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Independent Living in Massachusetts

Overview of Independent Living in Massachusetts

When it comes to senior living, Massachusetts is a great choice for you or your loved one.The most populous state in New England, Massachusetts features a distinctive blend of natural beauty and treasures of U.S. history. 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. The amount of variety within reach to those who call Massachusetts home makes the Bay State an exemplary retirement destination.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 160 independent living communities in Massachusetts.

The median monthly cost of independent living in Massachusetts is about $3,000.

Top-rated Independent Living facilities in Massachusetts

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Brookmeadow at Blue Hills

2121 Central St, Stoughton, MA 02072
9.9
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26 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Jodi A - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

From the first day we were welcomed for our tour , my mom felt like she was home. The kindness we were greeted with that day continues, and we knew we had made right choice. There was no better feeling...

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The Residence at Cedar Dell

628 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747
9.9
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29 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Joan D - I'm a current/former resident or client

I love Cedar Dell. I feel like I am on a cruise, and I am a life long cruiser. You are waited on hand and foot. The residents and staff have been so nice and welcoming. The restaurant makes you exactly...

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Maplewood at Mayflower Place

579 Buck Island Road, West Yarmouth, MA 02673
9.9
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53 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Elaine C - I live or lived in this community

The independent living here has been wonderful. Both the staff and the residents loving here have been very friendly and caring.

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Top-rated Independent Living facilities in Hingham

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The Residence at Penniman Hill

276 Whiting St, Hingham, MA 02043
9.1
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15 reviews
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Jean C - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mother was a resident at Penniman for about two years. She was in Assisted Living for a year and a half and Memory Care for about four months. The care she received at Penniman Hill was outstanding. The...

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Brookmeadow at Blue Hills

2121 Central St, Stoughton, MA 02072
9.9
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26 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jodi A - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

From the first day we were welcomed for our tour , my mom felt like she was home. The kindness we were greeted with that day continues, and we knew we had made right choice. There was no better feeling...

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Residences at Highland Glen

4100 Highland Glen Rd, Westwood, MA 02090
9.9
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20 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Daniel G - I'm a current/former resident or client

It's seven months since we moved into our apt at The Residences at Highland Glenn Westwood, MA. Our Mgr, [name removed] and her staff have made us feel so welcome. All questions and requests have been...

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Top-rated Independent Living facilities in Beverly

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Colonial Gardens

105 Cherry Hill Drive, Beverly, MA 01915
8.7
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58 reviews
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Becky - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Everything has been a 5, the experience has been perfect. What we really like about the Colonial gardens is the great food and all the different activities. They have flexible meal options, and the staff are...

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Atria Longmeadow Place

42 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803
9.8
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41 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
DC Diane Cetrone - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mother has only been there about a week, but all residents and employees seem very nice and helpful. Place is beautiful and very clean. My mother is enjoying their Chef cooked food. The caregivers are...

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Holiday Summer Place

20 Summer Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824
9.8
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51 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
D'Neil Duffy - I live or lived in this community

I would rate Holiday Summer Place very good. We just got a new activities director and she is doing a great job. The community is expensive but based on the experience I have had so far, I would absolutely...

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Top-rated Independent Living facilities in Worcester

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Tatnuck Park At Worcester

340 May Street, Worcester, MA 01602
9.3
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25 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Memory unit is in same facility so if one spouse needs it the other can easily spend time together It is a lot of money, but my loved one seems well cared for.

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Dodge Park Rest Home

101 Randolph Rd, Worcester, MA 01606
9.3
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35 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Suzanne B - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mother in law is doing very well at Dodge Park. She is getting excellent care there. Dodge Park is truly an amazing place. the facility is very welcoming and inviting. They keep the facility clean. ...

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Christopher Heights of Worcester

20 Mary Scano Dr, Worcester, MA 01605
9.2
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4 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Donna - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Christopher Heights has been a wonderful experience for our family so far, and we would most definitely 1000% recommend them to other families. The staff members are incredibly friendly they get higher then...

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Top-rated Independent Living facilities in West Springfield

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Cedarbrook Village at Ware

73 South St, Ware, MA 01082
9.8
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37 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Cate L - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Welcoming front desk staff. Executive Director and marketing staff all pleasant and helpful. Answered all of our questions. Provided lots of details for us to consider. All the staff have smiles on their...

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Southwick Village

802 College Hwy, Southwick, MA 01077
9.8
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30 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anne S - I'm a current/former resident or client

I have has lived at Southwick Village for several years. The community is set in a beautifully maintained campus with all the amenities I need as I age. Activities, food and most importantly, the staff are...

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Arbors of Hop Brook

403 W Center St, Manchester, CT 06040
9.7
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16 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Very friendly staff, very approachable. Only one meal per day covered in monthly "rent", but that keeps the cost down somewhat. I've only seen my dad's apartment, which is a studio. But it's bigger than...

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Massachusetts laws and regulations for independent living communities

Independent living facilities in Massachusetts don’t provide any care services to seniors, therefore they don’t need to be licensed by a state facility. Instead, they are treated as standard rentals and must follow Massachusetts rental laws outlined by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC). These communities typically have a minimum age requirement, which is typically 62 years.

Regulations for independent living on a senior care campus

In Massachusetts, if an independent living facility shares a campus with an assisted living or memory care facility, then those senior care units must be licensed. To learn more about the senior care licensing process and facility regulations, check out the Massachusetts assisted living regulations and memory care regulations.

Massachusetts doesn’t offer inspection reports online, but you can request a copy of an assisted living or memory care facility by contacting the Executive Office of Elder Affairs at information.resources@mass.gov or fax them at 617-727-9368.

Stand-alone independent living facility requirements

Like any Massachusetts rental, stand-alone independent living facilities must offer senior residents a safe and habitable living environment. Independent living rentals in Massachusetts must adhere to the following requirements:[01]

  • Provide residents basic services — like maintenance, fully functioning utilities, and stable structural elements.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment free of cockroaches and rodents.
  • Offer equal housing opportunities, therefore they cannot refuse to rent to someone with a disability.

Tenant rights in Massachusetts

If an independent living landlord in Massachusetts fails to provide a safe and habitable environment, tenants have rights to remedies available to them. Some of the most important tenant rights to note include:[01]

  • Tenants can deduct up to four months of future rent to cover repair costs if a landlord fails to start or contract for repairs within five days of notice. And, if the landlord fails to complete repairs that impact a resident’s health or safety within two weeks.
  • Tenants may withhold a portion of rent if the landlord fails to provide habitable conditions.

Before withholding rent or proceeding with repairs, tenants should get legal advice because it could breach their lease agreement. The Mass.gov website offers several legal services to help tenants in such situations.

If you would like to report a complaint or need help resolving a housing dispute, you can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 617-727-8400.

Fair housing laws for seniors with disabilities

Fair housing laws prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and require landlords to offer reasonable accommodations and modifications.[02] Therefore, an independent living facility in Massachusetts cannot refuse to rent due to a senior’s disability.

A reasonable accommodation is a change to policy that will allow a person with a disability to use common areas. Some examples that could help an individual with a disability include:[02]

  • Assigning a closer parking space
  • Allowing a service animal regardless of pet policies
  • Relocating the trash to be more accessible on a ground floor

A reasonable modification is a structural change that is made to existing premises. Some modifications that could help a senior with a disability include:[02]

  • Installing a visual fire alarm for a deaf resident
  • Adding a ramp to a building entrance
  • Installing grab bars in a resident’s bathroom

Independent living facility providers must cover the cost of accommodations or modifications as long as they don’t result in an undue financial and administrative burden, or a fundamental alteration.[02]

Massachusetts Department of Public Health contact information

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617-624-6000

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Where to find independent living inspection reports

The state of Massachusetts doesn’t offer rental inspection reports online. To learn about an independent living facility’s most recent inspection and/or violations, you can reach out to the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) at housing.help@mass.gov or call 617-573-1100.

References

  1. Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities. (2024). Tenant rightsMass.gov.

  2. Massachusetts Office on Disability. (2024, February 1). Disability rights in housingMass.gov.

Top cities in Massachusetts for independent living

8.9
Worcester, MA
25 facilities
8.6
Hingham, MA
24 facilities
8.6
Plymouth, MA
11 facilities
8.5
Beverly, MA
22 facilities
8.5
8.3
Springfield, MA
25 facilities

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