If you’re wondering where to spend your golden years, why not consider Massachusetts? The Bay State has many charms, including beautiful vistas and a diverse cultural life.
With no inheritance tax — or tax on social security or retirement income — it makes financial sense to retire to Massachusetts. Plus, it’s an all-round pleasant place to live. You get four distinct seasons with hot summers and cold winters — and let’s not forget those stunning New England falls.
But, if you’re considering Massachusetts as an option, how do you know where the best retirement communities and assisted living facilities are?
Well, we’ve compiled a list of our favourites to help you out. Here are — in no particular order — the top 10 assisted living facilities in Massachusetts.
1. Atria Marland Place
15 Stevens Street
Andover, MA 01810
Located in a converted 18th century textile mill, this facility combines historic charms with all the mod cons. All residents have their own private space in a pet-friendly studio, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment, with assisted living, independent living and memory care options available. You can get creative in the art studio, watch classic and modern hits in the movie theater, keep in shape at the fitness center or dine at one of several onsite cafes and restaurant. You’ll also find a packed program of events and activities, from drumming circles to cooking classes.
2. Sunrise of Arlington
1395 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington MA 02476
With its urban village location just minutes from Arlington and Lexington, Sunrise of Arlington gives more able residents a level of independence not found in many assisted living facilities. There are many shops and restaurants within walking distance or a short ride on public transport. However, there’s plenty to do onsite, too, with all kinds of activities on offer, from art therapy to knitting club to cocktail hour. Accommodation is in spacious studio or one bedroom apartments or in companion suites.
3. Stonebridge at Burlington
50 Greenleaf Way
Burlington, MA 01803
Stonebridge at Burlington offers luxury private apartments for independent living, assisted living and memory care. Residents have access to all kinds of excellent facilities including an activity room with Wii consoles, a salon and barber shop, touch screen computers, a theater, a fitness center and more. There are plenty of activities on offer and residents can dine in one of several cafes and restaurants with delicious food choices to suit all tastes.
4. Ashland Farm at North Andover
700 Chickering Road
North Andover, MA 01845
At Ashland Farm, staff are always on hand to offer just the right degree of assisted living help, while still allowing residents to retain as much independence as possible. You’ll find various studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments on offer to suit a range of budgets. Amenities include exercise facilities, recreation rooms, a gorgeous sun room, gardens, a spa and a library. With the “Live Now, Live Well” program, staff find out what residents truly enjoy and want to spend time doing, then a program of more than 150 monthly events is drawn up, with something for everyone. Pets are welcome, too, so you don’t have to worry about what will happen to your furry family members.
5. The Residence at Cedar Dell
628 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747
With independent living, assisted living and memory care available, The Residence at Cedar Dell has options for all kinds of care. Residents get their own private apartment — or can share with a companion, if desired — and have access to onsite amenities such as a barber and beauty salon, a computer room, an exercise room and a cafe. There’s a lot of focus put on keeping the mind sharp, so you’ll find an extensive range of daily activities beneficial to brain health, from arts and crafts to tai chi to music programs.
6. Landmark at Oceanview
3 Essex Street
Boston, MA 02120
Landmark at Oceanview is comprised of private apartments located in the historic Briscoe School building. Since it’s right in the heart of downtown Beverly, residents are just paces from all kinds of amenities from shops to movie theaters to restaurants and much more, so it’s the perfect place to live if you need a bit of extra help with daily tasks but you don’t want to give up everything that city-living has to offer. Residents also get a free membership to the local YMCA. However, there’s still plenty to do onsite, if you don’t fancy venturing out, including the new inter-generational activity program.
7. Chelmsford Crossings
199 Chelmsford Street
Chelmsford, MA 01824
With assisted living tailored to the needs of the individual, Chelmsford Crossings can provide you with the extra help you need while still letting you remain as independent as you can be. Onsite facilities include a general store, a patio with barbecues, a club house, a library and fitness facilities. What’s more, you can take part in a huge range of daily activities, such as day trips, movie nights, light fitness classes, trivia nights and so much more.
8. The Gables at Winchester
299 Cambridge Street
Winchester, MA 01890
The Gables at Winchester has a holistic view of senior care, believing that residents shouldn’t just be living with them but thriving with them. As such, you’ll always find something going on. As well as a jam-packed program of enriching activities, there are regular resident outings and shopping trips to get a change of pace and scenery. Residents have their own private apartments and pets are more than welcome. They can also enjoy beautiful grounds to walk in, access to computers, a library, restaurant-style dining and a whole host of other amenities.
9. Autumn Glen
239 Cross Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
If you want to retain a degree of independence while living is a community environment with help available where needed, consider Autumn Glen. Residents have their own personal space, in the form of a private apartment with a kitchenette, plus internet access and optional cable. However, you probably won’t want to spend much time in your apartment with so much going on. Autumn Glen has its own stylish pub, walking paths throughout the grounds, a library, a games room with Wii consoles, a barber and beauty salon and a stunning dining room, to name just a handful of its amenities. Plus, there are all kinds of planned cultural and social activities to enjoy, as well!
10. Golden Pond
50 W Main St
Hopkinton, MA 01748
At Golden Pond, the focus is on community. All residents are seen as valuable individuals and treated as such, so any care is designed to suit your personal requirements. Independent living, assisted living and memory care is available, with residents housed in their own private one or two bedroom apartments. You’ll find a range of amenities and activities on offer, including an exercise room with various classes, a library and reading room, a sundry store, elegant dining rooms, a pool table, grand pianos to play and a ping pong table. Nature lovers will also enjoy the beautiful grounds with their own waterfall.
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