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Find the Best Assisted Living in Boston, MA

Boston has a variety of assisted living facilities offering licensed medical care, help with daily tasks and social activities. Choosing the right one for yourself or your loved one isn’t necessarily simple, though. We created this guide by comparing the locations and customer reviews of 32 businesses and choosing seven favorites from the top assisted living facilities in Boston.

Top 7 Boston Assisted Living Facilities

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Atria Senior Living Read 17 Reviews

210+ senior living communities specializing in assisted living, memory care, independent living and short-term stays in 26 states. Family resources include an affordability calculator, veteran benefits and web pay capabilities.

Landmark at Longwood Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, independent living and memory care at its facility in Boston. Provides special therapies for residents who need it. Conducts fitness, art and cooking classes for residents.

Standish Village Read Author Review

Offers pet-friendly assisted living and memory care at its facility in Boston. Provides an entertainment program that includes off-campus excursions and on-site activities and classes.

The Gables at Winchester Read Author Review

Offers pet-friendly assisted living, independent living, rehabilitation service and short-term stays in Winchester. Provides an on-site beauty salon, a recreation center and multiple options for apartment floor plans.

The Parc at Harbor View Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, independent living and memory care at its facility in Winthrop. Engages residents with its classes and on-site activities.

The Residence at Melrose Station Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and memory care for older adults. Provides on-site social activities, dining services and plenty of outdoor space. Includes a library, a beauty salon and a bistro on the property.

Visiting Nurse Assisted and Senior Living Communities Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, hospice care and memory care in Somerville. Provides access to hiking trails, a garden, an on-site gym and communal spaces. Helps residents stay healthy with an on-site dietician.

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What to know about assisted living in Boston

When searching for an assisted living facility, it’s important to think about not only the community’s services and prices but also the city's liveability, especially for older people. Consider the following:

  • Boston’s regulations: In Massachusetts, assisted living facilities must be certified with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. This certification requires that facilities have certain safety measures, services and staff in place to protect residents.
  • Boston’s weather: With cold winters and mild summers, Boston is better suited for older adults who love the snow. Make sure the facility you choose has appropriate plans in place to keep walking paths clear of snow and ice, as well.
  • Boston’s public transit: Boston's public transportation system, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), covers a lot of the Greater Boston area. The MBTA offers discounted rates for older adults with the Senior CharlieCard too.
  • Massachusetts’ taxes: Adults living in Massachusetts do not have to pay taxes on Social Security benefits or public pension income.

How much does assisted living cost in Boston?

Assisted living costs in Boston average $3,966 per month, but the assisted living prices depend on each facility’s:

  • Location 
  • Amenities
  • Level of care

Older adults that require less support can usually get a cheaper package than those who require intensive medical care. Similarly, certain amenities, like outings, may require a separate fee, increasing your total price.

If you are finding it difficult to pay for assisted living, consider utilizing the following state-run programs:

  • The Massachusetts State Supplement Program is for those who receive Social Security income but need additional payments.
  • Moving Forward Plan Waivers are for those who need relief from a chronic disease, injuries that require rehabilitation or psychiatric conditions.

Boston assisted living FAQ

What is the difference between assisted living and nursing homes in Boston?
Assisted living facilities provide help with daily tasks and occasional medical care while encouraging residents to enjoy their independence and participate in social activities. Nursing homes are more focused on residents’ medical care and physical well-being, generally allowing for less independence.
What qualifies a person for an assisted living facility in Boston?
Exact requirements depend on the facility you choose. Most communities require residents to be a certain age and cannot accept residents with extreme medical needs. However, if the facility offers skilled nursing or memory care, it may accept a greater range of residents than facilities that just offer assisted living.
Does insurance help pay for assisted living in Massachusetts?
No, private insurance usually does not cover assisted living in Massachusetts. However, the state Medicaid plan, MassHealth, can cover part of the costs associated with assisted living for qualified individuals. Contact a Medicaid representative for more information.

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    Boston assisted living company information

    Landmark at Longwood

    Landmark at Longwood offers assisted living, independent living and memory care within the New England Baptist Hospital campus. The facility provides speech therapy and occupational therapy along with long-term retirement care. Residents can enjoy a wide range of amenities, including private dining rooms, a beauty salon and barbershop, religious services, lectures, discussions, book clubs, a fitness room, yoga, gardening, cooking, and arts and crafts. The facility also offers financial advice and home sale assistance. Landmark Senior Living, this community’s parent company, has other locations across Massachusetts, including facilities in Fall River and Beverly.

    • Located in: Boston
    • Address: 63 Parker Hill Ave., Boston, MA 02120
    • Phone: (617) 616-8510
    • Website: landmarkseniorliving.com/communities/longwood
    Standish Village

    Standish Village provides assisted living and memory care. The facility is known for its EnrichedLIFE programs that include music, drama, poetry, concerts, chorus, museum visits, painting, quilting and ceramics. Residents can also enjoy sightseeing tours, cultural events, dining out and shopping excursions organized by the team. Staff members work with residents and their families to find plans they can afford. Senior Living Residences, Standish Village’s parent company, operates 14 other communities throughout Massachusetts, with more in Connecticut and New Hampshire.

    • Located in: Boston
    • Address: 1190 Adams St., Boston, MA 02124
    • Phone: (617) 298-5656
    • Website: seniorlivingresidences.com
    Visiting Nurse Assisted and Senior Living Communities

    Visiting Nurse Assisted and Senior Living Communities provides assisted living, hospice care, medication management, physical therapy and memory care. Residents can access a variety of amenities, including party space, a shopping center, Wi-Fi, hiking trails, a garden patio, book clubs, a gym and parking. The facility also has emergency response systems and smoke detectors for safety. There is an on-site dietician to offer nutritional guidance and expert meal preparation too.

    • Located in: Somerville
    • Address: 259 Lowell St., Somerville, MA 02144
    • Phone: (617) 776-9800
    • Website: vnaem.org
    The Gables at Winchester

    The Gables at Winchester offers a range of living options, including studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Prices start at $5,200 per month at the time of publishing. The facility has a large activity center for recreation, along with a full-service barbershop and beauty salon. It also allows pets and regular guest visits. Five Star Senior Living, The Gables at Winchester’s parent company, operates assisted living facilities in select states nationwide.

    • Located in: Winchester
    • Address: 299 Cambridge St., Winchester, MA 01890
    • Phone: (339) 645-0405
    • Website: fivestarseniorliving.com
    The Parc at Harbor View

    The Parc at Harbor View offers assisted living, independent living and memory care. The staff provides medication management, laundry services, and assistance with dressing and mobility. The facility hosts a Life-Long Learning series, cocktail-hours and fitness classes.

    • Located in: Winthrop
    • Address: 46 Lincoln St., Winthrop, MA 02152
    • Phone: (617) 207-3009
    • Website: parcatharborview.com
    The Residence at Melrose Station

    The Residence at Melrose Station offers assisted living and memory care. It provides a large variety of social engagement activities, like frequent outdoor activities and cocktail gatherings. Residents also have access to a luxurious dining room, a rooftop patio deck and ample parking space. The Residence at Melrose Station’s parent company, LCB Senior Living, has 12 other communities throughout Massachusetts in Ashland, Dartmouth, Dedham, Hingham, Easton, North Chelmsford, Reading, Shrewsbury, Ipswich, Swampscott, Watertown and Wayland.

    • Located in: Melrose
    • Address: 158 Essex St., Melrose, MA 02176
    • Phone: (617) 440-9403
    • Website: lcbseniorliving.com
    by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.