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Cost of Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Massachusetts is $5,300 per month.

The monthly base rate for Massachusetts assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Massachusetts is also more expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Massachusetts. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

New York$4,100
New Hampshire$5,103
Rhode Island$5,325

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

Researching Massachusetts Assisted Living? Ask these questions:

  • What terms does Massachusetts require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
    Massachusetts may require the base price, payment schedule, services included in that rate and other items to be disclosed in writing - be sure to find out.
  • What is the Scope of Care offered?
    Find out the minimum services the facility MUST provide to you, as required by Massachusetts. These may include 24-hour supervision, types of meals, medical attention, etc.
  • What are the admission requirements to live at the facility?
    Each state is different; find out what the age and physical health requirements are for this specific facility as well as facilities in Massachusetts. Determine if the type of care you need is offered by the individual facility.
  • Will the facility complete an assessment and create a care plan for the resident?
    Massachusetts probably requires an initial evaluation and the creation of a care plan - be sure to find out exactly what the facility offers.
  • Ask about the handling of medication in the facility?
    There are sure to be specific requirements in Massachusetts - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
  • Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by Massachusetts?
    Massachusetts will have a minimum size of rooms, a limit to number of people per room, and even requirements as to privacy of available bathrooms - make sure you ask.
  • Does the facility offer the available required staff?
    Make sure the facility staffs the proper professionals, as Massachusetts requires. These may include an administrator and caregivers, as well as round-the-clock staff.
  • Is memory care offered?
    Find out of the facility is licensed to be able to handle dementia or Alzheimer's care in Massachusetts.
  • Are Medicaid waivers available for Massachusetts for this specific facility?
    If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a Massachusetts Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at

Helpful Massachusetts Assisted Living Resources

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in Massachusetts? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the Massachusetts licensing and regulatory agency at:
Executive Office of Elder Affairs
(617) 727-7750
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in Massachusetts? Your local Massachusetts long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
Executive Office of Elder Affairs of Massachusetts
Local: (617) 727-7750
Tollfree: (800) 243-4636
Are you aware of all the Massachusetts health-based programs available to you? Your Massachusetts Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Local: (617) 624-6000
Tollfree: (866) 627-7968
Are you familiar with the Massachusetts Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

The Massachusetts AAAs (Area Agency for the Aging) are very helpful. These offices can provide guidance to those 60+ in Massachusetts regarding elder abuse, caregiver support, insurance counseling, transportation and much more.

Find your local Massachusetts AAA below:

Elder Services of Berkshire County
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 499-0524
Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.
Springfield, MA
(413) 781-8800
Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging
West Boylston, MA
(800) 244-3032
SeniorCare, Inc.
Gloucester, MA
(978) 281-1750
Greater Lynn Senior Services
Lynn, MA
(781) 599-0110
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services
Somerville, MA
(617) 628-2601
Minuteman Senior Services
Bedford, MA
(781) 272-7177
Springwell, Inc.
Waltham, MA
(617) 926-4100
Baypath Elder Services
Marlborough, MA
(508) 573-7200
HESSCO- Health & Social Services Consortium, Inc.
Sharon, MA
(781) 784-4944
South Shore Elder Services Inc.
Braintree, MA
(781) 848-3910
Old Colony Planning Council Area Agency on Aging
Brockton, MA
(508) 583-1833
Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.
New Bedford, MA
(508) 999-6400
Elder Services of Merrimack Valley
Lawrence, MA
(978) 683-7747
Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly
Boston, MA
(617) 635-4366
Bristol Elder Services, Inc
Fall River, MA
(508) 675-2101
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands
South Dennis, MA
(508) 394-4630
LifePath, Inc.
Greenfield, MA
(413) 773-5555- (978) 544-2259
Highland Valley Elder Services
Florence, MA
(413) 586-2000
WestMass ElderCare
Holyoke, MA
Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.
Malden, MA
(781) 324-7705
North Shore Elder Services, Inc.
Danvers, MA
(978) 750-4540

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