Assisted Living in Massachusetts

When it comes to assisted living, Massachusetts has plenty to offer.

The most populous state in New England, Massachusetts features a distinctive blend of natural beauty and treasures of U.S. history, making the Bay State an exemplary retirement destination. The Berkshire Mountains in the western region are a convenient getaway for coastal residents around Cape Cod Bay, and the famously upscale islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard sit just off the state’s southern shores. As one of the country’s original Thirteen Colonies, Massachusetts is rich with early American historic sites like Plymouth and Salem. Within Boston there’s the timeless North End neighborhood, along with popular tourist spots like the USS Constitution and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 240 senior living facilities in Massachusetts that provide assisted living.

The median monthly cost of assisted living in Massachusetts is about $5,600.

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Massachusetts Assisted Living Regulations

Assisted living communities are regulated by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Health and Human Services. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Massachusetts is rated as basic. You can use the state’s public information request tool to research the violation history of an assisted living community.

In Massachusetts, an assisted living community, or assisted living residence (ALR), provides a combination of housing, meals, and personal care services — including help with activities of daily living (ADLs) — to adults on a rental basis. Assisted living residences are not the same as licensed nursing facilities; ALRs do not provide medical or nursing services. They are not designed for people who need serious medical care. Instead, assisted living is intended for adults who may need some help with ADLs such as housecleaning, meals, bathing, dressing, and/or medication reminders, and who would like the security of having assistance available on a frequent basis in a residential and non-institutional environment. The underlying philosophy of assisted living is based on providing needed services to residents in a way that enhances their autonomy, privacy, and individuality. Residents have the right to make choices in all aspects of their lives.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Massachusetts is considered to be less affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 134
  • Groceries: 114
  • Housing: 170
  • Utilities: 110
  • Transportation: 116

Demographics

About 17% of Massachusetts’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Massachusetts leaned liberal.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 60% voted Democratic
  • 33% voted Republican
  • 7% voted third party

Population

  • Median age: 39
  • Over the age of 55: 30%
  • 2018 population: 6,902,149
  • 2020 population: 6,980,618
  • Estimated 2025 population: 7,180,715

Miscellaneous

  • 23% regularly attend a religious service
  • 60% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 4,200 congregations
  • There are 27 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Massachusetts’s climate is divided into three sections, with almost all of the state’s western counties classified as warm-summer humid continental. This means the region has four distinct seasons with significant differences between summer and winter, although temperatures overall tend to be less extreme compared to most of the country. To the east, the Boston area has a humid subtropical climate, and the Cape Cod coastal region has an oceanic climate, meaning winters aren’t quite as cold as the rest of the state and there’s slightly more precipitation. Massachusetts experiences severe winter storms, nor’easters, and hurricanes.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 71%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 6” (May)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 39 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 48 in May (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 48°F
  • Average summer temperature: 68°F
  • Typical summer high: 85°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 50°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 28°F
  • Typical winter high: 45°F (December)
  • Typical winter low: 7°F (January)

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