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Cost of Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities
The average cost of assisted living in Massachusetts is $4,400 per month
The range of costs is from $1,900 to $7,900 per month
This data is based on 28 of the larger facilities within the state and may not represent all facilities within the state. Additional fees may apply.
Massachusetts Assisted Living Information
Massachusetts defines an assisted living facility as one that provides room, board and assistance with ADL’s in exchange for payment for three or more adults.
Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care
Massachusetts assisted living residences must provide a minimum of one meal per day, timely help in case of need, supervision and assistance as needed for ADL’s, and medication management as needed. Home health care agencies may provide additional services as contracted by the resident.
Massachusetts Assisted Living Admission Requirements
All residents must go through an intake assessment to determine the level of personal care needs, medication management needs, current medications, dietary preferences, allergies, and psychosocial issues. Residents must be given a full disclosure of all written policies regarding payment, lists of activities, explanation of safety features and more, upon arrival.
Massachusetts Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements
A service plan is created for all residents at the time of initial intake assessment.
Massachusetts Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements
Self-administered medication is acceptable, and assistance with medication is allowed in limited circumstances. A nurse at the assisted living facility is permitted to give medication, as long as it is not injected.
Massachusetts Assisted Living Facility Requirements
The facility must meet all safety codes and provide one bathing facility for every three residents, and a half bathroom for every unit for facilities constructed after 1995. For building built prior, only a half bathroom is required in every unit. A locking door and a kitchenette or access to kitchen facilities is also required.
Massachusetts Assisted Living Staffing Requirements
Orientation and continuing education are required for all staff, and direct care staff must consist of licensed nurses, certified nursing assistants, certified home health aides, and qualified personal care homemakers or they must have completed a specialized training course. A manager must be 21, hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and have the ability to operate the facility effectively. A staff person must be on the premises 24 hours a day.
Massachusetts Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
Personal care services are covered under the Medicaid state plan.
Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Care Requirements
If a facility wishes to have a special unit certified as a special care residence for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, additional regulation are in effect regarding training, policies and procedures.
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder AffairsPhone: (617) 727-7750
Phone: (617) 222-7465
Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.
Massachusetts Assisted Living Communities
Massachusetts assisted living facilities are listed by city below. We recommend you search by ZIP code to include nearby facilities. However, you may choose a city to view all assisted living options in that area.
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