In addition to being the capital and most populous city in Massachusetts, Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. Out of its total population of 696,600, around 80,109 residents are seniors over 65. The city has 163% more physicians per capita than the United States average, which helps support its ranking among the top 10 best cities for seniors. Harvard Medical School’s two largest teaching hospitals, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are among the many nationally ranked hospitals in the area that enable seniors to benefit from the institutions’ world-renowned expertise and innovations in health care research.

For Boston’s most frail older adults who require 24-hour access to medical care, a nursing home is the most appropriate environment to ensure their needs are being met. Nursing homes usually have physicians and registered nurses on-site 24/7 who can perform specialized services, such as wound treatment and IV therapy, while providing assistance with daily living activities, such as eating, dressing and bathing. For seniors with less advanced needs, home care and assisted living are worth considering, especially since Boston’s median cost of nursing home care is over $13,000 per month.

This guide overviews the cost of nursing homes in and around Boston, and it also provides low-cost resources to help seniors pay for care.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Boston, MA

South Cove Manor Nursing Home

120 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118

This placed is a really nice place for my father to live. He basicaly has his onw apartment with medical staff around. He doesnt have a rooomate and the rooms are very big with little kitchenettes in … (read more)
This placed is a really nice place for my father to live. He basicaly has his onw apartment with medical staff around. He doesnt have a rooomate and the rooms are very big with little kitchenettes in … (read more)

Edgar P. Benjamin Healthcare Center

120 Fisher Avenue , Boston, MA, 02120

Mom is in Benjamin Healthcare Center. It is very welcoming, clean, and it smells nice. The staff is very polite, and the medical care of the patients appears to be appropriate. The rooms, they are all … (read more)
Mom is in Benjamin Healthcare Center. It is very welcoming, clean, and it smells nice. The staff is very polite, and the medical care of the patients appears to be appropriate. The rooms, they are all … (read more)

Hebrew SeniorLife

1200 Centre Street, Boston, MA, 02131

My partner was transferred from sub-acute rehab to long-term care yesterday and placed on a memory unit. He was a practicing physician until his stroke and does not have Alzheimer’s. I was able to vis … (read more)
My partner was transferred from sub-acute rehab to long-term care yesterday and placed on a memory unit. He was a practicing physician until his stroke and does not have Alzheimer’s. I was able to vis … (read more)

Marian Manor

130 Dorchester Avenue , Boston, MA, 02127

The rooms here our a bit older but a nice size and pretty standard. all of the staff are very nice and helpful especially the rehab and activity staff. They offer Bingos and afternoon movies and Catho … (read more)
The rooms here our a bit older but a nice size and pretty standard. all of the staff are very nice and helpful especially the rehab and activity staff. They offer Bingos and afternoon movies and Catho … (read more)

Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

431 POND STREET, Boston, MA, 02130

This is a terrible facility. Their poor management of the Covid crisis resulted in many, many unnecessary deaths, including my Dad’s. *Every time I called to ask about his condition, I talked with … (read more)
This is a terrible facility. Their poor management of the Covid crisis resulted in many, many unnecessary deaths, including my Dad’s. *Every time I called to ask about his condition, I talked with … (read more)

Boston Home

2049 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA, 02124



Roscommon on The Parkway

1190 VFW Parkway , Boston, MA, 02132


Laurel Ridge Rehab Center

174 Forest Hills Street, Boston, MA, 02130



Belmont Manor Nursing Home

34 Agassiz Avenue, Belmont, MA, 02478

A close friend spent several months here at the end of her life. The care provided was exceptional. I have experience of several comparable facilities in the area, and this was by several orders of ma … (read more)
A close friend spent several months here at the end of her life. The care provided was exceptional. I have experience of several comparable facilities in the area, and this was by several orders of ma … (read more)

Marina Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

2 Seaport Drive , Quincy, MA, 02171

My mom went to Marina Bay for rehab. after being discharged by Cape Cod Hospital without necessary cardiac care. From the first phone call confirming my mom had arrived and was settled in to the cal … (read more)
My mom went to Marina Bay for rehab. after being discharged by Cape Cod Hospital without necessary cardiac care. From the first phone call confirming my mom had arrived and was settled in to the cal … (read more)

Chelsea Soldiers’ Home Adult Day Health Care

91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, MA, 02150

My husband is in the Veteran’s Adult Care group at the Soldiers Home and it has done wonders for him. Actually, it has helped his memory and conversation a little. The people there are so kind, tho … (read more)
My husband is in the Veteran’s Adult Care group at the Soldiers Home and it has done wonders for him. Actually, it has helped his memory and conversation a little. The people there are so kind, tho … (read more)

Leonard Florence Center for Living

165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA, 02150

Leonard Florence Center for Living is a transitional assisted living facility located in Chelsea, Massachusetts, close to the gorgeous Island End River and the Mass General: Chelsea Healthcare Center. … (read more)
Leonard Florence Center for Living is a transitional assisted living facility located in Chelsea, Massachusetts, close to the gorgeous Island End River and the Mass General: Chelsea Healthcare Center. … (read more)

Watertown Health Center

59 Coolidge Hill Rd, Watertown, MA, 02472

My father is Watertown Health Center. We chose them because it’s closer to home and the nurses really help them out. It’s a nice, clean place. They cooperate with the patients and have activities for … (read more)
My father is Watertown Health Center. We chose them because it’s closer to home and the nurses really help them out. It’s a nice, clean place. They cooperate with the patients and have activities for … (read more)

Wakefield Care and Rehabilitation Center

1 Bathol Street, Wakefield, MA, 01880

Wakefield Care is a large brick building that is located in a wooded area that feels safe and quiet. It’s about 5 minutes away from Melrose Wakefield Hospital and 10 minutes away from Main St. There i … (read more)
Wakefield Care is a large brick building that is located in a wooded area that feels safe and quiet. It’s about 5 minutes away from Melrose Wakefield Hospital and 10 minutes away from Main St. There i … (read more)

Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center

120 MURRAY STREET, Medford, MA, 02155

I just want to say it was a hard decision to make when your parents can’t care for themselves. We as adult children have taken on the roll as there parent. So when we’re faced with the decision to pla … (read more)
I just want to say it was a hard decision to make when your parents can’t care for themselves. We as adult children have taken on the roll as there parent. So when we’re faced with the decision to pla … (read more)

Neville Center at Fresh Pond for Nursing & Rehab

640 Concord Avenue , Cambridge, MA, 02138

This place is terrible,my father who is 84 yrs old was taken here after being discharged from Mass General Hospital, Boston with Covid-19. He spent 15 days there and barely escaped going to ICU (Great … (read more)
This place is terrible,my father who is 84 yrs old was taken here after being discharged from Mass General Hospital, Boston with Covid-19. He spent 15 days there and barely escaped going to ICU (Great … (read more)

Lighthouse Nursing Care Center

204 Proctor Avenue , Revere, MA, 02151

My mother in law was a patient at this facility, when she began to decline the staff there did little to intervene despite the fact she was a Full Code. Her respiratory status declined, staff never th … (read more)
My mother in law was a patient at this facility, when she began to decline the staff there did little to intervene despite the fact she was a Full Code. Her respiratory status declined, staff never th … (read more)

Wingate at Chestnut Hill

615 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467

What a wonderful, caring group of people here – from the administrator to the nurses, the occupational and physical therapy staff, the amazing nurses, and the caring aids – this is a facility of dedic … (read more)
What a wonderful, caring group of people here – from the administrator to the nurses, the occupational and physical therapy staff, the amazing nurses, and the caring aids – this is a facility of dedic … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Boston, Massachusetts

On average, seniors spend $14,509 per month for a private room in a nursing home and $13,383 for a semiprivate room.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Compared to the $7,756 a month most American seniors pay for nursing home care, Boston’s $13,383 monthly cost is quite expensive. However, the city’s average nursing home spending is only 6% above the statewide median of $12,623. Out of the nearby cities, the cost of care in Barnstable is the closest to Boston with most of its seniors paying $57 less per month. The cheapest city near Boston is Pittsfield. Its monthly median cost of care is $11,102, which is about 17% less than what seniors in Boston pay.

$13383

Boston

$12623

Massachusetts

$7756

The United States

$13326

Barnstable Town

$12486

Worcester

$11568

Springfield

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The median monthly cost of a semiprivate room in a Boston nursing home ($13,383) is more than double what the city’s seniors pay for a month of assisted living ($6,100). For a private room in a nursing home, seniors spend an extra $1,126 a month on average. The median monthly costs of home care and home health care in Boston are both $5,720, which is $380 less than assisted living. At $1,782 a month, adult day health care is the most affordable type of senior care in the city.

$5720

Home care

$5720

Home health care

$1782

Adult day health care

$6100

Assisted living

$13383

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$14509

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Boston, Massachusetts

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Boston, Massachusetts

The following programs enable frail, low-income seniors to receive free and reduced-cost health care services in their own homes as well as nursing facilities.

ResourceContactService
MassHealth Enrollment Center (800) 841-2900Workers at the MEC help Boston’s seniors apply for the state’s Medicaid program MassHealth. The program may cover the costs for prescription drugs, doctors’ visits and long-term care, including nursing homes. To qualify, seniors must meet clinical and financial requirements and be at least 65 years old.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly(617) 568-6377Seniors who are eligible for nursing home placement but wish to continue living at home are the most suitable participants for PACE. The program covers numerous in-home services, including skilled nursing, homemaker services and personal care as well as adjunct services, such as dental, vision and prescription medications. The program also provides transportation to doctors’ appointments and PACE centers where participants can see physicians at the on-site clinic or work out in the rehabilitation gym.
Senior Care Options(617) 277-7416Funded by private donations and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, SCO programs provide seniors aged 65 and older with social support services and the health care services covered by Medicare and MassHealth. Eligible seniors can receive care services in their homes or in skilled nursing facilities.
Frail Elder Home and Community-Based Service Waiver(617) 451-6400The Frail Elder HCBS Waiver is designed to help nursing home-eligible seniors remain in their homes by providing a full spectrum of health care and supportive services at seniors’ residences. Participants may receive home-delivered meals, assistance with personal care, skilled nursing and home health aide services. The waiver also provides transportation, help with chores, grocery shopping and home accessibility modifications.