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Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings

126 Smith Street, Waltham, MA 02451

(855) 944-5257

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4.2

(23 reviews)

Offers Assisted Living and Memory Care

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Costs for Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings in Waltham, Massachusetts

Assisted Living

This level of care provides support for those who need help with personal care needs such as cleaning, bathing, and dressing. Residents selecting this level of care are treated to many amenities in a home-like atmosphere, while getting support in their daily lives.

$5,190

Starting Price

Memory Care

Memory Care is specifically designed to meet the needs of those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Specially trained staff members assist with activities of daily living (such as bathing and dressing) and provide therapies to slow further loss of cognitive abilities.

$10,665

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Reviews of Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings in Waltham, Massachusetts

4.2

(23 reviews)

  • Facility

    4.7

  • Staff

    4.8

  • Food

    4.7

  • Activities

    4.3

  • Value

    4.7

Aparna

5

July 30, 2023

I visited this facility

We went to look at Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings. The people who met up with us were all very nice. They were willing to answer any questions. They were very friendly and gave us a full tour of the facility, including the rooms and the dining area. We also got to speak to some of the residents who were sitting around outside, and it was good. It was an overall good experience. It did fit what we needed, and it would have been a good place if my mother had to go. It was a very good facility. They had a salon.

Steven

5

May 7, 2023

I visited this facility

We looked at Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings, and it was very nice. The tour was great. The problem that we have is that my mother is in her 90's, and she would not use like 80% of the stuff in the building. She would not be able to do their activities and would not not use the restaurant-type facilities. The cost for what she requires is not what we're looking for. The staff that we met was great. They were all very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a place where my mother would really enjoy living in. The grounds were beautiful, well-kept, maintained, and up to date. Everything was really modern, very cheery, and not depressing at all. They had some exercise facilities with exercises going on. There were some movies. Some people were doing puzzles and playing cards. It was all very friendly. What really made it great was that they were all in different sections. There were many areas of recreation that were separated, so they didn't interfere with each other. Overall, what I saw was very good.

Provider Response

We are so glad to hear about your positive experience with our community. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!

Carmel

5

March 4, 2023

I visited this facility

I've decided that when the time comes, Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings would be my choice. They were aware that I don't feel that I'm ready to move in yet. When the right time comes, then I know where I want to go. Amanda gave us an excellent tour. She was very informative and very nice. She showed us everything. I was very impressed with her. She showed us an available apartment, and all the different amenities that they had. She showed us where they had movies, where they played bingo and the rooms where you could entertain if you had a family that you wanted to come in for dinner. The grounds were beautiful. Everything was to my satisfaction.

Arthur

5

October 14, 2022

I visited this facility

We went to Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings. The rooms got refrigerator and a microwave in them. They showed me both assisted living and memory care. They had pretty much a nice program. The staff during the tour tried to go through everything they had, and he answered questions before I even asked them. He was on top of his job. They showed me the menu. They took us outside back where they had a place with a patio. The room we saw was clean and comfortable.

Hamid

4

October 10, 2021

I visited this facility

I went to visit Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings. I like almost everything about the facility. What I could see, I was pleased about it. I met one staff and I talked to the manager. He was good. He was very helpful and very informative. There were some activities, but I didn't see them. I saw the dining room, the rooms, and the visiting room, but I didn't look at all activities. The dining room was set up correctly and nicely. They have a garden outside. I saw a room, and it was very sizable, good, and comfortable.

Debbie

4

August 26, 2021

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My mother stayed at Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings for one month. The staff was very nice, helpful and kind. She just ended up needing more assistance than they were able to provide and we would have had to hire private aides to come in at $40 an hour, which was too much money on top of paying for the assisted living. She had several falls, so she ended up in the hospital, and then from there, she had to go to a nursing home. The staff was kind. We tried to have her and my dad move into the assisted living together with some assistance, but it just wasn't enough. She had some memory loss and she didn't necessarily want the assistance from the aides that were included in her services there. She would send them away and they weren't able to come back and help her when she needed it. That's why we were going to have to hire private and that just was going to be too expensive. They had the dining room, they had aides that would come if she needed help getting her ready for bed and stuff, and they had housekeeping. The nurses would come in and check on them. The rooms were nice. She had a small apartment unit. The bathroom was a good size and equipped nicely. I had no complaints. They were happy with the food initially, and then I think it started getting a little repetitious maybe. It was good enough though. The personnel were very nice. The facility was clean. It just didn't work out. When people move in, it should be a little bit clearer on what the aides are able to help the people with. The place was clean, and they were always working, painting and doing things with it.

Christopher

4

June 19, 2021

I visited this facility

We went to Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings. It was very nice. The location is great. The staff is very friendly and outgoing. The facility is quite nice. They are able to offer an outdoor gardening program for residents that is pretty nice. Their amenities are pretty much like others. They have programming during the day. The location is very convenient for me or for anyone who is driving there, but when you're talking about going out, it is a little limited, and that would be the only negative thing about the place.

Mary

5

January 20, 2021

I visited this facility

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings is excellent. They're the No. 1 choice on my list. They went out of their way to deal with the rehab center for my uncle. They have really extended themselves to the limit as far as what condition they would take him in. At one point, my uncle was ready to go when they followed up and had a virtual assessment, but then the rehab center came back with a completely different picture. My uncle's needs exceeded what they were allowed to provide. The staff members went above and beyond what they needed to do. The rooms were clean, spacious and well kept. They had a lot of room for storage and closet. It would have been an ideal spot if there weren't other issues that disqualified my uncle. The facility was lovely. It was probably 10 to 12 years old. It was a beautiful and well kept building with a nice layout inside. While I was waiting for the person for the tour, there was a person there that I was able to speak with. She couldn't give it more kudos than anybody. She said she has been there for four or five years and she loves it. That was part of the reason that we gave it the No.1 place for him to go to. We got a good report from a current resident.

DebM

5

November 18, 2020

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

I am so appreciative of the great care that the Harbor (Memory care) staff are giving my husband. Their patience, kindness, and gentle ways have reduced his difficult behavior which have led to him getting out of bed and into a wheelchair for the first time since he arrived about one month ago. I have seen how careful and respectful the staff are when changing and cleaning him and whenever I come to see him he is clean and groomed. In addition, the head nurses suggested that I contact a hospice so that my husband can receive additional services through Medicare Hospice service. This has been a great help since Medicare paid for his wheelchair, among other items. The direct care staff n Harbor greet me when I arrive and chat with me when they're not engaged with a resident. They have also made good suggestions about things to bring for him. I am so thankful that the social worker from the hospital found Waltham Crossings for us.

2642

5

January 31, 2020

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

The leadership staff has provided incredible support to help my mom feel comfortable. My mom's requests and any concerns were listened to attentively, and a sincere effort is made to meet her needs. The leadership staff has a good relationship with all other staff and this makes a big difference in the morale of workers and residents . This is an ongoing process, so please keep up the good work!! Thank you

James

2

December 2, 2019

I visited this facility

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings was OK, but they only had two model rooms that I saw, and they were very small. The one that had two bedroom was small and the little kitchen area was dinky. I couldn't put my mother in there. The one-bedroom was also very small and I didn't like the way that it was set up. So I didn't like that, although they had a lot of efficiency rooms. The staff members who helped me during the tour were all fine. Their cleanliness and amenities were just average.

Provider Response

Thank you for your review. Benchmark takes all feedback seriously and we continue to work to improve. If we can be of assistance to you or a loved one in the future, we'd love for you to take a second look.

Elderly Lives Matter

1

December 26, 2017

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My father was a resident for three weeks. In his first week, he fell twice and contracted pneumonia and was in the hospital. By his third week, he was in extreme distress and I had to take him to the Emergency Room. He was not well taken care of at all and the memory care center is a misnomer. There is nothing there that is safe for dementia patients. My father was left on his own in the night and I had to hire my own caregivers from 11:00 to 7:00. They also did not honor their "Benchmark Promise" and they did not refund the monies owed me. I believe my father would not be alive today if I had not gotten him out of there when I did. Beware if you put your parent in here and if they are already there, I suggest installing cameras.

Provider Response

Thank you for your review. Benchmark takes all feedback seriously and we continue to work to improve. If we can be of assistance to you or a loved one in the future, we'd love for you to take a second look.

Janet

4

August 22, 2017

I visited this facility

I liked the staff at Benchmark Waltham Crossings. The whole place was clean. The dining area was large, and the chairs were comfortable. They had a lot of different kinds of rooms for different activities.

Haleh746472

4

October 14, 2016

I visited this facility

I did visit Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings. It was good. It wasn’t as elaborate or as new-looking like the others, but for somebody who cannot afford other communities, I would recommend it. It’s a very friendly community. It’s somewhat older -- the building and everything -- but still clean. The staff was very nice. They have not much in the way of amenities. They have a garden and an arts and crafts room, but there was no library or movie room. There was a living room that they would use, like double, as a place to gather for concerts. The rooms were very small, but there was no kitchenette.

Mark R.

3

August 23, 2016

I visited this facility

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings seemed OK, though they didn’t seem to be doing much of anything. We went around with the director, who was very nice. They had all sorts of rooms, like studios, single apartments, and shared apartments. He showed us the list of activities, but people were just sitting in chairs and not doing or saying anything.

SBcare

5

July 28, 2016

I visited this facility

Benchmark Waltham Crossings was very nice and had a nice layout, beautiful rooms, and a nice location. They had an outdoor courtyard with grills. They had entertainment for them, like singers and bands.

Caring Loved One7

5

February 27, 2016

I am/was a resident of this facility

The people at Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings were nice. The dining room was very nice, and the food was good. The room was clean, neat, and accommodating. They had outings, arts and crafts, musical activities, exercises, luncheons, and other social activities. Everything was OK at this facility.

Provider Response

Thank you for sharing! Individualized care is one of our hallmarks as we strive to meet the distinct needs of each resident. Please let us know (781.466.9912) if there is ever anything we can do for you and you family.

Maureen14

5

December 9, 2014

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Waltham Crossings was excellent at all levels, very clean, and up-to-date. My mother stayed there for many years in assisted living and in the dementia care unit, and I would highly recommend them. There were good activities in both units. She was well cared for throughout her time. The family was very involved and able to work with the staff, so that as she was declining further and further, we were able to work together closely. They had psychiatrists, primary care doctors, and dental services who came on site instead of having to transport her elsewhere which was really nice. It was expensive, although they did have some subsidized rooms, and they worked with us to try to control the cost.

Provider Response

Thank you for your kind words regarding our community and our associates. Your words mean everything to us! We take enormous pride in taking care of seniors throughout the aging experience and your review is a testament to that.

Kathy87246750

4

June 27, 2014

I visited this facility

My visit with Waltham Crossings was very good. It seemed like a nice facility. They were very friendly. They gave my sister and me a lot of information. The rooms were very nice. They had a variety of different setups depending on what you wanted. It sounded like they had regular group activities. We saw a group playing a board game, and we saw another group sitting around reading. There were people in their rooms and some entertaining guests in the common area. One of the things I would like is more out door walking tasks and things like that. I think it would be nice for the residents.

Caring94680050

4

June 19, 2014

I visited this facility

The staff at Waltham Crossings was very nice and accommodating. My concern was just they don’t have a nurse on duty 24 hours. The rooms were small in general.

Caring89777850

5

April 10, 2014

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My daughters and I went around with the nurse and we decided unanimously on Waltham Crossings (The Harbor Program). We feel this offers the best level of treatment, which my wife needs. We feel that the caregivers per person are of the highest ratio, and they are very kind and lovely people. They really care for her. My wife is in a shared bedroom with another woman, but she has her own bathroom. It has a closet, and we furnished it with items that came from home. We brought her a bed, a recliner chair, and we decorated it with some stuffed animals and family pictures. So, it is a very comfortable place. I stay with her on Sunday evenings, and the people come to change her padding every two hours, and she sleeps very well. I eat lunch and supper there. I am very pleased with the portion sizes, which are proper for people who are not very physically active, and also with the selection of the food. They give the seven food groups every day. Since she has Type 2 diabetes, we ask them to limit the sweets intake, like pastries and candies. Some of the people are not able to feed themselves, and after everybody has eaten in the dining room, the staff goes around and feeds all the people who have not eaten their full meal. It is a guarded facility and you cannot get in and out without a digital reader. We are very happy with how she's being taken care of, as she has other physical problems related to her Alzheimer's. They have activities like movies and live and recorded music. They have a recreational room where they all gather. They have some kind of engagement or stimulation all day long.

Seahorse

4

December 11, 2012

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My father lived at Waltham Crossings for several years. Overall our experience with them was very positive. The staff was excellent and really cared about the residents well-being. One thing we noticed about the community which we really liked was that many of the residents kept their apartment doors propped open during the day, so that as other residents walked by they would often stop in the doorway to chat for a few minutes. We felt that this really added to the social aspect of the community, and was something we didn't see at other assisted living facilities. A word of caution - there were some changes going on at the management level during my father's last year there. There were a few occasions, particularly during this last year, when we questioned some of the assistance charges my father was being billed for, and found that he in fact was being overcharged (they did correct things immediately when we inquired, and compensated for the errors). It is a good facility, but family should definitely ask questions throughout the experience.

Provider Response

Thank you very much for your kind words! Statements such as yours mean everything to us as we take great pride in the trust families place in us. Please know that our friendly, open-door environment also extends to our Executive Director and all department heads if anyone ever has any questions or concerns. We love what we do and are extremely proud of our team and of their dedication to the individual needs of every resident. Caring for seniors is not just our purpose, it's our passion.

GuiCyber

4

June 30, 2011

I visited this facility

When looking for a place that would be right for my grandmother just last year my family and I stumbled across Benchmark Senior Living of Waltham, Massachusetts. The place was quite nice and people seemed happy. We did however see some things that were extremely odd. One was that the residents had a lot of restrictions and had to abide by the set schedules that were given out. If a resident did not want to participate they would need a "note" from a physician excusing themselves. That was very odd to myself and my family and we decided it might not be out first choice. All the accommodations were very nice and the staff seemed quite nice. But like many aspects of life the people in charge aren't always the right pick.

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Costs for Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings in Waltham, Massachusetts

Assisted Living

This level of care provides support for those who need help with personal care needs such as cleaning, bathing, and dressing. Residents selecting this level of care are treated to many amenities in a home-like atmosphere, while getting support in their daily lives.

$5,190

Starting Price

Memory Care

Memory Care is specifically designed to meet the needs of those with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Specially trained staff members assist with activities of daily living (such as bathing and dressing) and provide therapies to slow further loss of cognitive abilities.

$10,665

Starting Price

Services and Amenities of Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings in Waltham, Massachusetts

Campus/Building Details

  • General Store

Kitchen Types

  • Kitchenette

Inside Amenities

  • Cable/Satellite TV in Common Area
  • Computer Room
  • Entertainment Venues

Personal Care

  • Cooking services

Dining

  • Communal Dining
  • Room Service
  • Guest Meals

Transportation & Shopping

  • General Transportation Services

Outside Amenities

  • Walking and Hiking Areas
  • Garden

Diet & Nutrition

  • Low Fat
  • Low Salt
  • Diabetic

Fitness & Wellness Programs

  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga/Stretching opportunities
  • Fitness & wellness facilities/equipment
  • Salon Services

Pets

  • Pets

Guests

  • Overnight Guests
  • Guest Parking

Room Amenities

  • Wifi/Internet In Unit
  • Cable/Satellite In Unit

Staff Training & Qualifications

  • Staff trained in Medication Management

Parking Options

  • Parking Lot

Games Hobbies & Recreation

  • Arts & Crafts Activities/Programs
  • Music Activities/Programs
  • Tabletop & Other Games/Programs
  • Literary Activities/Programs
  • Educational Activities/Programs
  • Facilitated Field Trips/Outings
  • Horticultural Activities

Financing & Payment Options

  • Rent And Care Fees
  • Home Sale Assistance

Housekeeping & Maintenance

  • Private Housekeeping Services
  • Laundry Services
  • Linen Services
  • Housekeeping Services

On-Site Services

  • Religious Services
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Aid Assistance

Health Services

  • Hospice Care
  • Medication Reminders

Therapies

  • Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation

Additional Amenity Information

  • Fee Structure: We offer a month-to-month rental
  • Features: Library
  • Technology: Emergency call system
  • Activities: Computer class
  • State Licenses: NA

About Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings in Waltham, Massachusetts

Personalized Care and Companionship. Assisted Living at Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings in Waltham, MA, means helping seniors stay independent by providing 24-hour personal care in a socially active, dignified residential setting.

Residents of Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings enjoy attractive apartments, comfortable community rooms, a lovely outdoor patio and garden and an ever-changing program of social and fitness activities. Assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing, along with medication monitoring, is personally tailored to each resident's changing needs and is provided by a caring, professional staff.

This provides the best of both worlds - the ability for seniors to remain in their own apartment, knowing that help is available 24 hours a day.

Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings is proud to offer a professionally-trained, licensed and caring staff who work with each resident, their family and their personal physician to develop a Personal Care Plan.

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