The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Cambridge, MA for 2023
Alzheimer’s has a greater likelihood of affecting older adults aged 65 and older, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Since 11.3% of Cambridge’s 117,090 residents are 65 and older, many of the city’s families are affected. According to the CDC, Cambridge has seen a 25.8% increase in Alzheimer’s deaths from 2016 to 2020, which is in line with the 24% increase in all deaths during the same time frame. Dementia care can be an important part of reducing these rates.
Memory care facilities offer trained staff members who can assist seniors and their families as they navigate the concerns of memory loss. These facilities are specially designed to support seniors with dementia, using predictable schedules, clear signage and cutting-edge security throughout the facilities. They also provide care with activities of daily living and give seniors dementia-friendly activities to participate in. This guide outlines dementia care options in Cambridge and provides seniors and their families with information about the cost of this type of care. It also lists resources for families to get free and low-cost help.
Directory of Memory Care Facilities in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Maplewood at Weston
99 Norumbega Road, Weston, MA, 02493
"My mother moved into Maplewood recently, in difficult circumstances. The staff took everything in stride. Delmy is turning out to be exceptionally attentive and communicative. My brother and I really appreciate her messages. The views and outdo..."READ MORE
Atria Marina Place
Four Seaport Drive, North Quincy, MA, 02171
"My wife moved into Atria Marina Place. I think they're all very, very good. Excellent. The most I like is their honesty with me with what's going on, but I wish they were more honest with me. I don't like surprises. The staff was very nice. I thin..."READ MORE
Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings
126 Smith Street, Waltham, MA, 02451
"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 ..."READ MORE
Atria Longmeadow Place
42 Mall Road, Burlington, MA, 01803
"Atria Longmeadow Place had terrific staff. Diane spent a lot of time with me. I was also really impressed by the staff retention rate. It's phenomenal. People stay there for years and years, which is a really good sign. I think they also compensat..."READ MORE
Holiday Maplewood Place
295 Broadway, Malden, MA, 02148
"We toured all of Atria Maplewood Place. We liked the security, the way the facility was maintained, the cleanliness of the facility, and the location (because it's in the town that I live in). The appearance was fine. The person during the tour an..."READ MORE
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Sunrise of Burlington MA
24 Mall Road, Burlington, MA, 01803
"Sunrise of Burlington MA's accommodations are great and the place is very nice. The memory care portion there would have cost us more money because we would have needed to hire somebody to come in for 24-hour care. They do laundry and housekeeping..."READ MORE
The Residence at Watertown Square
20 Summer Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
"We visited The Residence at Watertown Square for our friend and we were only there for the tour and it was impressive. It's seems like it was well planned, and they have a beautiful setting. It's convenient to a Dunkin Donuts if they want to ventu..."READ MORE
The Residence at Melrose Station
158 Essex Street, Melrose, MA, 02176
"We visited The Residence at Melrose Station and it was good. The first thing was the proximity; it is in the same town as I live in. Second thing was it is a new building. The only thing that was not the greatest was that it was a little bit price..."READ MORE
Benchmark Senior Living at Woburn
1 Cedar Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
"I went to Benchmark Senior Living at Woburn. I looked specifically at the memory care portion of it. Unlike some of the other facilities I toured, where they have regular assisted living and memory care, I felt like at Benchmark, they really value..."READ MORE
Wingate Residences at Weston
75 Norumbega Road, Weston, MA, 02493
"EPOCH of Weston is a magnificent facility. The staff was wonderful and they are very caring. All the residents seemed very happy there and they feel very safe. They have people come in and do entertainment and things. They had dinners. They had co..."READ MORE
Adelaide of Newton Centre
157 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA, 02459
"My family member has been there for a year. Not only is the facility beautiful but the staff is thoughtful, caring, and tries very hard to work within the limits of each resident. I had serious reservations going in, but they have greatly exceeded..."READ MORE
The Parc at Harbor View
46 Lincoln Street, Winthrop, MA, 02152
"I highly recommend The Parc at Harbor View. It is local and they are very friendly, very caring, and supportive. My mom is in memory care and our move-in experience was excellent. They were very helpful. She seems to enjoy the meals. It is very cl..."READ MORE
The Falls at Cordingly Dam
2300 Washington Street, Newton Lower Falls, MA, 02462
"The staff at The Falls Cordingly Dam is great. They're friendly, nice, and competent. They have three meals a day, and that's in the afternoon, and the food seems to be very good. From what I've seen, it looks like it's excellent. The place is in ..."READ MORE
What to Consider About Memory Care in Cambridge
Memory care and other senior living residential facilities must get licensed through and follow the rules and regulations of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The EOEA is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for monitoring the quality of care given through the state’s residential facilities for older adults.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Cambridge
- Though the climate in the winter can be harsh in Cambridge, with an average of 50 inches of snow each year, summers have warm temperatures with average high temperatures in the 80s. There are 201 sunny days a year on average.
- Both violent crime and property crime rates in Cambridge are just slightly below average compared to national averages. The security features of memory care facilities help improve the safety of seniors.
- Though the cost of living in Cambridge is much higher than average, some areas offer affordability. Health care has an average cost that is nearly 11 points less than the national cost of living averages. Transportation costs are also lower than average.
- For their health care needs, seniors in Cambridge can visit Mount Auburn Hospital, ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the state. This facility is high performing in eight procedures, including heart attack and heart failure care. The city is also near to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which is the state’s top hospital and one of the top 20 in the country for senior care.
- Cambridge offers both Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and MassDOT public transit options to get around the metro area. These public transit options offer reduced fares for people 65 and older, and MBTA has The RIDE, a door-to-door paratransit service.
- Massachusetts does not tax Social Security income or public pension income, but it makes tax withdrawals from retirement accounts and private pension income. Thus, it is considered a moderately tax-friendly community for retirees.
Paying for Memory Care in Cambridge
Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.
Seniors in Cambridge who need the services of a memory care facility will pay an average of $8,524 for care.
The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities
Memory care in Cambridge is higher than both the national and state averages. The state’s average is $8,125 a month, while the national average is $2,899 less monthly than in Cambridge. In Massachusetts, the most affordable memory care is found in Pittsfield, where the average is $2,605, and the most costly is in Barnstable Town, where the average is $8,750 a month. In Springfield, seniors can expect to pay $6,310 for memory care.
The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care
The most affordable senior care option in Cambridge is adult day health care, which averages $1,614 a month. Seniors who require care at home can expect to pay $6,292 a month for in-home care and $6,244 a month if they need basic nursing care at home. Assisted living facilities average $6,819 a month compared to the more intensive care of a nursing home, which averages $13,155 for a semiprivate room. In contrast, memory care is the next most costly, at $8,524 a month.
Home Health Care
Adult Day Health Care
Assisted Living Facility
Nursing Home Care Facility (semiprivate room)
Note: Data for Cambridge was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Boston, was used instead.
Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Cambridge
In Cambridge there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, visit our Memory Care in Massachusetts page.
More Ways to Pay for Memory Care
While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:
- Veterans Benefits
- Life Insurance Policy
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Reverse Mortgage
For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Massachusetts page.
Free Memory Care Resources in Cambridge
Many nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Cambridge offer free and low-cost services for seniors and their caregivers impacted by memory loss. Through these groups, families can receive help with everything from legal services to snow removal.
|Cambridge Council on Aging||(617) 349-6220||The Cambridge Council on Aging connects local seniors to the resources they need to thrive. This includes discount programs, utility exemptions, snow removal help, transportation, and information and referral services. SHINE health insurance counseling is also available here.|
|Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter||(800) 272-3900||Through the Alzheimer’s Association, families of older adults with dementia can connect with local support groups to learn more about living with these conditions. The Association also operates a helpline to assist families in finding local support and services to help them navigate memory loss.|
|Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman||(617) 727-7750||Seniors living in memory care communities can contact the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman to learn about their rights to proper care. Families can get help advocating for their loved ones and protecting them against abuse and neglect. The Ombudsman will investigate complaints and help facilities and families reconcile them.|
|Cambridge Connections Memory Cafe||(617) 349-6220||The Cambridge Connections Memory Cafe provides a social gathering for seniors with memory loss and their caregivers. This inclusive space allows families access to friendly conversation and activities that support memory. Groups meet at the Citywide Senior Center.|
|Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services||(617) 603-2700||Low-income seniors dealing with memory concerns can get free legal help through CASLS. Volunteer legal experts will assist with concerns about MassHealth, public benefits and affordable housing services.|
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Cambridge
Cambridge Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Massachusetts are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Massachusetts page for more information about these laws.