Sandwich is a quaint coastal community of 20,169 that’s located in Barnstable County on Cape Cod. The area is a popular destination for retirees as older adults account for 23% of the population, which is seven percentage points higher than the national average. Assisted living residents in the local area can enjoy scenic views of Cape Cod Bay, and they’re just 60 miles from Boston and Providence, which offer world-class medical care and other amenities.

Assisted living residences in Sandwich are designed for seniors who are healthy and independent but may benefit from some help with daily tasks, meals and household maintenance. They also provide meaningful social opportunities. Due to the community’s desirable location, assisted living in Sandwich is more expensive than other parts of the state and the nation. Seniors here can expect to pay an average of $6,338 per month for care. However, rates include most monthly expenses, so seniors’ living costs can be more predictable.

This guide features information about local assisted living facilities and average prices. It also takes a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of the local area and provides contact details for several agencies that offer helpful services.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Sandwich, MA

Decatur House

176 Main Street, Sandwich, MA, 02563

The staff at Decatur House was lovely. The people who owned it were very attentive and caring. It’s a small family-owned place, which gave it an entirely different feel than the other places. This wou … (read more)
The staff at Decatur House was lovely. The people who owned it were very attentive and caring. It’s a small family-owned place, which gave it an entirely different feel than the other places. This wou … (read more)

2022

Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay

218 Main St., Buzzards Bay, MA, 02532

My wife and I have been living here in Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay for two years now. They have an excellent staff and the place is constantly maintained. They’ve got some exercise classes, good fo … (read more)
My wife and I have been living here in Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay for two years now. They have an excellent staff and the place is constantly maintained. They’ve got some exercise classes, good fo … (read more)

Laurelwood at The Pinehills

10 Golf Drive, Plymouth, MA, 02360

Laurelwood at The Pinehills is a new facility, but the layout and the size of the one-bedroom are much too small, so we didn’t pursue that. We walked away from them because the rooms are super teeny, … (read more)
Laurelwood at The Pinehills is a new facility, but the layout and the size of the one-bedroom are much too small, so we didn’t pursue that. We walked away from them because the rooms are super teeny, … (read more)

Laurentide At Mashpee Commons

64 Great Neck Rd S, Mashpee, MA, 02649

We chose Laurentide at Mashpee Commons. My mother has already moved in, and she loves it. It’s wonderful. Everyone we’ve met along the way have been kind and professional. All of the workers there mak … (read more)
We chose Laurentide at Mashpee Commons. My mother has already moved in, and she loves it. It’s wonderful. Everyone we’ve met along the way have been kind and professional. All of the workers there mak … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Sandwich

Assisted living residents in Sandwich and other parts of Massachusetts must comply with licensing requirements established by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. These regulations affect facility ownership, management and staffing and outline training requirements for caregivers. The agency also conducts ongoing compliance checks.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Sandwich

  • Residents of Sandwich enjoy a comfortable climate that’s more pleasant than other parts of the state. The area receives above-average rainfall and about as much snow as the typical U.S. city. Winter lows hover in the 20s, and weather conditions in the summer are close to ideal with a Comfort Index of 9.2.
  • Seniors who have chronic medical conditions or want access to quality care in case of an emergency are in a favorable location. A handful of hospitals are located in the immediate area, including the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in East Sandwich, and the Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. 
  • Sandwich is a very safe community. The area experiences almost half as many violent crimes as similarly sized cities, and the number of property crimes, including theft, is lower than average. Assisted living facilities also provide around-the-clock security. 
  • The cost of living in Sandwich is 23% higher than the national average. However, the community is slightly more affordable than other parts of the state. While residents spend more on housing, food and entertainment, health care costs are approximately 15% lower than average.
  • The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority operates fixed-route bus lines and provides dial-a-ride transportation to seniors across the area. The Sandwich Council on Aging also provides accessible transportation thanks to funding from the Older Americans Act.
  • Massachusetts has been part of AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities since 2018, which means that residents have access to more amenities and public services. Neighboring municipalities, including Barnstable, have also demonstrated their commitment to enhancing residents’ quality of life.

Paying for Assisted Living in Sandwich

According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living is $6,338 in Sandwich and the surrounding parts of Cape Cod.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors in the local area typically pay about $250 more per month for assisted living compared to the state average and $2,000 more than the U.S. average of $4,300. Seniors in Boston pay $6,100 per month of care, about $238 less. Rates drop by almost $1,000 per month in Worcester where assisted living costs $5,488 per month. Seniors in Providence, Rhode Island, save $1,388 per month based on average rates of $4,950.

$6338

Sandwich

$6085

Massachusetts

$4300

The United States

$5488

Worcester

$6100

Boston

$4950

Providence, RI

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Long-term care costs fluctuate significantly based on the type of services provided. Rates start at $1,555 for daytime health programs. In-home care starts at $6,002 per month for in-home assistance and goes up to $6,101 for home health care. Assisted living costs slightly more with an average of $6,338. Prices for skilled nursing nearly double with seniors spending $13,326 to $14,174 per month for a semiprivate or private room.

$6002

Homemaker Services

$6101

Home Health Aide

$1555

Adult Day Health Care

$6338

Assisted Living Facility

$13326

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$14174

Nursing Home (private room)

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Sandwich

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 Sandwich 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 Sandwich

Government agencies provide a variety of free and low-cost services and informational programs to seniors in Sandwich and surrounding areas. Learn more about some of the resources that can help you maintain an independent lifestyle at home or in a residential community.

Resource

Contact

Service

(508) 394-4630

Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands is the Area Agency on Aging for seniors in Sandwich and more than 20 surrounding communities. It administers a number of programs designed to enhance residents’ quality of life, including an information and referrals hotline for individuals who are considering long-term care. Seniors can also contact the agency to learn more about volunteer opportunities, nutritional benefits and ways to access affordable care and housing.

(508) 888-4737

The Sandwich Council on Aging offers a variety of programs to residents aged 60 and older and their caregivers. It manages a book club and discussion group and hosts in-person and virtual fitness classes for seniors who enjoy activities like chair yoga and walking. The council also helps seniors apply for prescription drug assistance, food stamps, utility bill relief and transportation.

(508) 778-8740

Every year, the Veterans' Services District Office in Barnstable claims millions of dollars in federal benefits on behalf of local veterans. It helps qualifying residents apply for health care and financial assistance, including programs like Aid & Attendance that can pay for assisted living. Officers can also help with tax breaks, medical transportation and long-term care.

(508) 833-8020

The Sandwich Public Health Nursing Department operates a Medical Equipment Shed that lends items to city residents for free. The department supplies wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, shower chairs, bedside commodes and other items that can enhance seniors’ safety and mobility. The shed is open Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Sandwich

Sandwich-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