Seniors in Peterborough, New Hampshire, benefit from the city’s convenient location between several of the region’s largest cities, including Keene, Manchester, Concord and Nashua. Although Peterborough is home to just 6,688 residents, more than one-quarter of the population is aged 65 or older. In this retiree-friendly area, the cost of living is just above the national average, yet health care is about 12% more affordable. The area also has an above-average number of doctors, assisted living facilities and senior care providers.

Assisted living facilities are designed for seniors who need occasional help with daily tasks as well as those who want the convenience of having access to 24-hour care if needed. In Peterborough, these facilities charge $7,560 per month. Although this is significantly higher than other parts of the country, rates include meals, activities, accommodations and personal care, which can help seniors control their expenses.

This guide features information about average assisted living prices, local amenities and available resources to help residents make decisions about the type of care they need and where to receive it.

Peterborough, NH

Scott-Farrar at Petersborough

11 Elm Street, Peterborough, NH, 03458

The Scott-Farrar at Peterborough was beautiful and the facilities were lovely. It was smaller, and I think that’s good, but the apartments were smaller as well, and we were looking for a 2-bedroom, 2- … (read more)
The Scott-Farrar at Peterborough was beautiful and the facilities were lovely. It was smaller, and I think that’s good, but the apartments were smaller as well, and we were looking for a 2-bedroom, 2- … (read more)

Summerhill Assisted Living

183 Old Dublin Road, Peterborough, NH, 03458

Summerhill Assisted Living has a really nice small-town feel. I toured their assisted living, and it’s an older building, but it’s very well kept up. The community has access to a beautiful library an … (read more)
Summerhill Assisted Living has a really nice small-town feel. I toured their assisted living, and it’s an older building, but it’s very well kept up. The community has access to a beautiful library an … (read more)

Friendship Manor

151 Main St, New Ipswich, NH, 03071

The staff was cheerful and pleasant, the setting beaucolic and the building was charming. I was just expecting a more modern facility, though she was quite pleased with the staff and other residents, … (read more)
The staff was cheerful and pleasant, the setting beaucolic and the building was charming. I was just expecting a more modern facility, though she was quite pleased with the staff and other residents, … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Peterborough

Assisted living facilities in Peterborough are licensed by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Health Facilities Administration. This agency is responsible for enforcing all types of rules and regulations needed to ensure residents’ safety and well-being.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Peterborough

  • Peterborough has a pleasant climate, especially when compared to other parts of the Granite State. The area’s climate index is an impressive 9.1 in the summer months, but it drops to 4.2 in the winter due to low average temperatures and high annual snowfall.
  • Crime rates in Peterborough are well below the national averages. The number of violent crimes is about half the U.S. median, and residents experience fewer property crimes. Assisted living facilities also provide robust security.
  • Health care infrastructure is fairly good in the Peterborough area. Residents have access to Monadnock Community Hospital in town, and several other medical facilities are located within 25 miles. The community also has an above-average number of physicians.
  • The cost of living in Peterborough is about average when compared to the rest of the country. Utilities and miscellaneous items, such as clothing, repairs and entertainment, are more expensive than average, but residents spend less on health care and transportation.
  • Favorable tax policies help to bolster the state’s moderate cost of living. There’s no income or sales tax in New Hampshire, but the state taxes interest and dividends, which can affect retirees who depend on savings and investments.
  • Due to Peterborough’s remote location, transportation services are fairly limited. Weekly grocery shopping trips plus transportation for medical appointments and errands are available through Southern New Hampshire Services. Seniors must preregister and make reservations at least 48 hours in advance.

Paying for Assisted Living in Peterborough

Assisted living in the Peterborough area costs $7,560 per month, which is moderately higher than the state average and significantly higher than other parts of the country. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

According to research from Genworth Financial, seniors in Peterborough pay about $900 more than those in other parts of the Granite State. Prices also exceed the national average of $4,300 by a significant margin of 76%, or $3,260. Rates in Portland, Maine, are around $1,000 cheaper. In Boston, Massachusetts, assisted living averages $6,100, for monthly savings of $1,460. Burlington, Vermont, offers a more competitive value of $5,425, which saves residents over $2,100 per month.

$7560

Peterborough

$6650

New Hampshire

$4300

The United States

$6100

Boston, MA

$6583

Portland, ME

$5425

Burlington, VT

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living prices in Peterborough are moderate compared to other forms of long-term care. Prices start at $1,788 per month for adult day health care. Rates increase significantly to $5,529 for homemaker services and $5,720 for home health care. Although assisted living is more expensive than other options, it costs significantly less than nursing home care, which average $11,330 for a semiprivate room or $12,167 for a private room.

$5529

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$1788

Adult Day Health Care

$7560

Assisted Living Facility

$11330

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$12167

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Peterborough

New Hampshire’s Choices For Independence program offer a waiver that helps elderly Medicaid recipients remain in their communities. To qualify, recipients must be at least 60 years old and meet the income requirements and other guidelines, including an assessed need for care, established by the program.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in New Hampshire page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in New Hampshire

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 New Hampshire page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Peterborough

Seniors who have questions about long-term care or need help accessing resources in the Peterborough area can contact the following organizations for assistance. Most services are free of charge to residents aged 60 and older.

Resource

Contact

Service

(603) 924-8080

Located on Elm Street, the Peterborough Community Center offers a fun selection of recreational programs for older adults. Ongoing activities include line dancing, mahjong, crafts, pickleball and card games such as cribbage and canasta. It also offers a senior meal program and special events, such as bocce ball socials.

(603) 624-9230

Seniors veterans and their families in Peterborough can contact the nearest visitation site to schedule a free benefits checkup with an accredited service officer. This state-sponsored agency helps with VA health care, Aid and Attendance benefits, tax credits and long-term care. It also publishes a comprehensive resource guide for veterans and their families.

(603) 644-2240

Sponsored by Easter Seals and the Department of Health and Human Services, the regional ServiceLink office provides free, confidential assistance to help seniors and disabled adults identify government-sponsored programs and community-based resources. It offers information about Medicare, Medicaid and assistive technology, among other programs.

(603) 668-2900

Thanks to the Justice in Aging Project, Peterborough residents aged 60 and older qualify for free legal services through New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Pro bono attorneys can help with a variety of civil legal issues, such as housing, property taxes, financial exploitation, government benefits and disputes involving assisted living facilities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Peterborough

Peterborough-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in New Hampshire are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in New Hampshire page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New Hampshire