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Senior housing types near Westwood, MA

  • Benchmark Senior Living on Clapboardtree

    Benchmark Senior Living on Clapboardtree

    40 Clapboardtree St, Norwood, MA 02062
    (6)
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    At Benchmark Senior Living on Clapboardtree, we are committed to ensuring that our every service and amenity will help create the enriched, active life you deserve. It starts with our surroundings. Our community beautifully balances privacy, safety and security, with well-appointed dining rooms and...

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  • Traditions of Dedham

    Traditions of Dedham

    735 Washington Street, Dedham, MA 02026
    (14)
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    Since 2002, Traditions of Dedham has been committed to not only our residents, but also the Dedham and neighboring community seniors for over 15 years. We are your trusted choice with a great reputation for quality and care. Here you'll find an active, vibrant senior community at Traditions of...

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  • The Linden at Dedham

    The Linden at Dedham

    391 Common St, Dedham, MA 02026
    (25)
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    Brookdale Dedham is a premiere assisted living and memory care community in Dedham, Massachusetts. Our community boasts an ideal location surrounded by conservation land on the Charles River just minutes from some of the country's best shopping, dining and medical centers. Dedham has a rich history...

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  • Sunrise of Norwood

    Sunrise of Norwood

    86 Saunders Road, Norwood, MA 02062
    (23)
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    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • New Pond Village, a CCRC

    New Pond Village, a CCRC

    180 Main Street, Walpole, MA 02081
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    Benchmark Senior Living at New Pond Village located in Walpole, MA provides independent living for active seniors who are looking to socialize, stay active, and no longer want the worry of owning a home. Are you ready to enjoy a carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle? Wouldn’t it be great to have...

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  • The Wingate Residences of Needham & One Wingate Way

    The Wingate Residences of Needham & One Wingate Way

    235 Gould Street, Needham, MA 02494
    (17)
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    Voted Best Assisted Living in Boston in 2014 & 2015 by SENIORADVISOR.COM and Voted Best Retirement Living Residence in Needham and Surrounding Communities by the Readers of Hometown Weekly in 2014. The Residences at Wingate is an Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care Community in...

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  • Cornerstone at Canton

    Cornerstone at Canton

    175 Revere Street, Canton, MA 02021
    (12)
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    The new Cornerstone at Canton, opening Spring 2015, offers local seniors service-enriched Assisted Living and a state-of-the-art Compass Memory Support Neighborhood featuring innovative, research-based programming for those with memory loss developed in affiliation with the Boston University School...

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  • Sophia Snow House

    Sophia Snow House

    1215 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132
    (1)
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    Sophia Snow House, Inc. is a non-profit, licensed, residential care community in a state-of-the art building. Services include meals, housekeeping, laundry services, activities, transportation, nursing staff on site, hairdresser and much more! We are convenient to the attractions of downtown...

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  • Orchard Cove  Hebrew SeniorLife

    Orchard Cove Hebrew SeniorLife

    1 Del Pond Dr, Canton, MA 02021
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    Orchard Cove is a warm, inclusive, and award-winning senior living community in Canton, Massachusetts. Created by Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a leading nonprofit senior care and aging research organization, Orchard Cove is known for its resident-driven culture. This...

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  • The Falls At Cordingly Dam

    The Falls At Cordingly Dam

    2300 Washington St, Newton, MA 02462
    (12)
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    A magnificent waterfall that once powered an 18th century mill creates a dramatic setting for The Falls at Cordingly Dam. Tucked away in a charming historic village, this is an extraordinary natural haven where fond memories and family traditions thrive. Inside, you'll find a familiar feeling of...

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  • Wingate Residences at Boylston Place

    Wingate Residences at Boylston Place

    615 Heath St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
    (6)
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    Boylston Place at Chestnut Hill is a senior living community that provides traditional assisted living with security and every opportunity for a full, enriching life. Owned and operated by Wingate Senior Living, Boylston Place is located in one of Massachusetts' most exclusive and picturesque towns...

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  • Waterstone at Wellesley

    Waterstone at Wellesley

    27 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
    (6)
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    Waterstone at Wellesley is the best there is in the Wellesley region. Located by the Charles River in Wellesley, Waterstone is the only assisted living community. We offer security and independence, giving you the peace and tranquility you require as a senior resident. Even more, Waterstone is...

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  • Chestnut Park At Cleveland Circle

    Chestnut Park At Cleveland Circle

    50 Sutherland Rd, Brighton, MA 02135
    (10)
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    Benchmark Senior Living at Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle in Brighton, MA is an assisted living community choice for older adults who value their independence but need assistance with daily life activities. If you or your loved one needs help with medication management, bathing, dressing, or...

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  • Whitney Place at Natick

    Whitney Place at Natick

    3 Vision Dr, Natick, MA 01760
    (7)
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    Whitney Place combines all the comforts and more convenience than you could ever find at home. It’s a warm and gracious setting for seniors needing a little help with daily routines, featuring private or shared apartments. Residents receive individual attention from our nurses, dedicated Alzheimer’s...

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  • Standish Village

    1190 Adams Street, Boston, MA 02124
    (11)
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    Standish Village offers local seniors service-enriched Assisted Living and a state-of-the-art Compass Memory Support Neighborhood featuring innovative, research-based programming for those with memory loss developed in affiliation with the Boston University School of Medicine Alzheimer's Disease...

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  • Maplewood at Weston

    Maplewood at Weston

    99 Norumbega Road, Weston, MA 02493
    (14)
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    Maplewood at Weston is located along the Charles River in one of the most desirable suburbs in the country. Surrounded by the tranquil countryside, our community is just minutes from the many cultural attractions of Boston, including the Museum of Fine Arts and The Boston Symphony Orchestra. We are...

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  • Evans Park At Newton Corner

    Evans Park At Newton Corner

    430 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458
    (16)
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    Evans Park at Newton Corner in Newton, MA is an assisted living community choice for older adults who value their independence but need assistance with daily life activities. If you or your loved one needs help with medication management, bathing, dressing, or transportation to and from doctor’s...

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  • Providence House

    Providence House

    180 Corey Road, Brighton, MA 02135
    (4)
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    Providence House at Corey Park offers independent and assisted living for people age 62 and over who want or need supportive services. The non-sectarian community was co-developed by the Archdiocese of Boston Planning Office for Urban Affairs and E.A. Fish Associates, and is managed by Welch...

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  • Landmark at Longwood

    Landmark at Longwood

    63 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02120
    (8)
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    Landmark at Longwood is a memory care and assisted living community located in the city of Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Our community is located at the epicenter of academics and is also proximal to the coastline. Boston is an ideal destination for family and friends who come to visit the...

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  • Sunrise of Wayland

    Sunrise of Wayland

    285 Commonwealth Road, Wayland, MA 01778
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In beautiful, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care 24 hours a day/7 days a week and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of...

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  • Seth Mann 2

    Seth Mann 2

    349 N Main, Randolph, MA 02368
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    The Seth Mann 2nd Home for Women, located in Randolph, Mass., is a unique, small-scale residence. This lovely, historic home, which opened in 1921, can accommodate up to five women, each with a spacious private bedroom. It is a perfect option for an independent older woman who, rather than live...

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  • The Residence at Watertown Square

    The Residence at Watertown Square

    20 Summer St, Watertown, MA 02472
    (10)
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    We are located in the heart of historic Watertown, steps from the Charles River and an easy proximity to shopping, houses of worship, recreation and the many cultural attractions that the area offers. We serve the communities surrounding us including Belmont, Newton, Waltham and Cambridge. The...

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  • Brigham House

    Brigham House

    341 Mt Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472
    (7)
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    Brigham House is an affordable assisted living residence located in Watertown, MA about 10 minutes from downtown Boston. Situated near Watertown Square, Brigham House was born out of the restoration of a historic schoolhouse. Renovated in 2002, the house offers 62 apartments and features a staff of...

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  • Sunrise of Braintree

    Sunrise of Braintree

    618 Granite Street, Braintree, MA 02184
    (23)
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    Sunrise of Braintree is located minutes from Route 128, Interstate 93 and Route 1, just minutes from South Shore Plaza. Our Victorian-style Mansion was built in 2007 and is set back from the road to provide a tranquil, peaceful environment, surrounded by lush landscaping, green lawns, and paved...

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  • Assisted Living at Fenno House

    Assisted Living at Fenno House

    540 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02170
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    Fenno House has provided senior housing in the Wollaston section of Quincy for 42 years. Developed by Wollaston Lutheran Church and HUD, Fenno is not-for-profit and non-sectarian. Our residents come primarily from Boston and South Shore towns. Fenno House has offered certified Assisted Living for 12...

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  • The Residence at Valley Farm

    The Residence at Valley Farm

    369 Pond Street, Ashland, MA 01721
    (6)
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    Located in historic Ashland, our brand-new community boasts easy proximity to great shopping, houses of worship, I-495 and all of the wonderful cultural and recreational attractions in the area. We offer 80 apartments for 84 residents; a combination of 29 studio, 29 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom...

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  • Atria Marina Place

    Atria Marina Place

    Four Seaport Drive, Quincy, MA 02171
    (24)
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    At Atria Marina Place, you'll find a welcoming senior community just 10 minutes from Boston on the seaside enclave of Marina Bay. Invite friends and family to enjoy the fresh breeze coming from the water or participate in one of more than 250 monthly activities. Atria Marina Place offers a choice...

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  • The Cambridge Homes

    The Cambridge Homes

    360 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    (3)
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    The Cambridge Homes is located in a historic Georgian-style building on Mount Auburn Street just a mile from Harvard Square and adjacent to Mount Auburn Hospital. A trusted senior community for over 125 years, the not-for-profit Cambridge Homes features 44 independent and assisted living apartments...

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  • Traditions of Wayland

    Traditions of Wayland

    10 Green Way, Wayland, MA 01778
    (17)
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    Traditions of Wayland is a senior community located in Wayland, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County, which offers assisted living, independent living and Alzheimer's memory care. Based in a stunning New England estate, the residence is surrounded by acres of beautiful land but is still within close...

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  • Sunrise of Weston

    Sunrise of Weston

    135 North Avenue, Weston, MA 02493
    (8)
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    Sunrise of Weston has been serving the needs of seniors and their families since 1997 in our historic home, formerly known as the Drabbington Inn and later as the Westonian Inn. Famous for a homelike ambiance, Sunrise of Weston offers 29 apartments, each of which has a private bathroom with a...

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  • Doolittle Home

    Doolittle Home

    16 Bird Street, Foxboro, MA 02035
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    The decision to explore retirement communities is complex, involving different considerations for you, your spouse, your children, or your advisers. Since 1915, Doolittle Home has been providing exceptional care and peace of mind for residents and their families. Frequently described as a bed and...

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  • Brookdale Cushing Park

    200 West Farm Pond Road, Framingham, MA 01702
    (33)
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    Quality Care Today and Tomorrow If you are ready to exchange the burdens of household chores and maintenance for a lifestyle rich in comfort and quality care, prepare to savor the good life. Nestled on more than 100 acres in Framingham, Massachusetts, our community offers a wonderful quality of life...

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  • Neville Place

    Neville Place

    650 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
    (7)
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    Neville Place offers local seniors service-enriched Assisted Living and a state-of-the-art Compass Memory Support Neighborhood featuring innovative, research-based programming for those with memory loss developed in affiliation with the Boston University School of Medicine Alzheimer's Disease Center...

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  • Brookdale Quincy Bay

    Brookdale Quincy Bay

    99 Brackett Street, Quincy, MA 02169
    (26)
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    Welcome to the Good Life If you are ready to exchange the burdens of household chores for scenic views of Quincy Bay and the breathtaking Boston skyline, our independent and assisted living community is the place for you. You can enjoy all the conveniences of the city without sacrificing the quality...

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  • Carmel Terrace

    933 Central St, Framingham, MA 01701
    (1)
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    Carmel Terrace is a not-for-profit, non-denominational, assisted living community operated by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, leaders in providing care for older adults for more than 75 years.  We serve the individual who wishes to maintain their independence but would enjoy and...

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  • Heights Crossing

    Heights Crossing

    35 Christy Pl, Brockton, MA 02301
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    At Heights Crossing, we've mastered the art of living well! We offer the highest quality Assisted Living and a state-of-the-art Memory Support Neighborhood. At Heights Crossing we work hard to make every corner of the residence feel like your home. We've designed for gracious country living inside...

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  • Heritage at Framingham Assisted Living

    Heritage at Framingham Assisted Living

    747 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701
    (12)
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    Heritage at Framingham is an Assisted Living community where seniors find the services and security they need without giving up the traditions and independence they cherish. Located in eight park-like acres in the Nobscot region of Framingham, Heritage at Framingham offers seniors personal care and...

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  • Zelma Lacey House

    Zelma Lacey House

    9 West School Street, Charlestown, MA 02129
    (5)
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    Just like the gas-lit streets of Charlestown, Zelma Lacey House lights your life with care! This beautiful Assisted Living community of 66 studio and one-bedroom apartment homes, many with affordable programs, is situated in the heart of Boston's historic Charlestown neighborhood-- and within...

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  • Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings

    Benchmark Senior Living at Waltham Crossings

    126 Smith Street, Waltham, MA 02451
    (15)
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    Waltham Crossings is a comfortable and casual senior living community, with easy access to the surrounding Metrowest area. Residents of Waltham Crossings enjoy chatting with friends in the fireplaced living room, barbecuing among the gardens, or joining in on a game of cards in the Cape Cod room. At...

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  • Sunrise of Arlington

    Sunrise of Arlington

    1395 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
    (22)
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    Positioned to enjoy the greenery & peacefulness of the Lexington Bike Path on one side and the bustling in-town location of Massachusetts Ave. on the other side, Sunrise of Arlington has the best of both worlds under one roof. Our community is perfect for the resident who prefers an urban...

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  • Brightview Arlington

    Brightview Arlington

    1 Symmes Road, Arlington, MA 02474
    (17)
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    Brightview Arlington offers Assisted Living apartment homes and a dedicated neighborhood for dementia and Alzheimer's Care, Wellspring Village. In addition, unique to Brightview Arlington is Enhanced Care for people who need more focused support than traditional assisted living such as a two person...

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  • Allerton House Weymouth

    Allerton House Weymouth

    43 School House Rd, Weymouth, MA 02188
    (8)
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    Allerton House Weymouth provides pleasant, private apartments and a host of personal services, which emphasize independence, dignity and well-being. Help is available 24 hours a day. We offer: Choice of studio, 1 or 2 bedroom apartments Help with personal care: bathing, dressing, etc. is included...

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  • Benchmark Senior Living at Forge Hill

    Benchmark Senior Living at Forge Hill

    4 Forge Hill Road, Franklin, MA 02038
    (15)
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    Benchmark Senior Living at Forge Hill is Franklin's first senior living community. Located on Forge Hill Road less than a mile from routes 140 and 495, Benchmark Senior Living at Forge Hill is a state of the art community that offers a full complement of amenities and supportive services designed to...

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  • Benchmark Senior Living at The Commons

    Benchmark Senior Living at The Commons

    One Harvest Circle, Lincoln, MA 01773
    (2)
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    Benchmark Senior Living at The Commons is a state-of-the-art assisted living community for people living with Alzheimer's or dementia and is located in Lincoln, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Our campus facilities are tailored for the individual needs of residents with dementia in the historic...

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  • The Village At Willow Crossings

    The Village At Willow Crossings

    25 Cobb Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
    (26)
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    The Village at Willow Crossings is an active Senior community situated on a 20-acre woodland campus in the heart of Mansfield, MA. Manicured gardens grace the winding drives that travel through the picturesque campus, accented by the white picket fences of the charming cottage neighborhood. The nine...

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  • Atria Franklin

    Atria Franklin

    656 King Street, Franklin, MA 02038
    (21)
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    Set in Norfolk County in the historic town of Franklin, Atria Franklin is a senior living community where older adults can live more independently, with discreet support from a caring, 24-hour staff. In addition to independent and assisted living options, Atria Franklin offers Life Guidance® memory...

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  • The Residence at Five Corners

    The Residence at Five Corners

    678 Depot Street, Easton, MA 02356
    (8)
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    The Residence at Five Corners is located in the heart of Easton's Five Corners neighborhood, with close proximity to many of the town's historic landmarks, and all of the wonderful cultural and recreational attractions in the area. We offer 84 apartments for 90 residents; a combination of 32 studio,...

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  • Cornerstone at Milford

    Cornerstone at Milford

    11 Birch Street, Milford, MA 01757
    (13)
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    Cornerstone at Milford offers local seniors service-enriched Assisted Living and a state-of-the-art Compass Memory Support Neighborhood featuring innovative, research-based programming for those with memory loss developed in affiliation with the Boston University School of Medicine Alzheimer's...

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  • Connemara Senior Living

    Connemara Senior Living

    25 East Nilsson Street, Brockton, MA 02301
    (7)
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    Connemara Senior Living Campello (formerly Emmanuel House Residence) offers safe, enjoyable and affordable assisted living within an attractive apartment retirement community. A wide range of individualized services are available, enabling residents to enjoy their independence to the fullest. Our...

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  • Prospect House

    Prospect House

    420 Reservoir Avenue, Revere, MA 02151
    (11)
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    Prospect House is an assisted living community located in the oceanfront neighborhood of Revere. Opened in 2002, the house features 109 apartments and offers a staff of trained professionals and state-of-the-art services. New Spring Senior Communities is a group of four unique Massachusetts...

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Assisted Living in Westwood, Massachusetts

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is one kind of senior care that provides residents support with activities of daily living (ADLs). Residents in assisted living should expect to get support with ADLs that include bathing, dressing, medication management, meals and more. Not to be confused with a skilled nursing facility where people receive nursing services night and day, residents in assisted living routinely have access to personnel 24 hours a day while additionally enjoying engaging activities and a strong sense of community. In some instances, assisted living facilities give support for seniors with certain medical needs such as cognitive impairment from Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, diabetes, or incontinence care.

Deciding what type of senior care you or your family member needs is usually a complex decision. To be sure you are selecting the proper level of care, consult with a medical professional. You can also call our Senior Living Advisors who are ready to answer any of your queries and help you discover a senior care community that meets your needs.

What Services Are Available?

Amenities and solutions offered in assisted living may differ greatly in each community. Generally, most facilities provide a number of accommodation types, meal plans, transportation, and more.

Other amenities often found in assisted living include:

  • Medical services
  • Physical and rehabilitation therapies on-site and off-site
  • Activities and entertainment calendar
  • Fitness and nutrition courses
  • Housekeeping services
  • Medication administration
  • Transportation services

How can I Tour Assisted Living Communities?

It is strongly suggested that you tour several assisted living communities before finding the right one for you or your loved one. Touring multiple communities can help you discover what options are available, what your own preferences are, and can ultimately assist you in making a decision. Contact or contact A Place for Mom and we'll help you setup a tour at your preferred community.

Here are a few of the important questions you'll want to be ready to ask during your tour:

  • Are the current residents friendly and happy?
  • Are there services not included in the monthly cost? If so, what exactly are they and exactly how much can they cost?
  • Is a nurse usually available around the clock?
  • Is an initial assessment required before admission?
  • Is there a waitlist? If so, how long will it be before you can move in?
  • Is there a courtyard or patio for people to enjoy space outside?
  • What are your apartment accommodation alternatives?
  • What exactly are your billing and payment policies and procedures?
  • What does the exterior of the facility look like? Is it orderly and maintained?
  • What's the staff-to-resident ratio? Are the team members involved? Nice?
  • What is your discharge plan?
  • What is your prescription administration policy?
  • What sort of know-how and training do your staff possess?

Will Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

As the “federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal Disease,” Medicare can play a significant role in paying for some senior care.

But, it is crucial to understand what Medicare will pay for and what it will not. If the beneficiary has been in the hospital for at least three days, Medicare covers short-term skilled nursing care related to hospitalization for up to 100 days, if your doctor recommends it.

Medicare has four main parts:

  1. Part A, Hospital Insurance: This helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing community (following a hospital stay), home health care and hospice care.
  2. Part B, Medical Insurance: This can help pay for services supplied by doctors and other healthcare providers, outpatient care, many preventive care services, durable medical equipment, plus some home health care expenses.
  3. Part C, Medicare Advantage: These plans can be found in many areas. People who have Medicare Parts A and B can want to receive all of their healthcare services, including Part D prescription drugs if a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan (MAPD) is selected, through among these provider organizations under Part C.
  4. Part D, Prescription Drug Coverage: This helps pay for prescription drugs.
  5. Medicare covers medically necessary skilled care at a nursing home only when you need short-term skilled care for an illness or personal injury and you meet certain conditions. To find out about Medicare benefits, download A Place for Mom’s Medicare Resource Guide.

How Can I See Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Massachusetts?

The state of Massachusetts offers great access to its assisted living facility records through it's Executive Office of Elder Affairs website. Obtainable data includes licensed assisted living communities that are updated frequently, and details about assisted living licensing and violations.

In the state of Massachusetts, assisted living facilities are required by law to:

  • Provide enough staff to look after residents, but are not required to have a nurse on staff 24 hours per day
  • Provide assistance and help with bathing, dressing, and mobility to all residents which have these activities in their service plan
  • Provide each resident with a written service plan which includes a doctor’s assessment and evaluation

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Community?

Choosing the assisted living community that is right for you as well as your family member can be one of the most crucial decisions you may make. Throughout your visit, consider the standard of attention that a loved one may receive. Your choice of “if, when and where to move” resides solely with you and your loved one, so consider what factors are ultimately important to you. You may also read through a few of the 549 testimonials about communities in the greater Westwood region. Here are some things to consider:

  • Activities: It’s a good idea to try and schedule your tour together with facility events. Ask the manager if you can check out the activities or even participate. Are the activities and events well attended? Does the staff appear to be appreciating the activity as well? Check out the community calendar of events. Do they meet your loved one’s likes and dislikes? Do the activities and occasions vary in size and type? Do they incorporate outings and trips from the community? If it's important to your household, don’t forget to ask about religious services.
  • Cleanliness: Will the community feel clean and healthy? Be sure to look beyond furnishings and into baseboards, corners, and windows. Ask how frequently housekeeping is given in the non-public living space. Make sure you get complete information on the types of routine service provided and the expected response times. Don’t forget to ask about laundry procedures. Request specifics on what is available and at what cost.
  • Friendliness: The frame of mind and friendliness of the personnel are of the utmost importance. Make sure that you observe several workers interacting with current people. Do they listen and make eye contact? Make sure to obtain a good understanding of the staffing structure. How many people are actually involved in residents’ care? Ensure you get an introduction to the management group. This can help you understand the goals of the facililty. It is important that you trust the property’s management.
  • Meals: Much like the majority of us, the dining area experience is important to seniors. When touring communities, it is important to go over entree choices and learn about dining hours, options, and procedures. Make sure you and your loved one try a meal at community. It's not only a terrific way to sample the cuisine, but it’s a great possibility to meet other people. Make sure you discuss what happens if a resident is unable to make it to the dining area for a meal.
  • Reputation: Ask residents and families, past and present, for his or her honest views about the facility. Many facilities have a resident council that will be happy to answer all of your questions.
  • Safety and security: Security and safety features are extremely important and offer peace of mind for the caregiver. Make sure that bathrooms are easy to get to and have grab bars in convenient locations. Ask how residents call the staff if they have a crisis in their living area. Find out about other security features available in living quarters and throughout the community. Be sure to find out about staffing routines to determine who's on-site regularly to help residents. Are there registered nurses on-site? How do staffing routines differ at night? How does facility assist or manage residents’ medication requirements?
  • Trust your gut: When you are touring, make sure you think about yourself or your loved one actually living at facility. Can you imagine your loved one feeling comfortable? Do you feel at ease? Are the staff and residents amenable, welcoming and friendly?

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Westwood, MA?

The average cost of assisted living in the state of Massachusetts in 2018 was $5,495 monthly although the average monthly price for Westwood ranges from $1500 to $11390 per month. Costs for assisted living facilities may differ widely based on amenities, neighborhood, and services, therefore if the cost is an issue consider looking at local areas and towns might give you more overall flexibility in your finances.

To learn more on assisted living costs, visit A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Cost Planner, based on the actual prices families pay when they move into assisted living and it is the only cost index of its kind.

How to Pay for Assisted Living

Many families experience sticker shock when beginning their search for senior living. How to finance senior care is definitely an obstacle for care. Many families fund a move to assisted living through the sale of a home or personal savings, but for some people, this might not be an option.

Listed below are three other options that may help you pay for assisted living:

  1. Life Insurance Policies: If the senior getting into assisted living has a life insurance policy, you might be able to liquidate the policy and receive funds right away to cover senior care costs. Different restrictions and regulations apply based on the kind of insurance plan you have, so get in touch with a economic advisor or eldercare attorney to determine more about your options.
  2. Reverse Mortgages: For senior couples who may have different care requirements, a reverse mortgage could be a good way for just one person to move into assisted living while another remains in the home. A reverse mortgage allows home owners aged 62 or older to borrow on their home equity. For more information, get in touch with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to find a reverse mortgage counseling agency near you or contact the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
  3. Veterans Benefits: Various veterans are unaware that they are qualified to receive senior care benefits. The Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit has helped numerous families afford assisted living. To qualify, veterans have to be at least 65 years old and have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least 1 day during what the Veterans Administration considers ‘active wartime periods’. Qualifying widows and widowers of veterans can also be able to receive benefits. With the existing average age of U.S. veterans at 64 years old, it’s worth it to determine if your family member may qualify for benefits. To find out more about benefits for veterans, see contact the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Affairs or go to www.va.gov.

For some more ideas about how precisely to finance your move to senior living, contact A Place for Mom to talk to a Senior Living Advisor today.

5 Questions to Ask When Touring an Assisted Living Facility

There’s no question that choosing an assisted living facility are generally overwhelming. However, considering these five important things when considering making the move to assisted living will help you make a better-informed decision:

  1. How many team members are available to assist at night? Some assisted living facilities provide nursing staff night and day, while others may have more generalized help available after hours. It is not required that night and day care be made available in assisted living in Massachusetts.
  2. Is there a waitlist? Here is where doing all your homework can really pay off - plan in advance! Sought after communities can fill fast. If the one you like is not available, enquire about the waitlist and what the facility’s guideline is for administering it. Many communities will require a deposit and some communities have internal lists for special health care needs.
  3. Is there an outdoor space? Going to assisted living will not mean you or your loved one needs to let go of a beloved garden or patio space. If having access to a gardening area, an outdoor patio or a courtyard is very important to your loved one, visit a facility which offers residents that space. Many larger assisted living communities offer a range of outdoor spaces, with features such as jogging paths, gardens and BBQ places for community activities.
  4. What is the staff-to-resident ratio? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 25% of assisted living communities have a ratio of one personal care associate for each 23 residents. Staffing can vary widely depending on the size of the facility, so make sure to ask about the facilities you would like. Ultimately, you want to understand if this facility can provide your loved one with the help and support they need?
  5. What services are as part of the monthly fee? Understand what is usually included in the standard fee arrangement and what might incur additional cost before signing any agreement. Some communities use a fee-for-service model, or a la carte prices, which means they bill a monthly cost for rent and meals but additional costs for things like medication management. Others could use a tiered cost model where different levels of care are charged different charges. Eldercare lawyers can review these agreements and help you with any discrepancies.

Contact us for more info on what to search for when visiting an assisted living community.

What Else Should I Consider When Choosing a Facility?

There’s no shortage of senior care options in Westwood - which is why we have Senior Living Advisors prepared to help. They are experts in helping match seniors to the communities that will be the best fit for his or her budget, care necessities, and personality.

Below are a few things to remember during your search:

  • Concentrate on current requirements. What does your loved one need now? Do they need help bathing and dressing? Do they have special needs like limited vision or special diets? Take into account the here and now, not what might have been their choice ten or 15 years back.
  • When possible, tour at least three facilities. Start with planned tours and consider having meals with the residents. If none of them seem like a good fit, ask your Senior Living Advisor for more alternatives and don’t hesitate to ask questions and take down notes while you’re there.
  • See the Facility through your family member’s lens - not your own. It can be easy to end up being swayed by the services and features you might choose for yourself, but ultimately it comes down to what will work best for your family member. Would they enjoy the benefits of a bigger facility or be more comfortable in a small, more intimate setting?

The process of choosing the right assisted living community can be overwhelming, but we are here to help you understand your senior care search.

Contact A Place for Mom today - we are able to help relieve your stress while helping you save money and time, ultimately finding a place that meets your finances and care needs.

What Is Senior Living Like in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts is a beautiful state with a rich history. Senior living residents in Massachusetts enjoy having access to big city amenities while as well as enjoying picturesque East Coast charm. The state has four distinct seasons, boasting spectacular fall foliage, scenic winter countryside, bright springtime flowers, and hot summer time days to be enjoyed at the state’s shoreline.

When it comes to choosing senior living in Westwood, MA, there are various points to consider, from the amount of care and help and support to way of life, location and more. Massachusetts has many choices available so you can make a confident and informed decision for your loved ones.

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