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What to Consider About Memory Care in Middlesex County

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, a subagency of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, oversees and certifies memory care facilities in the Bay State, empowers its older adult population by promoting independence in seniors and improving their overall well-being and ensures seniors have access to the resources they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Middlesex County

  • Though Middlesex County’s overall cost of living is much higher than Massachusetts’ average cost of living and than the U.S. average, its cost of health care is only 83.4, compared to the state’s 83.7 and the U.S. index of 100. Additionally, seniors in memory care facilities don’t need to pay many costs of living separately, such as housing.
  • Greater Boston, which includes Middlesex County, is known for having heavy traffic at times. Fortunately, residents of memory care facilities rarely need to leave campus and can avoid this frustration. 
  • Unlike many densely populated counties with major cities across the country, Middlesex County has low crime rates, nearly half the national average.
  • Seniors who enjoy spending time outdoors will appreciate Middlesex County’s four distinct seasons. Another climate-related upside is that the Boston area experiences near-perfect summers; on the BestPlaces Comfort Index, which ranks cities’ summer and winter weather on a bad-to-great scale of 1 to 10, Middlesex County’s summers receive a score of 9.2. On the downside, winters are cold in Greater Boston, with an average January low 5.1 degrees below the national average. Middlesex County also averages 52 inches of snowfall annually, almost twice the national average (28 inches), and 48 inches of rain, 10 inches above the U.S. average (38 inches). 
  • Since before the United States was founded in 1776, what’s now known as Middlesex County has long been a centerpoint for U.S. history, with Boston (1630) being founded nearly 400 years ago. U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston No. 2 on its list of the Best Historical Cities to Visit in the USA.

Paying for Memory Care in Middlesex County

Assisted living facilities usually offer memory care as an additional service, typically charging 20%-30% more than for assisted living care. Due to a lack of authoritative resources, we’ve estimated the following memory care costs by increasing the assisted living costs reported by Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey by 25%.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

The further west memory care providers are located in Massachusetts, the less they tend to charge. Across the Bay State, memory care costs range anywhere from $8,750 (Barnstable Town), or $226 per month more than in Middlesex County, to $2,605 (Pittsfield), which is $5,919 less than the Middlesex County average. Memory care in Springfield ($6,310) costs $2,214 less than in Middlesex County, while providers in Worcester ($7,106) cost just $1,416 less.

Middlesex County

$8,524

Massachusetts

$8,125

The United States

$5,625

Barnstable Town

$8,750

Worcester

$7,106

Springfield

$6,310

Pittsfield

$2,605

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult day care, which renders weekday care to seniors, costs just $1,614 per month in Middlesex County. Homemaker services cost $6,292, while a home health aide ($6,244) costs less despite providing additional clinical care. Assisted living facilities cost $6,819 per month and nursing homes charge between $13,155 for semiprivate and $14,402 for private accommodations.

Homemaker Services

$6,292

Home Health Aide

$6,244

Adult Day Health Care

$1,614

Assisted Living Facility

$6,819

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$13,155

Nursing Home (private room)

$14,402

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

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Middlesex County

In Ashland, 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, Memory Care in Massachusetts page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Massachusetts

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 Middlesex County

As the 22nd most populous county in the country, Middlesex County is home to a wealth of resources for seniors who are considering moving to or currently live in memory care facilities. Local government agencies and nonprofit organizations operate senior-oriented supports, services and programs that provide prescription assistance, legal help and information and assistance about resources.

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer's Association - Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter(800) 272-3900The Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association oversees and arranges local support groups, offers Alzheimer's-related virtual education opportunities, runs a 24/7 helpline and links seniors with early-stage Alzheimer's services.
Prescription Advantage(800) 243-4636Prescription Advantage, Massachusetts' state-sponsored prescription drug assistance program, offers prescription drug coverage to seniors ages 65 and up, including primary prescription coverage to seniors without Medicare. Prescription Advantage is also available to seniors with Medicare coverage, filling in gaps not already covered by the federal health insurance program.
Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone(800) 439-0183Also known as the SHINE Program, Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone is the Massachusetts rendition of the state health insurance assistance program, a Medicare-funded program that exists in every state. The SHINE Program offers free, confidential information about health insurance options to state residents with Medicare. Counselors take seniors' calls, assess their unique situations and give seniors individualized insights about available health and long-term care insurance options.
Volunteer Lawyers Project(617) 603-1700Volunteer Lawyers Project, a subsidiary of the Boston Bar Association, is a legal aid society that renders legal assistance to underserved populations throughout the Greater Boston area, including seniors. The organization connects clients with volunteer attorneys who carefully assess seniors' legal concerns, provide legal advice and offer quality representation in court and out-of-court negotiations. Volunteer Lawyers Project covers several broad areas of civil law, including family law, probate, consumer protection and civil appeals.
BayPath Elder Services(508) 573-7200Massachusetts connects seniors and their caregivers with its Area Agencies on Aging through 25 Aging Services Access Points; BayPath Elder Services acts as Middlesex County's ASAP. BayPath Elder Services runs the county's Assisted Living Ombudsman Program, whereby ombudsmen visit memory care facilities to build trusting relationships with seniors, field complaints regarding quality of care from residents, resolve complaints to residents' satisfaction and identify and fix deficiencies in memory care communities' service plans. Other supports and services provided by the nonprofit organization include resource referral, LGBTQ advocacy and options counseling.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Middlesex County

Ashland Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Oregon are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Massachusetts page for more information about these laws.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Middlesex County

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