. They’re brand new. My mother-in-law toured it, too. The staff who toured me aroun … (read more)
We have found Giving Tree Senior Living for my mother-in-law. The apartments are nice and big. The cost is reasonable. They’re brand new. My mother-in-law toured it, too. The staff who toured me aroun … (read more)

Blaire House of Tewksbury

10 Erlin Terrace, Tewksbury, MA, 01876

Blaire House of Tewksbury is a stately facility in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, that specializes in assisted living, nursing home services, adult day care and memory care. Located steps away from the Squ … (read more)
Blaire House of Tewksbury is a stately facility in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, that specializes in assisted living, nursing home services, adult day care and memory care. Located steps away from the Squ … (read more)

2015

Brooksby Village

100 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA, 01960

Brooksby Village is located on a 90-acre property in Peabody, Massachusetts, near I-95 and close to a Walmart. Visitors appreciate the community’s friendly staff and its many amenities, which include … (read more)
Brooksby Village is located on a 90-acre property in Peabody, Massachusetts, near I-95 and close to a Walmart. Visitors appreciate the community’s friendly staff and its many amenities, which include … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in North Andover

Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs certifies all assisted living residences in North Andover and throughout the state. Before it certifies an ALR, the staff of EOEA conducts an on-site compliance review to ensure the facility meets standards. These reviews also take place once every two years and when there are suspected violations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in North Andover

  • Massachusetts’ sales tax rate is 6.25%, and counties or cities can’t add local taxes to this rate, so North Andover residents only pay the statewide amount. Although the sales tax rate in Massachusetts is higher than 63.5% of other states, it exempts groceries and prescription drugs, which is especially beneficial to seniors.
  • Massachusetts offers some tax breaks to retirees, but it’s not considered a tax-friendly state for seniors. The state doesn’t tax Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, and most government employee pension income and noncontributory military retirement plan income are also exempt. However, all other retirement income is taxed at a flat 5% rate.
  • North Andover has a high cost of living that’s about 41% higher than the national average and 14% higher than the state average. While the costs of housing, groceries, utilities, transportation and miscellaneous expenses are all higher than the national average, health care is lower. Health care costs in North Andover are lower than the national average by 17% and by about 0.5% compared to the statewide average.
  • Crime rates in North Andover are much lower, providing a safer community for seniors and other residents. On a scale of one to 100, with one being the best, North Andover ranked 8.8 for violent crime compared to the national average of 22.7 and ranked 19 for property crime compared to 35.4.
  • Summers in North Andover can get hot but are mostly mild. Residents enjoy four comfortable months when high temperatures range between 70-degrees and 85-degrees during the time many other states are much hotter. Humidity can still get unpleasant during July and August. North Andover gets an above-average amount of rainfall at about 48 inches per year and snowfall at an average of 54 inches per year. Winters can be rather cold, with the January low averaging 17 degrees and significant amounts of snow six months of the year.

Paying for Assisted Living in North Andover

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in North Andover is $6,100 per month. While this is only slightly higher than the state average by just $15 per month, it’s much higher than the national average by $1,800.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

North Andover is an affluent community with assisted living costs that are higher than many other neighboring cities. Its costs are higher than Worcester’s by $612 per month, more than Springfield’s by $350 and higher than Pittsfield’s by $311. However, North Andover’s costs are lower than Barnstable Town by $238 per month.

$6100

North Andover

$6085

Massachusetts

$4300

The United States

$5488

Worcester

$5750

Springfield

$5789

Pittsfield

$6338

Barnstable Town

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors may also want to compare other types of senior care to determine which best meets their budgets and level of care needs. The lowest cost option with the least amount of services is adult day health care at an average of $1,782. Seniors wanting to age in place at home can expect to pay about $5,720 for either homemaker services or home health aides. For those needing comprehensive support and nursing care, nursing home facilities may be the answer. These facilities are the highest cost option at an average of $13,383 per month for semiprivate rooms or $14,509 for private rooms.

$5720

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$1782

Adult Day Health Care

$6100

Assisted Living

$13383

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$14509

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note:  Data for Andover was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Boston, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in North Andover

Eligible seniors in the North Andover area can apply for state-funded financial assistance to help pay for assisted living costs. Two government programs are offered: Group Adult Foster Care and Supplemental Security Income Category G.

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 North Andover

Seniors looking for free resources will find a variety of local services and programs. These are provided by government entities and nonprofits striving to ensure North Andover’s aging population has the support needed to live as safely and independently as possible.

Resource

Contact

Services

(800) 892-0890

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore is a private nonprofit and the designated Area Agency on Aging and Aging Service Access Point for the region. It also acts as the elder protective service agency and services 28 cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, including North Andover. Services provided by ESMV-NS include the CareRide program, housing options, LGBT Senior Social Connection, long-term care ombudsman program, nutrition program, options counseling and protective service. It can also provide information on elder issues and referrals for necessary services.

(978) 688-9560

North Andover Elder Services and Senior Center is also the Council on Aging for North Andover. It advocates for older adults in the community and identifies this population’s needs to ensure it meets their social, economic, health and cultural requirements. Elder services also strive to maximize seniors’ independence and improvement of their quality of life. Programs and services include living options, health and safety programs, informative lectures, nutrition programs, monthly activities, senior health services and transportation services.

(978) 469-6878

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) Shuttle Bus provides free rides to passengers aged 60 or older to popular destinations along a scheduled route. There’s also a volunteer-provided medical transportation program to ensure elderly residents make it to important medical appointments.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in North Andover

North Andover-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