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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Westwood, MA for 2024

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  • Memory Care Facilities in Westwood, Massachusetts
  • What to Consider About Memory Care in Westwood
  • Paying for Memory Care in Westwood
  • Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Westwood
  • Free Memory Care Resources in Westwood
  • Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Westwood

What to Consider About Memory Care in Westwood

Westwood, Massachusetts, is a small town with a population of 14,618 residents, according to the 2010 census. Of this group, 2,051 residents are between the ages of 65 and 80, and there are two memory care facilities located in Westwood to accommodate residents with Alzheimer's and dementia. Forty-two more memory care facilities are located in nearby areas.

In Massachusetts, 130,000 residents have dementia, and there are hundreds of memory care facilities across the state to accommodate this population. In Westwood and the rest of the state, memory care facilities are officially known as "Dementia Special Care Units" (DSCUs). Some assisted living facilities in Westwood also may have special memory care wings where they specialize in caring for residents with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Westwood

  • Westwood is located in a quiet suburban area of Massachusetts, and the weather is relatively comfortable for most of the year. There are an average of 201 sunny days in Westwood each year, and since it's located in New England, the area experiences four distinct seasons. The summer and spring offer pleasant weather with occasional rain; however, winters can be a bit harsh, as the area receives an average of 54 inches of snow per year, well above the U.S. average of 26 inches. Seniors may enjoy their favorite indoor activities during the winter months while enjoying the outdoors the rest of the year.
  • Massachusetts is moderately tax-friendly towards retirees. The state fully exempts Social Security retirement benefits, but they do tax other forms of retirement income. Withdrawals from retirement accounts, for instance, are fully taxed. Public pension income is not taxed, but private pension income is fully taxed.
  • The cost of living in Westwood is relatively expensive compared to other areas of Massachusetts. Based on a U.S. average of 100, Westwood's cost of living sits at 198.2, much higher than the Massachusetts average of 139, so it's one of the most expensive places to live in the state.
  • Seniors can feel safe living in Westwood since it has very low property and violent crime rates. Ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 high (100). Westwood's violent crime rate is 20.4, much lower than the state average at 31.6 and the Boston-Cambridge Metro area average of 34.2. It's also safer than Boston-Cambridge and the state average in terms of property crime - Westwood's is 17.5, compared to 21.1 for the state and 34.5 for Boston-Cambridge.

Paying for Memory Care in Westwood

Memory Care costs in Westwood start around $8,715 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,694 per month.

It’s important to note that memory care rates in Westwood and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

Cities in Massachusetts

Dedham

$8,820

Westwood

$8,715

Newton

$8,600

Needham

$7,745

Norwood

$6,851

Brighton

$6,530

US

$5,694

Waltham

$5,675

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Westwood

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on 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 Westwood

Westwood and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in a memory care community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

To see a list of free memory care resources in Westwood, please visit our Memory Care in Massachusetts page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Westwood

Westwood-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in Massachusetts are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Massachusetts page for more information about these laws.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

Memory Care

John

I visited this facility

Review of White Oak Cottages

White Oak Cottages was very nice. The doors are locked from the inside so the residents can't wander. They have a lot of staff on board and you know the people are going to be watched on a regular...

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Memory Care

Laurie

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

Review of Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood

My mother-in law was in The Bridges for a couple of weeks before she passed away. It's brand new. They were wonderful, the staff was phenomenal, always willing to help us out with anything, and the...

Provider response

We are honored to have had your mother-in-law at our community. Thank you for choosing Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood, and for taking the time to write this review.

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Memory Care

anonymous113663950

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Review of Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood

The Bridges is a beautiful place. It’s nice, and I like it. The services were nice. They had activities and do a couple of things. The nurses were great, but the aides could help out a little more....

Provider response

Thank you for your kind words. We work hard to provide services and activities that benefit our residents and contribute to their wellbeing. We also take pride in our team, of which our aides are...

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